|Occurred : 8/2/2008 21:30 (Entered as : 08/02/08 21:30)
Reported: 8/3/2008 8:24:52 AM 08:24
Location: Riverside, CA
Duration:1 minute approx.
|Bright flash followed by glowing, blinking object
On 08/02/2008 about 2130 I was sitting on my back porch, looking at the sky. My attention was drawn by a very bright flash, like a photographic flash, to the southwest. When the flash dissipated, there was a glowing white object in the spot where the flash originated. The object looked like a large satellite, blinking on and off in an irregular pattern glowing brightly for about a second then dimming to complete darkness for one to several seconds. My first impression was that it was some type of satellite which was rotating and reflecting the sun, but I would imagine that the pattern of flashes would be at a more consistent interval. The object continued flashing on and off for about a minute. By connecting the locations where the object was glowing, it made a shallow ‘S’ shaped path, finally disappearing to the northwest. I checked the Heavens Above site for iridium flares and other objects which would account for this sighting, but I could not find anything for that time frame and location in the sky.