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Occurred : 1/24/2018 04:10 (Entered as : 01-24-18 04:10)
Reported: 1/25/2018 12:18:29 AM 00:18
Posted: 2/17/2018
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Shape: Oval
Duration:6 seconds
Silent craft observed extinguishing white lights, the dark oval shape continued across the early morning sky

On January 24, 2018, at 4:10 AM, in the backyard of my home, I observed a bright white light that I first thought to be an approaching aircraft. However, I immediately noticed the movement of the object was different from that of an aircraft; it moved like an object seen in low Earth orbit (as one might observe the international space station traversing the sky).

The movement was smooth and consistent; very similar to the way the space station or a satellite would move across the sky but this object was much lower. I estimate the altitude was between 3000 and 5000 feet.

I observed the white light for approximately 2 seconds when suddenly the light completely extinguished. The object went completely dark; however I could see the dark shape of the craft continuing across the sky. The night sky was sufficiently illuminated by the stars and I could clearly see the dark object continuing across the sky from the north to the south (right to left from my position) with absolutely no lights.

The lights of the craft blinked out instantly. This was not a conventional aircraft, there were no red or green directional lights on the craft, nor were there any strobe lights.

There was no sound admitted from the craft. The entire sighting lasted approximately 6 seconds before I lost sight of the object behind the house.

Just after the sighting I became rather nervous that I had possibly seen something I shouldn’t have seen. I was actually thinking that I might come in contact with an alien being. This thought terrified me and I immediately went inside the house. There were no additional occurrences after this.

((NUFORC Note: We spoke at length via telephone with the witness, and he seemed to us to be quite sincere, and sober-minded. We suspect that he is a very reliable witness. PD))