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Occurred : 12/22/2003 18:00 (Entered as : 12/22/2003 18:00)
Reported: 2/6/2004 8:59:01 AM 08:59
Posted: 2/12/2004
Location: Madison, WI
Shape: Other
Duration:20 seconds
Shape -changing brown "tarp"

I've finally decided to send this in after hearing of two other similar UFO descriptions in the last month on Unknowncountry.com. One was about a dark-colored form changing parachute-like (not the round kind but the more oblong or oval ones) and the other a brownish jelly-fish like one that appeared to be "swimming". The one I saw, I at first thought to be a orangish brown tarp or plastic sheet or trash bag that had been blown up into the wind and was just blowing along while slowing undulating or changing shape as though made of a very light material. And it very steadily traveled in its general direction, from north to south over the Isthmus/Willy St. area. (Unfortunately I did not think to check if it was actually going with the prevailing wind - though I do remember there being only a light wind that day.) It did not radically change shapes or take on any definite common shapes, but just stayed generally oblong (like the "parachute" story). The sky was clear and it was a around sunset so the object was fairly well lit. However I had hard time focusing on it. Sound-wise I heard nothing from it and the neighborhood was quiet. It was about the size of my fingernail at arms length. Moved right to left about a fist width every second or two. I watched it for about ten seconds then it became obscured behind tree branches so I walked down the block about 40 ft to a clear view. But in the process I looked down for a second, and when I got to the clearing I could not find the object again. Very puzzling.

((NUFORC Note: Date is approximate. PD))