UFO Sighting Report - Italy
1979 : Venice
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Number of witnesses: Many
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Three lights in a near-perfect triangle
I am looking for information about a UFO I observed in 1979 during a holiday in Venice. This would have been around August-September and was seen above the Adriatic coast near to Jesolo.
The UFO had three lights in a near-perfect triangle with two lights at the top and one at the bottom. No vehicle could be seen, just the lights. The UFO was seen by many people and was present in the sky at high altitude for a long time, completely stationary before disappearing without moving in any obvious direction. Many years later (circa 1990) I met someone from the area (Ca’ Savio) who had seen the same UFO. At the time, the authorities could not explain the object and I would like to find out more about it.
On the evening in question, there were a number of people claiming the object to be the 'trident of God', which I guess was on the basis of Italy being predominantly Catholic in religion. It was in the sky for what seemed well over an hour. If I were to make a very rough guess from memory, I'd say this thing was situated at around 10-15000 feet in altitude and the lights were identical in size and colour (white).
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That's a rudimentary idea of the shape, which again perhaps explains the religious 'vision' many people thought they were having. The following day, the local based agencies (Police, meteorological and also air force) simply said things to the effect of "we have no idea what it was". There seemed no attempt to explain it as a natural or manmade phenomenon. When I met my friend many years later, we were discussing astronomy outside a bar near Punta Sabbioni (where tourists can board ferries over to Venice) and I stumbled upon the memory of the sighting. She immediately remembered it herself, although we didn't know each other at the time it occurred. She did however confirm that no one ever had a plausible explanation for the object and that the event had sort of been "officially forgotten in the best interests of the locals". I was six years old at the time, but the rest of my family were present during the sighting, as were many people in our campsite and others along the coast.
I didn't want to go into further detail in my initial mail, until I had a response from someone, because I sent it to a few different people!
You're the first response so far.
UFOINFO Note: I have forwarded this report to a colleague in Italy in the hope of finding more information but if anyone else has any info please get in touch with me via the "Report a Sighting" link below.