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Sighting Reports 2009

Photo Taken of Bright-Shiny Object in Daytime Sky

Photo and Enlargement of Bright Shiny Object Seen by Witness.
Photo and Enlargement of Bright Shiny Object Seen by Witness.

Yavatmal is in Central India.
Yavatmal is in Central India.

Date of Sighting: January 24, 2009
Time of Sighting: 12:06 PM Local Time
Location of Sighting: Yavatmal, Maharashtra State, India (See Map)

Description: I had been to Yavatmal on the 24th to meet my friend and as he had some work at his factory. I accompanied him and I preferred waiting out watching the work going on in his factory premises. A little before mid-day I was standing at the marked place (on wikimapia.org) waiting for my friend who was in a meeting. I was looking at the clear blue sky with very faint clouds and I saw this extremely shiny object in the sky. It seemed stationary and was very bright. I was amazed at the brightness and concentrated on it trying to identify what it could be and then I realized that it was moving very slowly as if it was drifting. I thought maybe it could be a weather balloon (It probably could be, but I am not sure.) It was just a few hours that I was in Yavatmal and I have absolutely no idea if weather balloons are released there. I believe weather balloons are white in color, but this thing seemed to reflect like it would be a foil. This thing looked like a perfect shiny sphere although in the photograph it shows a different shape. I believe it could be because of 'camera shake'. The picture is taken from a Cannon Power Shot A560 zoomed to the maximum digital 16x. It does make it shaky and difficult to catch a object so far away on the LCD screen and click it with a steady hand. A few seconds later it seemed to slightly pick up speed. I am sure the wind on the ground was in the opposite direction. This thing was going westward. It kept on accelerating gradually and then it stopped, looking brighter than before. (Maybe I imagined that it looked brighter.) It was hard trying to focus the eyes on it. Two of the workers there too asked me what it could be. I said it could be a weather balloon, but I wonder if they knew what a weather balloon is. I wished I was carrying my binoculars that time. At that time I took a break by looking down cause my neck was feeling the strain looking straight up. When I looked up again I could not see it. It could not be, cause it was only a couple of seconds . It just could not disappear. It had not disappeared but it was way away westward and was moving really fast almost at the speed of a plane flying high. Then at one point it stopped and it started shrinking in size rapidly and then it was gone. I would attribute the shrinking in size to it going higher and away.The accompanying photo was taken when it seemed to be steady. I could not bring it in frame (on the LCD) when it was moving faster. I realize now that I could have used the viewfinder instead of the LCD. This is the only shot that I have taken. Oh one more thing I would like to mention that earlier I had seen two vapor clouds (one stretching east-west and the other north south) that a fighter jet leaves. I did ask my friend that time whether there is a air base nearby. I do believe that 2 to 4 vapor trails are left by jets over Yavatmal skies each day. I forgot to mention the above incident to my friend, but at least two of his workers have seen this with me. There could be even more witnesses because I was staring at the sky like crazy and I am sure many must have seen me staring and they too would have looked in the same direction.

Note: The object could be a balloon rising which could account for its changes in speed as it rises into stronger winds higher up in the atmosphere. However, the color does not resemble a normal weather balloon. The time of the sighting was 12:06 AM Local Time which computes to 5:36 AM Greenwich Meridian Time (GMT). Weather balloons are normally launched at 00:00 and 12:00 GMT around the world so it is unlikely that the object was a weather balloon. (Sometimes special launches are made, but due to expense this is rarely done.) The details in the enlarged photo do not suggest a weather balloon as no "tether" carrying an instrument package is evident. Of course the object could possibly be another type of balloon.

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