NUFORC Home Page
Web Report Indexes : by Event Date | by Location | by Shape | by Posting Date

National UFO Reporting Center
Sighting Report
Occurred : 6/21/1996 21:45 (Entered as : 06/21/1996 21:45)
Reported: 7/5/2012 12:35:59 PM 12:35
Posted: 8/5/2012
Location: Avebury,
Shape: Egg
Duration:15 minutes - Unknown
Egg shaped ball of light UFO at Avebury, England during summer solstice 1996. Landed in field.

Note: I am an American computer engineer. I carry dual passports so I was able to spend two years working in the UK at Intel corporation from 1995 to 1997. During this time I had a few UFO sightings, this one was very bizarre and up close.

Summer Solstice 1996 – Avebury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom I decided to repeat my 1995 summer solstice camping trip to Avebury, UK on the 1996 summer solstice. I camped in the same grove of trees in my hammock. I again had hiked across the recently plowed fields and settled into the grove of trees just up the hill to the east above the famous Avebury stone circle.

The radio scanner I brought with me from the USA (illegal in England) was again full of chatter from the police maintaining a 4 mile people free zone around the Stonehenge circle, as they did the year before. I heard one hilarious exchange where a couple of policemen were chasing a group of 4 people that managed to break through the barrier and were running across the fields toward Stonehenge. One officer asked for a description of the people and the reply was “they were hippie type people, carrying flowers.” With that they sent two patrols out that quickly stopped the group. I am sure they were a real threat. I note this because it is/was unusual for them to do this and the year before on the same day and while camping in this very spot I saw a huge UFO to the south of me in the direction of Stonehenge. That UFO had to be hundreds of yards across, at least.

Again as last year, I was watching the druidic ceremonies around the Avebury circle when I turned and noticed a white light approaching me from behind. It was coming from the east and appeared to be coming along the 2000 year old Roman (dirt) road. As it got closer I realized it was not on the ground, but was in the air. I was thinking helicopter, but was unable to hear any sound even though it was only maybe 200 yards away. As it got closer I noticed there was a spotlight of sorts coming out of this “ball of light” that was criss-crossing the ground at incredible speed. It was like a search light on steroids, making radical sweeping and zigzag movements at lightning speed across the ground. It appeared it might be looking for something, the ball of light was moving across the ground at a very slow pace as the search light scanned.

As it got closer I could make out a clearly egg shaped ball of light with no other features except the search light. Now only 100 yards from me and still not making any audible sound, it hovered slowly by me and then began to go back toward the east. It moved like this, back and forth, over and over for a long time. At some point I finally decided that it was not of this earth, certainly not man made, I accepted the fact that it was a genuine alien UFO. I began to “think” to it. I said in my mind, “come to me over here”. As soon as I thought this it immediately made the first movement directly toward me. I almost pissed in my pants and I immediately thought “NO!!! please go back” and it immediately moved back to its original back and forth searching. I was fairly rattled at this point and was quite frankly scared a bit.

I realized I had binoculars and I used them to try to ascertain more information. I was unable to make out any more detail with the binoculars. In my binoculars, the object was large enough to fill ½ the view or more.

Suddenly, the entire area filled with light. I put down the binoculars and saw a 50 foot circle of light on the ground in front of the UFO. This was no less spectacular than the scene in Close Encounters of a Third Kind. The light was apparently coming from somewhere above and I could not see the source due to the canopy of the trees. I was momentarily terrified, and maybe 10-15 seconds after it appeared, the light from above disappeared. The UFO continued its "search".

After a minute or so more the searchlight stopped, all that was left was the egg shaped ball of light moving back and forth in front of me. It was very mesmerizing. Slowly, the light began to dim, still moving back and forth, slowly dimming, back and forth, slowly dimming. I watched, as it dimmed it began to slowly change shape. It also was now almost perfectly still in the air and no longer moving back and forth. It went from a bright egg shape to red glow that began to flatten out. It was now so dim that I could barely see it without the binoculars. It turned into a very flat, thin disk barely glowing a reddish color. Then it slowly descended to the ground.

The next thing I recall is it is 10:30 am the next morning and I am waking up, still in my hammock. I have no idea how I could have gone to sleep when a UFO had just landed next to me.

I put this event out of my mind for a long time. I remembered it just fine, but I never really processed it. I never asked questions, even to myself about what it was, and what the possibilities were. It was just one of many strange events in my life. It was only recently (2006) that I decided that it was very strange for me to have ignored it as I had for so long. It occurred to me that I might have been programmed in some way to not make issue of it. I now want to know as much as I can about it. What happened to me after it landed? Was I approached or affected by anyone or anything on board this UFO?

Update 2012: Strangely again, this event keeps getting ignored by myself. I feel almost compelled to ignore it.

Note: at the time I wrote this report I had never before heard of anyone seeing a large ball of light UFO like this. I have since heard a few stories very similar to my experience. One of them I believe occurred in the same region some years later.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.