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Occurred : 6/17/1997 01:30 (Entered as : 06/17/97 01:30)
Reported: 9/22/2000 23:41
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Petaluma, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:3 minutes
The object, which was about 30 degrees above the horizon and towards the south, moved. It shot from its stationary position at a speed

It was after midnight, about 1:30 A.M., the 17th of June, 1997. I went out to the deck to have a smoke. The moon was below the horizon and the night sky was very dark. Because of the lack of moonlight the stars shone very brightly. While I was looking at the stars I noticed what seemed to be a flashing white star moving across the sky. This object was a great distance away and had no red or green lights. It was just a flashing white object. The object was due east and almost directly overhead. It was at an 80 degree angle of elevation. I called to my brother to come and take a look at it. After he stepped out on the deck he noticed a different object. It was much closer, approximately 2 to 5 miles away. It was a very bright, luminescent white. It appeared to be fixed in the sky. He pointed directly at this object and I looked where he pointed. He started to say, "Hey what's that over there?" He managed to get out just the "Hey..." part. The object, which was about 30 degrees above the horizon and towards the south, moved. It shot from its stationary position at a speed faster than either of us have ever seen anything move. It flew parallel to the fence in the backyard and was gone, our further view of it blocked by the house. Just as this object, which appeared to be about the size of a loaf of french bread, dissapeared from sight, we saw way off in the sky a shooting star and right away a second one. Neither of us spoke a word for the next few minutes. We were, it's hard to put into words, we were both stunned, shocked. It was so bright and moved so fast. We stayed out for about another half an hour and speculated as to what it could possibly have been. We both had the impression that whatever it was, somehow it was aware of the fact that we were aware of it. The fact that it shot off like that just as my brother pointed to the object to bring it to my attention seemed so weird. We tried to find out if anyone else had seen anything at all like what we'd seen that night without any luck.