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Occurred : 8/3/2001 12:14 (Entered as : 8/3/01 12:14)
Reported: 8/3/2001 20:22
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Tempe, AZ
Shape: Cigar
Duration:2 minutes
The movement away from me was too quick to be a blimp, and the change in direction to sudden for a plane.

I awoke at 12:14 am on the 3rd of August 2001. I found myself walking to our third story balcony and saw a cigar shaped object about the size of my thumb at arm's length. I saw it at a 75 degree angle off the horizon toward the East. It was a clear night with a few clouds and a bright moon. No sound came from it as it drifted east. I thought it was a blimp as I watch the light pattern flick on and off... However, I saw the shape seem to shrink and wondered at this until I realized it was moving east away from me. It moved or "shrank" very quickly and then suddenly began a southern line of flight again within 2 or 3 seconds. I watched it move south until tress blocked my view. I can't say I saw a surface-but it did block the stars. In addition, the movement away from me was quick enough to cause grave doubt in my blimp theory.