|Occurred : 9/6/2004 05:00 (Entered as : 09/06/2004 05:00)
Reported: 9/8/2004 3:05:16 PM 15:05
Location: New York City, NY
|5:00 AM Monday Sept. 6, 2004 - 13 orbs of light over 8th Avenue at 26th St. in Manhattan at a SE angle and hung there for 50 minutes
On Monday, September 6th, following the Labor Day weekend, I woke up at or shortly before 5 AM to go to the bathroom. (I checked the clock in my kitchen) Usually I go right back to bed after a sleep interrupting 'pit stop' but it was late enough in the morning and I was not ready to go back to sleep so I did what I always do on such an occasion which is go into the living room preparatory to turning on the light and engaging in some mindless reading till I am ready to zonk out again. At that point, I looked out my window (which has a southeast exposure over 26th street in the neighborhood of Chelsea, Manhattan (only blocks away from Madison Square Garden where the convention was held) and I noticed an orb of light pretty high up in the sky suspended over 8th Avenue. I immediately got my field glasses and trained them on this orb, which appeared sparkly with refracted light, like a diamond. I put my field glasses down and it was then that I noticed that this was not the only orb of light in the sky. I began to count and saw that there were between 11 and 13 other orbs of light that were hanging, motionless and soundless, in the sky to the south of the first one. There was at least one more light far to the left of the first one to the north. The other orbs had a softer glow to them, perhaps because the sky was slightly more overcast to the south. The orbs to the south were in an odd formation that actually looked, on closer inspection, like the big dipper constellation. (I can say with certainty that I was not viewing the constellation itself; I know what stars in the night sky look like and they are considerably smaller than these orbs. Furthermore, the amount of light pollution in New York, even at 5:00 in the morning, and the fact that it was somewhat cloudy and overcast, would make it impossible to clearly see any astronomical phenomena easily, or even at all.) I continued watching for some time and finally went into my kitchen to make some decaf. I set up the pot and walked back into the living room. The lights were still there, unchanged in their position. It was about 5:45. I walked back into the kitchen, loaded up the pot with ground coffee and water and then noticed that the sky was beginning to lighten in the east. I walked back into the living room for another look, and the lights were gone. I did not (I'm sorry to say) see them disappear.
((NUFORC Note: We cannot be certain, but we suspect that the witness may have been looking at Venus in the southeastern sky, and stars in the morning sky. PD))