|Occurred : 8/27/2003 22:00 (Entered as : 08/27/03 22:00)
Reported: 9/1/2003 11:12:01 PM 23:12
Location: San Diego, CA
Duration:approx. 4 sec.
|rapidly moving white light--not meteor or satellite or aircraft
We two were walking South along Mission Beach boardwalk and observed craft moving South or East. It appeared just as a white light, approx. 1/2 the (current)magnitude of Mars and covered about 20 degrees of arc in approximately 4 seconds in a straight path. We think it was in front of some clouds at some point, so don't think it was astronomical in nature. Was similar to a satellite, except brighter and much too rapid (as well as for any known aircraft). On the other hand, it was much too slow to have been a meteor. No sound could be heard, nor navigation markers seen. Very puzzling, and I have observed the sky casually and as amateur astronomer for several decades. Have seen missile tests in the atmosphere as well, and this didn't resemble that (also doubtful such a test would be performed so apparently close to populated area). For me (us) it was definitely an unidentifiable flying object!
((NUFORC Note: We spoke with this witness at length, and we found him to be an exceptionally good, and objective, witness. PD))