|Occurred : 1/23/2004 19:45 (Entered as : 01/23/2004 19:45)
Reported: 2/2/2004 9:04:16 PM 21:04
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
|bright light - high altitude crossing sky at high velocity, (no collision beacons).
A co-worker and I were standing outside the parking lot after a shift at work when we sighted an odd object crossing the sky. The object crossed the horizon within 3-5 minutes. I initially noticed the object when it was low on the horizon and was struck by its high velocity. I initially thought it was a satellite. The object appeared as a bright light (no collision beacons), as it passed overhead on a southwest to northeast course the object became brighter as it moved farther east. A few minutes later, my co-worker and I were able to compare the object to other aircraft in the sky. The object was 10X brighter ,5X higher and 4-5X faster than the propeller driven craft that were in the sky nearby. I have never seen craft travel that quickly at that altitude and never appear that bright. The object was much brighter and lower in the sky than any satellite that I have observed. It appeared to be at the general altitude that airliners cruise at.
My initial impression was that of a government test aircraft and it's vector would have brought it near Beale AFB in Marysville, 100Mi. East.
((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. Could not have been the ISS, if the time above is correct. The ISS passed over this area at 17:54 hrs. on this date, as indicated at <www.heavens-above.com>, which is the source of the data below for overflights of the ISS:
22 Jan 1.3 18:58:20 10 W 19:00:45 21 NNW 19:01:12 21 NNW
23 Jan 0.0 17:54:03 10 WSW 17:56:58 47 NW 17:59:54 10 NE
24 Jan 1.6 18:27:08 10 WNW 18:29:14 17 NNW 18:31:11 11 NNE
We do not know what the witness observed. PD))