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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/6/2021 20:33 (Entered as : 08/06/2021 20:33)
Reported: 8/6/2021 9:52:42 AM 09:52
Posted: 8/16/2021
Location: Newport Beach, CA
Shape: Light
Duration: 2 min.
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, The object changed color
Mysterious light moves vertically in the night sky seen from Newport Beach, CA.

On the above date and time my wife and I were casually backyard stargazing, looking at Venus, which was getting low in the sky. From our location, we can observe numerous aircraft constantly come and go in various approach patterns to both John Wayne airport and Long beach airport, and we are quite accustomed to seeing these. All aircraft display navigation strobes and can be tracked on OpenADSB, which I use for fun.

To the left of Venus we noticed an unidentified light in the sky approximately 5 above the horizon. Neither of us had noticed the light just a few minutes earlier, and there was no additional detail that would suggest a distance from us. The light was larger than any of the stars in the sky and indeed bigger than Venus itself. It therefore appeared to have mass, and it was illuminated, alternating between red and green solid light - not strobes - with a period of approximately 1 second or less. The light was located in the direction of 240 from Corona Del Mar, CA.

As we observed it, the light ascended vertically approximately three times the distance from the ocean from where we initially noticed it. The ascension took approximately 1 to 1.5 seconds and was clearly not aeronautical in nature, as airplanes do not move vertically in such a near-instantaneous manner. I called to my 15 year-old son to join us, which he did, and he began observing about 5 seconds after the initial, vertical move.

Approximately 5 seconds later, while all three of us watched, the light descended again to its original location, and then, after a second or two, plunged out of site, presumably into the ocean.