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Shape-shifting UFO reported over Albuquerque

A New Mexico witness at Albuquerque reported a silent, shape-shifting object crossing the sky just 500 feet away and 50 feet in the air, according to testimony in Case 82456 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness first thought the object was a flock of birds. Pictured: Albuquerque, NM. Credit: Google.

The witness first thought the object was a flock of birds. Pictured: Albuquerque, NM. (Credit: Google)

The witness was outside on a lunch break at 12:30 p.m. on March 2, 2017, when a light gray shape was first seen.

“The object was approximately 500 feet away, about 50 feet in the air over a building,” the witness stated.“ At first I thought it was a flock of birds, and I said, that’s interesting, what kind of birds would those be? It seemed to be moving east in a slow flutter. Then it disappeared, like it folded back into the sky.”

The object seemed to change shape as it moved.  Pictured: Albuquerque, NM. Credit: Google.

The object seemed to change shape as it moved. Pictured: Albuquerque, NM. (Credit: Google)

The witness at first simply dismissed the sighting as something strange.

“It then reappeared in a fat boomerang shape. It seemed to be made up of multiple, light gray, possibly reflective objects but working together, like a school of fish, or sequins on a purse or dress. It did seem to have a common background that was dark gray or black. It was still fluttering, but it paused and hovered and moved backward, just slightly.”

The view was blocked by a bare tree and the witness continued to walk.

“When I saw the shape again, it had changed, and it seemed to be a soft, billowy, upside down parachute shape, or the bottom of a puffy cloud or a puff of factory smoke. I almost convinced myself it was a deflated weather balloon, but there was no top to the shape, only a distinct bottom. The color of this object seemed to blend with the sky. I could only decipher a dark gray sitting in the bottom of the cloud/parachute.”

The object changed again, and became almost transparent, as if the sun were reflecting on an invisible craft.

The witness lost sight of the object and did not see it move away. Pictured: Albuquerque, NM. (Credit: Google)

The witness lost sight of the object and did not see it move away. Pictured: Albuquerque, NM. (Credit: Google)

“Now there really is no overall shape that I can make out. I saw a few smaller very rigid shapes, like flat prisms or solar panels, and they seemed to fold backwards into the object and then the whole object faded away.”

The entire sighting had last about 20 – 25 seconds.

“At this point, another sparse tree is blocking my view. I assumed the object would reappear, as it already had, so I said to myself, I will take a picture with my phone when I get to the other side of the tree, but it never appeared again. I looked for it for about 6 more minutes, but saw no sign of it. The object made no sound during this encounter. The other objects in the sky were two passenger planes flying east almost parallel to each other, but they were a mile away. There was a helicopter about 10 miles east circling. There is also a military base close by, and planes are frequently seen. A military cargo plane flew over a few minutes later. Additionally, a CV-22 osprey plane flew over a few minutes after the first military plane. I do not know if it lingered in the vicinity, as I had to go back to work. Of note, the building I believe the object was moving over, processes precious metals.”

MUFON New Mexico State Director Donald R. Burleson is investigating. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

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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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    I am a Field investigator for MUFON, and the witness in my last assigned case also saw a shape shifting UFO. He was taking a smoke break outside and watching casually as two geese approached flying low and strangely silent. As they came overhead they transitioned into shiny spheres a couple feet in diameter, and about 30 feet overhead. As they passed overhead, he could clearly see the cars in the parking lot reflected in the lower halves of the spheres and the sky reflected in the top halves. The spheres proceded past him and transitioned back to geese as they crossed over the busy road. The witness was amazed that none of the cars came to a screeching stop. He was quite shaken by this bizarre experience, doubting his sanity, and told no one about it for years. I was the first “official” person he spoke to about it. I will be relaying this report to him as he will like to hear of a somewhat similar experience.

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