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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 9/28/1988 21:00 (Entered as : 09/28/88 21:00)
Reported: 2/3/2006 8:02:22 AM 08:02
Posted: 2/14/2006
Location: Monroe, WI
Shape: Circle
Duration: 15 Seconds
Characteristics: The object left a trail
Orange light in distance made intstant 90 degree turn upwards and zoomed away at impossible speeds.

Back in the late 1980s, my father and I went up a hill on a road not far from our house to observe Mars through my telescope. I was in my early teens. I remember that it was suppose to be the closest Mars was to Earth in some time and after doing some research, I learned that it was the perhelion of Mars on 28SEP88. I do not remember if that was the exact date we went out, but it would have been close to that time within a day or two. The news channel in Madison had announced it and that is why I knew about it, so I am guessing it was the actual date.

We went out around between 1900-2200, I don't remember, but it was night and a chilly fall night. We set up the telescope facing the western sky and I do remember Mars was about half way up the night sky. We took turns looking. While my dad was looking through the scope, I turned around facing east and saw a small circular orange light traveling from north to south. It was way off in the distance and I remember thinking it was moving faster than a normal airplane, but not impossible. I was very curious and thinking it had to be an airplane of some sort. I waited to see the blinking lights. Instead, after a short while, the object made what seemed like a perfect 90 degree turn upward and zoomed out of sight in an instant leaving a streaking effect that lasted just as short of time.

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