|Occurred : 11/1/2003 16:48 (Entered as : 11/01/2003 16:48)
Reported: 11/19/2003 3:01:19 PM 15:01
Location: Portland, OR
|Pink-Orange sphere photographed near downtown Portland, OR
At 4:48pm local time on Saturday, 11-1-2003, I was driving, just crossing over I-5 on the Alberta Street overpass. I looked south and noticed a bright pink-orange stationary round light aligned over a tall building in Portland's downtown. I had a camera with me so I stopped on the overpass. Trying to zoom in to the object, I saw in the viewfinder a very bright "burning ember" uniform light over the full visible area of the object. However I was unable to snap the picture due to underexposure. I reframed at less zoom factor and was able to get the shot, emailed separately, PICT0145-1.jpg. By the time I got the shot, the object had dimmed considerably while shrinking in size, and I was not sure I even got it. The picture has a 10x scaled up blow-up of the object. It was not an airplane or helicopter, the light was too large for that.
When I see things like this, I wait to report to see if anyone else reported it. Turns out between 11-1 and 11-8-2003 there were several other western U.S. sightings of spheres like this object from New Mexico to Seattle.