|Occurred : 8/25/2004 12:45 (Entered as : 08/25/1904 12:45)
Reported: 8/25/2004 12:57:57 AM 00:57
Location: Los Angeles, CA
|Red and Blue Flashing Object, Appears to be Star
There is nightly (noticed over the past month or so) an object visible in the Northeast portion of the sky at about 30 degrees above the horizon. It appears to flash red, blue and white and for a long time I thought this was due to atmospheric interference or that perhaps it was Sirius or another star commonly mistaken for a UFO. In any case, I purchased a pair of binoculars with a magnification of 16x and got a better view of this object. The red and blue flashes are not due to atmospheric interference but actually emanate from the perimiter of the object, the center of which appears to be bright white. Also, I had to focus the binoculars to less than infinity in order to see the object most clearly, suggesting that the object is not a star although it certainly appears to be one each night. I suppose it must be a satellite, but wow, are all these new satellites going to have such distracting flashing lights?
((NUFORC Note: Star, probably Sirius. PD))