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Indonesia witness videotapes slow moving UFO

A UFO witness at North Jakarta, Indonesia, is looking for an explanation after watching and videotaping an “orb-like, metallic object” that crossed the sky and changed direction, according to testimony in Case 68460 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness was outside at a basketball court with family on July 17, 2015, when the object first came into view. Pictured: Jakarta's main avenue and business district. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The witness was outside at a basketball court with family on July 17, 2015, when the object first came into view. Pictured: Jakarta’s main avenue and business district. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The reporting witness was outside at a basketball field with his wife and toddler son at 5:42 p.m. on July 17, 2015.

“First noticed the object when pointing out the hunting bats and swallows to my son,” the witness stated. “It was on my south and moving towards the northwest direction. First impression of the object was that it was somewhat spherical and moving at a constant speed and constant altitude. Altitude was from the best of my judgment around 300-500 meters high, and moving slowly and constantly throughout the event at about 50 meters per minute.”

As the object moved closer, it appeared to change shape.

“As it drew nearer to my location, the shape looked more like a slightly vertically squashed sphere, akin to a red blood cell. It had a metallic sheen because it clearly reflected the orange glow of the setting sun. Upon longer inspection, the shape seemed to constantly slightly distorting and bobbling because the reflected sunlight was not consistent, although the object largely held its original shape.”

The witness attempted to guess the object’s size.

“Judging from the distance and altitude, my best guess is the object is at least 5 meters in diameter.”

The object seemed to change shape during the sighting and eventually changed directions and moved slowly away from the witness. Pictured: Jakarta pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists take over the main avenue during Car-Free Day. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The object seemed to change shape during the sighting and eventually changed directions and moved slowly away from the witness. Pictured: Jakarta pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists take over the main avenue during Car-Free Day. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The witness tried to videotape the object.

“After about a minute after noticing the object, I used my iPhone 5s to video the object as best as I can (attached to report), although limited phone memory cut short the duration of the video. After I finished recording, the object started to slowly make a very wide arc to the left, without changing speed or altitude, and changed direction southwesterly, which means moving away from my location.”

The witness then chased the object on foot.

“I then started to walk/jog and chased the object for about 1-2 minutes over 150 meters, then ceased because I didn’t want to leave my wife and son behind in the basketball field. The object then slowly moved away and disappeared over the tree line after a couple more minutes.”

The witness is not sure what the object was.

“What drew me to the object in the first place was that I never saw anything like it before. During the sighting and afterwards, considering the things I saw, my impression largely is that the object is probably man-made, maybe a stray weather balloon that drifted with the wind. The few things bugging me is the shape of the object which is like a red blood cell, the definite metallic sheen of the surface, and the changing of the direction of the object, albeit slowly. Video is also not very supportive because of the maximum zoom, large distance to the object and me constantly moving around. Would really like to have somebody from MUFON to contact via phone or email to exchange ideas on this.”

(Credit: Google Maps)

(Credit: Google Maps)

Jakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia, population 9,761,407.

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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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    It’s really sad to see Openminds post videos of absolutely nothing these days. Anything in the sky passes for UFO’s these days and I won’t be surprised when Openminds starts posting ThurdPhaseOfMoon-type hoax videos just to pay the bills.

    Isn’t it obvious that the Alien influence is no longer engaging the human race? Well, it’s obvious to anybody who’s followed the right path to the Truth. I wish I knew why but the answer isn’t shocking: we are no longer needed for whatever they were interested in. Perhaps they will come back someday.

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