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Occurred : 8/12/2017 02:00 (Entered as : 08/12/2017 2:00)
Reported: 8/18/2017 11:28:14 AM 11:28
Posted: 8/24/2017
Location: Grass Valley, CA
Shape: Flash
Duration:8-10 seconds
Bright repetitive flashes during 2017 Perseid meteor showers.

An unusual nighttime sighting, both alone, and with friends, during the recent 2017 Perseid meteor shower was dismissed as some sort of odd, but probably explainable, visual illusion. But 4 evenings later while driving I was listening to Coast to Coast and heard a mention of several similar accounts reported from the U.S. and Turkey, so will add our experiences (in two reports) to the mix.

Around 2:00 AM on Saturday, August 12, 2017, I had just returned home to Grass Valley, CA, after a flight from Phoenix, AZ, and after unpacking the car went back outside to see if any of the Perseids might be visible. There were very few but while looking NNE at around 3:00 AM there was an extremely bright blue-white flash about 35° up which lingered and faded for maybe a full second, followed quickly by another dimmer flash, and then a couple more that were even fainter, although not at regular intervals. At first I assumed it was a plane, but it was stationary and there were definitely no colored running lights or associated sounds. I’m familiar with helicopters doing nighttime searchlight operations, but the lights were just flashes with no downward beam.

My background includes a lifetime amateur interest in the biological sciences, and later in the hard sciences (esp. quantum physics, astrophysics, cosmology, topology, etc.), but not UFO’s. Since 1965, have been a professional fine woodworker (luthier), spec. stringed musical instruments, involving fine measurements, close tolerances, good observational skills, and a good ear.


((NUFORC Note: We spoke via telephone with the witness, and we found him to be exceptional eloquent, and he seemed to be quite sincere and sober-minded. We suspect that he is an excellent witness.

Please see a second report of a similar sighting by the same witness, which occurred at 2200 hrs. (PDT) on Sunday, August 13, 2017. PD))