NUFORC Sighting 11191

Occurred: 1999-11-28 20:00 Local
Reported: 1999-11-29 00:00 Pacific
Duration: 5-8 seconds
No of observers: 2

Location: Rachel/Las Vegas, NV, USA

Shape: Sphere

Driver and passenger see a huge brilliant white ball of light that descends SE to S near the Groom Lake area on Sunday evening at 8PM, Nov. 28, 1999.

We were 20 miles east of Rachel Nevada on highway 375 heading exactly South East. It was 8PM and the night sky was clear, black with no moon. The milky way was clearly visible. A brilliant white ball of light came into view; From the driver's point of view it entered from top left of the windshield, crossed over to just left of the middle and then blinked out. From the passenger's point of view, it descended then accelerated parallel to the ground away from us fading from view. The light was huge, spherical, brilliant and white and would have measured 1/4 inch diameter at arm's length. I have watched the Leonid showers twice now, last year I counted 110 meterors in one hour, this year only 30 but with a spectacular finale. I can say for certain that this ball of white light did not resemble any of the 150+ meteors I have observed. It did not resemble the commet I saw several years ago, or any object I have ever seen. It traveled at the speed a blue angel would travel during an air show in a dive toward the ground. It's speed was not as fast as the meterors I have watched. It was also huge in comparison to the meterors I have seen. Unlike the meterors, there was no trail of debris behind it. The passenger described the light as having a metallic look after it dimmed and thought it was some sort of craft which accelerated away from us but I can't confirm that observation as I was also watching for cattle on the open range; having previously come upon a group of cattle standing in the middle of the road. The sighting lasted between 5-8 seconds in which time the passenger was telling me to flash my ligths at it, I had time to do just that before we lost sight of it.

Posted 1999-11-30

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