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UFO Sighting Report


September, 21, 2005


Sparta, North Carolina, United States


I saw a peculiar object in the sky late at night several times, always attended by a sort of low humming sound, vibration in the floor and flickering lights. The object looked like a flat-topped straw hat with a double string of close-set lights around the crown.

Date Reported:

9/29/2005 8:59:52 PM

Sighting Time: 

3 am



No. of Witnesses: 

1 (as far as I know)


30 min.

Appearance / Description of Object(s)

It looked exactly like the 3rd object from right in your series of images on the top of the webpage. I saw what looked like a flat-topped straw hat with close-set lights where the ribbon would normally be on the crown of the hat. Two tiny close-set rows of amber, blue and occasionally reddish lights.

Size of Object(s)

I could not tell if I was seeing a small object close by or a large object far off. Based on the area it appeared to be hovering over, if it were an aircraft of some kind I would guess it would have held about 7-10 people. Not huge, but not tiny either.

Description of Area / Surroundings

Rural, Blue Ridge Mountains, mostly grazing land in rolling hills on mountain tops, occasional tree lines between properties. Tree canopy varies from about 20 to 100 ft. Sparta is a small town in a low population county. The town was 3 mi. away behind me, behind a ridge of hills. The object was in front almost due east.

Full Description & Details

Actually, the photo 3rd from right in the series at the top of your webpage looks pretty much exactly like what I saw, except that I did not see the bottom of the object in the dark. Just the row of circular close-set lights on what looked basically like a flat-top straw hat. I heard a very low steady hum (no idling), almost too low to hear, felt a vibration in the floor. Lights flickered. I thought it was a truck but it never seemed to arrive or leave. The first night I could not see it. When the same thing happened the next night I went and looked and saw the object hovering over the next hill. I'd seen this object before further off and thought it was the Mars close approach, but now, closer up, realized it was not Mars. Nor was it any plane or helicopter I've ever seen, and my dad is a pilot. I grew up around airports. I watched the object for quite awhile. It did not often move, but when it did it moved abruptly and smoothly without any apparent need to maneuver into positions. When it left it was gone so fast I couldn't tell where it went. It was just gone.

Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?

I cannot say whether the object was man-made, since there are no doubt many military craft I've never seen. But it was not any man-made object or natural phenomenon that I have ever seen before. It was not reflections on clouds, auroras, the moon, birds, bats, etc. I have seen all those before many times. Reflections do not make sounds or vibrations, nor, as far as I know, do balloons or satellites. And it was not any aircraft I've ever seen.

Witness Background

I am a college educated, former thespian now retraining as an alternative healer and getting back to nature.

Views on UFOs, before and after sighting

I have seen programs for and against the existence of UFOs. I think some are hoaxes, some can be explained by other phenomena, and some cannot be explained as anything other than either top-secret military devices or something made and operated by someone (or something) other than man. I have no idea how many siting really belong in which categories. I don't suppose we will ever really know.

Other Comments

I am surprised to see how many reports you have from September alone.

Reported Sighting? 


Your Location: 

Sparta, NC USA

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