Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Yuma, Arizona - Photograph of Unknown Object in daylight

Note: I took the liberty to crop and enlarge the object in question, in an attempt to determine what it was that the witness saw and photographed. -SW

MUFON Case # 27238
Date:    2011-01-01
Location:    Yuma, Arizona
Shape:    Oval,Sphere
Distance:    Over one mile
Vallee Index:    FB1
Summary:    Stationary object seen in daytime while driving into Yuma, AZ from the East on Hwy 8

Driving towards Yuma on the 8, I noticed a oval or spherical object which looked white over the mountain range where I believe Yuma Proving ground is. I noticed it did not move. After going over the little pass and down into Yuma, I looked and could still see it. It had not changed position for over 25-30 minutes.

In Yuma, we had lunch at the Cracker Barrel and after leaving and continuing west on hwy 8. It was still in the same position, appearing to have not move. There were no other aircraft in site. We guessed it may be something tethered, but it seemed extremely high over the mountains and quite large considering it's size.

I attempted to take a picture of it with my Sony 14 megapixel point and shoot, but the pictures don't offer much as far as detail. I am convinced the object remained stationary, or moved so slowly it appeared to be stationary (this was possible because I was after all moving along the highway and only looking at it periodically).

I am certain this was not a cloud, star, planet, bird, helicopter, or traditional aircraft. It could have been a tethered balloon (if so it was a strange white color, appeared to be almost glowing or softly reflecting sunlight).

The sky was clear for the most part and the sun was bright. I lost site of the object after leaving Yuma, driving West, and it eventually was out of sight from the highway, behind us.

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  1. Do you have any photos of the Meteor that crossed over Az Last night? I hear it was spectacular, moved relatively slowly, with Multiple colors being reported along with a Noise Woooosh Noise similar to the sound a hot air balloon burner makes when ignited.
    I Have looked at several reports, but none seem to have any video or Photographic images captured.
    if you can locate them, I would dearly love to see it. best wishes with your site, V

  2. My husband and I saw this same UFO in the same area today. October 16 2011. Very high up, stationary. Odd.

  3. My fiance and I were driving on the hwy 8 to Yuma on Sunday 9/21 and around noon we spotted the same object in the sky (would be on the right side of the hwy if you're on the hwy 8 going SW). We kept our eyes on it until we started inclining into the mountains which switched us from going SW to S. On our way back that same day around 5 pm (the sun was still out), we took the same route and we were looking for the object to see if it was still in the sky and we did not see it anymore. I'm a true believer in extra-terrestrials and UFO's, but I honestly think this is a balloon that someone puts out at different times.. What else could it be??

  4. It's a tethered balloon at YPG and is visible nearly everyday here in Yuma


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