posted on Jul, 11 2011 @ 12:49 PM
(incidentally - two points to begin with: 1 - I am not an artist, so please forgive the crude drawings; and 2- the "Pics or it didn't happen'
defense is b/s and rejected utterly since no digital rendering of an event can be guaranteed to be true and accurate.)
While this is by no means my first sighting of a UFO, I was compelled to submit this here because the other witnesses sort of insisted. Since they
are not ATS members, I found it difficult to convince them that there is little hope of this being as well-received as their enthusiasm might lead
them to believe. For two of the four witnesses this was a first time UFO sighting and one remains desperately clinging to the view that there must be
a mundane explanation, the other is still flabbergasted about actually having seen such a thing. I am one of the two remaining who have had sightings
4-July, 2001 9:00 PM EST (give or take 1 minute)
Wind speed 2.2 MPH (virtually none)
Cloud Ceiling 1,000-1,200 feet (per aviation data)
Location of sighting: approximately 40.8N 72.8W
Sighting began at approximately 50 degrees above Western horizon
West to East trajectory
Object disappeared from view at approximately 40 degrees above Eastern horizon
Visibility very good
Narrative: 8:59 PM EST
My daughter runs into my room, declaring she has seen a red spherical object moving quickly into and out of the clouds, and asks me to go look. I and
two others join her outside to see what it might be.
We arrive outside, and to my daughter's disappointment, the object is apparently gone.
One of my guests points out a shadowy object just above (and perhaps from within) the sparse cloud layer asking what that is.
As we watch the object, my immediate speculation is that it might be someone's Mylar balloon because the shape was roughly circular from our
However, the object was moving with considerable speed and not tumbling, or wobbling, or in any way appearing as if it were moving with the wind.
Furthermore, the height, which was obviously equivalent with the clouds, meant the object was much bigger than some birthday balloon or even
promotional balloon. The object seemed to skim the cloud ceiling as one point until it approached the zenith over my back yard, there were no clouds
Within 10 seconds the object was overhead.
The silhouette of the object was very slightly oblong, with a dull grayish (battleship gray?) bottom. It moved quickly, evenly, at an apparently
consistent speed from West to East, in what seemed a straight line. There was no sound of aircraft engines or jets.
We watched as it smoothly traveled beyond the roof of the house, while neighborhood fireworks began to report and blossom in the air just a few blocks
South of us.
As the object moved East the change in perspective made another observation possible. It was then that we all simultaneously noticed that at the
southern-facing side of the object, just above the 'edge' a mirror-like reflection of the exploding fireworks. We observed this reflection happen
three times each one matching the colors of the fireworks themselves. The bottom however did not reflect any light that we saw.
The object never seemed to change speed or direction, and as we ran through the house to the other side it had entered the cloud bank to the East and
was lost from view.
I think it is safe to estimate that this object theoretically moved from horizon to horizon in well under a minute, although we seemed to only catch
20 seconds of it visually.
I don't expect much feedback. But if you are inclined to do so, please let me know what you think such an object could be. Until I can conceive of
a likely candidate, this remains a classic UFO.