Occurred: 2018-10-27 10:15 Local
Reported: 2018-10-27 18:20 Pacific
Duration: 15 minutes
No of observers: 2

Location: Sloan, NV, USA

Shape: Changing
Characteristics: Aircraft nearby

Object above contrails (+30,000) changing shape and traveling slowly East, North-East to and over Las Vegas.

At approximately 10:15 hours, Pacific time on 10/27/2018 while camping on the Jean Dry Lake Bed in Sloan NV (just outside of Las Vegas) I was watching the air traffic to and from LAS. I noticed a bright, seemingly stationary ball which appeared to be at or above the 30,000' mark (over the contrails of passing jets)

I grabbed my Nikon D5200 DSLR with a 200mm lens and took ~200 photos in both .jpeg and .nef. The object, to the naked eye, appeared spherical. However, upon reviewing the images, it seemed to change shape from spherical to that of a cylinder with 3 to 4 separate sections, to that of a boomerang shape. The object was traveling East - North East towards southern Las Vegas. Apparently, NWS launched a weather balloon at 0851 hours - however, this was an hour later, and the object was traveling towards Henderson, not away from it. I and another adult observed the object for approximately 10 minutes until it gained altitude and was no longer visible. I have 186 .nef photos of the object.


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NUFORC Note:

We have looked at several of the high-quality photos, and we do not know for sure what the object is


Posted 2018-11-09

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