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Occurred : 7/26/2007 22:00 (Entered as : 07/26/07 22:00)
Reported: 7/27/2007 12:27:23 AM 00:27
Posted: 8/7/2007
Location: Palmdale, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:5 minutes
Red ball of light in the eastern sky

I have been in the Air Force for 18 years,as an aircraft mechanic (Crew Chief) and the only thing I can say this thing looked like was a flare.

I was coming home from work heading eastbound when I noticed a large red ball at my 11:00 position slowly decending and appearing to get bigger or brighter. I first thought was it was a firework, because of the bright red color, and the way it was decending. But after it had dimmed, it stopped it's decent, and headed north looking like a red star. I really do not know if the government has flyable flares, and if they are red, but that seems to be the logical answer. It did light up the sky, and there was no smoke trails like you see with flares. Also I could not see a parachute, like you can with flares if you are close enough. This thing did not seem close, and appeared to be at least 10 miles away, although I really can not judge do to being at night. It was bright, and it did fly away north, and I have never seen anything like it... Except Sunday or Monday night at about the same time but over El Mirage dry lake bed area. That night I was taking out the trash and noticed what appeared to be a red firework going up stopping at the top of the apex and then slowly decending and fading as it decended to a red star and continuing on east. I had dismissed this, and figured it was some kind of test with the predator. The object that I saw tonight was roughly 35 to 40 miles south of El Mirage, and I just can't explain in words just how bright it was and how red it was.