|Occurred : 1/1/2012 22:45 (Entered as : 01/01/12 22:45)
Reported: 1/2/2012 1:41:26 PM 13:41
Location: University Place, WA
|Brilliant flickering orange sphere flies over, then hovers and then shoots straight up punching hole through clouds.
This incident occurred as I was taking out the garbage cans to the street edge at 10:45pm Sunday night.
The weather had a slight fog, with a thin layer of clouds covering approximately 50% of the sky.
I saw what I initially thought was an aircraft approach from the east at an altitude of approximately 1000-1500ft. As this object approached closer to my position, I noticed it was giving off a brilliant orange color and had a spherical shape. It had no navigation or running lights (I am a former private pilot) It moved probably no faster than 60mph in my estimation.
This object radiated the most brilliant and pure color of orange I have ever seen. It flickered as it moved, as a road flare flickers when burning. The object emitted no noise whatsoever. It was quite obviously spherical, with no projections anywhere.
It made a slow arching turn from its initial flight path right toward where I was standing, slowed and then stopped almost nearly directly above me (staying at ~1500ft altitude). The object hovered for no more than a few seconds. Suddenly, this object flew straight up punching a hole directly through the cloud layer (est. 2000 ft) above it. It flew to an altitude to where it was a pinpoint in less than 2 seconds.
Notes/Impressions: - Aircraft flight patterns in my area are generally from the the South to North (To/from SeaTac airport) - This "object" I witnessed came from the east (from over Tacoma proper) which is unusual in my area unless it is a military aircraft from McChord AFB - There was a few aircraft flying in the area at the time of this incident. I would say there is a good chance a pilot flying in the area saw this object.
- Other people in my area at the time must have seen it. The glow was quite brilliant.
- I got the impression it "knew" I was looking at it.
- The color of orange this thing emitted was extremely "pure" like coherent light from a laser - ie. the pure red or green you see from a laser. Not like an aircraft navigation light.
- The faster it moved the more it seemed to "flicker" - I am aircraft/military buff and can recognize most civilian and military aircraft. I have never seen an object like this one. It flew outside the performance envelope of any aircraft I have known about.