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Originally posted by The GUT
That is an amazing experience VV6! Thank you for sharing because it's hard for me to find other accounts that share some specific details that mimic my own sighting. I found this thread from over on camperguy's thread about his "Red Orb" sighting.
Don't know how I missed this before, but when I hear 'orb' or 'fireball' & 'plasma' in relation to ufos it really perks my ears up because of my own anomalous event. I totally believe you witnessed the real deal.
I've posted my sighting below a couple of times here, but I get pumped about these plasma 'things' and hope to hear from others that have seen them too.
Your description of likening it to the cherry of a lit cigarette is a good way to describe aspects of it that I haven't been able to find a way to get across yet. Brilliantly lit, but with some dark matter mixed in there...like the ashes amongst the 'cherry' I guess. Okay, here's mine:
I was 14 and on a 5-day camp-out with about 20 other Boy Scouts in the foothills of Lookout Mtn in Alabama 20+ years ago. 4 of the 5 days were spent in a relatively safe & easygoing pasture of a scout-friendly citizen. We had some badge classes and spent a lot of our leisure time in fierce competitions of mumblety-peg.
But one night we went to camp in the "mountains," better described as large foothills. After dinner we broke off in pairs and cliques and explored the various trails leading to the top which I estimate to be around 600 ft and situated among many foothills of similar size.
Two scouts had remained at the top longer than the rest of us and it was rather late in the evening when I and a friend were meandering a trail and talking near the top when the two scouts up top called down to us in very excited voices to come up that they had just seen a ufo. We scrambled up to the top and the two scouts indicated an adjacent and taller mount maybe 3-5 miles as the crow flies, and said they saw a big glowing orange ufo land there.
I was skeptical, but was intrigued by how excited they were, cutting each other off in their zealousness to describe what they saw. We settled in and continued talking all the while steadily looking at the adjacent mount top.
Maybe 20 minutes passed when there appeared a brilliant double-flash that emanated from and illuminated the top of the peak, a second of darkness, and then maybe 100 ft over the tree tops "it" pulsed into life. Perspective wise, I would say it was about high-moon size in appearance.
At full pulse it looked like liquid metal or 'plasma' swirling around inside. Then it would dim at about the same speed it lit. It would dim to nothing. We couldn't see anything and then a good bit higher in the sky it would pulse to light again a few seconds later. Not counting the double-flash of the apparent lift-off it lit and dimmed 6 times, each time higher in the sky and after the 6th nothing. We watched for a long time, but that amazing glimpse was over but for the heavy-duty questions it raised in me.
It was a clear night and a clear phenomena of some kind. I was an Air Force brat that never missed a Thunderbirds or Blue Angels show nor the opportunity to witness various test-flights. I knew it wasn't flares and it doesn't fit with any description of ball lightning that I've come across. Conventional craft was out of the question because of characteristics and size.
Even at that age, I knew what we saw couldn't be easily explained. Since the internet came along, I've searched for folk who have seen the same thing. I've came across an account or two that were essentially the same and many more that were similar.
Peace My Friend. S&F.