|Occurred : 12/8/2005 20:00 (Entered as : 12/08/05 20:00)
Reported: 12/9/2005 12:36:17 AM 00:36
Location: Redlands, CA
|Observed a very large, half circle object with faint lights on top that reshaped into a circle and changed color.
I was driving west on Redlands Blvd. Directly in the sky in front of me was what looked like an extra large half moon set with the curved side down and flat on top. It caught my attention because it was so large and not in the correct position to be the moon although it was white. I looked at it and realized the edges were blurred and there was some difined shape within ot and then I noticed very faint twinkles of lights on the top flat side. As I drove, I came to realize what I was seeing wasn't right. I turned into a parking lot and lost the object behind trees for a moment, then found it again it what seemed to be a slightly different place in the sky.
At this point I was calling my husband and kids to tell them to go outside and look at the sky. They were downtown and couldn't see it. I sat in the parking lot and looked at it . It seemed to be staying in the same place and was doing nothing. At this point I thought maybe it was a street light off in the distance and that I was having some sort of visual/perseption problem. Then it changed into a perfect circle and turned slightly orange and got smaller and smaller. I thought it was disappearing. I was still on the phone to my son explaining all this to him as I watched it. I told him it was disappearing. Then it reshaped itself back into the shape that it was in the beginning. I decided to drive and see if I could get closer. I lost it behind buildings and trees. Found it momentarily again but then lost it all together. I drove back towards home on Redlands Blvd. I went to the intersection at which I first noticed the object and actually turned around again (to drive west) to see if I could see it again from that same spot. It was not there.
((NUFORC Note: We suspect that the witness may have been looking at Venus. It is very bright, at present, and it is visible during the early evening hours in the southwestern sky. PD))
((ADDENDUM FROM WITNESS))
I am the person whom reported this incident on 12/8. I feel like I have to comment on the note at the end of my description of the event on the nuforc reports page. The note said that I most likely was seeing Venus. This could not be the case. I am familiar with what Venus looks like this time of year. I saw a large glowing (not star like) half circle( with a few twinkles at the top) that changed shape into a complete circle and changed color from white to orange. It then shrunk to a pin point and then reversed the process and became a glowing half circle again althoug a little more stretched out (if that makes sense). The object I was looking at was MUCH larger than Venus. Again, Venus looks like a very large star with some orange color to it. I notice it often. This is NOT what I saw. Thanks. Just thought I should clarify.