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Occurred : 8/31/2004 20:35 (Entered as : 08/31/2004 20:35)
Reported: 8/31/2004 7:51:57 PM 19:51
Posted: 9/1/2004
Location: Bristol, TN
Shape: Other
Duration:15 minutes
Large white object with strobe light spotted during nightly skywatching

At the beginning of my nightly skywatch, I went outside and noticed a very bright elongated light in the western sky at about 65 degrees elevation.I first tried to acquire the anomoly with my camera which was malfunctioning. I then acquired it with my binoculars and could plainly see a strobe on the very point of the object, flashing white in about a .5 second cycle. As the anomoly moved eastward slowly, it began looking more like a cloud, which was formed to this apparent shape(see attached) but being extremely dense , especially nearest the strobe.The shape was perfectly symmetrical and well defined. The light stopped flashing after a minute or so and was no longer visible. As the anomoly moved east over about another 10 minutes into the darkness it seemed to disappate, just as an ordinary cloud would do, but it moved into the darkness and I may simply have not been able to see the unlit anomoly in the sky.

((NUFORC Note: We express our gratitude to Mr. Kim Shaffer, State Director for MUFON/Eastern Tennessee, for sharing this report with NUFORC. Please see his illustration on the NUFORC homepage. PD))

((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))