|Occurred : 7/15/2009 03:00 (Entered as : 07/15/09 3:00)
Reported: 7/16/2009 4:49:30 AM 04:49
Location: Highland, UT
|Bright Sphere observed from Highland, Utah Scanning Lone Peak Mountian Top near Alpine, Utah on July 15, 2009 at 3:00AM
July 15, 2009 Highland, Utah approximately 3:00am Was outside letting my pets out to stretch and use the restroom when I looked north east from Highland just above Alpine City towards Lone Peak Mountain and saw a bright yellow/white semi-large object estimated to be at least 50-100 feet in diameter creep over the crest of the mountain, then go behind the mountain heading south east and reappear over the next peak within seconds. Then the object then turned 180 degrees towards the North West and began scanning the mountain top with a shapeable bright white search beam. The mountain top is estimated to be about 4 ½ - 5 ½ miles away from my home. The object was moving very quickly compared to conventional aircraft and was completely silent. Normally I can hear helicopters from that distance very clearly as the sound echoes of the canyon and mountain surface. The object had to be moving or jumping from mountain peak to mountain peak in less than a seconds. It did not appear to be in a hurry but searched quickly and lit up ¼ mile sections of the mountain top almost as bright as day with its search beam. I could very clearly see the rocky surface and trees present on the mountain surface. I watched it move from place to place along the south side of the mountain top and ridge as if it were searching for something. It probably covered about a 1 – 1 ½ mile area east to west then seemed to go north again just over the mountain crest out of view. The strange thing is that when it went out of view it appeared that its search beam was penetrating the mountain with a blue hue as if it were translucent or the beam were actually shining through the mountain as it searched both the north and south sides. Because of this translucent appearance through the top area of the mountain crest it was very difficult to gauge if the object was behind or in front of the north side of the ridge. Very strange indeed, because the object was not visible when it went over the ridge but the beam was. Just when I thought I was wrong and that it just had its search light pointed away ! to the n orth it ascended upwards over the ridge to the south side again and the translucent looking beam spot looked as if it came up over the top surface of the north crest and then down the south side again only to get brighter and whiter. I then immediately began feeling my pockets for my cell phone to take a picture and remembered that I had a flip camera in the house. I started to walk backwards quickly and then the object stopped dead in its search, I had a feeling like you get when in the back-country and you spot a deer and realize the deer has spotted you too. The object then pointed its search beam down the mountain slope in my direction but the beam only ended about halfway down the entire mountain ridge. I had a feeling that it knew I was aware of it now and quickly walked backwards towards the door while keeping an eye on it. It then resumed search of the area with its search beam as I dashed in the house to wake my parents and get my camera to film the event. I woke my parents, grabbed the flip camera and ushered my parents outside to whiteness the event (about 30seconds). When we got outside it was nowhere to be seen and I stayed outside for the next hour long after my parents retired back to bed in hopes it would return so I could film it. It never returned. The whole event only lasted about 2-3 minutes. I have seen strange unidentified objects when I was younger but nothing like this that was so bizarre and so visually active that lasted more than 45 seconds.