Published: 10:50 AM 7/29/2012
Folsom, California - 07-25-12
While catfishing around 9:55 PM at 10:00 PM at Smith Mountain Lake, I observed a small light come across the tree line from the south.
It did not appear to be moving fast at all. As it slowed down and got closer, it got larger and larger.
It slowly came to a stop in the sky and I just stared at it having no clue what it could be. There was absolutely no sound.
It glowed like a bright light in the sky, but also appeared to have two small tails that were glowing a very faint blueish color.
It hovered there for about maybe 10-15 seconds then changed direction. It headed off east and got smaller and vanished within about another 5-10 seconds.
Has anybody else had a similar experience like this one?
Riverside - 07-28-12
We saw 4 lights in sky, first in v-formation, then straight line. Then it kind of took on a random movement until they slowly disappeared.
They were in the East up high where the planes fly. In fact I first noticed a plane in the sky and they appeared beside the plane.
I yelled for my wife to come look and she was amazed too. This happened at 8:20 PM.
Addendum: I wrote last night right after my wife and I saw four lights in northeastern sky at about 50 degrees up almost in front of Cassiopeia. I went outside at 8:25 PM to set up my telescope I had just purchased and was wanting to see Saturn.
I looked up in the sky and saw a plane at first heading towards the west, probably towards LAX, then noticed what looked like a flying formation of satellites, same magnitude of light, same size and same speed, but changing positions; first a v-shape then when I called my wife.
They were like hanging in a straight line, then switched around to form a triangle, and then faded away out of sight.
I am always observing the sky and never have seen anything like this before. Total time observing was about 45 seconds; 45 seconds I will not forget.
Note: Cassiopeia is a constellation in the northern sky, named after the vain queen Cassiopeia in Greek mythology, who boasted about her unrivalled beauty. Cassiopeia was one of the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century Greek astronomer Ptolemy, and it remains one of the 88 modern constellations today.
It is easily recognizable due to its distinctive 'W' shape, formed by five bright stars. It is bordered by Andromeda to the south, Perseus to the southeast, and Cepheus to the north.
She is opposite the Big Dipper, and from northern latitudes can be seen at her clearest in early November.