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Occurred : 7/18/2010 22:00 (Entered as : 07/18/10 22:00)
Reported: 7/21/2010 6:47:59 PM 18:47
Posted: 7/28/2010
Location: Desert Center, CA
Shape: Oval
Duration:10 min.
stadium sized ship slowly rotated 180 degrees then 5-6 silver balls of light slowly flew out - Desert Center, CA

On Sunday, July 18, 2010, at about 10:00 pm my sister and I were driving on I-10 West near the Desert Center/Rice Road exit.

I was driving. My sister said, "Is that a satellite?" and upon that I look around to see what she’s referring to, and suddenly see on her side of the car an enormous flying object that had lights all across the side I was looking at.

As I’m trying to drive and also adjust my eyes to the very dark night sky, I start seeing that whatever it is I’m looking at is flying at a tilt. I assumed it was a plane with extra lights along the wings, but then as I keep looking it starts listing upwards and the lights that were on a 45 degree angle on the "wings" suddenly started tilting/listing up into vertical and kept rotating all the way around 180 degrees. I didn’t understand what I was seeing and thought that it was a plane that was crashing into the ground, but it was in such slow motion I just had to pull over.

As I pulled off onto the emergency lane, we saw what appeared to be a saucer/oval shape gigantic ship with lights all around the rim. When it was tilted I could see that they went all around the rim. This ship looked to me like it was the size of two football stadiums or so. That is all I can compare it to. It was so big and silent.

The "ship" looked like it was dark grey or black and the lights around the rim were yellowish. Not plane lights and no green or red or flashing. There were three distinctly brighter lights on the side I was looking at, one on the left, one in the center, and one at the right side, but there were a few smaller lights. All the lights were glowing in different capacities. This "ship" seemed to be "landed" after it did the somersaults in slow motion, next to a very dark mountainside.

There was no sound from this "ship." After a few brief moments we saw the first of five balls of light that slowly floated out from the left side (from my view looking at it) of the ship. These lights were a silvery ball is the only way I can describe it, but we were at quite a distance from the mountain and where the ship was. One after another these silver glowing balls came out but at different travel paths. They were going around the base and midpoint of the mountain slowly but steadily. The ship that I was looking at slowly had the lights around the rim go dim or something and they were not as prevalent.

The most startling thing was that the ship appeared to disappear. I’m not 100% certain of that as I don’t understand how that could happen but from my vantage point it either disappeared or lowered behind land or a hill that I could not see as it was so dark in the desert that night.

I was not going to go check out this situation, as my sister and I were traveling alone at night and I started to get nervous being on the side of the road with big rigs going by so I decided that we saw enough of whatever we were looking at and we went on our way to continue on to Marina del Rey, CA where I live.

I have not looked into any other sightings or websites or books to see if other people have seen what I saw. Please let me know if there are other sightings similar to this so I know I’m not crazy or making things up that have a good explanation. Maybe the military is doing something new?

I am a museum director here in Los Angeles and have a very professional and public career and don’t really want to share this beyond our discussions together.

Thank you.