|Occurred : 11/11/2005 05:30 (Entered as : 11/11/05 5:30)
Reported: 1/5/2009 2:07:08 PM 14:07
Location: Fremont, CA
|Two bright stars faded simultaneously in approx. 4 seconds.
I came back from my morning run in Fremont CA. at about 5:30 in the morning on the morning of Nov. 11th 2005. I was facing W-SW when I finished my run, and turned to my right to end up facing NW. I immediately noticed two stars in the constellation Cassiopeia that were very bright. The stars were separated by a distance equal to the width of my thumb at arms length. They were as bright as Venus, and equal to each other in magnitude. I knew the stars were out of place, and thought I was witnessing some strange double supernova. The sky was crystal clear without a hint of clouds.
I was thinking about looking them up and finding out what was going on when, as I was looking at them, they both faded simultaneously to the point of invisibility in about 4 seconds. I never took my eyes off of them through the whole event. I would say that I had been looking at them for about 30 seconds. They didn't belong there in the first place.
I could not make sense of what I was seeing, and still can't. The stars were stationary the whole time. At first I thought I might be looking at a couple of geosynchronous satellites that were rotating through a position of reflecting to non-reflecting, but the position was too far north of the Celestial Equator. I don't think we can place geosynchronous satellites in orbits that far off of the Celestial Equator.
I don't know what I saw, but I definitely saw it. I have asked several astronomy buffs, and some of my friends that work with satellites. No answer.
This seems to count as a UFO however high it was flying, and I just needed to let someone know other than my circle of friends.
((NUFORC Note: Source indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD))