|Occurred : 7/21/2012 10:30 (Entered as : 7/21/2012 10:30 PM)
Reported: 7/22/2012 12:32:51 AM 00:32
Location: Portland, OR
|Interesting yewllow, red and orange lights seen from S.E. Portland, Oregon.
About 10:30 PM, I was sitting on my SE Portland, Oregon patio deck and observed a couple of bright orange- yellowish lights hovering and moving slowly in the South Eastern sky (clear sky, no clouds)-- towards the direction of Mt Scott, Clackamas county. I looked through my binoculars and saw them. They didn't have any other flashing lights as planes do. Their brightness was about the same as a jet's flood light. They seemed to be in the same general vicinity, one of them I had in sight of my binoculars either faded down or disappeared. They were fairly slow, but about as high in altitude as a plane. I don't know how high they were, but they were about level with my neighbor's chimney, which, from where I sat on my deck would be about a 20-25% rise from atop my deck, which is 10 feet above ground level. I used my Suunto inclinometer for this 20-25 percent inclination estimate*. It would be hard to judge the actual distance the lights were from me.
Within 10 minutes of this, or about 10:40 PM I got a call from my father who lives only 800 feet (N/W) from my house. He said he saw about 8 reddish lights in the same south eastern sky, they seemed to be moving upwards, and hovering in place, staying close to each other.
Ultimately, I don't know if these are flares or Chinese lanterns, or what they were, but found them Odd. I only saw 2, but my father says he saw up to 8.
I just felt it important to report.