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Occurred : 8/31/2004 20:40 (Entered as : 08/31/2004 20:40)
Reported: 8/31/2004 7:56:52 PM 19:56
Posted: 9/1/2004
Location: Kingsville, OH
Shape: Other
Duration:30 minutes nominal
Three (3) witnesses to strange object in night sky

On Tuesday, August 31, 2004 at about 8:40 pm: Our Daughter called my Wife and I to the front door of our house. She told us that she saw a UFO in the sky. I was very skeptical when approaching. I really did not expect to see anything. However, there was clearly something to see in the sky to the West of our location.

Our Daughter went in the house to find the binoculars and I went in to find the telescope and camera. My Wife watched it while our Daughter and I went into the house. When we came out, it was still there and was visible with the naked eye and very distinct when viewed through the binoculars. I could not focus on it through the telescope nor could I find it in the viewfinder of my camera. There did not seem to be enough light from the object to get it on the camera.

The night sky was dark, but very clear. The moon had not risen yet. And there were no visible clouds in the sky. Two airplanes were visible in the sky, but appeared to be flying lower than the object in the sky and the size of this object was much larger than the airplanes.

The shape of the object, when viewed through the binoculars was like a cigar shape in the middle and 4 jetting protrusions curving away from the cigar like center. Also, when looking through binoculars (7x50 power), the overall object looked to be gaseous in form. However, it never lost its shape (I watched it for about 30 minutes). The color was a gray to white, but of course this was about 8:45 pm and dark outside. The only other way I can describe the color was that it looked similar to viewing a comet, but of course the shape was not typical of a comet. The tip of the object, on the cigar like center, had an intermittent flash that would occur about every 30 seconds. This flash was not visible with the naked eye, only through binoculars. The flash was like that of a dimly lit star, but as the object moved slowly across the sky (toward the East), the flash stayed at the point on the cigar portion of the object.

When the object was almost directly overhead, it appeared to move further away (higher in the sky). It became fainter and harder to see. Even looking through the binoculars, it held its shape but became smaller and dimmer.

At this point I went in the house.

((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))