Spooky UFO at the Standard Diner-oh wait, it's a weather balloon

Photo: courtesy of my honey and his iphone


Last night while a group of friends and I enjoyed our Mocha Cake and Maple Pecan Pie on the patio at the Standard Diner, we started noticing some strange behavior around us. A guy on his stairwell at the brick loft building across the street stood there looking at the sky far past the time it takes to smoke a cigarette. What was he up to? A chick at another table noticed his entranced state and walked out to the sidewalk to see what was up. Her date soon followed. Then my husband. Then our friends. I had to see what all of the 'I've never seen anything like that before' and 'what can it be?' was all about. I joined the sidewalk party. It looked like a glowing silver hot air balloon, I said as much. One of my dining companions said it must be a weather balloon. The guy on his stairwell yelled down at us, 'I called 911, they said everyone is calling about it, it's a weather balloon.'

Today my husband pointed out an article and video clip of a news story on KOB.com. Apparently we weren't the only mystified onlookers last night.

Photo: courtesy of jameck

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Comment by Edith Grove on June 1, 2008 at 3:58pm
I'm really curious about how many people call 911 when they see strange objects in the sky.
Comment by Dr Dan on June 1, 2008 at 4:11pm
I always like looking at weather balloons, and they always attract a crowd. I really like seeing them as dusk as the sky darkens but the balloon appears to glow.
Comment by mombat on June 1, 2008 at 5:47pm
We saw this too our neighbors pointed out that it might be a weather balloon, we were trying to make it be a wierd planet or something.
Comment by killbox on June 1, 2008 at 6:06pm
we decided to see if my 300mm lens could catch any better detail, but sadly no, my photo is slightly less large than jameck's
flickr photo here
Comment by zoodeb on June 1, 2008 at 9:09pm
Tee hee.
Comment by Jackson on June 1, 2008 at 9:20pm
Being from Roswell originally, when I saw it the other day I immediately knew it was a weather balloon, it never tripped my mind that people would mistake it as a UFO, lol, guess I was wrong.
Comment by ze barefoot pirate on June 1, 2008 at 9:36pm
I saw it down in Truth or Consequences about sundown; watched with binoculars as the color changed from incandescent white to orange, pink and red. My sister saw in from her back yard on the west side. So it was visible for a range of 165 miles?
I saw one from Los Lunas two or three years ago. What threw me both times is that they don't appear to be moving. Explanation?
Comment by killbox on June 1, 2008 at 9:40pm
Jackson, it is a UFO until it is identified.
Comment by Benny the Icepick on June 1, 2008 at 11:48pm
//I'm really curious about how many people call 911 when they see strange objects in the sky.//
"I don't care what it is! Can't you people shoot it down? Why not? Well then what DO you spend my tax dollars on?!?!"

First of, my compliments to the photographers; great captures.

I was up at the La Luz trailhead for a quick little hike to catch the sunset when my friend Krista spotted it. It was great to watch the sun set on the city, then the foothills, then the mountains, and still keep shining on the little balloon way up there.

Really, though, I'm amazed that Pirate saw it all the way from T or C. Didn't realize it had that kind of altitude. According to Wikipedia, "Weather balloons may reach altitudes of 40 km (25 miles) or more." Who'da thunkit?
Comment by Jackson on June 1, 2008 at 11:55pm
killbox, it took me two seconds to identify it.

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