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Sighting Reports 2011

Bright Orb Seen High in Western Sky Near Sunset. Photos Taken.

Photo of Orb Taken Near Sunset.
Photo of Orb Taken Near Sunset.

Lake Oswego is a Suburb About 10 Miles South of Downtown Portland.
Lake Oswego is a Suburb About 10 Miles South of Downtown Portland.

Date of Sighting: April 28, 2011
Time of Sighting: 7:50 PM PDT
Location of Sighting: Lake Oswego, Oregon (See Map)

Description: My first picture was taken facing Southwest. (See above photo.) I only stopped and looked up because of the awesome sunset taking place. I then noticed an orb hovering high in the sky. The orb seemed to drift. The orb's radiance was visually dampened by the sun's powerful rays, though captured well by camera. I then drove to a higher vantage point. The next picture I was facing West dead on. Again the orb was present though I realized with my directional change I realized there were actually two orbs! (This photo is not shown.)

Note: The photos were taken with a Samsung SGH-T959 Cellphone camera. This camera has a maximum resolution of 5 million pixels. Analysis indicated that the photo has been edited by the witness, but it appears that the editing involved adjusting characteristics of the photo and that the orb was not added. This is not a lens flare because the witness saw the orb. (This is important to note.) However, the orb could have other explanations. No bright planets were visible at the time of the sighting. (Venus is the only planet that can be visible during daylight.) The object was not a weather balloon because the local weather balloon launch (from Salem, Oregon) would have been around 5 PM PDT nearly 3 hours before the sighting. Perhaps it could have been another type of balloon (commercial, promotional, etc)?

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