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Sighting Reports 2008

Man Sees Object Move Toward Ocean, Slow Up, Hover & Disappear

Date of Sighting: December 31, 2008
Time of Sighting: 11:59 PM EST
Date Sighting Reported: December 31, 2008
Duration of Sighting: 5 Minutes
Location of Sighting: Panama City, Florida (SW Coast of Florida Panhandle)
Latitude: 30.18 Degrees North
Longitude: 85.67 Degrees West
Number of Witnesses: Several
Number of Witnesses Interviewed: One
Weather: Witness Stated That Skies Were Clear.

Description: On New Year's eve 2008 I saw what I first thought was a shooting star, but was traveling horizontally from land toward ocean at fast speed. Then while over ocean the light slowed down considerably then kind of hovered and then disappeared. I feel like other people saw this because it happened right when the year was coming in.

Second Report by Witness: I viewed the object for almost 5 minutes. What was strange is it started out as a streak like a meteor then changed to a solid object about the size of a star or planet then hovered in my direction. It then turned and disappeared. The night was clear and the shape was circular and color was whitish. Someone else had to have seen it. I did some research on the internet and there have been similar sightings in the area.

Comments: Given the description by the witness I have no explanation for what was seen.