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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 6/24/2002 20:15 (Entered as : 6/24/02 20:15)
Reported: 6/24/2002 8:57:42 PM 20:57
Posted: 7/1/2002
Location: New York City (Manhattan), NY
Shape: Light
Duration: 20:15 - 22:15
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, The object emitted beams, The object changed color, There were aircraft in the vicinity or aircraft chasing the object
Brilliant starlike object (Unidentified Flying Object) visits south of Manhattan

While I was sitting on a 5 story building rooftop southeast of manhattan at about 20:15, I notice on southwest at aproximately 60 degrees a starlike object with throbbing white luminance. It went from 60 degrees (southwest) to 30 degrees (west) in the duration of 20:15 to 22:15. The white throbbing brilliance and shape varied in randomness. The shape separates into 2 circular light and then unites.

The starlike object is moving steadily closer (the size of object gets bigger and luminosity increases- my estimate is that it hovered over southwest of Manhattan -at least 3 times). and backs away at unbelievable speed. During these times at about 21:00, I noticed an increase in military surveillance planes fly by. At least there was more than 10-20 aircrafts/jets with surveillance capability flying by in increasing regularity.

At about 21:20, I called my male neighbor, to validate what I was seeing. He saw the steady starlke object descend and ascend. He also noticed that it cannot be a manmade object because of the fact that it remained stationary for a long period at a time compared to our constantly moving military aircraft hovering around it. The wife of my neighbor joined in at 21:35 followed by another woman neighbor. They all saw the the starlike object move toward us (from west to east) and backward at tremendous speed. We witness a light display (luminace) and (color shift - red blue yellow and white) and shape morphing. The luminace of the starlike object penetrates through cloud covering.

There were 3 or 4 military aicrafts passing by every 5 minutes coming from south, north, east and west by 21:35 to 22:30. There were 3 times that the starlike object shuts off its luminace and hides behind the clouds in the heightened pursuit and surveillanc by military aircarfts. It was an amazing display of light and flight technology by the starlike object. I was also glad that I have 3 eyewitness to validate the spectacular air show.

((NUFORC Note: We suspect the object probably was a celestial body. PD))