|Occurred : 5/2/2006 05:12 (Entered as : 05/02/06 05:12)
Reported: 5/2/2006 9:08:08 PM 21:08
Location: Abbotsford (Canada), BC
|Slow moving "Saturn" like saucer witnessed over Mission, BC from Central/Western Abbotsford
My Fiance & I were on our way to work this morning, pulling out into the street outside our condo, driving north. When almost immediately, I noticed an object that looked, to my first thought, like Saturn and it's rings.
I quickly dismissed this as A: the object appeared to be the size of the moon in the morning's sky, and it was far too low and to the north of us (appeared to be over an area following the Fraser River, or the mountains in behind Mission, BC, well to the north of us).
As we stopped at the intersection for a left turn, I watched the object closely as it slowly moved through the sky (moving west to east). Noticing for the first time a single flashing light on the upper ceiling of the object (similar to those found on aircraft). Other than this one flashing light on top, it was illuminated only by the rising sun (which was still blocked by mountains for us at ground level).
Drving along the main road through the city westbound, I kept watch between buildings for it. My Fiance, who I'd pointed the object out to while stopped at the intersection, and I saw it continue slowly eastward. The Second time that I got a good look at it, it had lost it's saturn effect, my guess is that it had been banking towards us at the time, and you could see the ring edge on.
I spotted the object a third time while driving, but we had driven far enough westward, and it moving eastward that the sunlight effect was't occuring anymore because of the object's position between the sun and ourselves. It looked more like a dark blob in the dawn sky.
Belatedly, about a minute later, I recalled that my fiance had a camera phone and that I'd been too busy watching the object to even think that we could have taken a picture. I've seen enough planes & jets & blimps in the many years I've lived in the city here, and I've never seen anything remotely like it. It was too slow to be an airliner, nor was it the correct shape.
With the annual airshow at the city's airport, I've seen everything from the Avro Vulcan to the Stealth Bomber.
I also rules out being some kind of blimp, as I've seen plenty of those every time the goodyear blimp has made flybys of the airshow. We've also had our fair share of hot air balloons (Remax typically is the one flying around) but they're easy to spot because of the flame providing heat for lift.
I don't know what it was, hence I guess, the reason why they call them unidentified flying objects. But the usual suspects can pretty much be ruled out. Short of it being some funky blimp or hot air balloon, which I've seen both and neither of which appears or behaves like this object did.
But I know I'll be keeping my eyes to the skies more frequently now.