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|National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report|
|Occurred : 7/25/2005 03:45 (Entered as : 07/25/2005 03:45)
Reported: 7/26/2005 3:05:28 AM 03:05
Location: Huntsville, AL
Duration: 1-2 seconds
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, The object changed color, The object made a sound
|Intensely illuminated, sphereoid object moving far too quickly at a 70-75 degree angle into the sky.
The object was observed in the night sky at the foot of Brindlee Mtn. roughly above southbound Hwy 231. At first site, the object was located above the trees about half a mile east of the road (estimated perhaps 300 ft. above ground level on the slope of the mountain). The object appeared to be roughly round, very slightly elongated, and from my vantage point seemed to be composed of bright blue-white light. The intensity and color of the light was inconsistant with all fireworks, street lamps, yard lights, and other such sources of illumination that I am aware of. Within the 2-3 seconds I had a good view of the craft, I observed it to hover above the tree line for an estimated 1/10th of a second and then rapidly moved upwards and westwards, crossing the sky in front of my vehical in approximately 1 second. From my vantage point, it is my opinion that the object moved in three dimensional space in the same way that an aircraft takes off a runway, only much more rapidly and at a much sharper angle (I estimate the angle would have been roughly 70-75 degrees and the trajectory did not change as it moved). As the object moved, it also changed color. The blue-white quality of the light changed to a greenish color and then to a reddish orange color as it gained altitude, and decreased slightly in size proportionally to it's altitude. The object seemed to vanish completely at the end of it's approx. 1 second trajectory, and the final location of the object I estimate to be at a substantial altitude (at least 5,000 ft, though that is a very conservative estimate) and probably at least 1 mile west of southbound Hwy 231 (also a conservative estimate).
A slightly audible sound followed about one second behind the object, and I can only describe it as a Doppler Effect-type sound, though very faint and high pitched (I would compare it to the scream of a fighter-jet engine, only much higher pitched with a very unique undertone).
It is my opinion that this object could not possibly be an airplane or other man-made craft, as it began too close to the ground and progressed at an extreme angle and speed that I have never seen or heard of in a human aircraft. The only object I know of that could travel from close to the ground to that alititude at anything nearly approaching that speed would be a rocket of some sort, and the intensity of illumination and the speed of the object is not consistant with any amature rocket. So far as I know, there are no housing or human habitation sites in the area that the object was hovering over. The local area is nearly completely covered in hardwood forest. My geological survey map of the area shows no unusual geological phenomenon. There were no powerlines or cell phone/radio towers located in the area where the object originated. The atmospheric conditions were humid, but clear. There is no chance that the object was a star or planet, as it appeared closer than the horizon and was too close to the ground, and from my moving vehical, the object changed perspective in the way that a three dimensional object would be expected to. The object could not have been a meteor because it ascended into the sky, while a meteor would have descended.
As for my background, I am a native to this area and I am an archaeologist, currently investigating an excavation site on the Flint River flood plain. When I saw the object I was returning home from visiting friends in Huntsville. I had not imbibed any alcohol, nicotine, narcotic, or any other mind affecting substance. I was not affected by fatigue and I have no history of mental illness, nor any physical or psychological cause for hallucination. I am reporting this because I can think of no other logical conclusion for what I saw than to label it a UFO.