The temperature was 15 degrees February 2, 2017 when a solid-looking, white ball of light moved above Fridley, Minnesota – a short, 15-minute drive north of downtown Minneapolis.
Two friends were standing outside saying goodbye when the object caught their attention. First a spec of light at a distance, the object quickly descended to an altitude just above 500 feet and at a distance away somewhere between 500 feet and one mile.
Despite the Hollywood-driven allure of UFOs in the classic disc shape or the more modern triangle-shaped objects, most reports of anomalous objects in the sky are a sphere shape like the Minnesota sighting closed as an Unknown Aerial Vehicle by the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) after an investigation by Investigator Stephen Hero.
Case 81872 was the only Minnesota case to be chosen as a Case of Interest for further study by MUFON in the recently-released book, UFO Cases of Interest: 2018 Edition.
In a low, but steady stream of reports, the witness thinks about UFOs seconds before the sighting.
“I will start by saying the synchronicity in this was mind bending in its own,” the witness stated. “I was in the process of telling a friend of mine goodbye and we were outside smoking a cigarette and I was facing west looking at the Moon – what I am pretty sure is a faint Mars and a really bright Venus.”
The witness then noticed another bright object in the sky.
“I noticed what I thought was another bright star sitting a little to the north of Venus and it reminded me of the Chilean Navy UFO video. I said to her, ‘Hey, crazy news in the UFO community. And that’s when the ‘star’ sitting north of Mars began to rise. I announced to her basically, holy smokes, there is one now or else that’s a plane with no flashing lights.”
After watching the object a few seconds, the witness decided to run inside and grab his camera – a Sony HDR CX-330 handy cam.
“When I returned outside, the object was moving from the western sky towards a southeast direction and then turned towards the north and then started traveling east and continued until trees blocked my view of it. Towards the end of the video, the object appears to fly, but that is me filming up into the tree canopy. There are no leaves on the trees because it’s winter here so you could can see through them. That’s why it looks like its flashing. It was a solid object. Any flashing is because of filming through the trees. That’s the reason I had to quit filming. It was so low in the sky I was losing eye sight of it because of trees and structures.”
The witness believes the camera was not doing the best job of recording what was being seen.
“With the naked eye you could see an extremely shiny surface on what seemed to be a solid, round object, but the lights were so bright you can’t see it on the film. It made no sound at all and it’s hard to see in the video, but it would sway left and right at times. At about 14 seconds, you also see another light come into frame in the second clip, and then zoom towards the object. I do not know if it’s some sort of weird glare somehow or if it’s a shot of another object flying towards it. I did not see the second object at first when I was filming. The first clip is the object coming my direction. The second is because I had to re-position to get a shot above the tree cover that was behind me. So it’s a front view and back view, of a bright UFO.”
Minnesota MUFON Field Investigator Stephen Hero investigated this case and closed it as an Unknown UAV.
“The object first appeared as a small, bright, white speck – star-like,” Hero stated in his report. “As it came closer, it looked like a sphere, but still maintained a bright white color like a star. When I interviewed the witness by phone, he repeated almost exactly what he described in the narrative above. He emphasized that the object appeared to be a shiny, round sphere, and that it was a bright, white color. The object did not blink, and the bright color remained steady until the object disappeared. The steady white color of the object would rule out a plane because a plane has strobes and red and green navigation lights. Since the object changed directions, at least one of these should have been seen, so a conventional aircraft can be ruled out. Also, since it changed directions, anything carried by the wind can be ruled out. Weather was clear with a slight wind. Temperature approximately 15 degrees F. Witness seems quite credible. He appears to have basic knowledge of astronomy as can be evidenced above in his narrative. And he also seems to know a lot about UFOs. Correlating cases: #78480, August 13, 2016, St. Francis, MN; #76446, May 16, 2016, Redwing, MN; #78575, August 20, 2016, Burnsville, MN. The object does not fit with any man-made phenomenon. Therefore, I would classify it as Unknown.”
The witness provided two video clips with the report, which was filed on February 2, 2017. Fridley is a city in Anoka County, Minnesota, population 27,208.
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