|Occurred : 8/15/2017 21:30 (Entered as : 08/15/17 21:30)
Reported: 8/15/2017 11:15:18 PM 23:15
Location: Yountville, CA
|Jumping very bright red/orange slow flash zig zagging.
9:30 PM PST 08/15/2017 Clear skies, no clouds, no moon. Minimal air traffic from SFO/OAK and local small aircraft.
Naked eye star gazing, looking due East, which is somewhat void of anything bright. Travis AFB is just over the hills from my dark backyard view. The 18 new C-5's have been flying around the last few weeks and more than usual at all hours so I've had my binoculars handy.
About 60 degrees above the horizon, looking due East, I thought my eyeglasses caught a very bright light reflection so I stopped scanning and focused on the area. 10-15 seconds later another bright reddish orange long flash and then darkness. I observed this 4 times and it jumped, not slowly moving...it jumped in a zig zag motion and flashed.
I alerted my always skeptical gal to get outside to witness and she actually did. She saw a few flashes then jumps so I then grabbed my binoculars. Because it was NOT moving in a linear predictable manner or speed, I could not catch it with the binoculars, only naked eye. It seemed to be heading SE. It was far far brighter than Vega directly overhead and appeared as just a super bright flashing reddish/orange light unlike anything I've witnessed in 45 years of star gazing.
About 5 planes traversed the night sky in a normal flight path and speed during the entire observation. I've reported before and this is my 2nd report with a witness. It was NOT a star, planet, meteor, plane, helicopter or satellite.