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Sighting Reports 2008

Woman Snaps of Photo of Blue Object in Western Horizon

Photo of Blue Object.
Photo of Blue Object.

Date of Sighting: November 19, 2008
Time of Sighting: 5:15 - 5:45 PM
Date Sighting Reported: November 20, 2008
Duration of Sighting: 45 Minutes
Location of Sighting: Mountlake Terrace, Washington (Suburb to N. of Seattle)
Latitude: 47.79 Degrees North
Longitude: 122.29 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Two
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Witness Stated That Skies Were Clear.

Description: Last night at approximately 5 PM, I looked out my office window while I was getting my cordless phone to call someone. The sun had just set and it was a very clear sky. Immediately out the back yard (above the tree line ) I noticed what looked like two stars. The one which was upper left, I believe to be a star or planet (Jupiter?). There are never any stars or air traffic in this position of the sky. It was startling to see it there just hanging/hovering. It was extremely bright, almost a blinding white, but when looking at the pictures that I had taken and downloaded onto my computer, I could see a perfect spherical ball that was mostly gold/yellow (even visually without pictures), but would change to blue on occasion (in pictures). It was three times the size of a star and seemed to move slightly around - sort of bouncing. At first I thought it was plane and kept waiting for it to cross over my house. I went to get my daughter who saw it as well as she said it must have been a plane. Fifteen minutes later, I was still waiting for it to go over my house (there is a lot of air traffic to and from Boeing Field, Paine Field, and SeaTac airport) and am used to seeing air traffic constantly. This was no plane. Eventually, I watched a plane come from left to right, crossing under the UFO. Then more traffic crossed back and forth just above the tree line, but just under the UFO. I kept watching the triangulation of the star to the UFO to the street light (in the tree line) and the planes crossing back and forth. It seemed like the UFO would move to the right as the star moved to the right. (It was acting like a star.) I grabbed my camera and took some 30 photos. Eventually, it moved to the right behind the trees and out of view. Did anyone else see this?

Comments: Mars and Mercury were visible low on the western horizon at 5 PM PST on November 19, 2008. Jupiter and Venus were visible in the southwest. I suspect that the witness could have photographed Mars, but the blue color is unusual. The photo has been edited by the witness and enlarged. Mars may have appeared blue due to extensive light scattering because it was very low on the horizon. The movement described by the witness is consistent with the rotation of the Earth.