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California witness describes hovering sphere UFO changing size

A California witness at Indio reported watching a yellow-white sphere that increased and decreased in size by 50 percent before ascending straight up into the night sky, according to testimony in Case 64711 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness was in his backyard with the family dog about 8:53 p.m. on April 15, 2015, when the object was first seen.

“At approximately 82 degrees north I saw movement of a yellow-white object with movement in a southward direction,” the witness stated. “The object was 10 degrees off of true north to the west.”

The witness described the object’s movements.

“The object then stopped and blossomed by 50 percent or greater with color changes to greenish-yellow for about one to two seconds. The object then diminished to its original size in the stationary location about 87/88 degrees north.”

The object appeared to increase in size by about 50 percent and then decrease in size by 50 percent. Pictured: Indio, CA. (Credit: Google)
The object appeared to increase in size by about 50 percent and then decrease in size by 50 percent. Pictured: Indio, CA. (Credit: Google)

And then the witness watched the object move away.

“The object then ascended straight upward until it could no longer be seen by the naked eye. It almost reminded me of seeing something powering up and then immediately ascending upon the completion of doing so. This observation lasted 5 to 6 seconds, yet was definitely an unusual activity over all.”

The witness has lived in the area for years and frequently sky watches.

“I scan the night sky as I have for many years and am very familiar with the general location of stars and visible planets as I have lived in the Coachella Valley since 1974. This object had immediately captured my attention. I was astonished by the brief yet captivating event. I am a trained and retired Investigator and this observation was out of the ordinary altogether. To say I was excited would be mildly explanatory at the least.”

The witness could not identify the object.

“This object was not a general aircraft or a meteor. We have three airports within a 20- mile radius and I am very familiar with air-flight within the region. I have on two occasions spent time in Sedona, Arizona, observing the night skies with Cat III night vision equipment. I have observed what I believe to be IGC (Intelligently Guided Craft) and the sighting on April 15, 2015, was very similar in the manner of previous observations of objects blossoming and moving in very similar fashion as I have observed in the past. I am even tempered, sober and feel compelled to report this observation. This definitely was impactful to myself as I believe this observation was extraordinary in time, location and observable activity.”

Indio is a city in Riverside County, California, population 76,036.

The object appeared to hover in place before shooting off into the night sky. Pictured: Indio, CA. (Credit: Google)
The object appeared to hover in place before shooting off into the night sky. Pictured: Indio, CA. (Credit: Google)

California is currently a UFO Alert Level 5 – with 1.60 sightings per million population based on MUFON February 2015 statistics. California received a total of 61 UFO reports in March.

The UFO Alert Rating System is based on five levels – 1 through 5 – where states with 4.01 or higher reports per million residents are rated an Alert 1; 3.01 – 4.0 reports are an Alert 2; 2.51 – 3.0 are an Alert 3; 2.01 – 2.5 are an Alert 4; and those states with 2.0 or lower are rated an Alert 5.

Please remember that most UFO sighting can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

Roger Marsh

Roger Marsh is a UFO writer and content developer. He is Director of Communications for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) where he manages media contact, rights and permissions, and content development for television, film, documentary, radio, print and stage. Roger is a MUFON case researcher for History channel’s “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.” He is editor of the monthly international MUFON UFO Journal, executive producer of the weekly “MUFON UFO Traffic Report” radio show; serves as the MUFON webmaster; reporter for the daily “UFO Traffic Report” in web and audio formats; and publisher of the “MUFON Books” imprint. He is the author of Sacred Dialogue, editor of Silent Invasion, and co-editor of Ron Paul Speaks. Roger was featured in the 2015 season premiere episode of Destination America's "Monsters & Mysteries in America." Roger and his wife, Joyce, live in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, restoring a 1910 Pennsylvania four-square.

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