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Occurred : 8/19/2004 15:50 (Entered as : 08/19/2004 15:50)
Reported: 8/20/2004 3:52:30 PM 15:52
Posted: 8/24/2004
Location: Minneapolis area, MN
Shape: Other
Duration:5+ hours
Daylight star over twin cities, minnesota.

At around 3:30 pm or son on thrusday i was riding in a car and heard on AM talk radio they were talking about people looking up at something in the sky and there were some crashes from people looking and to pay attention to driving etc. well i finally stuck my head out the window and after only a few seconds spotted what appeared to be a star in the day sky. I dont know if this was a weather balloon or what but it stayed there for hours the last time i looked it was starting to get dark out and it was still there(there were no other stars yet) I took many pictures of this and can provide them to anyone who wants. it even made the local news for a while but they dont seem to be talking about it anymore. The object did seem to move very slowly in the sky over a period of many hours but i dont understand how any weather balloon could move so slowly and be visible for so long. I have no idea the altitude but i would imagine it was really high, probally 100,000 feet and the object must have been huge. There were some reports from aircraft at 35,000 that said it was still just a dot from up there. i observed it for periods of ten minutes at a time or so between going in my house and calling people to tell them to look etc. It did seem to change shape ever so slightly like it became elongated(such as what a weather ballon would do) it also appeared to emit small pulses of light off it.

((NUFORC Note: One of several reports from the Twin Cities area. At first, we thought the object might be a balloon, launched from Canada, as part of the MANTRA scientific project, but the balloon had not yet been launched on August 19. The local news media covered the event extensively. We do not know what the object, or objects, were. Please see other reports. PD))