UFO SIGHTING REPORT
May 11th 1999
May 11, 1999 - 11:55 a.m.
Bloomington, Indiana [Monroe County]
Courtesy of an E-mail notification from Mr. Shane Dodd, a resident of Bloomington, Indiana [name used with permission], the following UFO report was submitted. Mr. Dodd states:
"On the night of May 11th, 1999, around midnight, I spotted what I believe to be a UFO over the town of Bloomington, Indiana, westside of town close to Monroe resovouir. Movement was eradict, but visibility of it was low. It appeared to be in a cloud bank, and at first I believed it to be a satellite due to it's straight relatively fast path, but then it turned quickly and retraced a parallel path to it's original path. It then disappeared from my sight due to obstruction of a tree in my courtyard. It then reappeared to the right of the original path and made a sharp right turn and completely disappeared from sight. I do not know what it was, but it moved too eradict for a conventional aircraft, in my opinion. I have not seen anything in the news in the area about further sightings. I would appreciate any further information you could give me on other sightings that may have been reported around that time or where I may be able to look info on my own."
The claimant included his E-mail address and telephone number for follow-up. In addition to a phone call to his residence and additional E-mail correspondence, Mr. Dodd agreed to respond to a list of ten questions posed to him, to which he responded appropriately.
The object was viewed from the patio of his residence, which is located on E. Kingston Drive in Bloomington. He had been watching "what few stars could seen" before the clouds moved in when he "just happened to see what he first thought was satellite." He kept watching the object, which then began making the tight and odd maneuvers. He observed the object for approximately 10 to 20 seconds, and there was no sound heard in conjunction with the sighting.
The witness reports that the object was the size of a dime at arm's length, which makes for an unusually large object in the sky. By appropriate comparison, the planet Venus is less than 1/4 mass of a pea held at arm's length.
The witness detected no unusual animal reaction in the vicinity, reported no electrical trouble in the area, and no adverse physical conditions.
The object was directly above and slightly east of his location. He stated that comments from his initial written report were incorrect regarding his position on the west side of town. He clarified that his position was on the east side of town. He also stressed that the object was almost directly above his location, and the horizon was not visible to him.
Bloomington, Indiana is nearly 42.5 miles south of Indianapolis. Of possible relevance to this report is the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center, west of Bloomington, Indiana. Two interesting reports about Crane can be read at:
This location has a rich history of UFO sightings, including an odd incident happening in 1995 in which the search for a reported plane crash did not yield any debris or wreckage in the suspected crash area.
For details of this report, see:
May 23, 1999
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