|Occurred : 11/14/2004 17:55 (Entered as : 11/14/2004 17:55)
Reported: 11/14/2004 8:41:10 PM 20:41
Location: Ventura, CA
|Three orange spheres traveling silently in triangle formation until lead sphere broke formation.
Sighted three large spheres traveling in triangle formation southward. Silent, no engine noise. Initial altitude approx twice that of small airplanes. (We live near two small airports; planes were in the air at the time, could hear one engine off to the west) The spheres were shining dull/opaque orange, fuzzy, somewhat like chinese lanterns. Their formation was very rigid intially. They gained altitude (got smaller & dimmer) as they progressed south over the ocean off Point Mugu Naval Airstation. The two spheres then seemed to close the gap between them, while the front sphere appeared to stretch the formation upward. As the formation dimmed in the distance, the front sphere appeared to shoot upward. The rear two spheres stayed together and drifted in a more westerly direction.
Conditions were dark evening, very clear starry night. Just finished looking at the moon off to the west and was heading inside when the formation drifted into view from over my house.
When they were closest to me, I got the impression (not clear vision) I was seeing in through a round, riblike structure.
At first sight I yelled to my son to get his video camera. Both he and my daughter joined me outside and saw the formation immediately. Nothing is showing on camera LCD screen. I am hunting for the chord to connect camera to TV to review tape; keep fingers crossed.