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Littleton, CO

Sighted on Friday 31. January 2003
Reported on
Shape: Formation | Duration: 3 minutes
Source:

three star-like objects moving in a straight line over Denver areaI work in sales, and currently have a good view of the mountains west of Denver from my office window. While I'm on the phone I tend to look out at the sky and clouds. Today I looked up at a contrail and immediately noticed something moving near it -- a pinpoint of light, like a satellite, but obviously a satellite can't be seen during the day! The light was on a very steady trajectory from N/NW to the S/SE, moving about as fast as a satellite would. I thought it might be a mylar balloon, as it was moving in the same direction as the cloud-level winds but slightly faster than the clouds, which were higher (i.e., the light was seen against the cloud backdrop -- it was partly cloudy). But within seconds, I noticed another light, following in a straight line behind it, and I put my fist up to see how many degrees apart they were. If my fist is 5 degrees, which is what I remember from astrophysics class, then they were about 2 or 3 degrees apart. Then I noticed a THIRD light, equidistant from these two, so that they formed a string of three star- or satellite-like lights traversing the daytime sky. I watched until they disappeared to the left from my window view -- a few minutes. Because there was sun in the east, I could have been seeing a reflection off mylar or other metal, but I couldn't say with certainty that they were not self-luminous either. And because they travelled in a straight line and were equidistant, I find it hard to believe they were mylar balloons, unless they were connected by a very long string!((FOLLOW-UP COMMUNICATION FROM SAME WITNESS))Correction to reportThis is a correction to the report I made on 1/31/03. For one thing, I may have entered 1/31/02 by accident, but it was 1/31/03, the same day I reported it. Furthermore, I had forgotten that a fist-width at arm's length is 10 degrees, not 5, as I guessed in my initial report. Therefore, the distance between the first and second object, and between the second and third objects, was about 5 degrees -- about half a fist-width at arms length.((END))((NUFORC Note: We express our gratitude to this MUFON member for submitting the report. PD))

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