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Occurred : 10/11/2016 19:25 (Entered as : 10/11/16 19:25)
Reported: 10/12/2016 11:10:05 PM 23:10
Posted: 10/13/2016
Location: San Diego, CA
Shape: Light
Duration:1 minute
Orange light crossed the sky like a fast satellite and then dropped down at a sharp angle backwards and disappeared.

Last night my son and I were outside, setting up our telescope. We watched what seemed to be a satellite cross the sky, moving from the west to the east. It had a slight orange color, being about as bright as Mars. Its speed was a little faster than a satellite.

As it moved east, toward the moon, I lost track of it in the glow of the moon. I expected it to emerge from the glow on the other side-at the same speed but, when it reappeared, it became brighter and like a meteor, it dropped down at a sharp angle back to the west.

Then it completely disappeared. The distance it dropped was about the length of a finger at arms length.

We didn't see anything afterward.

((NUFORC Note: We spoke with the witness via telephone, and he seemed to us to be quite sincere, and sober-minded. In part because of his experience with astronomy, we suspect that the source of the report is a skilled witness. PD))