|Occurred : 10/5/2000 05:50 (Entered as : 10/05/00 0550)
Reported: 10/5/2000 07:53
Location: Pima, AZ
|Big, bright white object seen high in sky above Pima, AZ.
My husband and myself have been watching an object hanging in the sky since 0550 today (10/05/00). It is quite high in the sky, above the large clouds (cumulus and cumulocirrus) that we are experiencing this am.
The object is silent and bright white approximatelly 45 degrees above the horizon lying directly north. (I checked with a compass.) The top of the object appears to be round on the lower portion with a dark vee shape cut out on the top. Both the easterly and westerly sides of the craft are brightly illuminated. We thought this was strange because if it were a weather balloon or something of the sort we would expect the easterly pointed side to be brighter during the sunrise.
It is now 0730 and I just ran out with my bionaculars and took another look at this thing. It must be massive to be so high in the sky and readily visible.
My husband is a pharmacist and I am a registered nurse. I reported another sighting to your organization last winter, but is was nothing like this sighting.
What makes me wonder if this is anything important is that it is remaining essentially stationary. It is just something that I have not seen before and I spend a lot of time looking at the sky. Also, before the sun came up we both thought we saw very tiny lights traveling away from the large object. We do not know for certain, but we both saw the same thing.
It is now about 0750. It's still up there.
I'll keep checking on it and let your service know if anything else happens.
Thanks for being there.
((NUFORC Note: The report may describe a high altitude helium balloon. They are often seen in NM and AZ. We will attempt to run this one to ground. PD))