|Occurred : 7/8/2004 21:07 (Entered as : 07/08/2004 21:07)
Reported: 7/9/2004 7:44:50 PM 19:44
Location: Portland, OR
|Four lobed blue-black object seen moving south at dusk
On July 8, 2004 at 9:07 pm pdt, I was puttering around the backyard when I looked up and saw an object blue-black in color, no apparent lights, moving to the south somewhat slowly, not as fast as the typical single engine airplane, moving slowly and deliberately. It appeared almost overhead, but shifted about 60 to 70 degrees above the western horizon, low enough to be easily seen. As an object it seemed a bit large, or a bit close, say 1000 to 3000 feet altitude, and made no noise.
The object did not seem to rotate much about its own axis. Visually, it had a squarish, or four lobed appearance, like a diamond shape, with a larger sphere in the middle. This was evident when it was at its closest, when I first glanced up and saw it. It was startlingly large. I observed it for nearly 5 minutes from overhead to losing it behind a house roof.
Two pictures are either attached or sent separately by email, Pict5704.jpg (optical zoom 10x) and Pict5708.jpg (4x additional digital zoom, 40x total). Lighting conditions were near dusk, mostly blue sky showing, a slight 1 to 2 mph evening breeze. If interested, more photo data is available.