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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 12/8/1990 22:00 (Entered as : 12/08/1990 22:00)
Reported: 8/7/2002 9:29:35 AM 09:29
Posted: 8/16/2002
Location: Amsterdam (Netherlands),
Shape: Sphere
Duration: 5 minutes
Initially we thought it was a satellite reflecting the sun, but soon we realized that it had to be something else.

I realize this happened a long time ago, but it was an event that I never forgot or will forget. I was in the first year of high school and had the choice of taking astronomy lessons after school hours. As curious I was and still am about space and extraterrestrial life I decided to take those lessons and every time I came back from school and it was dark outside I took my dad into the back yard and pointed out the stars I've learned about that lesson, so also that night in December. My dad and I were standing in the back yard looking at the stars when we suddenly spotted a bright orange sphere (as big as Jupiter, but not as bright) high up in the sky moving slowly from West to East. Initially we thought it was a satellite reflecting the sun, because it didn't make any sound. I called my older brother to join us and show him what we spotted. Slowly it went straight over our heads and when it just passed us it suddenly stopped without slowing down first. We all made a sound of disbelieve. Than after a few seconds it started to move backwards at same speed and stopped again without slowing down. Now it was straight up above our heads. I guess it stayed there for about five, maybe ten seconds and than it moved so much faster than before in North West direction. We ran to the front of the house, hoping to still get a glimpse of the sphere, but it already disappeared. When we talked about our experience together we all found out that we had exact the same feeling when the sphere stopped exactly above our heads…the very strong feeling of being watched. Although I watch the dark sky almost every night I am not lucky enough yet to experience it again.

((NUFORC Note: Date may be approximate. PD))