|Occurred : 8/15/2015 01:03 (Entered as : 08152015 1:03)
Reported: 9/14/2015 4:17:39 PM 16:17
Location: Sprague River, OR
|Oval white object hovering to the south.
On the above date, I was doing some work for the local Post Office/Library in Sprague River, Oregon, setting up security cameras.
On the north side of the building, I was looking for a spot to put one of the cameras, and looked up to see a bright ‘white oval object, shining in the sky. At first I thought it was a reflection off my sunglasses, but taking them off I noticed an object round and bright white in the southern direction about 75% off the horizon. It was not moving, no sound, and a light wind was blowing.
I went to my truck and got out a 7x50 pair of binoculars to take a closer look. I was surprised to see a criss/cross line design on the bottom of the object, almost rounded shaped. Still the object was not moving. I got out my cell phone, which is a Samsung Stratosphere and took several photos. I later cropped them for a closer look at this object. (See Fig. 2 photo)
I went into the building then, asked one of the employees to come out and witness what I was looking at (she wants to remain anonymous at this time). I pointed up at the object, then gave here my binoculars… her words; “Weird”! She confirmed what I had seen in the binoculars and that was a strange design on the bottom of the object. We stood there watching to see any movement from the object. She then had to go back in, and I had wiring to attach.
It could not have been more than 5 minutes when I went back out to the location, the object was gone! That time had to be about 1:15 or 1:20 pm.
I called NOAA in Medford, Oregon, on 16 Aug. 2015, and spoke with a meteorologist about the sighting. I then emailed him a photo of the object and he emailed me back; "I have no idea what it is. The nearest weather balloon launched near a fire that day was on the ground before 11:30am, so it wasn’t a weather balloon from the National Weather Service. Good luck!” So, the weather balloon theory is ruled out.
On 17 Aug., 2015, I checked with Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls, Oregon, to see if they had anything flying that day and timeframe. They had nothing flying that day per the public affairs office.
Since the Klamath Falls Airport currently does not have commercial aircraft flying in and out of the Klamath basin, this rules out any object from that area.
Both the USAF and NOAA mentioned the possibility of a ‘drone’. I have two small radio controlled drones and this was not a drone. There was a light wind that day from the south, maybe 5-7 mph and the object did not waiver or move.
I also pulled up Google Sky Map on my cell phone for that date and time and stood at the same place where I took the photos... now Jupiter, Venus, Mercury and the Moon were in the vicinity of the Sun that day. All the planets including the Moon were south of the Sun. Venus to the SSW and the other planets to the SSE positions. This object was more NNE direction of all the planet locations. It is my opinion this was not any of the planets in the vicinity during that time as it was too far north of the Sun. (See Fig 1 photo) Compass reading of the object was 160 degrees south.
Angle of elevation was 75% off the horizon.
Long/lat 42.55512 N & 121.50386 W Temp: 81 degrees Ground elevation: 4171 feet Wind direction: Coming from south, 5-7mph.
Altitude of object: Unknown.
Shape: Round/Oval Color: White Size at arms length: About 1/6th of thumb nail.
Sighting Evaluation: The Klamath Basin has its share of military aircraft from Kingsley Field, and is in a flight path for commercial aircraft also. (See Fig. 3 photo) This was none of these. Eliminating all the possibilities; weather balloon, drone, aircraft, planets, weather phenomena, natural phenomena, any other man-made object… This witness concludes it as ‘unknown’ at this time.