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Occurred : 8/14/2003 21:00 (Entered as : 08/14/03 21:00)
Reported: 8/16/2003 5:16:19 AM 05:16
Posted: 8/28/2003
Location: New York City, NY
Shape: Sphere
Duration:4 hours
Manhattan skyline UFO on night of the blackout

I live in Hudson County, New Jersey, along the Hudson River. On the night of the blackout I noticed a strange object hovering over the darkened Manhattan skyline. It appeared to be round and silver colored (very bright). Red lights were revolving around it on what looked like a 'ring'. These revolving red lights were what got my attention. They rotated & flashed on the 'ring' non-stop. The travel path of the red lights convinced me I wasn't seeing a helicopter since they were circling a *round* or *oblong* object.

It remained stationary for approx 3-4 hours then disappeared from view around midnight - 1AM. I did not see it 'leave' the sky. I turned my attention from the window and when I looked out again it was gone.

The UFO remained over the skyline for approx 3 hours. I have never seen this object over Manhattan before & as far as I know it did not 'return' the following evening.

((NUFORC Note: We observe that the sighting, as described by the witness, is not inconsistent with a sighting of the planet, Mars, in the eastern sky over New York City. Mars would have been in that part of the sky described by the witness, and it would have been visible for many hours, of course. PD))