|Occurred : 6/21/2002 17:45 (Entered as : 6/21/02 17:45)
Reported: 6/25/2002 11:04:32 AM 11:04
Location: Portland, OR
|I had just stopped in a local tavern after work (no alchohol prior; 1/2 beer before siting). Several individuals were going out and coming back looking at something in the sky they couldn't identify. I went out to take a look, and noticed a chrome sphere hanging in the SE sky at about 40 degrees from the SE horizon. It looked very high in the sky (jet level), but definitely in our atmosphere. The moon was clearly visible off the southern horizon, and the sky was absolutely clear.
After watching the object for several minutes, a small, brightly lit (glowing) red sphere appeared to the left of the chrome sphere. It flew to the right of the chrome sphere, then disappeared while moving quickly in a southern direction.
The chrome sphere stayed visible for about 45 minutes, as other onlookers came and went. The object disappeared momentarily, and reappeared at about 30 degrees to the horizon, in a northeast direction. Holding my fist to the sky, it had traveled about four fist-lenghts. After that movement, the object appeared to be fading very slowly towards the SE horizon line.
I called several people, including a friend that lives in the neighborhood. None of us had a camera capable of capturing this object with any clarity. As we observed the "chrome sphere", we alerted people walking bye to look up and witness the event. Nobody could identify the object.
At approximately 18:45, a rice shaped object passed slowly across the sky directly in front of the chrome sphere. The oblong object left no contrail and had no warning lights. Shortly after this object (traveling from south to north) went out of sight, an airliner was visible traveling in the same approximate direction, but lower in altitude, leaving a contrail.