Sighting Reports 2009 Bright Aerial Object Seen by Several From Parking Lot. Photos Taken.
Photo Taken by One of Witnesses.
Witness Stated That Photo Was Copied From KCBD (Lubbock, TX) Channel 11's Web Site.
Photo Taken by a Different Witness Than the Above Photo.
This Photo Was Also Copied by the Witnesss From KCBD Channel 11's Web Site.
Map Showing Location of Lubbock and Amarillo, Texas.
A Weather Balloon Was Launched From Amarillo About 7 PM.
Date of Sighting: October 17, 2009
Time of Sighting: 7:15 PM CDT
Location of Sighting: Lubbock, Texas
Description: I and several witnesses were in a grocery store parking lot on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at around 7:15 PM when everyone began noticing a large bluish lit oval light. It was stationary and did not change vertical or horizontal position for the length of the sighting which lasted around 10 minutes.
As everyone in the parking lot began to stop and look up at the sky I parked my car and rolled down the window to get a clear view of the object. I assumed it was a weather balloon at first glance, but then began to notice there was something off about this object. It did not move at ALL. It was almost as if it were frozen in position. I also thought the sun was reflecting off of it to light it, but as the sun began to go down the object got even brighter blue in intensity. There was not a cloud in the sky and there was no noise generated from the object.
Then it happened. I was so transfixed on this object I was afraid to blink. As it stayed fixed in it's position in the sky a red light began to lower from underneath the blue object. It lowered slowly as if tethered to the object above. The red light lowered for about 6 or 7 seconds then the larger blue object above it began to glow red as well. The two lights were directly lined up about 50 feet apart vertically. THEN the lower red light began to ascend as the object above it moved west. Now the 2 lights were 50 feet apart horizontally still in the same height in the sky. Then the red light on the right continued to ascend until out of view. The other main red light stayed in the same place until becoming so small it could not be seen. This all happened before dark. I could not believe what I had just seen. Of course the local news outlets reported it that it was a NASA weather balloon which I'm fine with as long as they can prove to me that a weather balloon is capable of everything I saw it do.
Note: The witness's description does not sound like a weather balloon. However, a few aspects of his sighting leave the possibility open. The slow movement and red light would suggest a weather balloon. (The photos have the appearance of a balloon.) The red light (described as tethered) could be a light tied to the balloon for tracking purposes. The time and brightening appearance at sunset are also consistent with a weather balloon. However, the separation of the lights and the apparent westerly movement would rule out a balloon. (This is assuming that the observations are accurate.) Apparently the local media (KCBD TV Channel 11 in Lubbock) covered the event, but I am unable to find any information.
Update - October 22, 2009. The witness sent a copy of a news blog from the KCBD TV web site. Click here to read a copy of the news blog (PDF). The blog contains many comments from multiple witnesses and many photos of the object. Given this new information there is confusion about the time that the object was seen. This casts some doubt that the object could have been a weather balloon launched from nearby Amarillo. NASA has a high altitude balloon launch facility in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico. However, a check of the balloon launch log shows that no balloons were launched at the time of the above sighting.