|Occurred : 8/2/2008 22:30 (Entered as : 08/02/08 22:30)
Reported: 8/6/2008 8:18:01 AM 08:18
Location: Fuquay Varina, NC
|Round silent turqouise glowing orb floating up and away toward Raleigh North Carolina
Aug, 2, 2008, My wife and I and her visiting friend were walking thru our suburban neighborhood Saturday evening. Their was a slight breeze so it was very comfortable (no bugs) and the temperature was nice (maybe 75 F), A MASSIVE heat lightning storm was constantly lighting up the eastward sky (towards Raleigh NC) from us in Fuquay Varina NC. No rain, no thunder. At 10:30PM (approx) my wife said "ARE YOU SEEING THAT?" We stopped in the street as we were walking and looked up and in the direction of the lightning (EAST), but between us the lightning was a single glowing silent bluish green round orb. Slowing accending and getting farther away. I had no watch, cel phone nor camera of any kind. We watched it accend and fade into the distance in about 60 seconds. It had a smooth SPLINE flight path but NOT EXACLTY straight. I moved like it could be a self-illuminated turquoise balloon. BUT it's size was much bigger than the regular basketball-sized party balloon. If you hold out your arm and look at your pinky fingernail. It was about that size in the sky. And we would guess a few thousand feet away at least. So I would estimate it to be at least the size of a van. Maybe 1/3 to 1/2 the size of a hot air balloon (but it was completely round and not pointed at the bottom like a hot air balloon). But a party balloon that size in the sky would only be a few houses away, maybe 200 feet. This thing was UP in the sky and getting higher and "drifting" away at a pretty good speed. It HAD to be bigger. It glowed a strange color. Not intense green color like a street light. More of a diffused turquoise color. I say it was more green and my wife says it was more blue. But we both agree it was turquoise. It was completely silent. Straight above us was a clear patch of sky with no clouds and bright white stars. It was not "bright" like Venus was that night. It was dimmer but still clearly defined against the sky. Possibly it was brighter at the center than the edges of the object but I can't say for certa! in. I've never seen an object/light that color, especially in the sky before. It got so distant after a minute you could not see it anymore. There was a few neighbors (2 adult men) also looking in the object's direction standing in the street a few houses down (probably looking at the constant lightning which was beautiful) and I was gonna ask them if they saw the object but before I reached them they went inside. I don't know them so I did not ring their doorbell. The next day I asked a few neighbors I do know and they of course laughed and said no they didn't see anything the night before. Then I googled to see if anyone else saw the object and might be chatting about it, and found a wikipedia description of the same or similar turquoise object (the one I saw never grew a white comet-like tail) being spotted in nearby Charlotte a year or so before. So after telling my wife THAT, she said I should report it. I called the local police and they said ANYTHING having to do with the sky is the FAAs domain. So I called them and got an answering machine. I left a message. Then I left a message at my local newspaper. THEN I reported it on MUFON. Then I called 2 local tv stations and they said they had not had any reports about it. It's really bugging me. I really want to know what it was - and stangely AS I WAS WATCHING IT, I was already bummed out that I'll probably NEVER KNOW what I'm looking even is. And although, I did not have a camera I'm a graphic artist so I immediately made a composite (re-creation) photograph or what it looked like (using imagery from the web). I hope you can understand the experience we had and help discern what it might've been. About 45 minutes later my wife saw a "shooting star" in the areaof sky as the round object. We stayed outside for about an hour after talking about it and hoping to see it again. But we never did. Now I keep a digital camera with me when I walk our neighborhood.