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Occurred : 8/31/2004 21:05 (Entered as : 08/31/2004 21:05)
Reported: 8/31/2004 7:16:29 PM 19:16
Posted: 9/1/2004
Location: Mount Rainer, MD
Shape: Changing
Duration:10-15 minutes
Strange cloud-like, dumbell shaped object with spinning rings noted in the NW sky over 10 min. timeframe, faded out. 3 observers.

Please excuse a earlier submission. Hit enter too soon. First observer saw object in the NW sky and called out 2 other observers. We saw what appeared to be one white slightly cloud like/gas-like dumbell-shaped object. It also appeared to have a fast moving ring around it that alternated directions. The rings moved like the old "spiro gyro toy". While we stood looking at it, it proceeded to move in the sky. We started looking at it at about 65 degrees and ended up with if fading out with much less defintion at about 95 degrees and our heads craned back. It also appeared to have one faint flashing light(color, hard to tell). We did not see much of the flashing light. It did not appear to be a plane and the difference was confirmed when we saw the light of plane moving much lower and much more quickly below it towards the end of the sighting, it was not the same. Observer one is a Musician, Observer 2 a Technical Project Manager, Observer 3 is a Real Estate Agent.

((NUFORC Note: Result of earlier missile launch. Please see:

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/atlas/ac167/040824track.html

http://space.com/spacewatch/mystery_cloud_040901.html

PD))