|Occurred : 2/28/2019 16:24 (Entered as : 02/28/19 16:24)
Reported: 3/2/2019 5:16:23 PM 17:16
Location: Watervliet, NY
|Two daytime sightings of glowing orb-like objects within a short period of time
On 28 Feb 2019, at 1615 Hrs I was outside taking photographs of passing airliners using my Nikon CoolPix P900 (Superzoom) camera. The sky was clear & bright blue with some high-level haze and thin high-altitude clouds. The temperature was about 35 Deg F.
At roughly 1624 hrs, I noticed a bright orb-like light or object appear to my right at 75* elevation, moving from right to left. Speed was moderate. As the orb moved, it slowed considerably, almost to a stop, seemed to emit or discharge some type of liquid or mist that dissipated in the atmosphere, continued for another couple of seconds before it abruptly faded from view. The liquid or mist was not a flare or fireball. Before fading, I quickly lifted and pointed my camera without using the viewfinder and took some photos in the general direction of the object. The orb did not leave a contrail like an airplane or make any sound/engine noise. I continued observing the sky and taking pictures of airplanes.
Then, around 1700 Hrs, as I was facing due west, I noticed the same (or similar looking) glowing orb again suddenly appear in my line of vision, 30* elevation, moving straight down before fading away. There was no contrail or noise. I again quickly raised my camera and took some shots as it was moving downward, thinking I might catch something.
Later, while reviewing my pictures, I discovered that I had managed to capture a total of four photos showing what seem to be the objects, two from the first sighting, and two from the second.
I am an Army vet, and I am quite familiar aircraft recognition. I have also been observing aircraft with my photography for about a year now. I am quite familiar with how airliners, drones, helicopters, birds, stars, planets, meteors and errant mylar balloons look, in life and in my photos. I can say, with all the sincerity that I have, that the objects I observed were none of these. I do not know what they were, but they were highly unusual.
Total observation time of both objects was approximately 15 seconds total.