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Sighting Reports 2006

Man Sees Slow Moving, White Starlike Object in Daytime Sky

Date of Sighting: July 9, 2006
Time of Sighting: 7 to 7:15 PM PDT
Date Reported: July 9, 2006
Duration of Sighting: 15 Minutes
Location of Sighting: Eugene, Oregon
Latitude: 44.05 Degrees North (Estimated)
Longitude: 123.08 Degrees West (Estimated)
Weather: Clear Skies. Visibility 10 Miles

Description (In Witness's Own Words): I was on the roof of our house trimming a tree, when my girlfriend on the ground pointed out an object in the sky, nearly halfway between the horizon and directly overhead, in the south and slightly east. The object was white, starlike in appearance, and appeared at first to be motionless. We thought it was a mylar balloon at first, then perhaps Jupiter. However, it was 7 pm, and still quite light out (and clear). I got down off the roof to get a better view. We watched it for about five minutes, then realized it was moving very slowly in a northerly direction. I then noticed a second similar object (though not as bright) closer to the horizon and in a SE direction -- this object very slowly moved in a westerly direction, and faded from view. After about ten minutes of viewing, I got back onto the roof to complete the tree trimming, and noticed the first object, in the NE, close to the horizon, and moving more rapidly than before. As it faded, it flashed brightly briefly, before disappearing. This was not a plane, and seemed much too slow for a satellite. The object was in view for about 15 minutes, from 7 to 7:15 PM. My girlfriend and I were both puzzled, and my 2 year old daughter also saw the object.

Investigator's Notes: It is difficult to say what the witnesses sighted. As the witness pointed out it was too early and not dark enough to see planets. The possibility exists that the objects could have been balloons, but this seems unlikely considering one object moved north and the other west. (The winds would carry each balloon in the same direction unless the balloons were at significantly different altitudes.) Given available information I have no explanation for this sighting.