Appearance / Description of Object(s)
Long, narrow and black.
Size of Object(s)
With arms stretched out, roughly 2 to 2.5 inches across. Hard to guess its size but appeared very large.
Object(s) & Altitude
Distance: 1 mile. Altitude: 10,000 to 12,000 feet.
Description of Area / Surroundings
Urban area on Colorado Highway 36 heading south. Just approaching the northern outskirts of Louisville and Superior. No special sites near by.
Full Description & Details
I originally reported this as a meteor sighting and posted it on American Meteor Society Fireball log report. It is listed in the 2011 Fireball Reports, December 24, 2011. It is listed as Event 1593a. Also listed as Report #20567.
Driving south on Hwy. 36 from Boulder, Colorado, nearing Exit 43 when I looked to my left and saw the object at about 10,000 feet traveling west/southwest at the cruising speed of an airliner on approach to land. Except is was not on approach to land, but maintained its same altitude. It was a long black object with a ring of vapor around it. The vapor at the end had a brief tail which quickly evaporated. It did not leave a vapor trail like the aircraft one sees overhead. I did not have a camera or even a cellphone camera available and it would have been very difficult to stop on the road just as I was coming up on the exit. I feared others would see this and hit my car but incredibly I did not see any reaction from any drivers nearby. Looked at my car clock and it was approximately 10:50am.
The object had no flames, sparks or any sign of debris. Just the vapor field around it. Judging from its course, it must have passed just north of Denver International Airport.
As I exited onto McCaslin Blvd. entering Superior, Colorado I kept watching this object as it headed southwest. I observed it for several minutes as I drove west and turned onto Rock Creek Blvd.
I did not want to believe this was a UFO and thought it to be a meteor or asteroid. Reported it the evening of the 24th as a meteor. Did receive a reply from someone in Tokyo that what I saw was not a meteor. I just did not want to believe what I saw was a UFO. I did not believe in UFO's and it took some time for me to realize that is what I saw. Not until now did I finally decide to report this as a UFO.
I have worked with aircraft collections in museums. My father was a career Air Force officer and I am familiar with many types of military and civilian aircraft. That was unlike anything I have ever seen. It has changed my view of reality and I am hoping someone could tell me exactly what it was I saw flying over the north Denver metro area on a day when the sky was a clear blue!
Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?
No. Clear blue sky. There were no aircraft anywhere in the vicinity.
Views on UFOs, before and after sighting
Did not believe in UFOs. But I do now. Read very little on UFO's knew some of the stories like Roswell. Just did not put much store in what I had read or heard until I saw this object.
Reported Sighting? Yes
Reported To: American Meteor Society
Name: Jim Robinette
Your Location: Superior, Colorado, United States