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Sighting Report
Occurred : 10/9/1999 00:33 (Entered as : 07/09/99 0733UTC)
Reported: 10/9/1999 06:58
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Los Angeles (Metropolitan area - Koreatown), CA
Shape: Triangle
Duration:29 seconds
Triangular shaped object in atmosphere 4.5-5.0 degrees in size traversing from northwest to southeast.

Large triangular shaped object estimated 40K-50K feet ASL (this is an impression)black in color traversing from northwest to southeast on apparent directed or controlled path absolutely in a straight line with impressively smooth travel. Object appeared illuminated diffusely over front edge similar to that of a bright diffuse object. Illumination appeared to be reflected from skyglow of city. To a casual observer object would have appeared as a boomerang shaped "V" with the notch of the "V" travelling in the direction of travel. Illuminated area appeared more greyish with faint lighting and progressed to black to the "rear" of the craft. Front edging had definite thickness but curved for aerodynamic capability. Travel was absolutely effortless as it glided smoothly across field of view first observed while kneeling on floor near a window on a second story residential apartment structure. Object on flight of travel first observed at greatest elevation towards zenith. Observation of travel over half the sky took the referenced period of time. Size of object estimated like that of a small lake or small mountainous area just north near Griffith Observatory, or for most people like that of one to two football fields/stadiums. Could only see primarily bottom underbelly. No surface features, patters, markings, or lights of any kind. Sky - clear. No clouds or vaporous characteristics. Temperature - estimated 78 degrees F. Humid. Haze level - moderate, due to smog characteristic. No trail or atmospheric disturbance of any kind in wake of craft. Personal background: Extensive astronomical experience and observation over entire lifetime since babyhood. Estimated conservatively at 30K+ hours. Impression: Impressive. Unknown what I saw. Definitely not a stealth bomber or any "secret" objects that I am aware of from experience. Written initial report to follow within a few days. Extensive report later.

((NUFORC Note: Witness reports he is experienced astronomer, with 30,000 hrs. of viewing time, and two published articles. Seems to be extremely good observer.))