Occurred: 2000-04-16 10:25 Local
Reported: 2000-04-16 00:00 Pacific
Duration: 5 min
No of observers: 1

Location: Albuquerque, NM, USA

Shape: Rectangle
Characteristics: Emitted other objects

saw first light, then second light, parked car to better observe, and saw third light light seemed very high alt. light intensity fluctuated many magnitudes

While driving north on San Mateo blvd I noticed a very bright light in the sky north of my position at about 75 degrees up from horizon. It was so bright I first thought it was a reflection of the sun from a banking airplane. the light continued to long to be an airplane so I looked closer. The light was continuing and varied in intensness over several magnitudes of brightness I noticed a smaller light blinking at about 7:00 o'clock to the left of the main light, and another small light blinking at about 5:00 o'clock to the right. I still thought it might be a conventional air craft until I noticed that both of the secondary lights were blinking at random rates independent of each other. I then noticed a second main light at about 35-40 degrees east of the first light and at similar apparent height. It displayed similar properties of fluctuating light intensity as the first. The second main light appeared to have a single smaller light directly below it slowly blinking on and of. I saw a parking lot just before the intersection of San Mateo and Montgomery and pulled into it to better observe the lights. When I got out of my car I noticed that the two lights seemed to have increased the space between them but were moving almost imperceptably slow. Then I saw a third bright light about 25-35 degrees south of the first light. It appeared to be closer than the first two and was extremely bright. I could make out no shapes but all of the light fluctuated in light intensity. At the brightest they looked as bright as the sun (perhaps as a star the size of our sun were to look if it were in a binary orbit less than a light year away) the lights were many thims brighter than venus or jupiter would be under the best nighttime viewing conditions. As I watched, all three light moved very slowly, The first light moving toward the south east, the second moving due east, and the third moving towards the south. At one point I noticed that the second light seemed to take on an elongated shape but it could have been glare on the windsheild of my car. As I watched, I heard the sound of a commercial jet comong from the south (were the airport is) and as it came into view, all three light started to fade out. By the time the jet came into view, all lights had disapeared. I waited for a couple of more minutes but they did not reappear. I saw no other motorists stop to look at the lights. The duration of the observation was +/- 4 minutes The lights were pure white in color. I study the UFO issue and have observed all sorts of aircraft both day and night in the skys of albuquerque including commercial and military aircraft. I have also seen brightly illuminated weather balloon in the upper atmosphere. These light were like nothing I have seen before.

Posted 2000-04-26

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