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Occurred : 9/19/2008 21:50 (Entered as : 09/19/08 21:50)
Reported: 9/20/2008 6:30:15 PM 18:30
Posted: 10/31/2008
Location: Cathedral City, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:About 5 seconds
I witnessed a tiny dot of light move across the sky laterally at a VERY high rate of speed.

I was walking my dog in an empty lot next to our apartment complex in Cathedral City, California (next to Palm Springs) at about 9:50 p.m. When I noticed a very small dot of yellowish-whitish light moving in the sky from the northwest to the southeast at a VERY high rate of speed -- too fast to possibly be any kind of aircraft.

I tracked it move across the horizon for a couple of seconds, but it was small to begin with and began to fade as it moved farther from where I was, and it moved into an area bathed with light from a very bright moon that evening, and I lost sight of it.

It absolutely, positively was not an airplane. It was a tiny dot of light. Any airplane I've seen, even at the highest of elevations, never appears as a dot this small. And again, it moved way too fast to be an airplane.

It appeared to the eye about the size of the satellites you can sometimes spot in the night sky out in the country. But whereas satellites make a slow track through the sky, this shot across it.

It's occurred to me that it could be a shooting star, except there was no downward trajectory to it whatsoever. It was moving laterally.