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Sighting Report
Occurred : 8/1/1981 02:00 (Entered as : 08/1981 2:00)
Reported: 12/20/2010 6:32:18 PM 18:32
Posted: 1/5/2011
Location: Coloma, CA
Shape: Sphere
Duration:5 min
My friend and I witnessed a silent, yellow-orange, spherical shaped UFO.

At approximately 2:00 am I saw a spherical object hovering above a hill across the American River where we were camped. It was August, and hot enough that my friend and I were camping on the sand in sleeping bags, with no tent. I awoke around 2 and sat up in my bag. Directly across the river above a hill was a yellow-orange spherical object. It appeared to be lit from within.

The object hovered perfectly still, making no sound whatsoever. It was the kind of night that was so clear and quiet you could hear a camper 100 feet from you clear his throat.

It’s difficult to gauge the size of the object, but it appeared to be about 20 to 25 feet in diameter. I awakened my friend when the object began to move. My friend only witnessed the object in motion; it is unfortunate that I did not waken him sooner.

The object did not appear to accelerate. What I mean is, it went from a dead standstill to a fast pace, apparently instantly. It was as if I were watching a computerized dot on a screen in animation. The speed of the object was probably somewhere around 4 or 500 miles per hour. It flew overhead, off to our right side, and out of sight in a matter of 5 or 6 seconds. Again there was absolutely no sound, not even a whisper from the thing.

I never reported this sighting, although it happened nearly thirty years ago. Today I am a schoolteacher, and my friend is a principal. We are both in our mid-fifties.


((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the sighting is approximate. PD))