|Occurred : 3/5/2010 00:20 (Entered as : 03/05/2010 00:20)
Reported: 3/5/2010 9:05:34 PM 21:05
Location: Tacoma, WA
|Fireball over Tacoma Wa.
I witnessed a gently pulsating (~4 Second Intervals) orange light/fireball moving due north over Tacoma, Washington at a constant angle of about 70 degrees above the western horizon. Though I could not judge the distance or altitude well, the “apparent and relative” speed and size was like that of a landing light from a military airplane or the International Space Station at it’s brightest passing overhead. It was noticeably brighter and slightly larger than a planet or bright star but I noted no atmospheric aberration giving the sensation that it was a small object moving by at a close distance (a few hundred feet away). This struck me as bizarre because my logic dictated that the object, like an aircraft at that motion, should be a mile or two away. At one point, the object began to slowly undulate and decelerated to a stop within about five seconds, then emitted an apparently solid “column” of light from the bottom. The light column did not continue ! downward to the ground, but ceased in mid-air about two to three degrees below the object. Also, this emitted light was shimmering with several colors (ie. Purple, green, white), and was minor in magnitude in comparison to the luminosity of the main object body and was relatively difficult to see clearly. After about ten seconds, the light column and fireball disappeared and in it’s place began a bright white and random strobe pattern. The object then accelerated to the north again, achieving extremely high apparent speed until it disappeared from view down near the north horizon. (I had just enough time to run upstairs from my south side downstairs porch to see the last few seconds of it passing into the distance from my north-facing second-story kitchen window). I also noted that the light portion of the blinking interval cycle was very fast or “instantaneous” compared with strobe lights that I had seen before this. Total U.F.O. observation time was about two minute! s, and lastly, there was no noticeable sound coming from the o! bject th roughout the sighting.
I have lived near a major US Air Force base my entire life and have spent 34 years around many different aircraft of which I feel that I have become very familiar. This object, which I only passively noticed far in the distance from the corner of my eye, very quickly struck me as odd and out of place. I had a strong feeling that this object, if not a human-piloted or controlled craft, definitely exhibited signs of intelligence or intelligent control, possibly even aware of my observing it. I was transfixed throughout the sighting and found the experience beautiful, fascinating, unsettling, and frightening.