NUFORC Sighting 80062

Occurred: 2011-02-13 16:50 Local
Reported: 2011-02-13 18:43 Pacific
Duration: 10+ seconds
No of observers: 1

Location: Quincy, IL, USA

Shape: Triangle

High flying, high speed, bright white triangular object observed in full daylight and clear sky

At 4:50 PM (CST) I was facing due west and looked up into the sky. It was almost entirely cloudless, except for the contrails of three jet aircraft passing overhead. About 70 degrees above the horizon, I spotted a very bright white object that appeared acutely triangular in shape. I first assumed it was another airliner, but immediately realized it was flying at a much greater velocity than any of the other aircraft.

I have observed supersonic aircraft in flight. This object appeared to be going every bit as fast, but there was no sonic boom, and no contrail to indicate an exhaust.

It followed a straight line on a south to north track, with a slight west to east angle. I would guess the arc it traversed was about 15 degrees in length. I seemed to be gaining altitue, though I cannot be certain of this. It certainly did not appear to be losing altitude. It simply faded into the clear, blue sky. I got the sense that this object was at a higher altitude than the other nearby craft, but I had no means of veryfying that.

I frequently observe passing satellites. This object was initially every bit as bright as the ISS on a dark night, but I have never seen the space station (or any other satellite) as brightly visible during the full light of day, as this object was. Nor have a seen a satellite follow that path, even if it was in a polar orbit. It also seemed to be moving faster than satellites do, when observed from the ground, and I believe it was accelerating, but I cannot be certain.

I have previously seen a large meteor falling toward earth, and briefly thought it was an aircraft on fire, but this object did not resemble that. It did not have a tail, nor did it flare or disintegrate.

I am a United Methodist minister in the community with a lifelong interest in aircraft and spaceflight. While I have found UFO lore interesting (and I even met J. Allen Hynek, once) I have never seen anything that left me feeling I had witnessed something that defied easy explanation. But, this observation was unlike any other I have experienced, and it is the only one that I have ever reported.

Posted 2011-02-18

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