22-Aug-2007, Nanaimo, BC: (4:30 pm)
I noticed something out of the ordinary from my backyard in Nanaimo. It
seemed to be very high in altitude and appeared to be rotating slowly,
causing sun reflection as it rotated. It crossed the sky in a direct path
heading SE. I thought this may have been a jet but it seemed much too slow
in its crossing. Here are two of the 6 shots I took. In the first shot, it
is hardly noticeable, but it will give you some perspective as there is a
tree branch in the shot. The second shot I had zoomed and you can see the
sun reflecting. Is this a weather balloon? My friend Al recommended that I
noticed a darker image in the left upper quadrant close to the reflected
image. I don't know what this is, but it is not in any of the other shots.
Here are the other 4 shots that I took. Iím sorry there is no reference
point in these shots. I first noticed this at about 4:15 that day and it
was close to directly above me. By 4:30 I could still see this and thought
this was odd that this would still be visible. In all, it took about 1/2
hour to fade from view. I should have taken a shot at 4:15 as it appeared
closer to me then, but thought that it must be a jet. I also noticed that
a flight out of Vancouver was climbing in the same vicinity at the time
(about 4:45 pm) and he (the pilot) must have been able to have seen this.
It would have been SE of him and at a much higher altitude, although it
may have been too high for him to see and, from his vantage point, he may
not have seen the same reflection I saw. I thought that maybe it was a jet
and the reflection I was seeing was from a course correction, but it was
fairly steady in its reflective pattern. It was about 20 seconds
reflecting and 20 seconds nonreflecting. Also, it took a half hour to
cross the sky from the 12 o'clock position to the 2:30 position when it
then faded from view. I have never seen anything like this before. It is
too bad there is not a site that shows the tracking of weather balloons.
Are these normally reflective?