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Occurred : 1/21/2012 18:57 (Entered as : 01/20/12 18:57)
Reported: 1/21/2012 8:56:55 PM 20:56
Posted: 1/24/2012
Location: San Francisco, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:4 minutes
6-8 pinkish-red starlike objects sighted in San Francisco, California sky

Just before 7p.m. Pacific Standard Time on January 20, 2012, I witnessed a succession (6-8) of several pinkish-red starlike objects moving steadily through the sky of San Francisco, California. I was in the middle of the city, walking east, when I glanced north and saw the objects moving from the northwest (seemingly coming from over the Pacific Ocean), and moving to the east (or slightly southeast). I could not see their full passage through the sky, as part of it was blocked by neighborhood buildings (they were not extremely far above the horizon, and my view of them could be obstructed by three-story building across the street from where I was).

The objects were not making any sound that was audible from where I was walking.

Relative to a star or planet in the night sky, the objects were about the same size or slightly bigger than the planet Jupiter. They twinkled slightly, as stars do, and did not emit a pattern of blinks. The air was steady (no wind) and the sky was clear.

As the objects moved inland, they gradually faded into the distance until no longer visible. They moved at about the speed of a commercial jet through the sky, if not slightly faster. They did not leave trails, and were distinct objects, moving from left to right, rather than vertically or at an angle, as shooting stars or space debris passing through the Earth’s atmosphere.

I did not notice a distinct formation in which they were moving, except that they were all moving in the same direction and disappeared in approximately the same area. They were not traveling in a line, but were rather staggered in elevation, and moving at the same pace.

I pointed the last one I saw out to someone else who was outdoors at the time.

I went out twice later in the evening, and did not see similar objects again.


((NUFORC Note: We spoke via telephone with this witness, and we found her to be exceptionally eloquent, objective, and credible. We suspect that she is a very capable, and reliable, witness. Witness corrected the date of sighting, and we have amended the date above. PD))