|Occurred : 11/25/2012 16:50 (Entered as : 11/25/12 16:50)
Reported: 11/25/2012 6:06:31 PM 18:06
Location: Portland, OR
|Extremely bright object in southern sky. - Portland.
I was driving home, heading south on my street, just about to reach my residence. Off in the distance, to the south, about 30 degrees above the horizon, I saw an *extremely* brilliant seemingly stationary object in the sky. Distance unknown. It was white, incredibly bright, and pulsed or twinkled...not unlike a bright light through a lens, or a distant twinkling star...except this thing was huge compared to what a star or planet looks like, and many magnitudes brighter...and it was still mostly daylight out. I cannot emphasize enough the brightness of this object. It was akin to Venus at its brightest on a clear night in the country, only it appeared so much larger than Venus ever does. Without being able to gauge the distance, I have no idea as to its actual size. It could have been anywhere from a mile away to several dozen miles away, but from my point of view it was about half the size of a dime held at arm’s length.
As I approached the spot I always use to turn around, so I can park facing north, I stopped and watched the object for maybe 2 more minutes. At no time, did it move or change intensity. Even though it seemed way too bright, I kind of expected it to just be an airplane coming up over the horizon, directly at me, and that after a few moments the perspective would change and the light would look different. I then realized I was sitting parked in the middle of the road, so I proceeded to turn around as usual, all the while keeping an eye on the object either directly or through a mirror. When parked, now facing north, I continued to watch the still stationary object in my driver’s side mirror for up to another 30 seconds or so. I then got out to take a better look, and in the time it takes me to open my door, the object apparently had vanished. I did not directly witness it vanish, but I had only taken my eye off of it for a split second. If it had been an airplane, comin! g up over the horizon, making it appear stationary, then I still would have been able to see the plane itself after the perspective of the light changed. But there was nothing in the sky there. Nothing coming or going...left or right, away or towards. I also did not hear any airplanes or helicopters. I continued to watch that spot and surrounding areas for several more minutes and did not see anything at all in the sky, anomalous objects or otherwise.
There was a gentleman waiting at a bus stop about 50+ feet away. We noticed each other looking southward, but being shy I did not go over and speak with him. I wish I had now.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))