September 17, 2003
Location: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
reports that on September 17, 2003, he and his wife were
out jogging near their home, approximately 12-14 miles
north of downtown Atlanta, GA, when their attention was
suddenly drawn by a bizarrely lighted "panel of lights"
in the evening sky. They witnessed the object for only
an estimated 3-6 seconds as it silently glided across
the night sky. The husband, who prepared the graphic,
has 20/10 vision, having undergone laser eye surgery to
improve his distant vision."
NUFORC (National UFO Reporting Center)
to original source]
wife and I were jogging last night around 8 p.m. As its
been getting dark earlier, we decided to jog through our
own neighborhood. At about 8:30 p.m., we were heading
west down Old College Way. I glanced up and saw a panel
of lights almost directly overhead. It was moving slowly
and silently from west to east. It seemed to be approximately
1,000-2,000 feet off the ground. There was no erratic
movement at all. After a few seconds, the lights dimmed
out, almost as if they had sensed me watching. The sky
was very clear and once the lights went out, I could not
make out any dark silhouette. My wife had not looked up
in time to witness anything, but suggested maybe I saw
a shooting star. As we looked at the sky, a small private
jet went overhead, heading almost due north. It was quite
audible and its black silhouette was easily identifiable.
It did not appear to be chasing or even aware of the lights.
My wife repeated that it must have been a shooting star.
However, the lights were very clearly defined. They were
three horizontal rows of six lights each. The lights were
perfectly round and almost looked like a panel of stadium
lights floating in the sky. They were very 3-D looking.
They appeared to be angled over the ground at about a
30 to 45-degree angle. There was a definite dark shadow
behind the lights, like a short stubby cigar, though the
lights themselves seemed to be flat on the same plane.
My most immediate thought was that I was looking at the
Goodyear Blimp, but the moment the lights dimmed out,
the black shape vanished as well. From my experience at
football games, I have been able to hear the blimp even
over the crowd noise. Whatever this was, was dead silent.
The image I have included is a rendering in Photoshop
of what I saw."
Note: We spoke at length via telephone with this witness,
and we found him to be exceptionally lucid, objective,
and credible. We have invited his wife, who also saw the
object briefly, to submit a report, as well. The witness
was certain, he said, that the object was not any type
of blimp. PD))