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Sighting Report
Occurred : 12/16/2000 00:45 (Entered as : 12/16/2000 0:45)
Reported: 5/25/2008 1:42:39 PM 13:42
Posted: 6/12/2008
Location: Pioneer, TN
Shape: Light
Duration:30-45 seconds
sun-sized light after midnight

A few minutes after going to bed, I became aware of a large bright yellowish-green light with a sparkling or luminescent quality, just above the ridgeline of Braden Mountain. My first thought was "What is the sun doing up at midnight?" As the ridiculousness of this thought hit me, I sat up and put on my glasses. As I focused on the object it slowly descended behind the ridge top; a smaller whitish-blue light at the top of the object flashed once (like a strobe light) before it disappeared.

It's hard to say how large the object actually was, but the ridge summit is about one-half mile from my house, and the object looked somewhat like the size of the sun as it rises or sets. A couple of days later, I learned that a neighbor in the area also had a similar experience at about the same time.

I am presently a psychoanalyst in private practice. Before I changed careers, I was chief of a large fire protection district in the western U.S., and had training in fire investigation. Before that I was a naturalist with the National Park Service, and have long been a student and observer of nature. I consider myself to be a curious, careful and scientifically oriented observer. This was about my 12th sighting of an object that I do not consider to have originated on Earth.