Published: 2:59 PM 7/11/2013
Calgary, Alberta, Canada - 06-28-13
Shape: Sphere - Duration: 5 minutes
There was a very high silver sphere moving very slowly beside the sun during the day (around 20 people watching with me).
It was the final day before summer break for my colleagues and me (teachers). We had a BBQ get-together at work on June 28, 2013 at 1 PM.
We were sitting outside in the school courtyard as it was a nice and sunny day. I was having a conversation with one of my colleagues, when I looked up towards the sun.
The sun was actually being blocked by the side brick wall of our building. Right beside the sun, there was a silver sphere. It was quite small as it was very high up in the sky.
My colleague asked me what the heck I was looking at, and I pointed it to him. He saw it too. I couldn't detect any motion at the time. I got up and showed another colleague who was in the middle of a conversation with a few others. She saw it.
Next thing I knew everyone was looking up into the sky, with one hand up blocking the sun, and were all seeing this silver dot in the sky. I ran into the building to get my phone and turn on the Skywalk app to see if it was Venus or possibly the ISS.
I came back after about 20 seconds and the object was now to the left of the sun (it was to the right when I first saw it). It still was not moving fast whatsoever. In fact, I thought it wasn't moving at all, and that's why I went to grab my phone... as I thought maybe I was looking at Venus (which would have blown me away seeing it in the day).
I checked Skywalk and it showed what was up there, but since the object moved, it certainly wasn't going to be Venus.
At this point my colleagues were concluding it was the ISS. I explained that the ISS likely wouldn't be visible right next to the sun, and moves much faster than this object and would be long gone by now.
I would say the entire ordeal was about 4 or 5 minutes long. Soon people lost interest and the BBQ party continued and the sphere was no longer visible.
There is the chance that this was a weather balloon, but I have no way of knowing. I just am not one to jump to major conclusions, but it was neat to see people's reactions and I was happy that I had between 20-30 people with me looking at the object at the time.
This obviously eliminates anyone thinking I just have an over-active imagination.