A strange glowing orange sphere reported to have appeared without warning one morning in the eastern sky; an orb which appears to gain altitude at a steady pace and then pass almost directly over Middleburg each day around noon before disappearing in a fiery glow on the far side of the Blue Ridge, has been identified by reliable sources as the sun.  MIA for the past several weeks, the orb has been the object of worship by fans of gardening, sport and other outdoor activities.