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UFO Sighting Report - USA

October 25th 2008 : East-northeast of Weed Park, Muscatine, Iowa

UFOINFO Sighting Form Report

Location: East-northeast of Weed Park, Muscatine, Iowa 52761 USA

Date: 25 October 2008

Time: After 7:30 UTC (1:30 CDT) and before astronomical twilight

Number of witnesses: One

Number of objects: One

Shape of objects: Appeared to be exceptionally large (2 fingers width) and exceptionally brilliant half-full moon; no sound

Weather Conditions: Clear night

Description: I usually wake several times during the night and do not remember exactly when I saw this as I thought it was the half-full waning moon. It would have been between 01:30-04:00 CDT and well before astronomical twilight at 05:54 AM CDT. I was quite impressed with the size (2 fingers width) and exceptional brilliance at 30-35 degrees elevation to the east-northeast or northeast as seen through my bedroom window.

No lights were on in the room which may have caused a reflection. My window was open and I heard no sound. It was so beautiful, I was tempted to take a digital photograph, but unfortunately did not. Unusually, I slept deeply after the siting and did not awaken until well after sunrise.

For most of my life I have been interested in astronomy, Aurora, and meteor showers and am accustomed to observing the sky. This is the second time in my life I have seen what I thought was the moon, but later realized could not have been. Checking the almanac, I found that this was the dark of the moon and before moonrise. My windows face the countryside, an empty "meadow", valley, and wooded bluff with no lighting of any kind that could be mistaken for such an object.