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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 10/1/1985 22:45 (Entered as : 10/01/85 22:45)
Reported: 12/22/2008 7:34:25 PM 19:34
Posted: 1/10/2009
Location: Lawrence, KS
Shape: Sphere
Duration: < 5 minutes
Red Light seen in Lawrence, Kansas, during Johnny Carson's Monologue

I don't remember the exact date since it was over 20 years ago but I saw something that I could not find any reason to exist save for being a UFO of some sort.

I saw a light appear in the sky while I was watching my small (about 10-inch) black and white TV as I was getting ready to go to sleep. The time is about right because I was watching Johnny Carson's monologue. An ad break came on, so I just glanced outside and this is when I saw an orange-red ball of light "hovering" in the sky. I stared at it for a moment, then leaned up to get a better look at it. At that point, it zoomed away toward the left side of the window (which would equate to a northerly direction of movement) but returned when I lay back down on the pillow. I looked around my room to see what might be causing a reddish reflection in the window but there was nothing. I looked back at the window again and found that the ball was still just hovering there. Testing again that it was something in the room, I leaned forward again and it zoomed off again, as before, and returned when I lay back down. I tried it again and it zoomed away yet again but not to the left (north). Instead, it dashed away nearly straight up and did not return when I put my head back on the pillow. I tried sitting up and down a few more times but it didn't return. At that point, as I had missed most of Johnny's monologue, I shut off the TV and went to sleep.

The next night, during the monologue, the object returned. We went through the same ritual again but for less time this night: on the second sit-up from the pillow, it zoomed off and away again.

This repeated for the next few nights but then never returned.

There were no street lights that could explain this as there was only one light in the area and that was almost directly beneath where the sphere was seen. It couldn't have been someone with a laser pointer since they were not common two decades ago and it would not explain the type of motion that I witnessed. Further, I did hold up my hand to see if it was broadcasting a confined beam of light, such as a flashlight might project and nothing of that nature was in evidence. I also made sure two of the nights that everything in the bedroom was shut off and unplugged. (At the time, that included only my TV, which had no LEDs as it was an old-style dial TV with a built-in antenna, an alarm clock/radio, and an Apple //c computer with external SupraModem 2400 dial-up modem.) The bedroom door was closed, so no light sources from another room were possible.

I have no idea what it was but am convinced that it was not something as easily explained as a reflection or a terrestrial aircraft, not with the flight characteristics that the movements implied. Thus, this, to my mind, equates to an unidentified flying object.

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