Location of Sighting: South Woodham Ferrers, Essex
Date of Sighting: 17/072016
Time: 19:40Hrs to 19:55Hrs
Witness Name: David Woodcock / Christine Smith
Witness Statement: We were lying in the spa watching the usual passenger flights crossing overhead in a clear blue sunny early evening sky. We both noticed a bright white still object high up about 85 degrees above the Eastern horizon, so almost above head and very very high. the object apeared to move very slowly south and then slowly east and faded in and out of view. I grabbed my binoculars 10X50\\\’s. Upon focussing on it I could just make out a white solid crescent object whith a non white or grey part on the inside of the crescent, The object was very slowly rotating and as it turned the brilliant white solid profile of the crescent narrowed until it had rotated round to the crescent profile again and that was why it appeared to fade in and out of view to the naked eye, but with the binoculars one could see what was happening. It wasnt a plane. It wasnt a helicopter, it wasnt a balloon, it was in the troposphere and I would say at between 20,000 feet and thirty thousand feet and so would have been on radar or seen by pilots of the numerous aircraft. It seemed to be moving with the jetstream because I checked and the jetstream was slack and a west northwesterly at altitude. I reckon the size of the object could have been anything between 25 feet to 50 feet across but that depended on the altitude which is approximated only through years of experience. The object did seem to change direction after the first few minutes which caught our attention but the rest of the time it moved very slowly towards the eastern horizon and we lost sight of it at 19:55 hrs at about 30 degrees above the eastern horizon. This would have been a hazzard to aircraft so the authorities should have known it was there. What was it?
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