|Occurred : 10/14/1986 20:30 (Entered as : 10/14/1986 20:30)
Reported: 6/16/2003 4:29:58 PM 16:29
Location: San Jose, CA
|((NUFORC Note: Date of incident may be approximate. One of three dramatic reports from the same source, reported since October 2002. We do not know whether the reports are authentic. We will contact the witness. PD))
Red, green and gold light amazes multiple witnesses over Santa Clara Valley
I was talking to several friends in the parking lot of Lynbrook High School in San Jose, Ca. when I noticed a big, bright, red light swinging back and forth like a pendulum about a few thousand feet up in the dark sky behind them. It was similar in size and brightness to a large crimson one I'd seen before on the back of a helicopter, but whatever it was made absolutely no noise whatsoever. I looked closely, but couldn't see any type or shape of an aircraft body, just the round, unblinking light. It then suddenly stopped swinging back and forth, remaining motionless for a second and then began slowly moving to the right in a straight line into a cloud bank. When it hit the clouds, the light turned to green, and then gold and then back to red again. It then disappeared into the clouds.
I called the local TV station and reported it when I got home, and asked the anchorwoman that actually answered the phone if anyone else had called in . She said '"No, you're the only one"'. Another newsperson semi-jokingly reported it later on the air on the eleven o'clock news.
About a week later I saw the following article in the newspaper ( I kicked myself for not cutting it out at the time!), and then realized that there were other witnesses besides myself that had seen this object on or about the same time that I did. Mine was the Tuesday night sighting because I was taking a Tuesday-Thursday college class at the time, and we had just gotten out of class and were getting ready to leave when I spotted it. I found the article again recently listed online, so I thought I'd include it for historical reference: Mystery Lights Return To Saratoga By Kathy Holub Mercury News Staff Writer A beautiful apparition has been glowing in the night sky over Saratoga ,leaving viewers baffled and entranced. About 15 people, all agog, called Santa Clara County dispatchers on Tuesday night to report a mysterious bright red light that hovered in thesky from 8:15 to 8:30 and then disappeared.
Dozens of callers described a similar phenomenon on Oct. 16, same time, same place."It was very exciting," said ((name deleted)) of Los Gatos, who watched last week's display during a break in her real estate class at West Valley College."It was very bright, much larger than the lights you see on airplanes. At one point, something burning or flickering dropped from it. It was just a tiny little flicker that came down. We all went: `Oooh, what was that?'" No one seems to know.
That includes ((name #2 deleted)) of Saratoga, who spied the object Tuesday night while lounging with her husband in their backyard spa.Yauger said the light appeared high in the northwestern sky, first moving toward them, then away. Through her binoculars, the apparition became a cluster of lights. "It was scary. When it started get- ting larger, it seemed to be coming down," she said. Yauger didn't see the object fade from view because she had just gone into the house. Her husband told her the light turned green and slowly disappeared.
Spokesmen at Moffett Field Naval Air Station said nothing flew out of their airfield Tuesday that looked like that. And officials at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc said they didn't launch a thing Tuesday night. Ditto for Oct.
15.Other watchers of the night sky - air traffic controllers and astronomers at Lick Observatory - said they saw nothing unusual.