Date: Thursday, January 13, 2011
Location: object spotted from No Frills parking lot - near Queen Street and 410 Highway
Time of sighting: 7:38 AM
Duration: approx. 5 minutes
Sunrise: 7:50 AM
I was¬†heading west on Queen Street in Brampton, and turned left after crossing over the 410 -¬†to take a shortcut through a shopping plaza... when I spotted an unusual-looking object in the sky at approximately 45 degrees in the southern sky.¬† The object was oval in shape and was a bright white/orange colour.¬† I later determined that it was the size of a pencil lead held at arm's length (which is still quite big - larger than a planet or star).¬† At first I thought it was just an extremely unusual cloud reflecting sunlight from the¬†not-yet-risen sun - and expected it to drift and change its shape - but it did not.¬† I realized that this was something out of the ordinary, so I pulled into the empty No Frills parking lot to observe this object.¬†¬†The sky was clear where this object was - but there was a dark bank of clouds further south over Lake Ontario.¬†¬†Passenger jets were¬†flying in the same part of the sky - and they were all dark - NOT REFLECTING SUNLIGHT at all.¬† I watched this object move slowly¬†away in a south-easterly direction where it eventually faded from view¬†behind a drifting cloud.¬† I had 5 minutes to watch this take place.
I later compared what I saw to¬†images of the International Space Station¬†seen from earth - and this was nothing like¬†that.¬† The only thing that it could have been was some sort of very large¬†balloon...¬†but why was it reflecting bright sunlight when the sun had not yet come up over the horizon - and all the aircraft in the sky were not reflecting sunlight - even as they turned¬†in the sky...?
I'm wondering if anyone else saw this object.