|Occurred : 9/13/2007 13:50 (Entered as : 09/13/07 13:50)
Reported: 9/13/2007 7:25:38 PM 19:25
Location: Santa Fe, NM
|Translucent Spherical object Motionless in sky for extended period
As I was finishing my lunchtime workout at the Salvador Perez Fitness Center about 13:50 MDT, a couple of the fitness center staff and another gentleman were visible outside through the window, staring up at the sky. When one of them came back inside, a woman working out near me asked him what they were looking at. He said “that UFO that’s just hanging up there!” She and I both immediately went outside to look.
We saw, about 30 degrees from the horizon, a spherical object hovering motionless over SSE Santa Fe. It had the transparent appearance of a soap bubble, and was about 1/8 the size of my thumbnail held at arm’s length.
The woman who walked out with me instantly cried “that’s a weather balloon!”, and went back inside, cursing the staff person for a fool. And it may well have been a weather balloon, I don’t know where to look up stuff like who’s lofting weather balloons, where and when. I’m hoping you guys can do that.
Her conviction convinced me for the moment, and I went back inside to shower and change.
However the object was still there when I came out to go back to work, and it had not moved in the slightest, for at least 15 minutes or more.
I carry a pair of inexpensive 2x8 opera glasses with me in my truck for observing wildlife. Using those, I got a better look at it, and it was perfectly spherical, not the teardrop shape I associate with weather balloons, nor was there any observable gondola or dependent payload hanging beneath the object, nor any visible tether that could explain its complete lack of motion. It was a calm day, but one would think there would be some breeze at the apparent height of the object, which seemed to be about 500 to 1000 feet.
The object remained in place all the way back to work, and was still there when I went inside my building, approximately 20 minutes after I first went to look.