|Occurred : 7/4/2007 22:15 (Entered as : 0j7/0j4/07 22:15)
Reported: 8/23/2007 8:41:33 AM 08:41
Location: Loveland, CO
|Crescent shaped bright object with green and red edges seen through telescope.
After the fireworks display on July 4th, my husband and I were headed home a short distance away. I happened to look toward the mountains in the west and saw what appeared to be a huge star perhaps 3 fingerbreadths above the foothills which are about a mile and a half from where we are located.. I alerted my husband and he saw it too. At first I thought it might be a planet, but I had been observing Jupiter recently which is the brightest “star” in the night sky, and this object was about twice the size and brightness of Jupiter.
We were headed to a party 2 houses down the block where we live but after 10 minutes or so I went home to watch from my backyard, hoping perhaps to set up my telescope and be able to discern its shape. I looked toward the west again and watched it for another 10 minutes or so. It was stationary to my eye but just as I decided to lug out my telescope, the light from this object became dimmer until it disappeared.
The next night it was there again at about the same time but I was only able to watch for about 5 minutes before is disappeared again. I surmised that the object was stationary and had not actually vanished but slowly disappeared behind the mountains due to the rotation of the earth.
On the third night (July 6th) I saw it again in what appeared to be the same place. This time I immediately got out my telescope. With the naked eye, although it was very bright, I could see that it wasn’t exactly circular in shape, seeming to have a couple of sharp points. When I focused my telescope I was amazed to see an object which was roughly crescent shaped, with the rounded side facing downwards toward the mountains.
One edge had a reddish hue and the other edge was greenish but the colors and the entire object seemed to be shimmering or more accurately, waving. I thought that perhaps I was visualizing an atmospheric distortion so I focused my scope on Jupiter which was more southerly. I could see the planet very clearly and distinctly with no distortion.
Through the lens of the telescope this UFO was approximately 3 times the size of Jupiter and the light from it was not the almost pure white light which emanates from the planet Jupiter. The light from this object was slightly warmer with the red and green edges as I mentioned. I am sorry that I didn’t think to get my video camera out to film it. After the 6th, I have not seen this object again.