This "UFO", in reality a high altitude balloon with several instrument packages below it (arrows), was reported to a radio station by a motorist who was quite concerned for her safety and claimed it was following her. This photo was taken through a 31cm Newtonian at a focal length of 3350mm in July 1985. Sunlight glinting off the balloon appeared as a bright light in the late morning sky of about magnitude -8. The balloon was visible for about 6 hours through a telescope as it slowly drifted across the sky at an altitude of perhaps 15 or 20km.

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