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Occurred : 9/15/2008 19:39 (Entered as : 09/15/08 19:39)
Reported: 9/16/2008 8:19:21 PM 20:19
Posted: 10/31/2008
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Shape: Disk
Duration:2 minutes
3 UFOs seen around Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

Yesterday, 15-Sep-2008, at 7:30 pm EST, I was out in Fort Lauderdale's State Route A1A and Las Olas Blvd. beach, more precisely at Lat 26°6'49"N and Lon 80°6'17"W, getting ready to photograph the rising of the moon expected to happen from that point at Altitude 14.3° and Azimuth 93.1° E of N. The sun at that time and location was at Altitude -17.7° and Azimuth 281.8° E of N.

Slightly north of the moon's expected rising point, at about 80° to 75°Azimuth, I saw what at first I thought were Venus and Mercury in a formation I saw two years ago in Bogotá, Colombia, when Mercury was seen above and to the left of Venus in the city's southern night sky. Yesterday's "Venus," however, was unusually large, round and bright, and "Mercury" moved quickly in an up-and-to-the-left motion, right before I aimed my Sony DSC-F828 camera towards my "planets" and took several pictures, e-mailing separately: DSC00066: At 7:39 pm "Venus" is bright and clear above a cloud formation that has two horn-like extensions on top. "Mercury" is no longer white, it is now a yellow moving element as it moves away quickly in an up-and-to-the-left motion from its previous position above "Venus." Neither "Venus" nor "Mercury" have strobe red and bluish-white lights which would identify them as commercial aircraft, approaching FLL's international airport. At the lower-left, another yellow light is seen.

DSC00067: Still at 7:39 pm, "Venus" is at its same position above the cloud and the yellow light from DSC00066's lower-left area begins to move rapidly in an upward direction.

DSC00068: Still at 7:39 pm, I zoom in into "Venus" and my camera's automatic focus, without clear referencing points, blurs the picture.

DSC00069: Now at 7:40 pm, I still cannot get my camera to focus correctly, "Venus" has not moved from its original position.

DSC00070: Still at 7:40 pm, I zoom out as "Venus" shoots up and to the left, caught here emitting white light from its bottom and yellow light from its top. Two small lights to its right and one more small white light to its left suggest a wide, round, dish-like aircraft, producing a powerful white radiant light from its bottom and two also strong lights from its top.

DSC00071: Still at 7:40 pm, "Venus" holds still before disappearing in a fast, upward motion.

DSC00072: At 7:41 pm, that is the moon.