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Golden UFO photographed in Sacramento

A woman saw a glowing UFO in the sky above Sacramento, California on two separate days.

The witness, Sunda Barker, was walking home on the afternoon of August 9 when she noticed a UFO in the sky. She describes the aerial object as gold and extremely bright. And she states, “It was beautiful. It was radiant. It was just unexplainable.” She immediately began taking photos of the UFO with her iPhone camera.

The golden UFO photographed over Sacramento. (Credit: Sunda Barker/KXTV)
The golden UFO photographed over Sacramento. (Credit: Sunda Barker/KXTV)

Barker claims she saw this golden UFO two days later.

Local ABC affiliate KXTV News 10 aired a news segment about Barker’s sighting. Reporter Damany Lewis explains that, in describing the aerial object, Barker “didn’t want to use those three initials: U.F.O.” Like many UFO witnesses, Barker is hesitant to refer to the mysterious object as a UFO because, as she explains, “everyone thinks I’m crazy.”

KXTV News 10 meteorologist Monica Woods suggests that what Barker witnessed was a Sun Dog. She describes this phenomenon as “a halo created when lights interact with ice crystals in the atmosphere.”

An illustration demonstrating how Sun Dogs appear. (Credit: KXTV)
An illustration demonstrating how Sun Dogs appear. (Credit: KXTV)

What do you think? Did Barker photograph a natural phenomenon on two separate days, or did she capture an unknown craft in the sky above Sacramento? Share your thoughts with us by leaving a comment below, or by posting on the Open Minds Facebook page.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. Ms Barker never comments as to any movement of the ufo. , and if it was a static motionless object which by the way appears to be an organic shape, it is likely she saw prisms of sunlight dancing on ice crystals,which is something I have never seen.
    At least she did her best to photograph the phenomena and I give her credit for having the presence of mind to do so.

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