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|Occurred : 4/1/2003 17:00 (Entered as : 04/01/2003 17:00)
Reported: 10/21/2003 4:53:39 PM 16:53
Location: Asheboro, NC
Duration:2 to 3 min
|Large, shiny, motionless cylinder.
It has been sometime since I have seen this, but the thought of it has stayed with me. Driving home from work (South on US220) I saw in the SSE sky what appeared to be a very large and shiny cylinder. It appeared to be at a fairly high altitude (my best guess between 25,000 and 40,000 feet). If my height guesstimate is correct then I would guess the length to be between 300 and 600 feet (this is based on what a commercial airliner looks like at cruising altitude). The length to diameter ratio was probably between 4 and 5. The sky was totally clear, and the sun was at a late afternoon angle so the object was reflecting greatly. I'm sure it wasn't some reflection/glare from my windshield, because the car was shaded by the trees along the road. During the entire time I was watching, the object did not appear to move at all. After I took my exit, which is basically a clover leaf, I was unable to find the object again. My first thought when I saw it was that it was a sattelite reflecting the low angle sunlight, but it was just too large. Like I said, this image has really stayed with me.
((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))