July 21st 2010
UFOINFO Sighting Form Report
Date: July 21 2010
Time: Sometime between 22:30 - 22:50
Number of witnesses: At least 3
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Possibly circular or oval
Could your sighting be a UFO balloon/lantern?: No
Weather Conditions: Very clear night, well past sunset but close enough to identify only a few very thin whispy high clouds
Description: Strange object seen in sky over Regina sometime between 22:30 and 22:50 CST July 21st 2010. The duration of the event was approximately 6 minutes.
Description of the event.
When I first saw the object, I thought it was an airplane coming in for a landing from the general direction of Calgary or so (about from the direction the sun sets). It was about the right brightness and appeared to be of about the right height and the light was fairly steady like the front lights of a passenger plane. After about a minute though, it became apparent that it was not. The light was very clearly the wrong colour and appeared to grow and fade in intensity. It's elevation also did not appear to be changing, and the bearing was no longer correct for the airport given my best guess for its elevation and distance. It also appeared to waver from side to side slightly.
As it neared even more and appeared to be over the city, the unusualness of the object became particularly apparent. It's speed slowed and it was clear that the wavering and intensity changes were actually what looked like a bright fiery orange spot light attached to the object. The spot light swiveled about more and more frequently as the object slowed further.
When it reached where I would guess was nearly straight above the Albert Street bridge, it had come to a full stop. It did not appear to be very far away since I could see the cone of light swiveling quite clearly, and given the speed it moved relative to background stars and the few high wispy clouds.
It was about at this point that a couple walked by, and I pointed it out to them. One said it was a helicopter, but I was quite certain it couldn't be. The only light on the object was the fiery-orange spotlight cone, and the object was perfectly silent. Even a helicopter at great height should be at least a little audible, and if it was at great height, it surely is the fastest helicopter in the world, capable of moving at roughly the speed of a jet airliner.
The object was still only for about 30 seconds before it began moving again along its former bearing. This brought it very nearly directly overhead of me as I sat on the new lookout island (50.428445, -104.606549 according to Google Maps). As it approached overhead, it appeared at first to dim, but when it passed right over, I could see that the cone of light was actually just pointing forward once again instead of down. This dimly illuminated the bottom of the object, and as the cone swiveled slightly back and forth, it allowed me to get some sense of the dimensions.
The object, whatever height it may have been at, was about the size of a $2 coin held at arm's length. It appeared to be mostly circular, but may have been slightly wider than it was long. The light source appeared to come from near the rear of the object, although that is difficult to tell for sure because as it was passing over, the light stayed primarily pointed to the south east.
With respect to elevation, I simply can't be sure. My eyes told me that it was about 4,000 feet up. At that height, its peak speed would be about the same as that of a small plane. If it was substantially higher, it was a very large object indeed (much larger than an airliner) and moving very fast. Again, it made absolutely no noise whatsoever.
About 5 minutes or so after it faded from view to the south east, a single-engine jet came into view following almost exactly the same path but from slightly to the south. It was moving about twice the speed that the object did at peak and appeared to be about twice the elevation. The contrail of the jet moved NNE very rapidly indicating that both the jet and the object were moving roughly perpendicular to the motion of the wind (although this assumes the wind direction was uniform with height up there).
I don't know what that was, but I know what it wasn't. It wasn't a jet or airplane of any sort since it stopped in place for a time. It wasn't a helicopter unless there is a such thing as circular or oval helicopters that are perfectly silent. I can't see how it could have been a balloon given the power source required for a light that bright, the speed at which it travelled, the direction of the wind, and again the fact it's speed was controllable.