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National UFO Reporting Center
Sighting Report
Occurred : 10/18/2003 18:45 (Entered as : 10/18/2003 18:45)
Reported: 10/18/2003 9:23:06 PM 21:23
Posted: 10/31/2003
Location: Austin, TX
Shape: Other
Slow-moving high-altitude object seen in Austin, Texas the evening of October 18th.

We noticed an object north of our location moving slowly to the west at very high altitude. We used binoculars mounted on a tripod and noticed some smaller objects surrounding it. The object appeared to be a large, white stucture, and our initial thoughts were that it was a weather balloon. However, the object very clearly split into two distinct objects that slowly diverged to the north and south. (These could not have been planets or stars, as they quickly faded during the sunset.) We noticed a Southwest airline 737 flying due west underneath the object at around 7:00 pm, but it's unlikely the crew spotted the object as it was very, very high above. We're very familiar with Venus, Mars, and the usual satellites, and this didn't resemble any of those at all. Has anyone else seen this? (Photos being developed.)