I saw this ballon around 7:15 to 7:40 looking to the northwest from Scottsdale. I was very brignt. I looked like a planet.
I also saw another
ballon several weeks ago.
I don't know if that balloon was the one mentioned in the article.
It also was in the northwest sky at around the same time.
Light spotted in sky IDed as weather balloon
by Lindsey Collom - Jun. 11, 2009 09:13 PM
The Arizona Republic
The reality behind a dazzling light in the northwestern sky Thursday evening may deflate some UFO believers. The object was a weather balloon, according to an airport official.
For the second time in two weeks, an object in the sky prompted "multiple" calls to Sky Harbor International Airport, airport spokesman Mike Set said.
Set said airport officials are typically not alerted when a weather balloon is launched, and officials weren't notified Thursday.
"They pop up balloons all the time," Set said.
"They" could be the National Weather Service or Luke Air Force Base, among others. It was not clear what agency launched Thursday night's balloon.
Still, sky gazers were delighted by the orb that shone "like diamonds" through binoculars.
Rob Serack of Ahwatukee Foothills called his daughter outside to see the "huge, shiny object."
"It's something you don't usually see," Serack said. "I've never seen a weather balloon lit up like that. It was really strange."
Taylor Burkhart, 11, used binoculars to get a better peek from central Phoenix.
"It was sort of freaky," Burkhart said. "If you went out and looked, there was no way you could miss it."
But Bruce Rosier quickly figured out the mystery from his north Phoenix home. A cable hanging from the orb could be seen by the naked eye, Rosier said.
On May 29, an object over Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport caused alarm in the southeast Valley. In that case, it was a data-research parachute.