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Occurred : 8/10/2004 22:30 (Entered as : 08/10/1904 22:30)
Reported: 8/11/2004 8:59:23 PM 20:59
Posted: 8/24/2004
Location: Sacramento, CA
Shape: Flash
Duration:90 seconds
Blinking star.

I was in my backyard at 10:30pm. I noticed a blinking light very high up in the Northern sky. It blinked 4 or 5 times while I watched and then stopped blinking. The intervals between blinks was about 3 or 4 seconds. I thought it might be a plane at first (planes and helicopters are always flying above where I live). I was thinking that maybe the blinking was actually a plane headlight and the light was bouncing back from some thick clouds or smog which would give me the illusion that it was a blinking light. But the light never moved the whole time I watched and it was completely quiet and clear outside. No sound of a plane at all. It stayed in the original point I first found it in the entire time. When it stopped blinking I couldn't help but stare intently at the location it had been in. I stared for what was probably 20 seconds at that exact spot. Then, from exactly that point in the sky, I saw the largest, brightest most colorful shooting stars I have ever seen. The trail covered 1/3 of the sky as it shot past and the head of this thing was bright reddish colored and the red color appeared to be lining the sides of the outer edge of the front of the trail. It was stunning. I admit that this blinking light could have been anything and the shooting star could just be a tremendous coincendence. Personally, I have never witnessed anything quite like it but it would be great to find out what it could have been.