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Occurred : 9/17/2004 07:30 (Entered as : 09/17/2004 7:30)
Reported: 1/4/2005 3:33:19 PM 15:33
Posted: 1/19/2005
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Shape: Sphere
Duration:2 HRS
Daylight sighting of a large spherical object on 9/17/04 hovering for more than three hours over northeast Scottsdale, AZ.

I am writing to confirm a sighting similar to the one reported by an observer as occurring in Phoenix, AZ on 9/17/04.

A spherical object was sighted hovering in the cloudless sky over northeast Scottsdale, AZ on 9/17/04 at 7:30 AM. In addition to myself, the event was witnessed by my wife and four masonry contractors who were installing our patio. As the prior witness reported, the object was a large translucent silver sphere with six legs positioned around its perimeter. A line extended from its center with a ball shaped object attached at the end. There appeared to be a pulsating pale yellow light within the interior portion of the object. The contractors humorously likened the object's configuration to that of a huge jelly fish.

The object remained static and fixed in its position for more than three hours. The contractors reported that it eventually ascended and moved westward out of sight at approximately 11:00 AM. A friend later called to report that he initially observed the same object at daybreak hovering over his nearby home in Scottsdale. He also advised that the sighting was first reported by the local news media as an experimental balloon launched by Arizona State University. A second report stated that the object was a NASA experimental craft and that it had crash landed somewhere outside the local area.

((NUFORC Note: We wonder whether the object might have been a large, helium-filled balloon, as indicated by the witness. They are launched out of Arizona or New Mexico. PD))