|Occurred : 10/28/2001 03:00 (Entered as : 10/28/00 03:00)
Reported: 10/28/2001 7:13:16 AM 07:13
Location: Alma, MI
|Floating illuminated nighttime sphere west of Alma, Michigan
59 year old female medical assistant noticed odd light and woke her 66 year old retired pipefitter husband. They observed from door windows an orange (fire-colored) sphere, appearing about 3 feet in diameter, floating noiselessly about 4 feet above the ground, approximately 150 feet from their observing location. The sphere was floating near a water well located behind a building in their property and in front of a wooded area; no light sources are installed at that location, and lights from the state highway at the front of the property do not penetrate that area. The denseness of the woods and the slope of a hill behind the sighting location precludes the possibility of neighbor's lighting sources being the source of this light. The observers watched the sphere for approximately one hour, as it shifted position within about a 10-foot area, including changes in elevation of about the same range, continuing to make no sound. After about an hour, the sphere slowly faded into nothing.
The observers are both keen observers of weather and surroundings, coming from farm backgrounds and being avid watchers of wildlife in their backyard and adjoining woods. They both describe the sphere as looking like a full autumn moon, except their was no full moon at the observation time and the sphere clearly illuminated only the surrounding buildings and trees. Neither observer felt that the light was a flashlight, and found no indications of trespassers after daylight. Submission of this report by son of observers.