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Gardner, Colorado (United States)

Sighted on Sunday 19. August 2012
Reported on
Shape: Unknown | Duration: Undisclosed
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I'm an amateur astronomer and was out with my wife observing. We have a 16 inch dobsonian telescope and have been using it for several years. This is the story that occured that night.Well sometime just before midnight my wife noted that there was a "car" coming down the hill. I looked over to the east and noticed a very bright seemingly single source light near the top of the mountain. It then appeared to be getting closer, always very near the ground. The light was about the apparent size of a penny and appeared "yellowish." It did not project a beam of light, like aircraft landing gear, it was more of a "glow." But as I watched it the brightness would intensify and then go back to the "glow." It then displayed erratic flight pattern in both horizontal and vertical motion close to the ground. My wife and I just looked at it for about 30 seconds trying to understand what we were looking at. I then thought to use my 16 inch scope to check it out. My wife told me not too because it was way too bright. But I had to try. I then disengaged both clutches on the scope and actually got the object is focus, it also at this time appeared to be getting further away. To my astonishment when I looked into the eye piece I did not see a single light but 4-5 clearly distinguished round yellowish steady lights evenly spaced in roughly a large "smile" formation. I could not believe what I was seeing! I told my wife to look and she only saw a single red light. Then it was gone.I have since made some calculations about the actual size of the object. Because I know far away the mountain range was and the apparent 1 degree size, I came up with a size around 640 feet.

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