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Sighting Reports 2009

Two See Reflection of Setting Sun Off of Metallic Disk Object

Date of Sighting: June 27, 2009
Time of Sighting: 8:30 PM EDT
Location of Sighting: Farmington Hills, Michigan (Suburb to Northwest of Detroit)

Description: It was a clear night and I was in the hot tub outside with my dad. I was watching a plane flying at about the highest altitude that planes fly when I spotted a bright light that resembled a star or planet. I pointed to it and my dad also saw it. It was moving at first approximately 3000-5000 feet above the airplane and than it just sat idle. My dad went inside and brought out his binoculars and camera. Through the binoculars I could clearly see that this was not a star, planet, satellite, or space station. The light was the reflection of the setting sun on a gray, metallic disc shaped object which hovered on a 45 degree angle. It hovered in the same spot for a good 10 minutes and my dad tried to capture the image on his camera. Unfortunately he could not get a good shot of it and while he was trying to find it through the viewfinder, I looked down for a couple of seconds to rest my neck, when we looked back at where it was, it was gone. I don't know how it could have disappeared because it was hovering in plain sight and than just disappeared. I cannot say for sure if this was something from another part of the universe, but I've been an amateur sky watcher my entire adult life and never seen anything like this. I was hoping to find anyone else who witnessed this UFO.

Note: I strongly suspect that the witnesses saw a weather balloon launched from nearby White Lake, Michigan at 8 PM EDT. Weather balloons can appear as disk shaped craft when the sun angle is right (near sunset). This coupled with the fact that the winds aloft were quite light on that date makes a weather balloon a more likely explanation. Also the fact that the object disappeared from witness view is consistent considering that weather balloons ascend quite rapidly.