Report Indexes : by Event Date  by Location  by Shape  by Posting Date

National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 10/10/2004 15:00 (Entered as : 10/10/1904 15:00)
Reported: 10/11/2004 8:50:50 PM 20:50
Posted: 10/27/2004
Location: Rock Island, IL
Shape: Sphere
Duration: 1 hour
Characteristics: There were aircraft in the vicinity or aircraft chasing the object
The sky was clear and the objects at times appeared to rotate slowly.

The objects were at an estimated altitude of 40,000 ft. arranged in somewhat circular pattern. When we first spotted them We assumed they were weather balloons, as the National Weather Service has an office at the Quad City International Airport.

Is it usual practice to launch that many at one time? I watched them off and on for about an hour. Eventually I lost track of all but one. It suddenly started travelling West at a fast rate of speed. I tracked it until It was lost in the Sun.