Occurred: 1999-01-13 07:15 Local
Reported: 1999-01-13 00:00 Pacific
Duration: 2-3 seconds
No of observers: 1

Location: Rio Rancho, NM, USA

Shape: Circle

Driving east from Rio Rancho into Albuquerque on Paseo Del Norte, I viewed a perfectly lit circle above the Sandia Mountains. The circle appeared to be slighly south of my line of travel, and about twice as high in the sky as the section of the mountain range it was directly over. This area is known as bear caynon and the mountain ridge is at about 9,000ft ASL, I would say the object was at approximently 18,000ft ASL. The sun was back lighting the mountains as it was rising, at first I thought it was a weather ballon, because we witness them all the time in this area of the sky in similar light conditions. The only problem with this is the object simply disappeared, no movement, just poof, gone. I observed this area of the sky for another 45 minutes and never saw it again.

Posted 1999-02-16

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