|Occurred : 9/20/2011 20:40 (Entered as : 09/20/11 20:40)
Reported: 9/21/2011 3:47:01 PM 15:47
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
|shining red and blue light in western sky, circular, ring, spinning
Prior to Jupiter rising, we noticed in the west, about 20 degrees above the horizon, an incredible emanation from what from our perspective is the location of the star, Arcturus. The obvious red and blue flickering was noticeable compared to all the other stars. At first we assumed it must be a plane transiting west to east. After ten minutes of observation we determined the object appeared to be celestial, not sky based, as it appeared to be setting. We obtained a mediun powered optic and upon mounting the optic on tripod, we saw the object more clearly. It was a ring of light, with smaller colors of blue and red, seemingly spinning. We had never seen anything like it, and immediately called an astronomer associate and asked him if he could locate the object. His location is approximately 12 miles northwest of us, and we assumed he would immediately locate the object and view it with greater magnification. he could not locate it, leaving us to deduce! the object was not clestial, and must have been sky-based. This was one of the most remarkable experiences either one of us has ever experienced.