|Occurred : 7/4/2008 21:15 (Entered as : 07/04/08 21:15)
Reported: 7/11/2008 1:30:35 PM 13:30
Location: Barrington, IL
|orange spheres vivble at dusk
These objects were observed by myself and many other people who had gathered at the Barrington High School to watch the July 4th fireworks display.
I noticed the first object looking towards the west-south west at about 2115CDT. It was about 20 degrees above the horizon when I noticed it. The object did not appear to be moving relative to my position. It was circular and appeared to be a dull orange color. The object appeared to be glowing from within.
Shortly thereafter I saw a second object ascending from behind the tree line in the same direction as the first. This object was somewhat closer than the first one and I was able to determine that it was a balloon with a light inside. The sky that night was very clear with little wind.
I believe that these balloons are the objects that many people saw on July 4th in the Midwest. They were larger than regular party balloons and possibly as big as a weather balloon.
I am a (very) amateur astronomer and also have been an airline pilot for the past 26 years. I am very familiar with the night sky and can say that they were definitely man-made.