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|National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report|
|Occurred : 9/8/2013 05:00 (Entered as : 09/08/13 5:00)
Reported: 9/8/2013 8:20:54 PM 20:20
Location: Austin, TX
Duration: 60 minutes
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, The object changed color
|Apparent blinking star turned out to be an object that changed appearance and showed many colors, videos available
I am an active former science teacher, researcher for the Dept of Energy at Argonne National Laboratory-West, author of dozens of science education "how to" articles published by the National Science Teachers Association, retired school administer for the DoDDS schools in Germany (retired 1995), Coordinator of the LSU/NSF Physical Science Program 1995-1997, adjunct for University of Maryland at Army Education Centers in Heidelberg and other sites in Germany 1975-1994, co-author with distinguished professors from U Colorado, Stony Brook, Penn State, and former editor for the president of Assumption University of Thailand, and student of four Nobel laureate who were lead writers at the Bali IPCC conference while I studied at Harvard in spring, 2008. I have five degrees from such schools as NYU, St. Mary's U San Antonio, Excelsior Colleges Albany, College of Santa Fe, with graduate work at USC, Boston University, Tulane, Xavier University New Orleans,! Loyola New Orleans and over a dozen other graduate schools.
I have been an avid aviation enthusiast since childhood, was a CAP Cadet at Lackland, Randolph, and Barksdale Air Bases, and was a close friend of Col. Jeff DeBlanc, USMC WWII Ace with Medal of Honor and Adrian Conrad, engineer who help design and build the Army "Jumps" reconnaissance drones introduced in Desert Storm. Both friends related UFO they saw. Jeff was warned never to mention his WWII encounter with a UFO.
Today I was on my 2nd floor balcony observing the very display of numerous stars over Austin, where city glare and haze limit observable stars to a dozen or so every night.
This morning at 5 AM I was viewing the eastern sky with large 10 power binoculars when a star of the second magnitude (brightness) appeared to be blinking with reds and blues in addition to its white light. It was at 100 degrees East, elevation about 45 degrees, and with the binoculars it was like the thing I reported to your site about a week ago. I took some clumsy videos that time, but was afraid I had taken photos of lights in the parking lot below my balcony, and because there were only short "views" of the supposed UFO lasting only moments during a long blank video, I did not edit or forward the videos.
This morning, however, I made nine videos, and was able to zoom in with my 15 power optical lens and capture many seconds of continuous video images of the UFO blinking red, green, brown, orange, white, blue, and mixed colors. I was forced to hold the camera in my hands, so the UFO seems to be jumping and zooming around, but that's due to my jiggling hands.
What it did do was appear as if it were a blinking white star, but suddenly it would become an round image, as if it were holding up a red, brown, green or orange shield in front of itself. The apparent disk shielding the UFO was solid color, or occasionally a dull color rimmed with red or orange. It rapidly changed appearance, with the "shield" image seemingly closer and larger than the hidden image that seemed to be behind it.
I will post all today's videos as Google files as soon as I figure out how to do that. Maybe you can recommend someone who could coach me. The files are on my SD drive with copies on my hard drive.
My camera is now mounted on a tripod supported my a lightweight table on my balcony, and it the sky clears, I will try looking in the same place in the sky as I did last night, 100 deg East, about 45 deg elevation.