|Occurred : 12/29/2000 16:10 (Entered as : 12/29/00 16:10)
Reported: 12/30/2000 11:48
Location: Garden Grove, CA
|Observed high altitude single white light traveling from south to north over Orange County, California
My wife and I were visiting friends in Garden Grove and stepped outside to have a cigarette. I usually take a look at the sky, because our friends have a spectacular view unobstructed by trees. Looking above the constellation of Orion to the east, We noticed a single white light at high ltitude traveling from South to North in the conselation immediately above Orion (which was just starting to rise) at an etimated elevation (Azimuth?) of 60 degrees from the horizon. The light was steady white as it traversed in a nearly straight line until it faded out of sight to the north after about five minutes of observation. There were no observable navigation lights. It may be a satellite, however the object seemed to make a gradual 10 degree course change to the right (east) as it passed over Orange County. The estimated flight path would have crossed the LAX landing pattern at approximately 16:12 hours and there were aircraft in the pattern. I am a 42 year old public relations manager and my wife is in 43 year old software salesperson. Before we made the report, I checked Heaven's Above to confirm any prediction of satellite or Iridium flare activity, however I found nothing conclusive scheduled at that time for my area.