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Sighting Report
Occurred : 3/28/1997 22:00 (Entered as : 22:00)
Reported: 5/9/1997 03:46
Posted: 2/25/2003
Location: Houston, TX
Shape: sphere
Duration:2 MIN
Summary : SMALL GLOBE, ABOUT THE SIZE OF A TENNIS BALL, ORANGE/GOLD IN COLOR. SIGHTING WAS MADE AT NIGHT, WITH NAKED EYE. OBJECT FLEW THROUGH THE TREE TO TOP OF THE HOUSE, HOVERED, CIRCLED ONCE AND FLEW AWAY.

I was outside on the patio with the dog, talking to a friend on the phone. From the corner of my eye, I spotted movement through the branches of the tree beside the garage, about twenty feet from me. I turned to get a closer look. There were no outside lights on, nor was there any light from the house spilling onto the paito or garage as none were on at the time. As I turned, the object floated through the tree limbs to the top of the house visible from the patio. It hovered there for a few seconds, then circled somewhat drunkenly as if determinig the direction to go. It then flew over the house towards my neighbors house in a southwesterly direction. I was unable to track it futher as it was gone in an instant. I described it to my friend as I watched it.The object was about the size of a tennis ball, perfectly round. It had an orangey-gold glow, reminding me of the light a firefly gives off, but more yellow. It was to large to be an insect. I normally wear glasses for distance viewing, but did not have them on at that time, so the object was large enough for me to see without my glasses. It was perfectly round.I am 47 years old, female and married. At the time, I was home alone as my husband was in the hospital. I have seen some things in the past that I could not explain, but never bothered to tell anyone for fear I'd not be believed. However, this was REALLY strange. I have not been able to come up with any explaination. The evening was clear, as I'd seen the comet earlier and there were stars out. There are not lights anywhere near where I saw this objcet.I do have a question that is not related to this: Are there planes that fly low, rather large with bright lights that DO NOT MAKE A NOISE? I have seen several over the past five months. As we live near a large airport, I wondered if what I've been seeing is a plane or planes? It's usually late at night, after midnight when I see these. They are not the planet Venus, unless the plantet likes to fly very low over our neighborhood. I repeat, there is absolutely NO sound before or after this plane or whatever, flies overhead. It's the bright lights that get your attention.I would prefer your not contacting me as it would upset my husband who is not in good health. Thank you.