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Occurred : 6/12/2006 07:45 (Entered as : 06-12-2006 7:45)
Reported: 6/21/2006 6:43:46 PM 18:43
Posted: 7/16/2006
Location: Pensacola, FL
Shape: Light
Duration:30 seconds
Star-like object horizontally traversing low and slow in the morning sky.

This may be nothing special to make a report about, but it was just a little queer and unexpected to see in the wee hours of the early morning what appeared to be something very similar to a large star that was bright and glittering like the sparkles of a disco ball traversing horizontally within the patchy clouds on an Eastern heading at a speed comparable to a small plane traveling low in the sky. But then again, it may have been simply nothing more than a plane traveling East.

On June 12, 2006 at 6:45AM in the city of Pensacola, I was at work and looking out through the building's tinted windows watching the tropical storm Alberta's clouds moving parallel along the Gulf coast. I find it interesting to watch these clouds traveling along in bands staying somewhat together as it rotates around the storm's center. While watching these clouds, I noticed a big, bright object within the clouds When I first saw this object, I thought it was a bright star that has yet to dim away as the sun slowly rises higher up in sky. But that couldn't be because the sun was already up too high in the sky for any stars to be showing. The estimated distant from my observation location to the star-like object was no more than a half a mile at the most. I also noticed that the star-like object was moving at the speed of a small plane, and it was traveling at about the same low altitude as other planes I had seen flying though the area in the past. In the beginning when I first spotted this star-like object, it was hard to tell that the star-like object was moving because it was traveling East directly in the path that the clouds were traveling West. The intensity of the light stayed mostly the same throughout the viewing as the star-like object traveled away from me except for one moment in it's travel; it appeared to shine brighter for a few seconds as though some sunlight has reflected off it. After observing it for a about 10 seconds, I begin to think that it might be a meteorite traveling horizontally, so I calmly shouted to my coworker, "Look guys... there's a meteorite!" Everybody rushed to the window and saw what I was seeing. Then my supervisor said, "It's probably just a plane." Then another coworkers said jokingly, "It might be a UFO." Then I said to my supervisor, "Yea... Your probably right. It could be a plane." Then my boss told everyone to go to work. I was disappointed at hearing that because I wanted to continue watching this object until it went out of view. I was only able to view it for about 30 seconds. The only time I seen a plane light up somewhat like a bright star is when it's windows reflected the sunlight for a brief moment, but still, that doesn't even come close to comparison to the star-like object's light intensity which was similar in light intensity as to arc-welding type of light. This star-like object stayed lighted up like a bright star throughout the viewing. It could have been possible that a plane that was not painted and made of bare, shiny metal flew through the area, and the sunlight reflected off the plane's body, and then when the plane reached a certain area in the sky, more sunlight could have momentarily reflected off the plane's window thus giving it the appearance of becoming brighter for a brief moment then returning back to it's normal brightness. The object, in my opinion, was close enough to my observation point that I should have, at the least, been able to see a shape similar to a plane if was a plane flying in the air. Since I could not see any details that could identify it as a plane, my assumption is it could have been anything traversing the sky. I don't think it was a meteorite because it didn't have any flaring tail. If the object I saw was a plane, this would make it the first time I ever saw a plane stayed lit up like a star at close range while traversing the sky. I seen planes flying through the area in the past at about the same hour, but they never lit up like a star. It would usually light up as to something bright white. Whatever, I saw it, so I'm reporting it. I'll let those who are reading this determine what I saw. It may be simply nothing to continue conversing about it.