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Occurred : 1/5/2001 18:40 (Entered as : 01/05/01 6:40PM-C)
Reported: 1/5/2001 20:35
Posted: 2/25/2003
Location: Baytown, TX
Shape: Cigar
Duration:15 MIN
LARGE OBLONG CIGAR SHAPED WINGLESS BRIGHT OBJECT MOVING EAST TO WEST OVER HOUSTON TEXAS

AT ABOUT 5:40 PM /CT BAYTOWN, TEXAS, I WAS DRIVING MY CAR TO PICK UP MY GRANDDAUGHTER AT THE LIBRARY IN THE LATE EVENING AS THE SUN WAS JUST SETTING BELOW THE HORIZON. THE SKY WAS STILL BLUE WITH A HIGH CLOUD OR TWO REFLECTING ORANGE COLOR ON THE CLOUDS. I OBSERVED A BRIGHT OBLONG OBJECT MOVING FROM EAST TO WEST. AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS A METEORITE WITH A TAIL ON IT MOVING THROUGH THE ATMOSPHERE. I PULLED MY CAR INTO A PARKING LOT TO WATCH IT FOR ABOUT 10 MINUTES OR SO. THE OBJECT WAS MOVING ABOUT THE SPEED OF AN AIRPLANE. AS I WATCHED IT, THERE WERE OTHER AIRPLANES MOVING AROUND WITH LANDING LIGHTS ON AND I COMPARED THE OBJECT TO THE AIRPLANES. THE AIRPLANES LOOKED DARK EVEN WITH THEIR LANDING LIGHTS ON AGAINST THE BLUE SKY. I SAW NO WINGS ON THE OBJECT. THE OBJECT SEEMED TO BE FLYING MUCH HIGHER THAN THE AIRPLANES AND WAS TOTALLY COVERED WITH A BRIGHT WHITE LIGHT, NOTHING LIKE THE AIRPLANES I OBSERVED. THE OBJECT MOVED COMPLETELY ACROSS THE SKY IN ABOUT 7 OR 8 MINUTES, FROM OVER BAYTOWN TO HOUSTON, AND THEN SEEMED TO SLOW DOWN OR STOP AND THEN START MOVING AGAIN. THE OBJECT FLYING AS HIGH AS IT WAS, SEEMED TWICE AS LARGE COMPARED TO THE AIRPLANES FLYING AT A LOWER ALTITUDE. IT ALSO SEEMED TO ME THAT THE SUN MIGHT HAVE BEEN REFLECTING ON THE OBJECT BECAUSE THE OBJECT MAINTAINED IT'S BRIGHTNESS WITH A SLIGHT ORANGE COLOR THE ENTIRE TIME I OBSERVED IT. THE OBJECT DID NOT LEAVE ANY VAPOR TRAIL LIKE A HIGH FLYING PLANE MIGHT DO. THE OBJECT FLEW INTO A SMALL ORANGE CLOUD AND EMERGED A MINUTE LATER AND THEN SEEMED TO CHANGE DIRECTION TO THE SOUTH. I LIVE ABOUT 30 MILES EAST OF HOUSTON AND THIS OBJECT WOULD HAVE BEEN OVER HOUSTON TEXAS THE LAST TIME I OBSERVED IT. THE OBJECT STOOD OUT BECAUSE OF IT'S BRIGHTNESS. I DO NOT BELIEVE IT WAS AN AIRPLANE AFTER COMPARING THE PLANES TO IT. IT LOOKED ENTIRELY DIFFERENT FROM THE PLANES. I HAD TO STOP WATCHING IT BECAUSE I HAD TO PICK UP MY GRANDDAUGHTER FROM THE LIBRARY AT 6:00 PM.