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Occurred : 8/19/2004 18:00 (Entered as : 08/19/104 18:00)
Reported: 8/26/2004 5:13:42 PM 17:13
Posted: 9/1/2004
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Shape: Circle
Duration:3.5 hours
White high-altitude object suspended over Twin Cities and witnessed for 12 hours

On the 19th of August, I witnessed a round white object over the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) area around 18:00. The earliest reports I heard were 9am in the morning and it was there until dark.

I personally did not hear about it until around 6pm in the evening when a small blurb was mentioned on the radio.

The object drifted slowly but not very far while under my observations and exhibited no unusual characteristics that one would expect if this were a high-altitude research balloon.

The meteorologists from the local TV stations said that it was above the cirrus clouds indicating an altitude greater than 30,000. This would make the object VERY big indeed.

A local person with a high-powered telescope viewing it said it did indeed look like a balloon.

Perhaps that would satisfy most people's questions, but how does an untethered balloon stay in basically the same position for at LEAST 12 hours in a row? Especially in the Midwest where fronts are blowing through every few days? Perhaps it was the center of a very slow moving low pressure system? Officially, NO ONE has claimed ownership for the object and there has been NO official explaination.

Here are some links to various local TV stations that covered (briefly) the event: http://wcco.com/localnews/local_story_232202348.html http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/4938203.html http://www.kstptv5.com/article/stories/s1972.html http://www.coasttocoastam.com/shows/2004/08/20.html#ufo http://www.visi.com/~rschwa/arspix/IMG_2068.JPG Here is a photo that I took, although it was almost dark by the time I got home to get my camera. It is completely unedited and shot with a CoolPix 990 digital camera... http://www.bombardiersoftware.com/MPLSUFO.html Please feel free to email me if you have further questions.