|Occurred : 7/8/2004 17:55 (Entered as : 07/08/2004 17:55)
Reported: 7/9/2004 11:33:06 AM 11:33
Location: Englewood, CO
Duration:10 minutes plus
|Second day in a row, daytime star-like object(s) seen in Denver area
I reported two separate incidents on 7/7/04 with daytime sphere(s). The next day, 7/8/04, I decided to lounge on the patio during the afternoonto read magazines and scan the sky periodically for another sighting. It took awhile to be rewarded for the wait, but at 5.55 PM I saw what appeared to be the same object from the day before, again, in nearly the idential eastern placement in the sky. Again, through binocs, it was a single sphere, apparently reflecting the sun, but not glinting. I watched it as it very slowly moved toward the south, passing BEHIND one small cloud which itself was drifting generally northward. (The local online weather details indicated a north wind in Denver, though I'm not sure at what time or altitude that stat was documented). As previously, this object gradually faded out of sight, though it was visible for about 10 minutes total, until 6.05, during which time it had moved only a few degrees. NOTABLY: Less than 1/2 hour later, the same or a similar object AGAIN appeared, but several degrees north of the location where the earlier one had disappeared, and once again it very slowly headed to the south/perhaps SE as it gradually faded in intensity. Second event lasted from 6.30 to 6.38 PM. Using Occam's razor, I started thinking about these 4 sightings which had occurred in a 30-hour period, and there are several things worth noting: 1) I did not change the focus on the binoculars from the time I saw the distant, near-stationary object SUDDENLY accelerate during yesterday's sighting, indicating it was the same object and not the result of an unintentional, split second "blink of the eye" viewfinder adjustment to something closer to me (for instance, cotton from a cottonwood tree)and besides, the speeding object looked identical in size and shape to the steady object, 2) in addition, this time of year there is no cotton drifting in the air, 3) the object was relatively stationary and steady in intensity -- rather unlike a balloon might appear if drifti! ng in upper level winds, and 4) the object moved slowly southward while the clouds at apparently a similar altitude were drifting northward. I am going to continue watching for this type of object and would encourage other Denver-area skywatchers to keep their eyes peeled for this recurrent daytime object in the eastern sky!
((NUFORC Note: We express our gratitude to this MUFON member for submitting the report. PD))