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National UFO Reporting Center
Sighting Report
Occurred : 9/1/1998 20:30 (Entered as : 09/01/98 20:30)
Reported: 9/7/1998 00:43
Posted: 10/12/2001
Location: Desert Center (~west to 10 miles east of Chiriaco Summit), CA
Shape: Sphere
Duration:45 minutes
At two different locations 15 miles apart we saw 4 huge orbs of bright light. Two very different formations. On the second sighting saw about 5 military jets that flew extremely close to I-10 vehicles.

We were taveling westbound on I-10 on September 1, 1998, approximately 8:30pm, between Desert Center and Indio, California. The first sighting was about 10-15 miles west of Ironwood Prison on the south side of the road. We saw four huge, round orbs of very bright, intense yellow-amber light. One orb was higher than the other three, which were all level just below the mountin tops. They were all very close, about 1-2 miles from the road. We watched at length as we traveled. The orb of light on the left, although the same size as the other three, clearly was hovering much higher above the mountain range. The others were all in one level line, seemingly intentionally just below the crest of the mountain range. Suddenly the higher orb simply vanished. It did not fly away. It did not leave a trail (the moon was very bright and made it possible to see the outline of items in the area.) It vanished so quickly and suddenly, followed almost immediately by two of the other three, and then the third, in the btween the remaing three. Although we could see the entire surroundings, including trees, poles, and mountain outlines, we saw no evidence of the four orbs once they were gone. About 10-15 miles further west, just past that mountain range, they suddenly appeared again. This time much brighter, closer and larger, about 1 mile away from us. The formation was now more like a "v", with the left appearing higher, the second from left even with the fourth, which was on the right, and the third from left at the base of the "V". THe groun was illuminated completely by the light from the objects. At that time we spotted the first two of what we believe were five military jets. One jet came so very, very close above the traffic that it startled us. We watched the orbs and the jets for another five minutes, and then needed to continue toward our destination. We did not see them disappear, and we could still see the glow long after our view was obscured by the mountains, but traffic obviously was slowing g! reatly behind us, perhaps to watch.