|Occurred : 12/23/2005 19:00 (Entered as : 12/23/05 19:00)
Reported: 12/23/2005 10:18:50 PM 22:18
Location: Morehead, KY
|Strange light seen west of Morehead, Kentucky on December 23, 2005.
My wife and I spotted a very BRIGHT circular object, as we were pulling out of the driveway to our home starting at approximately 1900 hrs. The object was very high in the sky, at approximately 10-20 thousand feet. It appeared to be hovering or "orbiting" in the same spot. This object was bright light yellow to white in color.
Initially I thought it might have been a planet such as Mars or Venus. However, after observing it, I ascertained that it was way too large, and bright to be either planet. It appeared to be a big around as a Quarter turned on its side.
The object was hovering over an area approximately South, Southeast from my vicinity (Sharkey), and it appeared as though it were over Montgomery County (Mt. Sterling).
As my wife and I turned out of the subdivision where we live, and traveled south on KY 801 towards the community of Farmers, we could see this object with no problem whatsoever. We just kept looking at(not a good thing to do while driving) it and when I arrived approximately 1/4 mile North of the West bound on ramp to Interstate 64, I decided to pull over to the side of the road. We continued to sit and watch in amazement, while this large object remained stationary in approximately the same place.
I am a very methodical and logical man, and so I decided to rule out ALL possible explanations. As I mentioned earlier, I ruled out a star, or planet, as it was too large and too bright to be either. I then ruled out a fixed wing aircraft, as it had NO strobes, or beacons. I also ruled out a fixed wing AC with a landing light on, as it never left the altitude OR heading to proceed to base, and would not have been able to hover. I then ruled out rotary winged aircraft, using a spotlight, as it was too high to have used one effectively for ground searches.
Lastly, the object stayed this way for at least 15 minutes, after which, we decided to proceed on our way. However, it was in the sky at least another 15 minutes, as my wife continued to monitor it after we turned East onto US 60 towards Morehead. Once we arrived at approximately Big Perry, we could no longer see the object, due to the vegetation and elevation. Unfortunately my wife FORGOT that she had her digital camera with us, and didn't take a few photo's.
Coincidentally, we arrived back on KY 801 about 30 minutes later, after traveling West on I-64, and saw no trace of this "light in the sky", ruling out virtually ALL possiblity that we saw a planet or star earlier.
((NUFORC Note: If the object was not a high-altitude aircraft, with a contrail behind it, being illuminated by the setting Sun, we do not know what the witnesses observed. PD))