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Occurred : 9/17/2004 03:47 (Entered as : 09/17/104 03:47)
Reported: 9/17/2004 9:52:24 AM 09:52
Posted: 9/29/2004
Location: Austin, TX
Shape: Triangle
Triangle shaped craft hovering over middle school in south austin sped away silently to the west

For the past two nights, I've noticed some stars above my house that don't belong there. I'm a wanna-be astronomer - I don't know the names of constellations, but I know what my sky is supposed to look like.

That's the only reason I even noticed.

When I focused my binoculars on the ones that didn't belong, it was very difficult to estimate the altitude. If I were to guess, I'd say it hovered at about 500' - 1000'. The object was not obviously solid, and appeared nearly the same color as the sky. As it went overhead it had a more discernable shape, a "dim" triangle with a light at each point and one light in the center. It appeared slightly darker, but remained a close match to the sky color.

After about 5 minutes of watching, the craft quickly accelerated from it's position directly over Bedichek Middle School at William Cannon and South 1st to what was probably about 500 mph or faster and didn't appear to change altitude - it was observable for another 5 to 6 seconds, and traveled directly over my house in a West (slightly SW) direction.

When it moved, there was absolutely no sound. It was palpable, though, felt almost like the air became thick and humid, and there was a barely detectable "electrical" smell in the air.

about 1 minute after the ufo sped away, an aircraft (normal jet from Austin Airport in a normal pattern) passed over