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Sighting Reports 2008

Family Sees White Airborne Object in Shape of "Ice Cream Cone

First Photo Taken at 5:15 PM PDT.
First Photo Taken at 5:15 PM PDT.

Second Photo Taken at 5:16 PM PDT.
Second Photo Taken at 5:16 PM PDT.

Map of Sighting Showing Probable Path of Weather Balloon Launched at Around 5 PM PDT.
Map of Sighting Showing Probable Path of Weather Balloon.
The Balloon Was Launched at Around 5 PM PDT.

Date of Sighting: March 27, 2008
Time of Sighting: 6:15 PM
Date Sighting Reported: March 28, 2008
Duration of Sighting: 20 to 30 Minutes
Location of Sighting: Long Beach, California (See Map)
Latitude: 33.79 Degrees North
Longitude: 118.1 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Three
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: One of Photos Shows a Few High Clouds. Visibility Was 10 Miles. Winds Were From the West-Northwest at 8 MPH.

Description: On March 27th, 2008, my two boys (11 & 6) and I were in the backyard of our Long Beach, California trying to groom our dog while watching TV. My eldest son was the first to take notice of the object that was above our yard. The sky had only 3 bands of clouds that looked as if they were stretched from east to west, but most of the sky was clear blue. My son thought it was a balloon in the sky and asked me if I thought it was the same. I immediately noted that it probably wasn't a balloon. We watched it through their toy binoculars at first and then since it wasn't moving very fast at all, I had one of my sons go and get my binoculars which are very good quality. Once I got them and looked, I couldn't look away. It was rounded at the top, silver and reflecting the sun as a mylar baloon would, but this was different because it appeared to have three round lights on it, in the center of the disk. However, it wasn't a typical disk. This object was rounded at the top, had the shape of an ice cream cone and was unlike anything I had ever seen before. So, it was a silver, reflective disc with a funnel shaped bottom, giving it the appearance of an ice cream cone. It had three lights that went through the middle of the disc (White, red, white) that, together, were about a third of the size of the disk part, itself. The lights seemed to blink several times, when the sun was not reflecting on the surface of the disk. The cone part was hard to describe. It was whitish on the edges but seemed to have a diamond or something in the middle of it that was visible, then not, as if the object was spinning, but by the time I noticed it, it was so far away that I couldn't be sure of what I saw. The time had to be between 5 and 630 pm. It is really hard to pinpoint the time since we had been outside all day. The object was no bigger than a pencil eraser from the view in my binoculars so I had my son go and get my camera next. I took about ten photos of the object and zoomed on it as close as I could and had it on the highest setting so that I might be able to see it on the computer better. Of course, I could only blow it up so big, but from the naked eye, it appeared as if it was a star or planet so bright that it sparkled like a diamond. Our sighting lasted at least twenty to thirty minutes and eventually the object got so far away that it just disappeared from our view. The object did NOT get higher in the sky, but drifted in a south-westerly direction. I will add the best photos. You can decide if its real or not.

Comments: I at first thought that the witnesses had observed a weather balloon. A weather balloon was launched from San Diego at around 5 PM PDT. The balloon would have had a trajectory to the East-Southeast (Mexico). Therefore it is not likely that the witnesses saw a weather balloon. A check of planetary positions shows that Venus would not have been visible and would have set about 6 PM. The photos are not too revealing because of the distance of the object. The photos were taken with a Sony Cybershot Digital camera. (The maximum resolution of this camera is 7.1 megapixels.)