Reported: 2005-08-14 17:41 Pacific
Duration: Less than 5 minutes from
No of observers: 2
Location: Las Vegas, NV, USA
Characteristics: Aircraft nearby
It was almost like we were being watched and once it knew we were aware of it's presence and that I was going for my camera, it took of
Las Vegas, Nevada: We were swimming in our pool around 1:30pm PST. For the past week, the weather has been sunny with big white pre-storm clouds, up until around 2 or 3pm, then the monsoon (storm) clouds roll in. We were floating on our backs in the pool, my husband had on his sunglasses and he said, "What's that shiny spot?".
I looked up and to the south and saw, in the blue sky, between the clouds, a shiny object, not moving, and if you closed one eye, it was about the size of the head of a pin. Right then, a jet airliner flew out at an upper left angle, from behind the cloud, which was below the object. The jet had contrails and at this point there was no doubt about it, that the object was stationary.
Before, my husband first saw the object, he commented on the beautiful cloud formations around the sun and that I should go get my camera. I said, nah, I already have similar pictures. Then right after he said that, is when he and I noticed the object. I jumped out of the pool to get my camera and right as I got into the house, he said the object started moving to the right (west), still viewable against the blue sky but at times crossing in front of the clouds. When it was stationary, it was almost like a "little sun", I'm sure the sun was reflecting off of it, but once it started to move it was white, then when it was in front of the clouds it was dark or gray. It was almost like we were being watched and once it knew we were aware of it's presence, and that I was going for my camera, it took off.
I have a Sony DSC-W7 7.2 pixel camera, I zoomed in and was able to get 5 shots. (Too bad I haven't figured out how to work the video feature yet!) I was disappointed that I didn't listen to my husband and get my camera sooner; as I would have gotten quite a crisp shot of the object while it wasn't moving. I uploaded the pictures on my computer and zoomed in, the shape then appeared horizontal/rectangular/cylindrical and considering enlarged pixels, each time I zoomed in, it also may have been saucer shaped.
Observing the object crossing the sky, I actually got a "feeling" that this was definitely not a aircraft. To me, the best way I can describe it, is the feeling you get when you see a helium filled latex balloon released and then caught in an air current. Which you are only able to view from the ground for about 1000 feet, then it gets to tiny to see.
I have to say, this object was no balloon, it was higher in the sky than the jet aircraft that crossed the sky below it and we watched it cross the sky in a westerly direction for a good 30 seconds before it went behind a cloud and out of our line of vision.
The jet aircraft was not coming in for a landing at McCarran Airport, it was enroute elsewhere. So if the jet was at cruising altitude, this object had to be at least twice as high in the sky. Maybe I should listen to my husband more often!
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