UFO SIGHTING REPORT
September 7th 2004
Portland Oregon Bright Strobing Object Video
Date: September 7, 2004
Time: 10:20 p.m.
To Brian Vike,
On Tuesday 9-7-2004, I stepped outside at 10:20 pm local time in Portland OR, USA, observing a very bright strobing object in the night sky. It was located due west, about 25 degrees above the western horizon. It appeared to be glowing very brightly at first, pitched at a 45 degree angle, and much brighter/larger than any similar objects that I have seen of this type. It moved to my right and down toward the western horizon slowly as I watched it, while dimming somewhat in the process. Duration of this sighting was about 10 minutes, when the object became obscured behind some trees.
Viewing conditions: There were few if any clouds, generally good viewing conditions, given the high amounts of atmospheric haze that we seem to have in recent years.
The object appeared to be shedding something as if it was a byproduct of combustion. This was coming from the lower left of the object and could be seen with normal vision, as occasional spurts of varying intensity blasting perpendicular to the object's "body". This is seen as a gaseous curtain in the brighter still images (and in the one rotated with text).
Quickly I seized the opportunity to set up a low power telescope with digital camera attachment on a tripod. Several pictures were taken at different exposure settings, including a short video movie. The object remained bright for the first pictures but then began to change, becoming dimmer as it came closer to the horizon, moving to my right. The setup I used provided 45x high quality optical zoom.
The camera did not sit level in my setup, but was pitched at a 40 degree angle down to the right (I did not want to miss the photo opportunity by readjusting it). Because the shots were taken through a telescope without mirrors, the image is also rotated 180 degrees, so appears upside down. Only the picture with text added has been rotated and cropped 800 x 600 to correct the orientation to what I had observed. All other pictures are straight out of the camera.
Attached are four pictures plus one movie,
P9070346.jpg, 4 sec exp, f 3.5, iso 100, 10 x 4.5 = 45x opt. zoom
P9070347.jpg, 4 sec exp, f 3.5, iso 100, 10 x 4.5 = 45x opt. zoom
P9070347rota1.jpg, same as above, rotated, cropped, text added,
P9070351.mov, 1.2mb file size, about 24 seconds long. The movie does not clearly show the "tail" easily seen in the other still photos.
P9070354.jpg, 1/10 sec exp, f 4.0, iso 100, 10 x 4.5 = 45x opt. zoom
The 4.5 power telescope and 10x zoom camera combined in tandem have a 1 degree field of view when the camera is at 10x zoom. The object shows large in these photos, filling 4.8% of the field of view (uncropped). If it was 40 miles distant from me (my guess) then the object's size would be about 180 feet long. However, I don't know how far away it actually was. If farther away it is larger, if nearer then it was smaller.
The reason I think it was 40 miles away is because I think the gaseous curtain may be being released into a denser part of the upper atmosphere which still contains some oxygen. Given the 25 degrees angle above the horizon, the altitude would then be about 56,000 feet or 10.6 miles. The air density there is about 1/10th that of air at sea level, per my engineering handbook.
Some questions remain. Whose technology is this, and what is the possible purpose (and substance) of placing/consuming materials in the upper atmosphere? Is this one of the reasons, minor or major, for the increased atmospheric haze that many of us see in today's skies?
Thanks for looking,
Thank you very much to the witness for the report, pictures and clip.
Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research