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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/18/1999 01:00 (Entered as : 07/18/99 1:00)
Reported: 7/18/1999 00:57
Posted: 8/10/1999
Location: Malta, NY
Shape: Light
Duration: 2 seconds
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, The object left a trail, There was an aura or haze around the object, There were aircraft in the vicinity or aircraft chasing the object
fast moving white light

At 1:00 am EST I was watching a movie at the Malta Drive-IN located on RT 9 3 miles north of RT 67 on the right hand side of the road. The screen tower is situated so that you have to face west to see the screen. While watching the second feature, American Pie, I saw a light about as bright a venus had been a few days ago (brighter than any star and brighter than other passing aircraft - Albany Airport and Schenectady Airport are both nearby) I had seen several aircraft earlier that night on approach to both airports. This object moved faster than any plane I have ever seen. I first thought I was seeing a shooting star, but then noticed something very odd. The object came from my left (south) and headed to my right (north). It was at about the same altitude as the other aircraft had been (1000 ft aprx). The object appeared to be going in a straight line with a slight arc as it crossed from the south to the north. I thought for sure that it was a shooting star because it was moving at incredible speed, but then as it reached the half way point it looked like a slinky would look if you stretched it out. The light became elongated, the compressed to a sigle dot, stopping for a split second, then speeding off again elongating itself once more. I don't know how else to describe what I saw. I have seen UFO story's on TV and in some of the footage I have seen exactly what this object did. I have seen shooting stars and red glowing meteroites and I am sure this was not a meteor or shooting star. The fact that this object went from a single dot to an elongatted shape back to a single dot to an elongated shape again was incredible to see. I had been hearing that Saratoga County had an increase in UFO sightings, but until now I did not take any of it seriously. After what I saw tonight it has become very real for me.