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Sighting Reports 2006

Man Sees Slow Moving Bright Light

Date of Sighting: January 8, 2006
Time of Sighting: 3 AM EST
Duration of Sighting: One Hour
Date Reported: January 9, 2006
Location of Sighting: A Few Miles Southwest of Northport, New York (North Shore of Long Island)
Latitude:  40.9 Degrees N (Estimated)
Longitude:  73.35 Degrees W (Estimated)
Number of Witnesses: One
Weather: Clear Skies. Stars Visible.

Description (In Witness's Own Words): On 01-08-06 at approximately 3 AM I saw what I would say was a UFO. Not a spacecraft but an "Unidentified Flying Object". I have been a fan of Aerospace my entire life (I'm in my 40's). I spent 4 years in the Air Force and have always been interested in all types of flight and Aircraft. The light or object that I saw this morning I can't explain. I saw it from my house on The North Shore of Long Island New York. Basically it was a very clear night with many visible stars. The light was brighter than any star and also not constant like a star. It seemed as if it was flickering or shimmering. It was Light Green with sometimes a bit of yellow and red mixed in. I have never seen any type of Aircraft with this type of light. In fact the reason it caught my interest was that I have never seen this type of light on any Aircraft. At first I thought the light was hovering in place. After watching for 10 minutes I could see that it was moving in a westerly direction at a very slow speed. After an hour or so it probably moved approximately a mile or 2 at most. It made no direction changes and remained at the same altitude. It had no other external lights like a blimp would have, and made no noise at all. There was no red/port or green/starboard lights, and also no strobe lights or landing type lights. I found it to be very strange and was wondering if there was any other reports of sightings in this area on this date? The area of any other sightings would be western Suffolk County (near Nassau County), a few miles southwest of Northport N.Y. moving west. The altitude was hard to judge, possibly 5 to 10,000 feet .

Investigator's Notes: The witness was very responsive to my follow-up questions and was certain that the light was not a bright planet or star.  He said that the light was moving slowly westward and eventually he lost it when it moved behind trees.  The sighting does not fit a meteor, satellite, or regular aircraft.  A possibility would be that the light could have been a blimp or a hot air balloon, but at 3 AM one wouldn't think that blimps or hot air balloons would be airborne.