|Occurred : 1/23/2002 18:10 (Entered as : 01/23/2002 18:10)
Reported: 8/4/2002 3:04:39 PM 15:04
Location: Arlington, TX
Duration:18:10 to 18:14
|Sllver-White stationairy light viewed through 10 x 50 hand held binoculars
Bright silver-white light was noticed in sky at an altitude of 45 degrees and azimuth of south south-east, relative to my position. Object was stationairy and appeared to be a bright pinpoint of non-flickering white light, like a street lamp or airplane landing light in the shape of a weather balloon. Looked like big white weather balloon. Sky was blue but slightly hazy, with a few high clouds. Object did not change position in sky, and I was able to observe it through 10 x 50 binoculars. Object looked like grayish-white sphere with black edge along bottom side. Object also appeared to be glowing from within and reflecting sunlight at the same time. Binoculars were hand held, and slight wind made still observation difficult. Object seemed to glow brighter as I observed in binoculars, and when I attempted to view the object without the binoculars, I lost it and could not find it again. The time was now about four minutes later.
((FOLLOW-UP COMMUNICATION WITH WITNESS))
I also sent you another report on almost the same phenomena, but observed on a different date. And that time I was ready for it with a pair of binoculars.
The first sighting was on february 16, 2002 at 5:50 to 5:52 pm. The second one was on July 23, 2002 at about the same place in the sky at 6:10 to 6:14 pm. I am an amateur astonomer and I own an 8in Celstron. I am accustomed to seeing space craft in orbit (ISS, SS, etc.) and even have seen the
atmospheric abberation shock wave of a re-entering vehicle. All of those things follow the physical laws of orbital mechanics. These lights that I saw, did not. Even if they were naked eye, and even if one was pretty shakey through a pair of 10 X 50 binonculars, they must fit into the category of
unexplained and unidentified, at this point. I really thought that they were genuine weather balloons with a radiosone attached, and that still could be the explaination, but at this point, I am confounded. So I figured it would be appropriate to put it into the database.