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Occurred : 8/3/1973 21:45 (Entered as : 08/03/73 21:45)
Reported: 8/27/2002 3:40:13 PM 15:40
Posted: 2/25/2003
Location: San Antonio, TX
Shape: Sphere
Duration:30 to 40 minutes
Huge glowing sphere emerging from night sky cloud in summer of1973, in San Antonio, Texas

It has been more than twenty nine years since I and my 4 children saw what I am about to discribe. I heard on the TV news a few years ago that others saw it too, but they reported it, and the local newspaper printed a story about it, only I never reported my sighting nor did I see the story in the paper. But that story is in the news archives here. After all those years, I found out others DID see it. Are there any others on this site that saw what I am about to tell? If they did, they will know the city where it occured, and you can tell me by e-mail.

It was a warm summer night in August (somewhere between the 3rd and 6th) 1973, when my 4 children and I were out in our yard watching the stars in the sky.

The sky was so unusually clear. Soon two very perfect cumulus clouds moved into our view above us. Really perfect clouds, like a Disney drawing. There were many other clouds far away on the horizon. But these clouds were seperated by ample spaces of black, star splattered sky, and were very close to us. As we were observing this beautiful sight, a huge, perfectly round very huge sphere started slowly inching its way out of the top side of the cloud on our left. It had a green glow to it like a radium numbered watch. I thought it was the moon until my oldest child pointed out that the moon was to the west, and as I remember it was not a full moon.

Before long there was lightening in those clouds. But it never went to the ground. After a while the lightening started going back and forth between those two clouds, across the star splattered space between the clouds, and all the while that sphere was slipping out of that cloud till it was almost completely out. Glowing steadly, not a flicker but that steady greenish glow. I thought it might be a weather balloon untill that very active lightening that was dancing from cloud to cloud, struck the sphere and red sparks flew out in all directions at the piont of contact. Then the sphere started retreating back into the cloud where it came from, and it took as much time to retreat as it took to emerge before; till it disappeared back into that cloud completely.

All this took about 35 to 40 minutes to happen. But the strangest thing I can remember is that those clouds stopped moving in the sky untill the whole episode played out. Then the clouds moved on. I told my brother, who was in the Air Force at the time, and he made such fun of me, I never talked about it again. Have you ever heard of any sightings like this before? Will you e-mail me an answer? What did we see? My e-mail address: ((e-address deleted))

((NUFORC Note: Date in August 1973 is approximate. PD))