|Occurred : 7/15/2008 19:45 (Entered as : 07/15/08 19:45)
Reported: 7/15/2008 10:18:47 PM 22:18
Location: Phoenix, AZ
|Glowing Cigar over the Lake Pleasant ranges.
Driving north on I17 close to Carefree Highway when I noticed this light to the NW. It seemed to be just North of the Lake Pleasant area. At first I assumed it to be the contrails of an airliner descending South into the valley. After observing the light for several minutes , I noticed that the light wasn't moving, it was quite stationary in the sky. There was also no evidence of a willowy or feathered edge, nor a trail to this light that is so characteristic of contrails.
The light's shape was that of an elongated cigar whose ends seemed to be positioned N/S. The color of this object was mainly illuminated white, with a mixture of yellow & blue throughout its corona.
I cant give accurate dimensions because I do not have anything to reference it to. But as far as scale goes, it was 3 inches long by an 1/8 inch in height. It seemed to be over the NE edge of the range that holds Lake Pleasant, so maybe 25 miles away? There were other planes in the sky, local traffic for Deer Valley Airport, as well as the usual Sky Harbor traffic. None of these planes, regardless of altitude, had contrails.
The entire duration of the sighting was less than 10 minutes before it disappeared from a clear sky.