While camping in the Los Padres National Forest in southern California, two campers witnessed something they could not explain. The witnesses stated that around 3:00 am they awoke to the moon setting behind a mountain ridge. As they noticed this they also saw a strange formation of lights in the southwestern sky. She then woke her boyfriend, who is the one who filed the report, so he could see them as well.
He describes them as one large bright light in the center with two smaller lights on either side and two smaller lights on the top and bottom. The lights were stationary for around ten minutes.
Both witnesses weren't able to explain what they saw, but thought it might have been some sort of rocket launch from a nearby military base.
MUFON report: CA, July 24, 2010 - Three lights in Southern Californina Sky
My girlfriend and I were camping at Upper OSO campground near the Santa Barbara Ranger Station in the Los Padres National Forest.That night, we we had both commented on how bright the moon was, so that had been on our mind.At approx 2:00am, my girlfriend awoke and noticed that she couldn't see the moon anymore.While she was taking a few seconds to look for it and realize that the moon had gone out of our view behind a ridge, she also saw an interesting combination of lights in the sky Southeastern sky and woke me up to see it also.There was one larger bright light in the center with two smaller and equal lights on either side and two slightly smaller lights on the top and bottom. The top and bottom lights were on a skewed axis, so all five lights together looked like an off angle cross (see second image).All five lights were brighter than any star in the sky. To each side (horizontally) there were slightly expanding (like cones on each side) rays glowing outward. The lights appeared static, at least for the 10 or so minutes we looked at it. We got a few pictures with a decent point-and-shoot digital camera, but it was through our tent mesh.We had no clue as to what they were, although I did mention to her that in that direction was Point Mugu and Point Hueneme. Since it wasn't moving relative to our line of sight, it's possible that it could have been moving away from us, i.e. some type of rocket launch.
Also, here is the link to the story where I first heard of this. On it are links to two photos the witnesses took and a video.