Report Updated: June 30, 2016
Location of Sighting: Salt Lake City, Utah
Date of Sighting: June 25, 2016
Time of Sighting: 1 PM MDT
Description: Zoom and enlarge edge of Sun light. Photo was taken in Salt Lake City, UT on Sat, June 25, 2016 at 1 PM. The object is very large. Object headed Northeast about 30 mi. I have one more picture. When I first saw it was as bright as the sun itself. I took it with a camera phone which is not good quality, but it moved very slow and I watched it for four and a half hours. I wish I had my 35 MM camera, but I had 9×50 binoculars and it blew me away. It was metallic. I don’t know how else I can explain it.
The object is not a lens flare because I saw it. I watched it for 4 and one half hours. I have no reason to BS anyone. I’m not looking for fame or crap like that.
Note: The witness sent two photos. The second photo was not received when the first report was written. Also the witness explained in more detail what he saw. Originally I thought that the object was not real, but due to a lens flare due to proximity of the sun in the photo. However, the second photo clearly shows an object and the witness did see the object moving very slowly to the northeast. What could the object be? A check of winds aloft showed the winds were around 10 to 15 MPH at the surface, but were very light (below 10 MPH) in the lower 10,000 feet of the atmosphere above the surface. The winds were from NW near the surface and backed to a westerly direction at near 10,000 feet. Could the object have been a high altitude balloon flying at constant height? Given the observed movement (to the northeast) and length of time (4.5 hours) this is an unlikely explanation. Sometimes the planet Venus is visible during the day. Venus was up during the time of the sighting. However, Venus shouldn’t have been as pronounced as indicated by the photo. Also Venus wasn’t at it’s brightest intensity. Given the photo and report I don’t have an explanation for this sighting.Note to Commenters: If you are reporting a sighting, be sure to include the location (city, state, country), date and time of your sighting. Be detailed in your description. You may also use our report form to report your sighting. Comments will only be published if they are in "good taste" and not inflammatory. Also the name that you list in the comment will be posted. Use abbreviations or aliases if you don't want your name listed.