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Sighting Reports 2011

Family See Aerial Glowing Orange Object Move East Then Turn South

Sketch of Object as Viewed Through Vehicle Sky Roof by Witness.
Sketch of Object as Viewed Through Vehicle Sky Roof by Witness.

Rathdrum is in the Northern Idaho Panhandle About 20 Miles Northeast of Spokane, Washington.
Rathdrum is in the Northern Idaho Panhandle
About 20 Miles Northeast of Spokane, Washington.

Date of Sighting: May 18, 2011
Time of Sighting: 10:05 PM PDT
Location of Sighting: Rathdrum, Idaho (See Map)

Description: On the evening of 5/18/2011 my girlfriend, her son and I were driving home from Post Falls, Idaho to Rathdrum, Idaho north on Highway 41. At about 10:05 PM the sky was totally clear. There was other traffic ahead and behind us. We all saw a glowing orange object move from west to east in front of us then turn south to fly over Highway 41. It flickered occasionally as if it were passing behind a small cloud or something. As it passed overhead I opened the sunroof to look straight up at it. It was a circular orange glowing object that looked to be very low and pretty small. We estimated it to be about 6 feet in diameter and to be flying about 200 to 300 feet above the car. When looking straight up at it I could make out small points of light in a circle around the outside of the object. It was almost as if there were bulbs or at least it was they were points that the light was coming out of. I don't believe that the "bulbs" would account for the total glow of the object however, as they didn't radiate as far to the outside of the object as they would have had to, to account for the glow at the center of the object. As it passed over there was no sound. When it was moving west to east it had the backdrop of Rathdrum Mountain behind it so I do think that my perspective was pretty accurate and that it was low and a small object. I went home and thought about this all night and I haven't been able to get it out of my mind since. I created a photoshop image of what we saw and I am attaching it. I do believe it was a little more orange than my image however. The sky was still a bit light so I could definitely tell that there was nothing, but the light. (It was not a silhouetted plane against the night sky etc.) There is an RC Plane club that is near that area and I have been wondering if it were a hoax. Still, it traveled a long way and it was silent. I am hoping that someone else saw this that night and can give more information.

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