|Occurred : 1/29/2018 18:15 (Entered as : 01/29/18 18:15)
Reported: 1/29/2018 4:59:41 PM 16:59
Location: Newton, IA
|Bright object floating eastward near sunset over central Iowa
Observed a very bright object floating at (estimated) 45 degrees above southern horizon at approximately sunset from a rural location. Initially seen a little east of south, drifted slowly eastward for about 30 minutes. As the sun set it became dimmer and more orange/pink. No detail visible thru 7-21x binoculars, photos are simple bright spot. Faded out as sun set, binocular detail suggested a flattened/distorted donut shape--thicker on the sunlit trailing end. Clear sky, approximately 20F. Unknown how long it was visible before being noticed.
Observer is a retired ME.