Occurred: 2020-01-02 00:00 Local
Reported: 2020-01-06 16:14 Pacific
Duration: 10-15 minutes
No of observers: 2

Location: Miami, FL, USA

Shape: Disk
Characteristics: Lights on object, Aircraft nearby

Saw three yellow/orange rotating disc shaped crafts move rapidly throughout the night's sky before disappearing.

On the night of January 1st, 2020, at around 11:55 EST I was standing on the balcony of my friend’s apartment on the 10th floor of his building. I immediately noticed three strange glowing lights in the sky. At first I assumed that they were some sort of balloons or drones floating in the wind, at which point I clearly realized that they could not be, as they were far too high in the sky. They emitted no sound, and there was no trace of any exhaust. The lights did not blink as a plane would. Instead, the objects were continuously lit, though it appeared that the area of the objects that were lit varied over time. At some points it would seem as if areas that were previously unlit became lit, though it was not a jarring contrast as with turning on a light switch, it was much more fluid. This could be attributed to the fact that the objects were rotating.

At first it appeared as if they were milling about in the sky, adhering to no particular flight path or course, simply slowly cascading about through the sky. A few minutes into watching them, they appeared to consolidate into a triangular formation. They maintained this formation, each maintaining the same distance from the other two, though they changed their orientation in the sky. They did not appear to move about a central axis, but instead moved in relation to the other two. It was an extremely fluid motion that felt intelligent in nature as opposed to the result of some natural phenomenon.

The most striking and unnerving aspect of this encounter was the fact that these objects were CLEARLY rotating. I did not notice whether they were rotating in unison or each at their own pace, but each object was clearly rotating in a manner that seemed to be quite rapid. After a few minutes, around 12:10 AM on Jan 2nd 2020, the objects—without changing their apparent orientation—grew smaller and smaller in the sky until they began to twinkle. I assumed this phenomenon was occurring because the objects travelled very far away from us very quickly. They then disappeared. The entire encounter lasted 10-15 minutes.

Throughout the encounter, it appeared that the objects went from being 2-5 miles in altitude to an impossibly far distance from the surface of the Earth. They also changed their orientation in the sky quite rapidly, maneuvering in a way that seemed to be impossible to me given the extreme acceleration and immediate deceleration that would be required to move that way. They went from being practically on the horizon to an orientation that required us to strain our necks to look up in a matter of seconds.

Throughout the encounter my friend and I were so shocked that we unfortunately did not document the incident as properly as I would have hoped. We managed to capture a video though it was hard to focus the camera on the objects in the sky. However, the video still shows the unusual nature of the objects, as well as some of the characteristics I previously described. The video will be submitted to NUFORC along with this report for your reference.

Posted 2020-02-07

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