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Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/4/2003 23:50 (Entered as : 07/04/03 2350)
Reported: 7/14/2003 9:34:57 PM 21:34
Posted: 7/16/2003
Location: Merced, CA
Shape: Triangle
Duration:3 minutes
3 lights form perfect acute triangle for huge craft moving slowly overhead

We had just came home from a fourth of July party and decided to sit on the roof to get a look at anything else going off. I was glancing at the stars when I notice one of them began to move. At first I thought it was a satalite, so I motioned to my girlfriend to get her attention, then I look back up and two other lights of the same brightness (which was a little brighter than the surrounding stars) were behind the first star I saw in the shape on an acute triangle. Perfect in balance. The only lights on the craft were the three lights, one in the front with the two in the rear at each corner. If this was one solid craft, not three in a formation, it was huge. At least the size of a football field. The craft moved at a slow constant speed overhead us. The height seemed less than a normal commercial plane. There was no noise at all. The reason I think it was a solid craft is because how all three of the lights moved. All of them stayed at all times and equal distance apart from each other. The craft was in no hurry and I could see it for at least three minutes. The way it disappeared blew our minds. The craft moved across the sky to reach a point to where it simply disappear. When I say point in the sky, that is what I mean. I watch the lead light disappear at this point while the back two continued on the same path to this point and disappeared as well. There were no traces of the lights past that point and have not seen it since. I live on the outskirts of town. A simple description of what I saw is three lights in the sky in the shape of a perfect acute triangle, and because of the darkness I could see any detail between the lights, cruise slowly across the sky and go into some "wormhole" and disapper.

((NUFORC Note: We observe that the sighting is consistent with the three satellites, thought to be launched periodically by the U. S. Navy as part of their "NOSS" satellite system. The manner in which the lights were seen to fade is consistent with satellites when they fly into the Earth's shadow. PD))