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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 3/28/2012 21:47 (Entered as : 03/28/12 21:47)
Reported: 3/29/2012 1:17:09 AM 01:17
Posted: 4/18/2012
Location: Urumchi (China),
Shape: Formation
Duration: 50 minutes
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, The object changed color, The object landed
UFO Formation and Descent near Tianshan Mountains in Urumqi, China

Several guests had just left the apartment and I walked into a bedroom and glanced out the window into the night sky. Immediately, I noticed several, strange, colorful objects in a formation in the Eastern sky and informed my girlfriend of it and to watch this as well.

Each of the five individual objects in the formation, emitted, random colored displays of blinking lights, red, violet, blue, green and yellow as each object maintained an ascending, staggered, stair-step “Staircase-like” ariel formation of one object after another. Each object seemingly appeared to be "disc-like" in shape, and each was tilted at a 45 degree angle (to the right) and each object was pretty equally spaced apart within the formation as they appeared to remain stationary in the night sky.

What I also noticed at the same angle of ascension to this formation, higher-up in the sky there appeared to be a single solid red light that seemingly hovered there. I looked above and around the red light to determine if there was any associated structure but could not see anything but the suspended red light.

During the first 15 minutes of this events observation it became apparent these five objects were slowly descending, one-by-one while maintaining their angle and group formation. The red light above did not descend with the other objects and maintained its position as the objects continued to descend far behind a high-rise building in the distance from where our 6th floor, Eastern facing apartment is located in the city.

One by one the objects disappeared behind the building in the foreground and seemingly into the mountains in the distance. As the last object descended, out of view the red light moved off into the distance into the mountains maintaining a level departure before it suddenly performed some quick and erratic maneuvers, during the last few seconds of observation in the distance and disappeared from view in the mountains.

During this sighting we tried several times to take pictures and record the event onto digital devices including a Blackberry, iPhone and an Nikon digital camera, but the objects could not be seen in the view finders.

I used my thumb at arm’s length to evaluate the size of each "disc-like" object in the formation and established that each object was about ˝ of one thumb nail in size from my distance to the objects. I estimate the objects were at least 4-5 kilometers away from our location and the objects when they were first noticed were all high above the height of the 30-story building they all eventually descended behind in the distance, 50 minutes later.

To the East of our location in the background is the Tianshan mountain range that stretches around the city of Urumqi to the East is easily visible during the day from this location, so it’s likely from our observation point to be the region or area where these objects descended too.

((NUFORC Note: We spoke via telephone (Skype) with this witness, and he sounded to us to be quite sincere and credible. We asked whether he thought that the objects might be so-called "Chinese lanterns," and he unambiguously stated that his impression was that they were not lanterns. PD))