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Occurred : 4/13/2003 16:16 (Entered as : 04/13/2003 16:16)
Reported: 10/31/2003 11:07:48 PM 23:07
Posted: 11/8/2003
Location: Gresham/ Wood Village, OR
Shape: Changing
Duration:8 - 10 min
Multi-colored orb sighting report, low, slow-moving

This orb sighting gave me the creeps. I saw it on Sunday 4-13-2003, as I exited a building materials store in Gresham/ Wood Village, OR. It first appeared as a black speck above the near horizon, and stuck around eight minutes or so. It had no glow, at first appearing black or blue black. Then it started rotating emitting a clear gaseous substance around it, visible during the sighting and in photos. It then changed its rotation, now producing a yellow-green substance from the three near "bulbs" two red and one green in the photos sent to NUFORC.

The sky condition was mottled with light and heavy dark rainclouds not too distant behind the orb, to the south. The pictures are not enhanced except they are cropped to eliminate excess sky, reducing the photo file size.

As it flew (slowly) out of sight heading north over the store it glowed phosphorescent green-yellow-red, changing its shape to a flat slightly inclined (pitched) disk. Total distance the orb traveled in the eight minute sighting was about 1/2 to 3/4 mile. I would say the height above ground was about 1300 feet or 1/4 mile, and this height did not change much, if any.

The orb flew by overhead at what seemed maybe 2 mph, but was probably 6 mph after doing the math, when it wasn't hovering and rotating around end-for-end like a puppy chasing its tail. There appear to be two larger spheres (connected) from studying the pictures. Not only did it rotate end-for-end, it rotated on its own axis between the two larger spheres.

It also morphed shape and color almost continuously. The pictures I got while the orb parked directly overhead, for a short duration, were poor due to my using the camera's digital zoom, and possibly the wrong mode setting. The camera was new and unfamiliar to me at the time.

All photos and description as the orb was on approach, it appearing as a black speck, to its eventual departure are copied to NUFORC as they were imaged at time of the sighting.

I wish that I had used the camera's movie mode, but did not think of it at the time due to the camera being new to me. The camera is an Olympus C730 UltraZoom with 10x optical and 3x digital zoom. Picture quality suffers with digital zoom, aside from hand-steadying problems too. I wish it had a lens stabilizer.

There were light aircraft flying in the area probably doing touch and go landings at the airport, but they did not try to chase or encounter the object.

((NUFORC Note: We have received the photos, and they indicate a tiny white speck against a blue sky with broken clouds. The photos are ambiguous, we believe. The object probably was more visible to the eye, than it is in the copied digital photos. We do not know what the object was. PD))