|Occurred : 6/27/2001 15:45 (Entered as : 06/27/01 15:45)
Reported: 6/27/2001 23:17
Location: Los Angeles, CA
|cigar like object changing orientation for about 40 min over LA on clear day
I was riding my bicycle eastward in a residential area. I noticed a usual commercial jetliner turning to make its approach to LAX, but I also saw an object that seemed to be high in the sky and nearly straight up. I curiously kept looking at it to try to identify what kind of object it might be. I got off my bike to look more intensely at it. By that time it was directly overhead. I could not tell if it was circular or slightly oblong at that time. When I first saw it I thought it might be a blimp. But it seemed to be much to high to be a blimp, but it seemed to be elongated at first. Then looking at it for about eight minutes straight up trying to shield my eyes by different means, I thought that if it does not move then I might as well be on my way. I rode for about a half mile still being able to see it. While riding it appeared as if it were a planet, as a pinpoint of light. Then I lost sight of it. I made my way to the bank to conduct a transaction. Upon leaving the bank, I thought I would scan the sky for the object again. Nearing my destination, I spotted it again. It was east of me, behind me as I traveled westerly. I would glance back at it here and there to see if it was sill there. Then at one point I clearly saw the white bright object as very distinctly cigar shaped and closer than ever (the length being about five times the height and horizontal). I raced home which then was about a block away to view it through my binoculars. By the time I got to see it through my binoculars it was drifting northeasterly and still seemed to be quite high. It was a bright white color with a red hue along the bottom (this hue could have been cause by refraction of the binoculars). It was fading in the distance and no longer horizontal. It faded into the distance looking again as a star and then no longer visible. I called my three sons to view the object, but by that time it was to far for them to see. I do have very acute vision as compared to them. The whole experience could have lasted! 30 to 4 0 minutes, most of my time being spent in the bank. There were no distinguishable features on the object--no windows, no wings, no projections. It did not move like a balloon. There was wind, but the object did not drift with the wind. The wind actually was blowing about 10 mph from north to south at the time it was directly overhead, but it did not move for that time it was directly overhead for about eight minutes. It was a gorgeous day, no clouds at all and no overcast--great visability.