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UFO Sighting

Sighting Basics

Case Number 58578
Log Number US-08012014-0017
Date Submitted 08/01/2014 06:43 UTC
Date of the Event 07/26/2014 09:20 UTC
Source MUFON
Disposition Unresolved
Summary Red Orange Fireball in Middletown, NY
Tags floating ufo

Sighting Location

City Middletown
Region New York
Country United States

Sighting Specifics

Viewing Distance Unknown
Sighting Duration Undisclosed
Object Features None
Object Flight Path Straight-line path
Object Shape Fireball
Weather Factors Unknown

Sighting Details

Driving home from dinner my wife and I saw a red orange ball moving horizontally across the sky. I'd say it was a little smaller than the moon and my original thought was it was like a flickering candle flame. Only it didn't flicker. I can see patterns but they didn't move. I was driving so I kept my eyes on the road while glancing at the thing in the sky. When we reached our driveway we got out and watched it recede -- still in a straight line -- while another plane taking off from Stewart Airport (in nearby Newburgh) was flying the opposite direction at a slight angle. When the thing became small in the distance (still bigger than a point-like star) it just turned itself off. We waited a bit to see if it would come on again but it didn't. My thought when I was looking at the UFO was it looked like a candle flame. I was focusing on the bottom part where it was brightest ��� yellow in color ��� and shaped somewhat like the crescent of a moon without the pointed ends, and I only occasionally glanced at the top which I remember had small yellow or gold dots or orbs against a mostly orange-red and black background. At the moment I am certain I would recognize what I was looking at if I knew it ��� say Chinese lantern or candle flame or lightning balls as a friend suggested ��� my mind is clearest when challenged. But it was none of those. And the sight of it was very clear. There was no cloud, wind, or fog. It was a clear night. I saw no riggings of any sort. Just a red orange ball floating in the air at a constant speed in a singular direction. The best I can come up with whatever was inside the ball (���ball��� actually didn���t occur to me to describe it ��� I only adopted it after reading other witnesses��� descriptions and I thought, yeah the whole thing was localized and since it wasn���t a square or a hexagon etc. it could be a ball) was that it was out-of-focus. My eyes were trying to focus and home in on the shapes inside it but can���t. Also, the shapes I later realized were not moving. My mind at the time was telling me it���s a flame while at the same time asking so why isn���t it flickering? I took a picture with my cellphone as it receded but it's just a white dot against a black sky. At least the EXIF data showed the date and time. I guess when one sees something that can't be put into words, the brain works at a rapid pace presenting familiar objects and one by one ruling them out. In my case candle flame, hot air balloon, and even boiling water because of the yellow/gold dots/orbs on the top behaving like bubbles. But in each case, if I try to force myself to accept the "earthly" explanations, there is something that is off, sometimes way off. For example, flame that is not flickering, and is more like light whose source is distorted. And this is where debunkers "get" eyewitnesses. They'd say if it looks like a flame then it's a flame. But to the witness there is always something off. It's probably like showing, say, a person in biblical times fluorescent light and showing it for only 2 minutes. The technology is so far ahead that the person cannot describe it to those who have not seen it.

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