|Occurred : 7/3/2010 22:42 (Entered as : 07/03/10 22:42)
Reported: 7/4/2010 9:16:50 AM 09:16
Location: Riverside, CA
Duration:1 minute approx.
|Dull orange orb suddenly appears
On 07/03/2010 at 2242 hours, I was sitting on my back porch looking at the sky. The sky was clear, with stars, satellites and aircraft visible. A dull orange colored orb suddenly "switched on" about 30 degrees above the southern horizon. It was large in comparison to the stars and planets, I would estimate it was the size of a pea at arm's length. It was moving quickly in an arc heading towards the northeast, faster than any of the aircraft that were visible but too slow to be a meteor.
The orb had an appearance similar to a circular charcoal briquet, with the center slightly flickering as it moved. It was not very bright at all, as a landing light on a plane would be, and its circular shape was sharply defined.
It did not leave a trail of any type or make any sound.
I watched it until it disappeared behind the roof of my house. I ran to the front yard, but was unable to locate it again.
I cannot say how high it might have been except that it did not seem to be as high as a satellite.
There were numerous commercial and general aviation aircraft in the sky at the same time and I could clearly hear the sounds they made.
A lot of neighbors were shooting off skyrockets, but the orb was clearly not any type of firework.