Time: 10:00 pm
Place: Dinwiddie, Germiston
Submitted by: Dean
This sighting occured many years ago when I was a teenager.
It was a very, clear, warm spring evening on Friday the 22nd of October 1993 and the moon was decending out due west from us. The moon’s elevation from the horizon at the time of the sighting was 45 degrees. In addition, I wish to add that I am a trained observer and know very well what a weather balloon, ball lightning and satellites look like. I live close to Rand Airport, therefore I am also familiar with the various aeroforms that fly around here on a daily basis and am able to distinguish aircraft quite easily, likewise of their flight patterns. What I saw was not a weather balloon, satellite or any type of rare natural or atmospheric phenomena.
Just a few hours before the sighting, my mother and I were laying in the backyard of our home in Dinwiddie, Germiston on the East Rand, watching the sky with the intent of seeing something strange in the sky to record, as we’d heard a couple of reports a few weeks prior on the local radio talk station in Johannesburg (Talk Radio 702) of UFO’s being sighted above the city by listeners.
There was a slight breeze blowing that particular evening and my mother tried flashing light signals with the torch (flashlight) at the sky with the perception that this may attract these craft.
At 22:00, we glanced back toward the north west and saw a small light. It was just decernable in the darkened night sky, but dull in comparison to the stars. It was definitely not a satellite, that I know for sure, as I see many of them at night from my home. There was no sound discernable from my vantage. I immediately ran indoors to fetch my binoculars to get a better look at this thing.
When I returned, my mother pointed it out again to me I managed to locate it through my binocs. Looking at it with the naked eye, it appeared to be the size of a pinhead held at arms length and very distant over Johannesburg; it was a very dull amber colour and had no distinct outline. It was completely round in shape, headed in a southerly direction aandt a steady rate of speed, then passed directly in front of the moon.
It seemed to be of a translucent quality – not solid. Then… what made this sighting most interesting was what happened next: The object moved just a hand space, to the left of the moon, levelled off, then came to an abrupt halt. There it hovered in mid air for 5 seconds, proceeded further in a straight, southerly direction, hovered for another 5 seconds then disappeared into the stars!
The duration of the sighting lasted approximately 1 to 2 min. I wasn’t able to take any photos of this object as I only had a small plastic Instamatic camera and wasn’t able to take photographs at night with it, especially of anything at great distance. Nevertheless, I provide here, an artist’s rendering of the sighting instead.
PLEASE NOTE: I do not smoke or drink, so what I saw was NOT an hallucination of any kind. The sighting took place in front of two sober people. The report was later submitted to the Mutual UFO Network in Texas, USA.