Published: 3:07 PM 10/22/2012
Also see: Three UFOs, Similar Configuration to Virgie, Kentucky Sighting.
(Editor's Note: A newscast is shown below, followed by Mr. Epling's original footage shown in its entirety.)
An unidentified flying object reportedly was seen in several areas of Pike County last week, but officials have no information as to what the object might have been.
Kentucky State Police trooper Shaun Little said Post 9 in Pikeville received five reports Tuesday of the object in the sky, but no one was able to locate it.
The object was visible from several areas, including South Williamson, Elkhorn City and Virgie in Pike County, and Jenkins in Letcher County. It was photographed in Virgie.
“It was just a very bright daylight star that was getting brighter, then getting dimmer, then getting brighter again,” said Allen Epling of Virgie. He described the object as cylindrical with two white tubes on both sides and semi-transparent. He said it could be seen against a clear afternoon sky with no cloud cover.
Officials with the U.S. Department of Defense and Kentucky Air National Guard said the agencies had no information on unidentified objects in the sky Tuesday over Eastern Kentucky.
Published on Oct 21, 2012 by Allen Epling
UFO sighted over Virgie, KY on 10/16/2012. Video taken by Allen Epling through a Meade 8" SCT astronomical telescope. The picture is unsteady because I had to hold the camera in hand while trying to video it through the eyepiece of the telescope.
Sighting was with clear, blue, cloudless skies, no aircraft in sight, altitude unknown but definitely above airliner cruising altitude.
The object hovered roughly in the same location for over 2 hours, not drifting more than 10 degress in any direction. Was sighted approximately 60 degrees above the horizon.
Image in video was shot with about 150 power magnification. I couldn't risk losing it by taking time to set up a tripod or fixed mount for the camera, so I handheld the camer and struggled to keep the image steady and in the field of view.
Couldn't take time to really get a good focus for fear of losing it. However the object's periodic brightening blurred the image anyway at full brightness. I did also have time to get many still photos which show the object more clearly and in focus.