Never reported this visual before. May 23, 1989 my wife and two friends celebrating an anniversary were just returning to our hotel the Zane Grey located high on the hillside overlooking Avalon and the pavilion. There are a number of open terraces and I was standing on one higher than the others. They were looking up at me and I was looking at the view of the city. From the right, the west, the ocean side I see a very bright ( brighter than a full moon ) circle, orb, about the size of a silver dollar held at arms length, moving toward the coast of Long Beach, CA. I seemed to be in the channel between Catalina and the main land beach. Closer to the island. My first thought was if that thing doesn't stop it will crash into the city of Long Beach. All the time that I saw it was very low and moving in what seemed to be a straight level line over the dark ocean. I believe it went into the ocean some where off the south east point of Catalina Island or vanished behind rises in the land at that end of the island... My companions did not see it. They were looking up at me and talking and by the time they turned to look it was gone.
I am a retired photographer, with 30 years in the aerospace industry and am very familiar and have photographed every aircraft imaginable and some not so imaginable.. and have never seen anything like that before or after.
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