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Occurred : 8/19/2006 21:30 (Entered as : 08/19/06 21:30)
Reported: 8/20/2006 10:08:12 PM 22:08
Posted: 10/30/2006
Location: Tacoma, WA
Shape: Oval
Duration:5 to 7 seconds
3 silent objects flying at extreme speed, first resembled tiny stars but loomed larger as out-of-focus, orange "oval" lights

Let me preface this by saying that I've never ever seen anything in my 30+ years that could not be satisfied with some kind of reasonable explanation. I've never before seen or experienced anything that I felt was convincingly supernatural, extraterrestrial, etc. I am open-minded but skeptical; I am willing to accept the possibility of just about anything being true, but I need to see some hard, scientific evidence. I majored in biology in college, I work in a medical laboratory, and I am certainly not a flighty person. Two days ago I would have laughed at the thought of posting a UFO report on the web, and yet here I am.

This all took place last night, Saturday, 8/19/06, at about 9:30 pm in Tacoma, WA. It had been sunny and clear all day, and the night sky was clear too. It was warm in the house, so I went out onto my deck in the backyard for some cool air. I reclined in the lounge chair on my deck, facing southeast. I looked up at the stars, as I like to do, and noted that I could see more stars than usual.

Suddenly, I noticed out of the corner of my eye some movement in the sky directly above my head. I focused my eyes on the object(s) and at first interpreted what I saw to be a shooting star (by the way, my vision is 20/20). But then I noticed that there were 3 of them, traveling together (2 were close together, side by side, and the third was slightly ahead (i.e., south) and east of them). I thought, "Wow, 3 shooting stars?" They were at this point so far away that they appeared exactly as tiny stars lightyears away, and they were moving as fast as shooting stars. Not slowly like satellites - they were moving at great speed. I watched these "shooting stars" for a second or two, waiting for them to burn out. But they didn't.

They did not burn out. In fact, they grew larger in appearance as they traveled and presumably grew closer to the Earth. What started out looking like tiny white stars shooting across the heavens quickly increased in size until they were maybe 100 times larger than they first appeared. As they loomed larger their appearance also was transformed, from tiny white specks to, eventually, much larger "ovals" that were light orange in color. What's interesting is that as they enlarged they became more out of focus. It was difficult to distinguish the exact shape or form of these objects, because they appeared as light only (not terribly bright, and not glowing or radiant light -- it was more self-contained), and were so out of focus. Not blurry or hazy or furry, but out of focus, as though they were traveling so fast that their light was reaching my eyes at a slower rate than at which they were moving. That's the only way I can describe it. I know that nothing travels faster than light, but I imagine that, if something were able to move faster than light, this might be what it would look like. My brain struggled to assign a shape to their form: "oval" is what came to mind but this is not entirely accurate. They were somewhere in between oval, disc-shaped, and boomerang-shaped. There was no flashing light, no trail behind them, no beams, and absolutely no sound.

I watched these 3 objects travel across the sky heading south, weaving back and forth slightly (side to side) as they moved. Then they seemed to swoop down and then continue on in a southwest direction. Even though they wove from side to side slightly, they maintained their basic formation (basically lined up along an east-west axis, but with 2 close together and one slightly ahead). At one point, as they flew off into the southwest direction, the 2 that had been closer together moved apart and then returned back together. They moved extremely quickly and effortlessly across the sky, with great ease and fluidity; they appeared to be extremely agile, smooth, powerful, and with a definite sense of direction or destination (they were not traveling along a rigid trajectory, or meandering or switching directions or moving randomly). Their flight path was fluid; they appeared to swoop down across the sky, from outer space towards our atmosphere, and then they continued on heading south west. I watched them until my view was obscured by the roofline of my house. I jumped up and ran to the edge of my deck to see if I could catch another glimpse of them, but they were gone. All of this took place in the span of about 5 to 7 seconds.

As I watched this all unfold, I felt scared, sick to my stomach, awe-struck. I was overcome with an awareness that I was witnessing something not of this world. I've been racking my brains for some earthly explanation for these objects, that can travel and change altitudes and weave back and forth at tremendous speed, with such agility, all in complete silence. I've never seen a quality of light like that emitted from those objects as they drew closer. My heart was pounding. I called people excitedly on my phone, to tell them what I had seen. I sat out on my deck for some time afterward, searching the sky. I was scared but felt almost ecstatic to have witnessed something so incredible. I imagine that others must have seen it too, and I hope that they'll report it. And if there is some reasonable, earthly explanation for what I saw, I'd like to know what it is.