|Occurred : 9/22/2008 21:30 (Entered as : 09-22-08 21:30)
Reported: 9/24/2008 5:56:06 AM 05:56
Location: Sacramento, CA
|Flashinng light in the sky not consistent with terrestial aircraft.
While out on the back patio having a smoke, I noticed - in the eastern sky - a flashing light. At first, I thought that it was just an ordinary aircraft, but I soon took note that the flashes were *NOT* consistent with any strobe light I've ever seen on an aircraft.
The light, colored predominantly white, blinked at a rate of ~1Hz (one blink per second). The light was illuminated for ~500ms and was off for another ~500ms. The flashes were evenly spaced; never erratic.
It also hung stationary in the air for approximately 35 seconds, then suddenly began to slowly move off until it was obscured by nearby trees approximately ten seconds later. While in the process of moving off, it also appeared to dim somewhat as it (apparently) receded.
There was no engine noise evident - at the apparent distance it was, I would have probably heard engine noise if it had (a) conventional engine(s).
Because of its flashing and movement patterns, I can safely discount astronomical bodies like planets, stars, or meteors.