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Occurred : 7/4/2010 21:55 (Entered as : 07/04/10 21:55)
Reported: 7/9/2010 2:34:19 PM 14:34
Posted: 7/10/2010
Location: Polk City, IA
Shape: Other
Duration:5 mins total
I was walking my dog before the 10:00 news, looked up at the sky and saw an orange glowing object.

My sighting occurred on Sunday July 4, 2010 at approximately 9:55 PM. This was at Saylorville Lake in Polk City, Iowa, at Prairie Flower campground, Coneflower Loop. I was taking my dog for a short walk and glanced up at the night sky, as I always do. It was overcast, so I didn’t notice any stars, but there was a glowing orange object. I had to stop and stare at it as long as I could see it, which was probably 2 or 3 minutes. It looked to me to be kind of a disc shape, with an oblong oval shape up through the middle. It was glowing orange. It looked like it had a red light on top momentarily. It didn’t have a real crisp shape. I’m not sure if that was because it was glowing or what. I was facing the West and looking up at about a 30 degree angle. I’m not sure if that’s right, but it wasn’t directly overhead, but slightly down. In relationship to the size of a full moon, I would say it was about ¼ that size when the moon is high in the sky. I was! n’t sure if it was above or below the clouds. It didn’t move, but faded away. I wasn’t sure if clouds just blocked my view at that point or what. A car drove up, so I moved to let them by. They commented on how strange the sky looked earlier. I agreed and told them I was looking at my first UFO. I was thinking they thought I was crazy, but the lady stopped me the next morning and said she saw what I was looking at after I had walked on.

A few minutes after my initial sighting, just up the road a bit, I looked up and saw it again! I watched it for a bit longer this time. It was in the same area and looked the same, except I didn’t notice the red light on top this time. It did move slightly back and forth and then disappeared.

It didn’t frighten me. It captivated me! I have looked at and admired the night sky all my life and have never seen anything like it! I have even lived in the Mojave Desert, where there are no city lights to interfere, and other than the moon and stars, have only seen planes and the occasional satellite. I wasn’t thinking of UFOs or even looking for one when I saw this. And no, I wasn’t drinking, and there were no fireworks nearby.