August 31st 2004

Foxboro, Ontario Cloud Formation

Date: August 31, 2004
Time: 9:10 p.m.

At 9:00 p.m. EST I went outside to let our house dogs out. I decided since there were no mosquitoes evident to sit on the front porch. It was a beautiful clear sky and the full moon hadn't come up yet. I could see many stars above and since we do not live in the city, the lights of the stars were clear. I could see the glow of the lights of the city of Belleville to the south of us.

At approx 9:10 p.m. I noticed a strange orangey object on the Western horizon above the hill to the northwest of us. I called my husband out to see this as this object was moving towards our house and it was bigger than any plane I have seen. He came out and viewed the object in the sky. Then went inside to get his binoculars. When he came out and viewed the object with the binoculars he noticed its unusual shape. "I determined that it was shaped like a snow angel with a pointed head, that is it was an elongated object with four fan-like projections at its sides.

The pointed head had a blinking light. As it approached its color changed to white." We then called our son out to view this object in the sky. He confirmed the same shape that we had both observed. It was moving from west to east and heading right over our house. All three of us viewed this object coming towards the house and its shape and size. It seemed to be a glowing cloud with a flashing light. The 'angel' shape was glowing and you could see stars through it. However at the 'pointed' end you could not see stars through it.

We also noted 5-6 aircraft all heading the same direction around the object. Some did appear to be circling the object. The object was considerably larger than any of these planes. Approximately 9:15 p.m.-9:20 p.m., the objects light stopped blinking. But, the cloud 'angel' continued to move towards our house (easterly). At this point (approx 9:25 p.m.) Gordon went back into the house. My son and I stayed out to watch this object. It was now almost directly over the house. I had the binoculars and watched as a bright circular orangey-yellow object flew out of the cloud. This object was about the size of 1/4 of the full moon.

The object headed directly north at a much faster speed than the cloud had been moving. The object appeared to be about 1/8 the size of the full moon when it reached the stars that make up the Big Dipper. It reached that position in the sky in about 30 seconds. The object then turned 90 degrees and headed back west. It disappeared moments later. The cloud disappeared within 5 minutes of the object leaving it. All planes then seemed to have left the vicinity when we looked for them again after the object disappeared. All the ones we had observed around this object that is. It should be noted here that at no time did we hear any noise from this object. We could hear and see the planes, but, not this other object in the sky. Note: It was moving laterally to its length across the sky.

Additional Information:

Hello Brian,

We are going to check out the further info indicated in your email today and tonight and will send a 2nd email regarding same before the end of the weekend.

We are going to provide the report we did for NUFORC below as well. But, we wanted to clarify a few items regarding same. The report will appear with ___ above and below it.

Where we live in Foxboro, Ontario we are about 1.25 hours driving time - 125km or so from the St. Lawrence Seaway on the north end of Lake Ontario. We live about 7 or so miles north of the city of Belleville (13 km). All projected flight paths for this rocket launch do not indicate that it went over eastern Ontario. If you look on a map you will see where we are.

The cloud formation did have a blinking light on it - as all the reports said. We have drawn pictures of the formation and also of the object that came out of this formation, heading north and then did a 90 degree turn west before disappearing. We found a picture of this object online recently. It was EXACTLY what we saw come out of the cloud that was over our house at the time. We can provide this picture we found upon request, we kept a copy for our records.

The cloud being explained as the rocket expelling fuel we can readily accept. But, we do not feel what we saw a 'yellow/orange orb shaped object' coming out of the cloud could have been the satellite or explained as part of the rocket either. The 'orb' pulled some of the cloud formation with it and went north, then turned west 90 degrees almost adjacent to one of the stars in the Big Dipper. It was considerably larger than the star it passed in the sky! I can almost compare it to the size of the harvest moon at some points during the fall. Except the moon wasn't up yet and rises to the east of our house. About 45 minutes after the object disappeared the moon did rise and its color was very similar to the orb, but, it was even bigger than the orb we saw that night.

The 'cloud' came in from the west over a low rise of a hill to the north west of our home. It came directly east and came over the southeastern edge of our house as we watched it. The flashing lighted end was pointed directly south. The 'object' seemed to come from the southern end of the cloud and came directly out of the middle of it heading north. It flew at a fast rate of speed to the north and turned west and was gone in under 1 minute from leaving the cloud! This was considerably faster than any of the planes we saw overhead at the same time.

Additional Information Provided below By: Admin, SeeSat-L, satobs.org

Mr. Brian Vike, Director HBCC UFO Research Home

Dear Mr. Vike,

My guess is that, like NUFORC, you have received numerous reports of a bright cloud seen over Eastern North America on 2004 Sep 01 at about 01 UTC (Aug 31 at 21 h EDT).

It was related to the launch of NROL-1 from Cape Canaveral, on an Atlas 2AS rocket, a couple of hours earlier.

Spaceflight Now has the ground track, which crossed North America.

The cloud visible over North America was the result of the Centaur's venting of excess propellant.

The strobing light effect reported by some observers was caused by the tumbling of the Centaur. Observers who had telescopes observed both the Centaur, and the satellite, which was still nearby, in a similar orbit.

Centaur propellant dumps have been seen many times over the years, most often by satellite observers and astronomers, but sometimes by the general public.

Last evening's propellant dump was particularly prominent, because it occurred at a relatively low altitude, below about 10,000 km. Most commonly they occur at about 40,000 km, and even then they are visible to the unaided eye, but not as long, and not quite as spectacular.

I posted my observation report to SeeSat-L: http://satobs.org/seesat/Aug-2004/0341.html

As have several other observers:

Ted Molczan
Admin, SeeSat-L, satobs.org

HBCC UFO Research would like to extend my many thanks to the witnesses for there report and to Ted Molczan, Admin, SeeSat-L for providing all the excellent information about this sighting. Also I am looking into seeing if there might have been something else witnessed around the area.

Brian Vike, Director
HBCC UFO Research


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