August 13th 2005

August 20th 2005

UFOINFO Sighting Form Report

Location: San Francisco/California/United States

Date: August 13, 2005, 10:30 pm. local time

Approach Direction: A single object fairly low in the sky to the west over the bay.

Departure Direction: The object moved north rapidly, then looped in the sky, then gained altitude and disappeared behind some cloud cover.

Witness Direction: I was facing northwest at the time, and turned to the west when I first saw the object.

Description: I was at a Dave Mathews Band concert at Giant's Stadium in San Francisco occasionally glancing up to the sky every now and then once it got dark because I had heard something about a meteor shower around that date. Until it got dark there was a heavy foglike cloud cover, but it partially broke up as it got later. I watched many planes make their trek across the sky, and then saw what I thought at first was an awesome meteor quite low in the sky to the west. It was a solid small light that did not diminish or grow in intensity as it zipped on a course due north for a few seconds. It then paused, and changed altitude very rapidly forming a quick and very tight loop in the sky after which it continued to gain altitude until I lost sight of it in some patchy cloud cover. I've never seen a man-made craft move with this speed or maneuverability and I was left dumb-founded. The sequence of events was less than 10 seconds so I didn't have a chance to get my friends attention to show it to them so I was the only witness that I know of.

Color/Shape: Color was a white light, too distant to tell shape or size.

Height & Speed: The object was at about a 20 degree angle from the horizon, with a maximum speed of over 3000 mph, at least 5 times the speed of the nearby planes.

TV/Radio/Press: No reports that I know of.

Follow-up information from Brian Vike:

Hi Brian,

Thanks for getting back with me. The Dave Mathews Band Concert was great. I also live out in the sticks, in Michigan actually, and was only vacationing/helping my sister move to California for a week. I'll try to answer your questions the best I can, also I attached a rough diagram of the objects path and a second schematic a something even more interesting I saw here in Michigan on Saturday night August 20th at 11:00 pm. I'll explain and try to detail that later. Following are my best attempts at answering your questions:

The light didn't appear to have any color, maybe slightly yellow if anything, it looked much like a star light. It was a single light as far as I could tell from my location and never blinked, flashed, or pulsed.

I never saw a trail or tail behind the object.

The object paused for just a moment, but its decelleration was astounding thousands of miles an hour to a stand still in seconds. After pausing it zipped down a short distance then paused briefly then zipped to the left, paused briefly, then zipped up, increasing in speed as it disappeared behind some clouds then I lost it completely. It never had a slow start, just went from no speed to a high velocity back to no speed. You can see the object's path in my diagram called object_path where the darkened circles are where it paused briefly.

Object path diagram

The area I was at was at Giant's Stadium overlooking the Bay to the west. The airport was to the northeast and I saw many planes coming and going from here. But at the time I saw the light I don't remember seeing any aircraft nearby. I don't know if there is an air force base nearby or a research installation.

One other thing I did see about a half hour later that I wasn't sure of was a similar looking light moving at a hight rate of speed from high overhead back down towards the same direction I had seen the first light. This second light I assumed was a meteor as I didn't see it stop or make any turns as the first light did. All air traffic had cleared the sky when I saw this second light as well. I lost sight of it in some cloud cover.

Hopefully this information helps you. I'm a mechanical engineer so this light I saw in San Francisco and the objects I'll relate to you next that I saw in Michigan seem unexplainable in terms of known technologies.

I've never seen anything that could be called a "ufo" before what I saw in San Francisco. Then I saw something even stranger on Saturday August 20th, at around 11:00 pm. at my parents farm house. It was a chilly night so I was closing a window before retiring for the night when I noticed an unusually bright star (so I thought) in the sky. As I looked at it, it seemed to grow even brighter still, and then just as quickly it grew dimmer. Soon it dimmed completely out. I thought this was very odd as it was a perfectly clear night. I decided to investigate it further so I went and found some 10x binoculars. Upon examining the spot in the sky where the object had been I found nothing but stars, but looking a bit futher north I found something in my sights that took my breath away. The object was comprised of 3 lights a larger blueish/green light in the center with two smaller reddish/brown lights on either side. The larger light in the center was slightly elevated above the two smaller red lights, otherwise the 3 lights would have formed a horizontal line. Immediately, my mind connected the 3 symetrical lights into some kind of or attached to some type of aircraft. But, this craft was motionless. I soon discovered a second object beside the first, then a third above that one, and fourth, all of identical size, color, and shape and all motionless and not blinking or pulsing. As soon as I had counted the fourth object the lowest object began to move, slowly at first, but then accelerating very rapidly straight up to the outside of the other 3 objects which remained still. At this point I wanted someone else to see what I was seeing, so I went to get my parents. Upon returning just seconds later all of the objects had vanished, we ran outside to search the rest of the sky and found nothing.

Objects Schematic

You can see in the schematic how the four objects were arranged in close proximity to each other. The circled object is the one that I saw accelerating upward around the others when I left. I did see a blinking object, I assume a plane circling behind a tree just before I saw the first object dim out before I got the binoculars, after that I didn't see any other air traffic around. There aren't any airports, air force bases, military, or research installations near my parents home. This was in the town of Lake in the state of Michigan, a very rural area with only a few houses on the square miles surrounding my parents farm.

Let me know what you think, I've never seen these kinds of things before and am a little freaked out.

[UFOINFO thanks Brian Vike & HBCC UFO Research for the follow-up.]


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