Large Bright Orb Moves NE & Emits Beam of Light.

Source: MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) Case number: 76935
MUFON website:
Location of Sighting: Troy, Montana
Date of Sighting: June 7, 2016
Time of Sighting: 11:30 PM MDT

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1. I was showing my friend from Brazil the Milky Way that you can see clearly in Northwest Montana. It was about 11:30 PM Mountain time. 2. We were walking back to my house and looking at the sky when a bright and large “orb” came floating slowly above and out from behind a nearby mountain. 3. When we saw it we both were surprised and the Brazilian, he was scared more than I. We were both fascinated. It was immediately recognizable as a nontraditional flying craft. It was obviously too large, too slow, and too silent to be a plane or helicopter and both are uncommon in my area. 4. The Craft/object was moving slowly, silently, and steadily Northeast. It “floated” directly above us at around 5,000 feet. The closest large mountain nearby is about 7,000 feet and this craft was not as high up as the top. As it passed over us and the surrounding pasture it was emitting a bright white light similar to a welding torch. What I think is somewhat interesting is I waved my hands, shouted at it and flicked a lighter and I can’t be sure, but it almost seemed like it “realized” we were there, it’s lights began to dim to nothing and it revealed what I recognize/(believe to be) as an Isosohedron made of what looked like hot metal. It seemed to cool off after diming it’s lights off and as it did this the hot metal look faded and it became no longer visible against the night sky as it moved off in the distance. From what I saw it was clearly a large solid, metallic geometric shape because of the size it appeared to be at it’s altitude. It was appearing about the size of my little finger nail while at about 5,000 feet so I guess it was actually somewhere around 20 to 40 feet around in circumference. 5. I was surprised and mildly fearful/cautious, but I was more interested and in hindsight maybe too curious. This curiosity overcame any fear I was feeling. My Brazilian friend was scared and told me to stop trying to get it’s attention. He said he had no doubts that what he saw was unique and a UFO. I think it is a craft of some metal that is clearly developed by an intelligence that understands geometry. I also think it that it was not “intending” to be seen. 6. I think it obviously noted our presence and then began to behave differently by “turning off” it’s light, cooling and fading into the dark sky around it becoming no longer visible.

Note: This case was called to my attention by Robert Powell who is MUFON Director of Investigations. I am a certified field investigator for MUFON for Montana so Robert suggested that I take a look at radar data. Subsequently I requested radar data from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). I requested data from the closet long range radar (Kalispell, Montana). Kalispell is about 75 miles to the east-southeast of Troy. The radar has a range of at least 200 nautical miles so the radar would pick up returns in the Troy, MT area. The radar (see graphic near top of page) did not show returns where the witnesses saw the orbs. However, radar did track an object around 20 miles to the Northeast of the sighting location at 11:32 PM. This was near the time that the witnesses saw the orb. Radar tracked an object that moved to the south-southwest at 450 MPH, then the object slightly changed direction to the south and sped up to 573 MPH and then abruptly turned to the east and sped up to 765 MPH. THIS OBJECT WAS NOT AN AIRCRAFT. THERE WERE NO AIRCRAFT TRANSPONDING IN THE ENTIRE AREA. This is an isolated area and one devoid of much air traffic. Also it was 11:30 at night making which means that less air traffic would be occurring.
It is not known if the unusual radar returns are related to the sighting report.

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6 Responses to Large Bright Orb Moves NE & Emits Beam of Light.

  1. Jack L. Metcalfe says:

    It is a remote location, but there are numerous military training areas & aerial refueling routes around the area of the sighting. Just south of the sighting location, USAF aerial refueling routes AR9 (East), AR9A (East), AR9 (West) & AR9A (West) run across Montana, into Idaho & on into Washington state. The Cutbank & Bearpaw ATCAAs (Air Traffic Control Assigned Airspace) are east of the sighting location along with training routes IR479 & IR480. West into Idaho & along the Idaho/Washington border are the AR717A & AR717B refueling tracks plus the Republic & Roosevelt ATCAAs & MOAs (Military Operations Areas).

    • Administrator says:

      You did not read my report. THERE WERE NO AIRCRAFT TRANSPONDING IN THE AREA AT THE TIME OF THE SIGHTING! THE RADAR SHOWED NO SECONDARY RETURNS! The returns on my map were “uncorrelated primaries” and indicated a track of an object.

  2. MKS says:

    I would think any craft flying in the dark at jet speeds without transponders would be cause for concern. Are there missile silos in this area?

    • Administrator says:

      I don’t know the location of missile silos in Montana, but suspect that they would be east of here. I think most of the silos are East of the Continental Divide.

  3. John says:

    The key to this data is that it was traveling south at 573 MPH, then abruptly changed course to the east at 765 MPH. The key word is abruptly. If you look at the radar tracking it made an immediate 90 degree turn to the east, accelerating to that speed.

    Having lived in northern Idaho area in my youth, there were few jets flying that area, albeit some commercial airlines flying at 30,000 plus heading to Seattle, Portland or perhaps Canada and a private business jet that would land at the Boundary County Airport off & on.

    • Administrator says:

      Yes, your point is well taken. The returns WERE NOT military aircraft. Military aircraft would have had at least one transponder on and they would track every revolution of the radar while in range of the radar request area. These returns changed direction and accelerated (as you pointed out). After 4 hits on the radar the object vanished! A military aircraft (or any other aircraft) would have produced returns until it left the range of radar data that I plotted.

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