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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/4/2021 22:00 (Entered as : 07/04/21 22:00)
Reported: 8/18/2021 6:54:13 PM 18:54
Posted: 8/20/2021
Location: Peyton, CO
Shape: Sphere
Duration: at least 4 hours
Characteristics: There was an aura or haze around the object
Bright cloud-emitting orb seen for over 4 hours in Colorado

At approximately 22:00 on 7/04/21, from a location 10 miles south of Peyton CO, I observed, in the southwestern (essentially cloudless) sky at about 60 degrees elevation, a bright apparently spherical object, glowing at about minus 3 (-3) magnitude. The object alternately hovered and moved quickly in various directions, but stayed within about a 10 degree circle for at least FOUR HOURS. The accompanying video shows smoke-like emissions surrounding the object.

I am both a professional (having taught college astronomy) and also an amateur astronomer, and have spent many hundreds of hours looking at the night sky. This is not any sort of astronomical phenomenon.