- Date: Monday, January 17, 2000 Time: Approximately 7:05
- Duration of sighting: less than 1-second
- As a result of a message from Ohio MUFON Director Bill
Jones, a phone call was placed to a resident of Hamilton, Ohio regarding
a UFO sighting from earlier this morning. The witness located Mr. Jones
from the MUFON State Directory website, and then talked to Mr. Jones by
telephone later in the afternoon. Mr. Jones conveyed the phone number of
the witness so that the claimant might be interviewed and a report could
- Upon speaking with the witness, he explained that he
had made detailed notes of the sighting, and transcribed below are excerpts
from those notes, which he read while we discussed his sighting:
- "I was standing in my fiancee's home facing south,
southeast, looking out the kitchen window. I say exactly because I had
to determine direction using the most accurate map of the area that I know
- The witness attempted measurements of the south/southeast
position using houses in the area, streets and maps. Looking out his kitchen
window into an open area with unobstructed view of the sky, the witness
reported observing an object which appeared as a round "area"
- "It was not moving as fast as a meteor or shooting
star," he said, "but was moving almost as fast. It appeared out
of nowhere, as if turning on a flashlight. It appeared and descended at
a high speed.
- "As the object descended, it seemed to pause momentarily,
then seemed to reverse direction, as if hesitating," the witness wrote
in his notes.
- The witness informed that there seemed to be some rotation
during the pause. At that moment, the witness noted, the object seemed
"3-Dimensional," and was perceived to have a concave shape.
- The object finally departed from view by assuming a slight
adjustment in course and disappearing behind neighborhood houses.
- The size of the object was about 1/4 that of the moon,
or about the end of a pencil eraser held at arms length. It was whitish-colored
with a slight bluish-tint. It was about half as bright as a streetlight,
and somewhat diffused, yet still defined. Its altitude was perceived to
be 'well below' that of commercial air traffic, yet higher than smaller,
local planes. It was his impression that this object was in his immediate
vicinity, perhaps mere miles away.
- The witness has previously been in truck-driving industry,
he informed, and was presently a student between careers. He has attended
a recent class at Miami University.
- "If it was a meteor, it was strange. At that moment,
when it paused, it did appear to be concave and spinning on its side."
- The observer was notably struck by the unusual ballistic
performance of this descending object, which would complicate a 'meteor'
or 'bolide' explanation. However, a factor in this sighting report must
be the 1-second time duration, which presents challenging perceptive circumstances
for any witness to accurately recall detail, most especially under unannounced
conditions. A meteor, under any condition, is an unusual thing to see in
the sky, and could confound even the best qualified observers.
- The claimant further informed that he would be curious
to learn if anyone else in the area had also spotted this object.
- Filed, January 17, 2000 Kenny Young -- UFO Research http://home.fuse.net/ufo/