|Occurred : 11/18/2008 17:35 (Entered as : 11/18/08 17:35)
Reported: 11/18/2008 11:19:39 PM 23:19
Location: Chiloquin, OR
|Oval shaped object streaks across sky in Southern Oregon.
I was watching the news, when I noticed a bright light streak from the east across outside the living room window towards the west. The object was bright enough to illuminate the tops of the Ponderosa's along my driveway. The object was seen through the trees. I was looking south out the window. Of course, I jumped up, ran to the window just to see it disappear behind a clump of trees and the mountains beyond my ranch.
The object was oval shaped, and was first seen about 45 degrees off the horizon at 160 degrees on the compass in the south, and it came in from the east and was heading west, at a 45 degree slope. Lost sighting at about 200 degrees compass heading. My ranch is 6 miles out of Sprague River North, and 18 miles out of Chiloquin, Or. south. The object emmitted a bright white light, no tail, and actually illuminated the treetops on my place. Duration of sighting about 3-4 seconds, this was enough time to make out shape. Time was about 5:35 pm. Size, if I was to hold a nickel coin at arms length, that was the size of this object. I ran to the end of my drive which is over 1000 feet long with binoculars, and no other obects or aircraft were seen. Clear skies, temp about 48 degrees. Estimated distance of object, undetermined at this time.
The area we live is very remote and rural, horse and cattle ranches. Little or no commercial aircraft traffic flies in this area. Only an occasional helicopter during fire season. What this object was "NOT". It was not a helicopter or private or commercial aircraft, as I did run out on my deck within a split second of seeing the object... no sound, or any collision lights red or green, or flashing lights. Could this had been space debris? Possibly. Could it have been the space station? No. Could it have been the Space Shuttle? No. Could it have been a meteor or fireball? NO, it had no tail, was a solid white very bright oval shaped object with a aura/halo around it. I have witnessed hundreds of not thousands of falling stars, meteors, watched comets, ect. It did not meet the characteristics of a meteor or falling star. Could it have been space junk? Yes, possibly. My background is the USAF, and I am familiar with many aircraft. It is undetermined at this time what this may have been.
Summery; Reason for posting this report is to see if there were any other witnesses from this Southern Oregon location. Someone may have had a better viewing of the object from a better location and can fill in some more details on this.