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Occurred : 6/13/2005 20:34 (Entered as : 06/13/1905 20:34)
Reported: 6/13/2005 10:08:51 PM 22:08
Posted: 6/20/2005
Location: Seattle/Tacoma (between), WA
Shape: Unknown
Duration:4 minutes
Shiny distant metallic silver object through binoculars at sunset...Associated with a rising black balloon-like object.

While eating outside I looked to the NW (the direction of the setting sun on this mostly clear day under weak surficial high pressure) and noted interesting cloud fomations that I looked at through binoculars. Much to my amazement from 2034p-2038p through the binoculars I noted a silver object (elv. 30 degrees at 285 degrees, i.e. close to the horizon to the WNW) of undetermined shape far in the distance moving VERY slowly (one twentieth the speed of a plane) and either slowing its motion or stopping every few seconds. It was going so slowly that I really could not tell its intended direction, if any, perhaps N to S. It was so far away that I could not make out its shape with ordinary 7X binoculars. It was metallic silver and shiny and would have irritated the eyes if it had been closer. Note: It was SO SMALL that I would NOT have detected it if I had not already been looking through binoculars at the time.

At 2038, a large black balloon-like object probably closer to me began moving upwards with the prevailing surface winds towards the object! (SW to NE under weak surficial high pressure). The two objects never came in contact. Then at 2038p I stopped to take notes thinking the silver object would just stay there and cooperate. Well, of course, UFO’s never do, and by 2039p I could not find either object.

Conclusion: While the silver object is a UFO since it has no explanation, the black object that was clearly below 5,000’ may have been a balloon escaping from the wealthy citizens who hold summer parties down the hill.

Anyway, I’m sure there are thousands of distant shiny silver objects reported to you that really have no significance. Many are probably airplanes with the rising or setting sun. However, in this instance the object was more or less stationary for 4 minutes. But it is certainly possible that it was an airplane departing to the WNW at 285 degrees and catching the setting sun. Yet four minutes is a long time (2034-2038). I have some experience in meteorology yet none in aviation...and I certainly know that atmospheric illusions occur at sunset and sunrise. I would hope to think of an alternative explanation for this yet for now it remains a UFO. The black balloon adds interest, but I can’t say for sure if it really was a balloon from a party or not.

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((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))