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Occurred : 12/3/1998 18:15 (Entered as : 12/03/98 18:15)
Reported: 2/16/1999 19:49
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Albany, NY
Shape: Oval
Four oval lighted shapes, flying rapidly in circle, coming together in single center point for a few seconds, then apart again.

Just found your site, and found a description already posted describing what I saw on 12/3/98. Left my office at 6:15 pm, located behind (east of) Wolf Rd. in Albany. Immediately noticed lights in the sky which I first thought were search lights. There were four oval, translucent, white shapes, flying very rapidly in a circle, evenly spaced from each other. After several seconds, they flew together into a single oval shape in the center of the circle, for about three seconds, then the four separate objects flew back out and into the same circular pattern. I watched this same pattern of circling, coming together, and separating repeat probably a dozen times. The timing seemed consistent and precise. When I drove out to Wolf Rd., where the street lighting, neon, etc. is very bright, the lights were not visible from there. The objects were strikingly low to the ground, and over an empty field between the office complex where I work and the Wolf Rd. Shoppers Park strip mall. This location is very close to the Albany Airport, just southeast of it, and is on a flight pattern. The next day, I stood in the same spot in the parking lot and watched a plane coming in over this same area; the distance of this plane from the ground seemed to be about the same as the objects. These lights had to have been seen from the Airport control tower. If there is a known explanation, they should have it, and I sure would like to know what it is. (I didn't attempt to call the airport or notify anyone officially.) I work as an information systems director, am college educated, was not particularly interested in or opinionated about UFOs before this first and only possible sighting that I had.