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Occurred : 5/20/2003 19:00 (Entered as : 05/20/03 19:00)
Reported: 6/20/2003 11:49:13 PM 23:49
Posted: 7/16/2003
Location: Paducah, KY
Shape: Cigar
Duration:2-3 minutes
White cigar-shaped object flashes a brilliant white light twice, then disappears.

About a month ago, my brother called me out on the deck of my house (in the back). He said, "There is a UFO out here!" I went out as fast as I could, since I am disabled and don't move very fast. It took me about one minute to get out there...then I looked in the direction he was pointing (almost straight up).

Here is what I saw: The object was approximately 1/2 to 3/4 as wide as a full moon. It was definitely cigar-shaped and brilliant white. It looked just like a fuselage of a jet with absolutely no wings. It was traveling from about 030 deg (NNE) on a compass to about 210 (SSW), which is exactly perpendicular to my house as it is oriented. (That is why I am so sure of the directional travel of the object) I would estimate it was quite a ways up into the sky, approximately 3 to 5 thousand feet, although it is difficult to say with no other reference points. The object made absolutely no sound. The skies were clear blue. It was near 7:00 P.M. I first picked up the object at an inclination of about 80 degrees (azimuth 030) and followed it for about 3 minutes until it was at an inclination of about 50 degrees (azimuth 210). It made no sudden acceleration or deceleration during the entire travel. It then flashed BRILLIANT WHITE, so bright I lost sight of the shape of the object. The flash was almost as big as a full moon! About five seconds later it flashed a second time (identical to the first time). Then the object just disappeared! I have emailed a sketch of the object, but it really isn't very detailed as I didn't see much detail other than the shape of the object itself. The sketch includes the object shape, the relation of a full moon in size, and the size of the 2 "bursts of light" that the object made, in relation to the size of the object.

This is the second time in my life I have seen something that is absolutely unexplainable in the sky. (The first being in Mancelona, Michigan in 1978). I used to be a UFO skeptic. I still have not been convinced that these objects are extraterrestrial, but I can say with absolute certainty that there are "unidentifiable objects" traveling through the atmosphere of this planet. I know there are more than one type since I have seen for myself two distinct shapes of these objects.

It is certainly well past time for our government to "come clean" on what they know about these objects. If they think they are protecting us by cloaking their knowledge in secrecy they are mistaken. The more data the researchers have to work with, the better the chance that these mysteries can be solved!