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Sighting Report
Occurred : 6/10/2002 20:01 (Entered as : 06/11/02 2001)
Reported: 6/10/2002 9:13:11 PM 21:13
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Camp Pendleton, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:35 SECONDS
TRAINED OBSERVER SPOTS SUPICIOUS OBJECT IN OR AROUND CAMP PENDLETON AIR SPACE.

APPROX 3 MINUTES AFTER SUNSET, OBJECT EMITTING LIGHT AT MAGNITUDE EQUIVALENT WITH THAT OF VENUS, APPEARED WNW OF MCAS. THE OBJECT REMAINED STATIONARY FOR 30 SECONDS THEN NOSEDIVED FOR THE DECK. TRAVELING APPROX. 20 DEG. IN 3 SECONDS. OBJECT DISTANCE WAS 12-15 MILES WNW FROM OBSERVER. DISTANCE WAS DETERMINED BY USING CLOUD DISTANCES ON RADAR. OBJECT PASSED BEHIND ONE LAYER, 5-7SM WNW, AND IN FRONT OF ANOTHER LAYER 15-20SM WNW. OBJECT WAS INVISIBLE ON RADAR. OBJECT WAS NOT SEEN AGAIN AFTER IT DISSAPEARED BELOW HORIZON.

((NUFORC Note: We suspect that the correct date for the sighting is June 10, not June 11. PD))

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DATE CORRECTION IS ACCURATE DUE TO A MIX UP WITH STANDARD UNIVERSAL TIME COORDINATE (UTC OR SOMETIMES REFFERED TO AS ZULU). THE EVENT OCCURED THE DAY OF THE PARTIAL SOLAR ECLISPE. OBJECT WAS NOT VENUS... AVIATION OBSERVER IS ALSO AN AMATURE ASTRONOMER. OBJECT WAS NOT ANY TYPE OF AIRCRAFT FLOWN OFF THE CAMP PENDLETON AIR STRIP.

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