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Occurred : 3/6/2009 19:45 (Entered as : 03/06/09 19:45)
Reported: 3/6/2009 10:11:11 PM 22:11
Posted: 3/19/2009
Location: Point Richmond, CA
Shape: Sphere
Duration:3-5 minutes
Star-like UFO moving like a bloodhound from side to side & backwards across the sky in S.F. Area

On March 6, 2009 at approximately 19:45 hrs. my husband and I were walking in the hills of Point Richmond, California. We were looking upwards at the constellation of Orion and my husband brought to my attention that one of the brighter "stars" was moving. Even though I was not wearing my eyeglasses at the time (I am near-sighted and thus have trouble focusing on far objects) I could see the movement of the object quite clearly. It looked almost exactly like any other star. It was so far distant from us; however, that we were unable to discern any distinct shape other than that it looked like a star that was moving.

Neither my husband nor myself have either seen nor witnessed any other UFO that behaved in this manner. We have both seen the Space Station and other satellites in the sky as well as comets and meteor showers at other times, but this "apparition" did not behave in any way like any of those other objects. We are also very used to seeing many different types of aircraft in the sky, as we are on the flight pathways of various airports in the San Francisco Bay area, and this object did in no way resemble any aircraft or the manner in which any aircraft could possibly fly The UFO appeared in the constellation of Orion and moved in a Northerly direction, but not in a smooth or straight line such as a satellite or comet might, its pattern was highly erratic and it "wandered" along a Northern pathway. To me it appeared to "jump" from side to side, probably due to the fact that as I was not wearing my eyeglasses and my eyes kept trying to focus on it as it moved. However, my husband said that the objects movement was fairly smooth, but that it was moving erratically from side to side as it moved "forward."

At one point it suddenly stopped and it moved backwards quickly and then just as quickly it returned to its forward progression. It continued to move erratically in this manner and traveled approximately halfway across the visible sky before it rapidly faded and disappeared into the Earth’s shadow. To me it appeared as if it was moving away from us and thus was getting smaller as it progressed on its path. .

My husband describes its behavior as being like a bloodhound during a tracking exercise, in other words it did not move forward without varying from side to side. Due to how small it appeared and how very far away it seemed to be, it must have been moving at an extremely high rate of speed to cover such a distance in the sky while it moved in this strange pattern.

The entire event lasted perhaps 5 minutes, maybe a little less, although we were very spellbound by it’s appearance and movement so it may have taken a bit longer in actuality.

((NUFORC Note: We spoke via telephone with this witness, and she sounded quite mature and sober-minded to us. Please see illustration, provided by witness. PD))