1/10/2006 12:08:28 PM
Appearance / Description of Object(s)
From what I remember, the lights were all the same size, round, and orange. They were the same brightness, not very bright, but not dim either. I don't remember how many lights there were, but I do remember that they formed a geometrical pattern, similar to a "W" shape, and stayed symmetrical the entire time as they moved in unison from the right to the left of the sky, at a constant slow rate. When it started to fade, just the first few lights that made up the tips of the W started to fade, then disappeared. A bit later a couple more lights lower to those ones faded in unison, leaving a single, eerie orange light, which faded out as well.
Size of Object(s)
Relative size estimate: 4 inches across Actual size estimate: 600 feet across, 600 feet high
Distance to Object(s) & Altitude
Estimated distance and altitude: 9 miles away, 10,000 ft altitude
Description of Area / Surroundings
Suburban area. Surrounding areas include suburban flat mesa, houses, trees, power and telephone lines. No buildings above 3 stories in the area.
Full Description & Details
At a New Years party, just after the ball dropped on television at midnight, January 1, 2006, my fiancee had made the announcement to the party to "go see the lights out in the sky", and I had taken it to mean a fireworks show so I helped round up people to see the fireworks and headed out to the front door patio. There was one show in the city that was close enough to our location to be visible in the sky, and as I was about to enter the house to round up more people to view the show, I heard my fiancee say "look, over there, do you see it?". I heard a partygoer say "what is that?", and as my eyes searched the sky in curiosity I saw it too. I viewed it for a few seconds and realized that it was something I had never seen before and didn't act like anything in the sky I had seen before, and I knew from the comments and reactions within the crowd they they were as perplexed and in awe as I was, some were just silent. I quickly went in the door to make sure there was nobody lagging inside, and noticed that there were at least eight people outside, everyone's eyes on the sky, and as the house looked empty I quickly went back outside to where I was standing to view it. A few seconds later I noticed my fiancee's sister recording it with her digital camcorder she had just received for christmas.
Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?
It may have been a dud firework, if dud fireworks behave in a bizarre way and stay lit for a longer duration than usual fireworks do. New military aircraft being tested.
Views on UFOs, before and after sighting
I've always been fascinated by UFO stories and sightings, and what I knew from them came mostly from shows on television about various sightings. I wished I would see one as I had an open mind about it but knew that there would always be a doubt in me until I saw one in the sky. I used to think it would be amazing to see one, but now after the few minutes of awe and imagination, all I have left is more questions than the answers I had before I saw it and a nagging sense of responsibility to tell people about it, and tell it as accurately and truthfully as possible not only in case it is a UFO, but also in case it isn't and can be explained, and this responsibility weighs on me.
Not only will I, but also my fiancee send in a drawing, so I will send a total of two drawings.
Your Location:Tucson, AZ USA