|Occurred : 9/18/2011 06:00 (Entered as : 9/18/11 6:00)
Reported: 9/19/2011 12:37:20 PM 12:37
Location: Chandler, AZ
|Tear Dropped Shaped Object and Orb Cluster Observed In Arizona
At approximately 6am I saw an object between east and southeast of my position. The sun had come up over the horizon and the sky was lit up with no clouds in that area of the sky. Initially I thought the object looked too bright, to big, and oddly shaped to be any standard object found in the sky. There were no other visible objects in the morning sky. The object was approximately 30-40 arc-degrees above the horizon.
I grabbed a pair of binoculars to inspect further. Using the binoculars I saw a tear dropped shaped object that was approximately 10-20 times the size of a planet when viewed through the same binoculars. The tear drop was orientated with the largest part of the shape towards the zenith and the narrowest point of the shape towards the horizon. The shape wasn’t a perfect tear drop. Along right hand side from the mid-point to the bottom there was a slight inward notch on the form.
The object was a solid luminescent bluish white color with no interior features and fairly bright, possibly as bright as Venus maybe brighter. Along the upper right edge of the shape the color was a little different being a very vibrant violet-blue in color, almost like light coming from a prism.
I watched the object for approximately 40 minutes in this state. During that time it appeared to move a short distance through the sky as if it was in a fixed position (i.e. Earth’s rotation was moving it through the sky).
I wanted to rule out any planets being in the area so I went into the house to look up sky charts. After looking at the star charts and ruling out the possibility of any planets being in that position I returned outside. This was approximately 6:40am. At that time the tear drop shaped object was gone and there were two other objects in that area. My assumption is that the tear drop shaped object broke apart into these objects, but without seeing the transition I can’t say with certainty.
The two new objects were approximately 3-4.5 arc-degrees apart from each other. One was slightly below and to the left of the other. The upper most object appeared to be a reddish orange object that changed shapes during the time that I observed. It was approximately 1/5th the size of the original tear drop shaped object. It brightness was significantly less than that of the tear dropped shaped object. It kept changing shapes at one point it looked like Saturn with a ring around it, then it changed to a circle, then to half circle. After that it appeared to rotate between circle, half circle, and an oval shaped object.
The second object appeared to be a cluster of small individual white orbs. The orbs within the cluster moved around in a chaotic fashion. Every once in a while an orb would shoot up towards the zenith from the cluster. It would travel for about 10 seconds or so in a slow, straight, trajectory before it faded out. I studied the orb cluster for several minutes watching this same activity repeat itself until the cluster could no longer be seen.
I then switched back to the reddish orange object. I observed it for several more minutes. It continued to cycle shapes, circular, oval, half circle, before I couldn’t see it anymore. The event lasted till approximately 6:55am.
I have spent some time studying the daytime and nighttime sky, as an amateur astronomer. My daytime profession is that of an engineer.