|Occurred : 5/26/2010 22:00 (Entered as : 05/26/2010 22:00)
Reported: 6/2/2010 11:21:07 AM 11:21
Location: Johnstown, PA
|Bright, orange (oval shaped) object over Johnstown, PA, flys for short period then remains stationary in sky for over 30+min
On Monday May 26, 2010, my girlfriend and two children ( my oldest being 6 and youngest 2) decided to go get ice cream at a local creamery ,located at Roxbury park, in a section of Johnstown known as Roxbury. After we got ice cream we proceeded to sit at some benches at the perimeter of the park and eat each of our ice cream desserts there.
As we were beginning to eat the dessert My daughter (age 6) asked me , “what is that light in the sky Papa?” I took a look in the direction that she was pointing and noticed a very bright object approaching from a distance (It came from the direction of Westmont, another suburb of Johnstown) towards the direction where we were standing. (Note: The four of us were not the only ones out at this time of night. There was another family, eating their ice cream desserts beside us as well. They did not seem to be paying attention to what we were looking at) My initial answer to my daughter’s question was that the object was a helicopter, possibly with a spotlight on. I mentioned the spotlight, as the light the object was emitting was extremely bright, orange, and looked like what you would see, if looking at a spotlight head from a distance. I stated to her that the helicopter was probably coming in for a landing at the local hospital (Conemaugh hospital).
As I continued to observe the object, it came to a gradual stop. (Note: as it approached our location, it did not “fly” very fast at all, which led me to believe it was a helicopter) We continued to watch the object and as time past, I came to the realization that it was not a conventional aircraft. The object remained stationary for a period of 30 minutes or more. (The length of time we were at the location eating our ice cream).
I became perplexed as to what this object could be. It was a pretty clear night, and many stars were visible. This object however was in our atmosphere, much brighter then even the north star, or planet such as Venus, and after having seen it move initially, it remained stationary for an extended period of time.
My girlfriend mentioned at some point during this event, that there was in fact quite a bit of “aerial” activity in the vicinity of this object. We both notice several smaller aircraft flying in what I call "an observation flight path" at various locations in the sky near to each other and in the direction of the object.
I will say that after looking at the smaller aircraft for some time, and following their flight paths, At least one of the aircraft came to complete stop mid air and seemed to be observing the object that I am reporting on. The smaller aircraft looked to be a “conventional aircraft”, as it had both white and red blinking lights. The only abnormal behavior that this small aircraft exhibited was the “hovering” maneuver it was able to do when “observing” the bright object.
I will mention that I was able to take some photographs and video footage of this event with my smart phone. As you may already know, the quality of this media is not very good. I also do not have flash on the camera, which definitely did not help my cause in attempting to capture good footage for the purpose of evidence. You are welcome to this footage if you so desire.
After at least 30 minutes of observing the object, I packed the family in the car and took them home. After being home for about 20 minutes, I decided I needed to go back to the location where I saw the object and ensure that what I saw was indeed not a star or planet. When I arrived at the exact location I had initially seen the object, it was no longer there. There was no aerial traffic either. The skies remained clear of clouds, allowing me to see the stars. This object was most definitely not a star or planet.