12/6/21 Update: The witness has followed up to clarify some things. \
For starters, I misunderstood that the sighting happened in the early morning, but it was actually little before sunset at 5:01 PM.
Secondly, the witness shared some additional details about the encounter: "I was sitting on my patio, talking to my daughter on the phone. My first response to my daughter when I saw it was “Wow! The moon is so bright and huge! It must be reflecting from the setting sun.” It took me a little while to realize it couldn’t be the moon. As you can see from the attached picture, it wasn’t dark outside yet. When you zoom in on the pic, it’s quite a strange shape."
The witness attached a larger photo of the scene to help us learn more... was this UFO just sunlight reflecting through a cloud, or something much more mysterious?
A photograph of a shining, yellow, circular object that was seen a few mornings ago has been submitted to me by "RJ":
I couldn’t tell if it was a full circle because of clouds. It was very large. If you zoom in on the picture, YouTube can see that it has irregular edges. Initially, I thought it was the moon and it was reflecting the sun as the sun was setting. But I soon realized that the moon is a waning crescent right now. According to the weather app, the moon doesn’t rise until 2:50 AM. I watched it until it faded away behind the clouds (after several minutes).
Is it possible that the witness just saw a cloud reflecting sunlight or even moonlight(as they suggest), or is something more mysterious going on here? According to my research, the sun wasn't rising at this time, but the moon was still in the process of setting. That said, the moon only was at 18% brightness, so it's hard to believe it could have caused such a sight? What do you think?
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