|Occurred : 8/15/2008 18:25 (Entered as : 08/15/2008 18:25)
Reported: 8/15/2008 9:16:41 PM 21:16
Location: Orlando, FL
|Brilliant white "square" stationary in the sky above west Orange County / Lake County Florida.
On 15 August 2008, from approximately 6:25pm to 6:30pm, I observed an unusual object in the sky while I was driving home from work. I had just merged onto SR429 from the Florida Turnpike, heading north toward Apopka, Florida. The weather was partly cloudy, but it was not raining, and visibility was good. Looking out my driver’s side window (toward the west), something in the sky caught my attention.
An incredibly bright, white object appeared to be hovering stationary in the sky at what I would estimate to be 700ft to 800ft in altitude. My initial reaction was that the object was probably an airplane reflecting sunlight while banking, but after continuing to observe it, I quickly realized that was not the case.
The object appeared to be perfectly square in shape, not a cube, but a flat, square shape. It was smooth, with very clearly defined perimeter lines and corners, and was a very brilliant color of white; incredibly bright, but in a different manner than the brightness of the sun (very comfortable to look at, no glare associated with it, and its brightness did not obscure its shape at all; there was no
"halo" or other glow surrounding it in spite of its brightness). It seemed to be illuminated from inside of the object, even though the object was so flat that it appeared to be almost two dimensional. The object was located well below the cloud cover, and stuck out like a sore thumb against the overcast, grey sky.
I would estimate my distance from the object to be at least one mile. I’m not sure I can accurately estimate the size of the object, but my impression was that it was fairly large given that I could clearly see the outline of its shape at that distance. The best description I can give regarding its size is that if you held your thumb up at arm’s length, the object would appear to be slightly smaller than your thumbnail.
The object was absolutely stationary in the sky; no movement whatsoever for the entire period that I observed it (at least 5 minutes). While observing the object, I noticed a small, round flashing light that appeared to be further west of the object, but moving toward it. When the flashing light had almost reached the bright, square object, they both disappeared. I spent several minutes trying to spot them again, but they never reappeared.