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Orange Beach, Alabama (United States)

Sighted on Tuesday 28. April 2009
Reported on
Shape: Circle, Star-like, Unknown | Duration: 01:00:00
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Around 2:00 A.M on 4/28/09 a friend and I were visiting on the balcony of a condo in Orange Beach, AL. It is located maybe two hundred yards East of Perdido Pass on HWY 182 near the AL/FL border. The balcony faces the NE. As we were talking, I noticed what looked like a very bright, white star low in the sky to the NNE. It caught my eye a few times because it was so bright, but otherwise it didn't seem too unusual. We could see the sky very well that night/morning and it just looked like a really bright star amongst many other stars. Maybe the fourth time I noticed it (over about 30 minutes) I saw it descend rapidly for a pretty good distance.(maybe from about 50 to 30 degrees in just a blink) It looked like a shooting star, except it just stopped on a dime and hung there unchanging for at least a couple of minutes before fading into a reddish color and "blinking out" (see below). When I saw it "fall", I told my friend and ran inside to grab a camera. Then we both watched it sit in the sky and disappear. The video camera is new and I didn't know how to operate it very well, so I was unable to document the first sighting. Over the next half hour or so we saw it appear and reappear in the sky 10-12 times. The first 8-10 times we saw it, the object would usually initially appear to be a bright star moving slowly in the sky. Most of the time it was moving very slowly from E to W or was stationary Then it would change colors and then just disappear or dissolve. We saw it turn blue, white, green, red, orange, and yellow (at least). Sometimes it would change colors instantly, other times it would sort of rapidly blink different colors. When the object disappeared, it would turn a dull red color and sort of dissolve.(see the video)We heard no noise, but it appeared to be very far away. The object would appear for 30-60 seconds each time before disappearing. (*note - The first time I saw it before it "fell" it was sitting in one place for about 30 minutes) The last two times we saw it, the object initially appeared as just the dull red color. It behaved the same as before except that it appeared to be moving up in the sky. When we saw the object we didn't know what it was but figured (or at least hoped) it had a US military origin. At the beach there is a lot of air traffic in general and we are very close to Pensacola Naval Air Station Also, hours earlier on the 27th we saw a number of military aircraft flying over towards Pensacola NAS. Even so, what we saw is certainly not something either of us had ever seen before and we both spend a lot of time in Orange Beach. The video is very, very shaky because it is hand held and super zoomed in. The object is only moving slightly west to east or stationary...not jerking all over the place. You can see the object "blink out" two or three separate times. The last one is the easiest to see. The video is in two parts that were recorded about ten minutes apart. Other than trimming out parts, nothing has been done to alter the video. It has sound, but only of us talking, so I took that out. I was able to capture the object only three times as I was new to the camera and I was having trouble getting it to focus on the object because it was so far away. I was unable to record the last sightings because the red was too dull for the camera to pick up/focus on. The camera used to capture the video is a Sony Handycam DCR-SX40 with a 60x optical zoom. All of the video is zoomed in all the way. All of the settings are factory...I assume. So to recap, It first appeared to be in the sky beyond Bayou Saint John in the general direction of Arnica Bay / Josephine, AL. It stayed in approximately the same 1/8 of the sky, but appeared/reappeared seemingly at random in all different parts of that 1/8th. It stayed in a range of approx. 60 to 20 degrees. The UFO hung around in one general area for about 30 minutes, then fell rapidly for some distance, then just randomly disappeared and reappeared in different parts of the sky for about 30 minutes until finally reappearing as just a red dull color and moving slowly from N to NE for about 10 minutes until blinking out for good.

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