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Occurred : 10/18/2003 21:00 (Entered as : 10/18/2003 21:00)
Reported: 10/24/2003 12:07:05 AM 00:07
Posted: 10/31/2003
Location: Berkeley, CA
Shape: Unknown
Duration:5 minutes
Flickering orange light (on fire?) moving across the sky; possible debris stream

The time listed is a guess--it was about 15 minutes or so after Game 1 of the World Series had ended, and I was walking to my house with a friend. I was walking west and looking at nothing in particular in the sky when I saw a very small object--it was West-Southwest from me, by my guess--basically just a spot of orangish light in the sky. At first I thought it might be Mars, still visible to the naked eye (I had been following all the Mars news during September and making a point to look for it when outside at night), but then I realized the object seemed to be moving, and the light (roughly the color of fire) was flickering. I pointed it out to my friend, and we started watching it. As we watched over the course of several minutes, the object definitely moved in what appeared to be a southeastern direction, with its light flickering brighter and darker (not radically so, but we could see the difference). After a minute or two of watching, something smaller seemed to fall off the object, casting its own identical light. It appeared to fall straight down, and its light extinguished after just a few seconds. The primary object continued moving southeasterly, and after another minute or two, its light slowly faded to nothing, taking about a minute to do so. By the time it disappeared, it was located South-Southwest from our POV.