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Occurred : 9/22/2003 17:30 (Entered as : 09/22/2003 17:30)
Reported: 9/23/2003 5:10:08 PM 17:10
Posted: 9/24/2003
Location: Portland, OR
Shape: Light
Duration:Less than 1 minute
Bright shining object over Porland OR

As i was leaving Portland heading south on the Amtrak train looking out the window to the southwest, I noticed a bright silver light high in the sky (to the southwest). At first I thought it was a refraction of the setting sunlight on an imperfection in the window glass of the train, but as i changed my perspective it became obvious that I was looking at something very high in altitude, directly over the hills south of Portland. Whether it was in motion or not I couldnt tell due to the motion of the train and its apparent distance. If it was moving, it was travelling very slowly. To me it appeared to be still..but as i said, i was in a moving train. It was close enough to tell that it was NOT an airplane, but too far and to bright to make out any shape. Just looked like a silver object brightly reflecting the sun. I was watching it, trying to figure out if it could be a balloon, sattelite, or some other type of high altitude craft, when it just dissapeared. Not faded, not accellerated and left...just gone. The oddest thing was that it seemed to stop reflecting sunlight and turn a creamy orange-white color just an instant before it vanished. Ive seen ufo's before, i think...but not in broad daylight over a major metro area; there is no way in hell Im the only one that saw this thing.