Appearance / Description of Object(s)
Black Smoke Cloud accented with Dim Purple and Orange Smoke with a Trail of smoke that didn't dissipate quickly.
The Black Cloud was Silhouetted by the glow of Edmonton in the distance but was still difficult to see.
Size of Object(s)
Relative=2" tall at arms length, Actual=500m Diameter (Guess)
Object(s) & Altitude
Distance=30km, Altitude = 2000m (Best Guess)
Description of Area / Surroundings
Dark Rural Highway with a High Treeline on Boths Sides.
Full Description & Details
My Sister, her husband (lets call him Ed) and I were travelling East on Highway 16A towards Stony Plain Alberta at around 1am when we saw the object. We were about 5km west of Stony Plain at the Time. I was Driving and Ed was in the passenger seat. My Sister was in the back seat during this event and she never saw the object.
The Object was travelling from North to South at a constant speed. It never changed direction nor stopped. It appeared really far away and VERY large because it was moving so slowly and near the Horizon. It looked like a ball of smoke and it left a smoke trail behind it.
It was a Dark night and there was no Street Lights in that area so it was difficult to see. The only reason why Ed and I saw the object was because the smoke was Purple and Orange and the smoke trailing the object was also lit slightly with Purple and Orange (though the color did taper off the older the Trail was). The Smoke Cloud was mostly black against the night sky and the Purple and Orange was just dim accents to the smoke cloud. The light did not appear to be from a light source, rather it seemed to be a by-product of the smoke itself. (Like High Temperature Plasma)
If you hold your hand out at arms length, the object was about 2" accross. It was clear to me that there was something inside the cloud that was producing the smoke, though I never glimpsed it. The cloud trail was the same width as the object and was not Dissipating.
It seemed to be huge and moving at great speed but was being viewed from far away. It is possible that it was closer, smaller and slower. We first saw it as it cleared the treeline on the North Side of the Highway and lost it after it moved south of the Treeline.
From the Size and Trajectory it appeared to be flying over the Capital City of Edmonton though there was no mention of the object in the news or paper the next day or any day (to the best of my knowledge).
Ed, my brother in law saw the object as well but when I try to talk to him about what we saw, all he will give me is "I don't t know what I saw" and that is it. He will not describe what he saw, he refuses to talk about it. (He is very conservitive and does not believe in anything that he hasn't touched personally).
He is right though, I have no idea what I saw either. It doesn't seem to fit the classic UFO criteria. But if it was a metor, it would have been super bright and would have burned out in a couple seconds (we watched it for around 10 Seconds before we lost it). Also it was not falling to the Earth, it was moving perfectly Parallel to the Horizon. To give some perspective, at arms length it appeared approx 18" above the Horizon.
If I had to guess how far away it was, I would say at least 30km but I truely have no idea.
Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?
At the time I was a student at the University Of Alberta studying Ancient Chinese History. Since then I have become a Electrical Engineering Technologist and work at an Electrical Engineering Consultanting Firm.
Views on UFOs, before and after sighting
Up until that sighting, I believed in Extra Terristrial Life but doubted that it had reached Earth yet. But I still had an open mind. Now, I am not so sure.
Almost no reading up on the subject until after the event, even then, not much.
No sound, no abupt changes. None of us had been Drinking or using Psychedelics.
Reported Sighting? No
Your Location: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada