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Occurred : 8/22/2008 20:30 (Entered as : 20:30)
Reported: 8/22/2008 8:44:21 PM 20:44
Posted: 10/31/2008
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Shape: Light
Duration:5-8 MINUTES
SOMETHING ON FIRE MOVING RAPIDLY AWAY SILENTLY AND DISAPPEARING

LAS CRUCES, NEW MEXICO AUGUST 22, 2008 APPROX. 8:30pm MY WIFE AND I WERE ON OUR BACK PATIO FACING NORTH WHEN FIRST MY WIFE AND THEN I SAW A FLICKERING LIGHT IN THE NORTHERN SKY. IT WAS ABOUT 30 DEGREES ABOVE THE HORIZON AND WAS ALMOST AS BRIGHT AS THE STREET LIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM US AND APPEARED TO BE A MILE AWAY.

MY WIFE THOUGHT IT MIGHT BE A BALLOON OR PLANE ON FIRE. MY FIRST THOUGHT WAS A FLARE. IT WAS MOVING SLOWLY TO THE WEST.

ALTHOUGH IT WAS BECOMING DARK, THERE WERE A FEW STARS OUT AND WE COULD STILL DISTINGUISH BETWEEN CLOUDS IN THE NORTHER SKY AND THE SKY. WHEN I FOUND MY BINOCULARS, THE OBJECT HAD MOVED QUITE A DISTANCE TO THE NORTH AND WAS MUCH SMALLER.

IT THEN WENT INTO THE CLOUDS, REAPPEARED MUCH SMALLER AND ULTIMATELY DISAPPEARED. THE BASE OF THE CLOUDS WERE ABOUT 10-15 DEGREES ABOVE THE HORIZON AND PERHAPS 20 MILES NORTH OF US. THERE WAS NO SOUND.

I SHOULD NOTE THAT I AM A FORMER AIR FORCE INTELLIGENC OFFICER AND AM A SKEPTIC ABOUT LITTLE GREEN MEN VISITING US FROM OUTER SPACE EVEN IF I DO LIVE IN NEW MEXICO (ROSWELL AND AZTEC ALLEDGED SIGHTINGS NOT WITHSTANDING). I AM STILL WAITING TO SEE PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF ACTUAL UFO’S.