|Occurred : 8/25/1985 22:30 (Entered as : 08/25/85 22:30)
Reported: 10/28/2013 3:21:23 PM 15:21
Location: Allenspark, CO
|An bright white light flashes 10 times
I walked down to the mailbox at about 22:30 on a clear night to get the newspaper. As I turned to go back to the house, I saw a large white light in the sky to the east, maybe half the size of a full moon as it would appear above the horizon in that direction, and glowing steadily.
The light began to flash off and on, and I had the impression that I should count the flashes. In total there were ten flashes of about 2 seconds each with intervals of 2-3 seconds darkness. After the tenth flash it remained dark and I could no longer perceive any object there. The pattern seemed very regular and impressed me as being mechanical; the color remained a bright white. The object appeared to be 100-200 feet above the North St. Vrain creek and just downstream from the bridge on Highway 7.
As I walked back up the driveway, I caught sight of a large meteor well to the north of where the flashing light had been. The meteor broke apart and left a glowing tail. It occurred to me how the meteor and the flashing light seemed to be very different classes of night sky phenomena.
I had seen a similar light in this area on October 5, 1980. I am filing a separate report on that sighting. I am aware that a large light in this same area had been observed by at least one other person.
I am presently a psychoanalyst in private practice. Before I changed careers, I was chief of a large fire protection district in the western U.S. Before that I was a naturalist with the National Park Service, and have long been a student and observer of nature. I consider myself to be a curious, careful and scientifically oriented observer.