|Occurred : 8/2/1997 22:50 (Entered as : 08/02/97 22:50)
Reported: 9/25/2002 1:14:23 PM 13:14
Location: Rocklin, CA
|One object was obviously pursuing another at very high altitude
Well, better late than never. Between approximately 10:50 PM and 11:10 PM on Saturday, August 2, 1997, I saw the following from my Rocklin, California (NE of Sacramento) home: In the general area of Polaris, an object appeared that looked, at first, like a normal satellite, except for two things: 1. It was traveling slightly SE to NW, rather than the more common straight W to E trajectory, and 2. It suddenly was joined, in apparent tandem flight, by another object of the same size except this second object was blinking. This second object was moving slightly faster and appeared to be following the first object. Suddenly the first object changed direction at a 45 degree angle and began moving more easterly. The first object appeared to be trying to evade the second object which, at this point, was along side the first object. I then used binoculars and did pick up one of the objects. Then the first object picked up speed and suddenly both objects disappeared.
Both these objects were pinpoints. The second object with a blinking light was much smaller than any high-flying airplane. There was no jet sound; the night was quite quiet. Individually, I would have labeled them ordinary orbiting satellites. The second, blinking object looked like a satellite except for the blinking and the attempt to catch up with the first (non-blinking) object.
My 15 year old daughter was observing the sky with me and noticed the two objects at the same time I did. She confirms what I saw.
I contacted nearby Beale AFB; they confirmed nothing. I contacted NASA, whose rep suggested it was something from Beale.