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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 5/31/2008 20:34 (Entered as : 05/31/2008 20:34)
Reported: 6/4/2008 2:55:18 PM 14:55
Posted: 6/12/2008
Location: Peoria, IL
Shape: Other
Duration: 6 minutes
An item moving at an incredible speed in a straight line with no sound.

The evening of May 31 was perfect.

Off to the north of Peoria a large storm was passing by, far enough away to provide us a grand show of lighting as we sat in front of the Northmoor Observatory on Leo Donovan Golf Course in North Peoria.

Two of us were there in the daylight waiting for it to get dark. It was our turn to show the public around the evening sky as members of the Peoria Astronomical Society.

We were watching the storm when a dark moving shape appeared in the periferal vision of my left eye.

The black circle was approaching from the west.

At first I thought it was a goose flying toward the pond behind the observatory. We had seen a couple take off from there a little earlier.

But, as it got closer I could not see any wings.

My observing partner was engrossed in watching the storm and had not noticed this object coming right at us.

I called his attention to it.

“Is that a balloon?” he said.

My thought exactly.

But, we both quickly realized this object was moving very fast, and in a straight line.

“Could a balloon move in a straight line that fast?” I said.

We both quickly concluded that did not seem plausible to us.

We each looked at our cell phones. It was 8:40 p.m.

When the object passed over us we saw a different shape. It had looked round while coming toward us. As it passed overhead we saw it looked like a capital B laying on its side. And, as it passed overhead it tilted slightly to the south showing a streak of gray, but the color was flat, not reflective.

There was not any sound We looked at each other and watched the item disappear into the horizon to the east never altering its speed as far as we could tell or its direction.

I am a newspaper editor and amateur astronomer. My observing partner is also an amateur astronomer.