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|National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report|
|Occurred : 5/25/1981 21:30
Reported: 7/7/2019 4:37:56 PM 16:37
Location: Edmond, OK
Duration: 1 minute
|Bright light traversed night sky then sped off at extreme speed.
My “UFO” Story I hesitate to call what I saw a UFO as it was just a bright light, but it was unidentified, it did fly and it was some sort of object.
This event occurred the summer of 1981 near the end of May. I was at an end-of-school party after my senior year. (To clarify, as a teetotaler I was in no way impaired.) I and a small group of people were sitting out on an uncovered patio about 75 feet from the main house making small talk and enjoying the quiet sounds of the summer night. It was full-on dark and the moon was either low to the horizon or waning because I do not recall seeing it. The house on the north side of town was far enough out to be removed from any light pollution providing an amazing view of a cloudless, star-filled night sky.
I was in a lawn chair facing east. Most of the group walked back to the house while I and one other person remained. There was no wind that night, and the house was far enough away, so except for the crickets, frogs and other subtle noises, it was very quiet. We noticed a bright light slowly moving up from the southern horizon. My first thought was that it was just a ‘rising’ star but it continued on its straight path north so we thought perhaps it was a satellite and commented that it was cool to have seen one…a first for me. The bright light, the size of a very bright star continued on its course straight north, moving fast enough to be easily picked out in the vast field of stars. In about 30 seconds it moved steadily to the north horizon and briefly stopped only to reverse course! This really got our attention because satellites don’t do this! We determined that it could not be a high flying plane or helicopter with a single bright light, because it didn’t block ! out any of the numerous stars that were visible and if it had been a plane the body of the plane would have blocked them out; it also made not even the faintest noise or vibration. We watched as it returned at the same steady speed until it reached a point directly overhead, paused momentarily and sped off to the east, disappearing in the blink of an eye.
We both sat for a moment then looked at each other and said, ‘Did you see that?’ We both did, and in silent agreement and understanding that we likely wouldn’t be believed never again said a word about it.
I thought I’d share my story here in the event any others might have seen it as I’ve never forgotten this vivid memory and have also never shared it publicly.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD)