Date: June 22, 2009
Location: Bakersfield, California
Message: Bakersfield, CA NW side…
22062009 +/- 2030
as the sun was setting i was in my back yard working on my gazebo.. so i happened to be looking up at the time. my attention went to what looked like the landing lights of a very large plane at about 10-20 thousand feet pointing straight at me but not moving laterally… only moving in a very tight circle, covering about 1/4 inch in my field of view.
it flashed brightly then appeared to break up as it dimmed in the span of about 1-2 seconds. it then moved ineradicably covering a larger field of view of about 1 inch of space (to my eye, obviously) at this time about as bright as a large satellite or an aircraft at about 40-50 thousand feet… never moving too far from its general position and always returning… it faded in and out of view for about 1 minute as it broke up into 3-10 tiny pieces and back into 1 very dim piece.
the stars were beginning to appear at this time but were much brighter as you could begin to distinguish them through the haze of the sunset through the atmosphere. my first guess was that this was a meteor entering the atmosphere in a trajectory of about 180 degrees to my vision (very rare, but still possible)… but it was present to my perception for quite a long time… i even had the time to say several times things like … “wow, woah… what is that?… it looks strange… its breaking up… coming back together… do you see that? (to my wife, replying ) i did… is it still there?, yes… etc… my next thought was that it was there for far too long to be a rock falling at terminal velocity.
then as the stars started become visible it was obvious that it began from within the atmosphere… another possibility i think would be that we just witnessed a star exploding very far away… still waiting to see if astronomers report such an event. otherwise i would be inclined to think its just another ET vehicle making entry into our atmosphere and hovering at a safe distance until it proceeds to its destination.