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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/15/1978 20:30 (Entered as : 08/15/1978 20:30)
Reported: 3/22/2004 9:25:50 PM 21:25
Posted: 3/23/2004
Location: Statesboro, GA
Shape: Light
Duration: 7 minutes
In 1978 I saw six star-like objects sit stationary in the sky and then take off at an extremely high rate of speed

I have never officially reported this until now...I was 17 at the time this happened and I am now 43. I will never forget it...It has been one of the most profound events of my life, and I think about it every so often....I was out running sprints up and down the street practicing for a high school track meet... The night was calm and clear...I ran about 150 yards or so and when finished put my hands on my hips and looked upward while gasping for breath...I immediately saw six star-like objects that appeared to be at an altitude that a small cub plane might fly at or even less...I was immediately transfixed and just stared at them for about two minutes...A car came by and I ran over to it to ask them to come and be a witness to this but they thought I was some kind of nut and just kept going...I ran back over just 30 yards or so back to where I was and stared at them some more...I knew in my heart and mind that this was something unique, and I began to feel as though I was having a religious experience-- I remember saying to them, " Take me, but please bring me back..." Then all of a sudden, two of them left the irregular grouping and slowly traveled upward a little ways above the other four, and then they just stopped and stayed...I watched them even more intently then for just about 30 seconds or so, and then ( I will never forget this ) all of a sudden, in the blink of an eye, these six star-like objects went from being totally stationary to taking off and getting in a single file formation while at a speed that was just totally unearthly...The only thing I can even compare it to is like watching fireflys fly...There was no noise, no sound, no flashing lights, no sonic boom, just simply an unreal experience...I estimate that they traveled 25 miles in less than 5 or 7 seconds...I have no way of knowing that, it is just a guess...I saw them travel in a southerly direction following Highway 301 South in the direction of a town that I knew to be 22 miles from where I was...It appeared t! hat they had traveled that far in that short amount of time as I watched them travel for as far as I could see with my naked eye on a clear night....They were like miniature stars, very bright white, but with no color or lights...They were silent and could move slow or EXTREMELY fast-- I know enough about physics to know that if there was a human being inside one of those objects, his body would have exploded like jello due to the G-forces ...But human beings in association with this event have never entered my thoughts-- I knew then as I know now and will always know, that these were not of this world...