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Occurred : 9/29/2001 19:00 (Entered as : 09-29-2001 19:00)
Reported: 9/30/2001 2:50:24 PM 14:50
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Shape: Other
Duration:20 min.
Black triangular shape object tracking stealy across the sky.

Saturday September 29, 2001 I was in my back yard looking at the few stars in the early night sky in Las Vegas Nevada. As I was looking toward the south I saw what appeared to be a grouping of helium balloons that some child must have lost. However, as I began to track this object across the sky it became apparent that my first impression was wrong. The object definitely appeared to be at a higher altitude than any normal helium balloon that a child would have released might be. At this point I brought this object to the attention of my father who it an experienced meteorological technician. He has worked for the Department of Commerce as part of the National Weather Service for almost 40 years. He tracks weather balloons almost every day. Taking that into consideration I assumed that he would have a theory as to what this object might be. We retrieved binoculars from our house so we could take a closer look at this object. On closer inspection of the object it appeared to have balloons at the top supporting a black triangular shape at the bottom. The balloons also seemed to be illuminated by a very dim light. The strange thing about this object was the balloons did not appear to be big enough or strong enough to support such a large object. We also confirmed that this was not a weather balloon. As I mentioned previously my father, who is an experienced weather observer, observed this object as I did and he was absolutely positive that it was not a weather balloon. We watched this object track to the southwest at a steady pace at about 20-30 knots. It appeared to be at an altitude of 10 to 15 thousand feet. It did not appear to descend or climb at all during the 20 min. we observed this object. We were both very perplexed and had no theory as to what this object might have been. After my father, a person who has observed the skies for 40 years, had no theory as to what this object might have been I considered worth reporting.