Description of UFO Sighting -- Bronx, NYC, c.August 14, 1975

The event took place in the Bronx, New York City, on or around August 14, 1975, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. local time.  I was looking out of an open window of a mid-rise apartment building on Decatur Avenue when I heard a boy on the street about three floors below shout "look at that!".  He was pointing up to the sky.

I looked up and to the left, and saw something I just could not understand.  In the sky was a red orb, silent and motionless.  Beneath it was a gap, as if the orb were somehow suspended in the sky, and beneath the gap was a brilliant arc of white, shimmering light. The arc was about five or six times  the width of the orb.  It stayed there for about a minute.  

Then, suddenly, it moved like a shot across the sky to my right, and out of view behind the city's buildings.  I remember feeling a huge disappointment that it had gone and willing it to come back.  Amazingly, about a minute after its disappearance, it did come back. It swept into view, as fast as it had left, and sat in the same place as before.

It stayed for at least a minute and I remember being so upset that my camera was across the road in another apartment.  I was transfixed on the object, trying hard to fathom what it was.  Then it was as if I suddenly grasped what I was looking at.  It was a saucer!  The red light was on the top of the saucer, the "gap" -- which I thought had been the sky -- was the body of the craft, and the white arc of light was lighting from underneath it.  Perhaps it had changed its angle slightly when it returned.  I can remember saying to myself over and over "You are looking at a flying saucer."  There was no doubt in my mind that that was what it was.  The experience came to an end when it again took off again in the same direction as before, but did not return.

Despite there being hundreds of people in the street below, I do not remember hearing anything about it on the news.  My biggest regret is that I didn't shout out the window for everyone to look up -- as it would have been a mass-sighting, and a lengthy one at that.  It was amazing at the time that this thing sat there for so long, above crowded streets, without anyone noticing.  Even my cousin was below it, out on the street playing ball with his friends. It seemed directly above him, but people rarely look directly up above themselves into the sky.

At no time during the experience did I ever feel a shred of fear. What I did feel was true awe and a sense of being supremely privileged to have seen what I saw.

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