|Occurred : 1/4/2014 22:08 (Entered as : 01/04/14 22:08)
Reported: 1/4/2014 9:53:02 PM 21:53
Location: Phoenix, AZ
|Large, bright red ill defined light flying over then disappearing straight up
A reddish bright glowing object traveling from north to south initially, then going straight up and disappearing out of sight. We were standing near 44th Street and Indian School in Phoenix when I saw it approaching from the north. I at first though it was an airliner going towards Sky Harbor airport but it was to bright and glowing to be an airliner. It traveled in a straight line at a constant speed towards us then when it was over us it went directly upward between the planet Jupiter & the star Pollux which were both clearly visible right overhead. I am a pilot and am familiar with many types of aircraft but have never seen one that acted like this one. It was a clear night with no clouds and a partial moon. The object gave off a fuzzy reddish light and seemed to have an underlying structure with some other smaller lights. There were other aircraft visible in the distance at the same time and the police helicopter flew nearby about 15 minutes after ! the sighting. It moved noticeably faster than the jets flying below 10,000 feet in the area and it made no sound. I was not able to determine the altitude but it appeared larger than the airlines we frequently see flying over. I got one photo with my iPhone which only showed an elongated light as it was ascending. I would like to know if any one else witnessed the sighting.