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Occurred : 9/1/1998 10:30 (Entered as : 09/98 10:30)
Reported: 9/8/1999 00:50
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Tolono, IL
Shape: Circle
Duration:3 sec
I was trimming hedges. took break, looked up an saw object appear the disappear

I was trimming my hedges on a sunny morning, wearing sunglasses. There were two levels of clouds. The lower clouds were wispy, about 8,000 feet I'm told. I took a break and looked East. I was looking at approximately a 45 degree angle thinking how nice the day was and observed a dirty copper colored round disc appear. The disc appeared to be travelling Southbound. I observed the disc appear to bank to it's left as I could see the bottom of the disc, and it's shape - round. The best I can describe is hang an object from a string. Push it away, and as it swings back you'll see the bottom for about that long in time. This object was huge. It then disappeared as fast as it appeared. I never saw it until it started to bank, and it disappeared after banking. It was unbelievable at the time. It was above the lower cloud level. Using basic geometry, if the clouds are about 8,000 feet and I'm looking at an approximate 45 degree angle then A squared plus B squared equals c squared. ( right triangle ) My best guess is it was 2 1/2 miles away. I have travelled to the country and gotten about 2 1/2 miles from barns to estimate the size of this object. My best guess is this was approximately 100 feet in size. It was far larger then the moon when full, and a half dollar held at arms length. I work in Law enforcement. Have for ten years. I 've been within 400 feet of unknown objects, twice 25 years ago on separate occasions at night. I'm not crazy. I know something exists. I have thought a year about writing to you. I also have dated a person who states her brother works in the military and they monitor all UFO sites on the Internet, and he told her to stay away from them. Whether you get this remains to be seen. You may email me should you choose to do so. Thanks