|Occurred : 12/25/2011 18:45 (Entered as : 12/25/2011 18:45)
Reported: 12/31/2011 8:42:24 PM 20:42
Location: West Jordan, UT
|Bright stationary light above Oquirrh mountains – seen for 30-40 minutes
My family and I were driving from Herriman to our home in West Jordan on the benches of the Oquirrh Mountains. As we drove west up 11800 South (west of Herriman High School) toward Bacchus Highway, I noticed a large light in the sky. I wondered at first if this was an airplane, due to its brightness, however the object didn’t appear to move. It remained stationary in the sky, slightly elevated above the top of the mountain range. I pointed it out to my spouse who could clearly see it.
I watched the light the entire time during our drive back home, about 15-20 minutes. The light was still visible by the time we arrived home. I quickly went inside to get my small video camera and went out onto the stairs behind our house. I was able to film the object for approximately 5-6 minutes. I am not very talented when it comes filming, so the video is shaky. I had to zoom out and in several times, but once I was able to locate it in the viewfinder I saw it fairly clearly. I watched the object as closely as I could. It appeared to grow larger and smaller, possibly brighter and dimmer, but always quite bright. When it appeared larger, I could just make out a smaller ball of more concentrated light in the center. I was able to film what appeared to be something solid moving across the front of the object from left to right, which obstructed the light. It reminded me a bit of a lunar eclipse, but the dark form blocking the light in front of the object wasn’t as big as t! he object itself.
After watching the object for about 5-6 minutes on camera, it gently dimmed and vanished. I waited with the camera rolling for about one more minute to see if it would come back, but it was cold and I decided to go inside without seeing it again. I checked outside several times that night to see if it had re-appeared, but I never saw it. I have been looking for it every day since, and I haven’t seen it again. I know there is other amateur video on YouTube of a strikingly similar object hovering over the same mountain range, yet filmed from Tooele, which is on the other side of the mountain range from where I filmed my object. The skeptic in me says it was some sort of extremely bright light they use at Kennecott for mining, but I’m fairly certain it wasn’t touching the mountain and I haven't seen it before in the five years we have lived out here. I would like to send in the video I shot, but I'm not sure how to do that via email.