Appearance / Description of Object(s)
Just a solid white point of light.
Size of Object(s)
The distance it traveled across the horizon was about an inch. When taking into account the distance and perspective, it must have been moving too fast for any man-made object.
Object(s) & Altitude
At least a mile out to sea, maybe two. However far the horizon is on the ocean.
Description of Area / Surroundings
a deserted, private town beach on the Atlantic ocean.
Full Description & Details
My wife and I went to our favorite beach to watch the sunset. After the sun went down, and the stars started to come out, I noticed a bright star just over the horizon, out on the ocean.
It came into my head that it might be a UFO. I had always wanted to see one. Furthermore, it also came into my head that I had some sort of mental connection to it.
To test this idea, I thought "move left". Abruptly, it moved horizontally to the right, about an inch in my perspective. At this point I realized it must truly be a UFO. I thought that perhaps it went the opposite way because it was moving to its own left - my right. I somehow made this mental "correction", and thought "move left" again - this time, it moved to the left, in the same way as it had before.
I had it move back and forth a few times, to make sure it was truly responding to me and that it was repeatable, before I decided to tell my wife.
"This is going to freak you out... see that star over there? I'm making it move back and forth! Watch.... MOVE LEFT," and it did. I repeated the instructions out loud, at different intervals of time, and each time it obeyed.
I don't recall how long I did this, making it move back and forth. But soon, the fog rolled in as it often does in that area, and the stars were no longer visible. We went home to her parent's house about a mile away.
Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?
Regardless of my current skepticism, I do believe that there is something unknown and strange that needs to be studied regarding all these reported phenomena. I would like to help unravel what was real and what was imagined - I understand that the nature of human consciousness is an important factor here.
Views on UFOs, before and after sighting
I grew up reading and being fascinated by UFO stories. I enjoy reading accounts online. I had never read anything similar to what happened to me, though.
There was a time in my life (before the event I described), from my teenage years onward, during which I had pretty much convinced myself that I had had other experiences going back to my childhood. Currently I am very skeptical about this, and consider it wishful thinking that influenced my beliefs. I have no memories other than strange and sometimes vivid dreams, but I am of the opinion that they were, in the end, just dreams. At least, I have embraced skepticism as I have gotten older, and thus believe that dreams are the best explanation. Especially because I was always in bed after them.
Reported Sighting? Yes
Reported To: Joe Nyman, MUFON
Your Location: Vineyard Haven, MA USA