|Occurred : 2/28/2004 18:10 (Entered as : 02/28/04 18:10)
Reported: 2/28/2004 10:01:27 PM 22:01
Location: St. Albert (Canada), AB
|Weather balloon doing some experiment? Recorded the event with a telescope!
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I go for a walk around 6:pm MST Around 6:10 I notice there is a bright star like object south west of the quarter waxing moon.
Sunset has just started and the object is about a Venus magnitude.
Very striking against the blue sky.
I hookup the 32mm Anteares and got a line on it with my Celestron Telescope.
Through the eyepiece you could see what definitely looked like a balloon with a package swinging below it.
As it drifted east I switched to my digital camera and the adapted 20mm Celestron.
I was able to record some excellent video.
Although it would have been better with a computer automated system of tracking to soften the vibration.
As it drifted east it seem to track smoothly.
Then it seemed to start back towards the moon.
As it did, the package seemed to drop something and the balloon looked like it became an elongated umbrella. Its was transparent looking but showed a reflective white pattern.
As the package fell, it looked like it was tethered on a loosely packed string of pearls.
Instead of being straight bellow the balloon, it snaked back and forth in the sky.
The length must have been incredible. I think about 5 degree of the sky was encompassed from top to bottom of tether line.
Time End: 6:25 pm MST Cloud cover started over and I lost the remaining event.
Fantastic none the less! Interesting that this event matches my daughter['s drawing above. Same moon phase.
((NUFORC Note: One of two excellent reports from the same witness. Please see the other report for June 1st, 1980, in Edmonton. PD))