|Occurred : 10/15/2014 14:00 (Entered as : 10/2014 14:00)
Reported: 5/26/2015 11:32:37 PM 23:32
Location: Jacksonville, FL
|Smooth silver sphere in cloudless blue sky hovering at about 300 feet
On a cloudless day, in the middle of the afternoon, I was in the backyard of my in-laws house by the pool, talking to my husband who was about 40 feet away in the yard. I looked up to admire the sky and was surprised to see a silver sphere sitting stationary in the sky about 390 feet above me. It was shiny silver, looked like a pinball from a pinball machine except it was a brighter metal, like silver.
I could not discern any movement at all as I watched it, saw nothing that appeared to anchor it, saw no exhaust, etc. It was fascinating.
Having grown up with access to a naval base, I am familiar with military craft, and this was nothing like an aircraft. It also did not resemble any craft I have seen out of NASA, and did not resemble a balloon, blimp, or any other known craft I could think of. If anything, I thought maybe it was a new type of drone, but I haven't seen a military or civilian one that was a perfect sphere like this was.
I turned to call my husband! so he could witness it and when I looked back up maybe a second later it had vanished. No contrail, no clouds to disappear into, fairly open horizon, and I searched the sky trying to locate it again, but it was nowhere to be seen. I have never seen a plane vanish that quickly.
It made no sound, I observed no lights or color changes, may have had a slight haze around it, but if so it was so minor it caused little to no distortion of the craft or air surrounding it. I did not feel threatened by it, more surprised and curious.
There had been a plane that passed by at a much higher altitude and at a different point in the sky several minutes earlier, but it and its contrails were already gone, and I saw one or two several minutes later, and the were also at higher attitudes at different points and had contrails.
Date and time of day are not exact because I didn't report it right away. We were not using electronics so observed no issues with them.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date is approximate. PD))