UFO Sighting over Richland, Washington

Sighting Basics

Case Number 83472
Date of the Sighting 2017-04-28 19:45
Date Submitted 2017-05-01 20:34 (Reported 3 Days Later)
Time Zone America/Los Angeles
Source MUFON
Summary Round object hovered top of little badger mtn for several minutes then slowly descended
Tags light hovering

Sighting Location

City Richland
Region Washington
Coutntry United States
Postal Code 99352
Latitude 46.24734
Longitude -119.26752
The latitude and longitude presented here is an approximation to protect the reporters identity

Sighting Specifics

Viewing Distance 501 Feet – 1 Mile
Alititude Over 500 Feet (no cloudcover)
Sighting Duration 00:03:00
Object Features Unknown
Object Flight Path Hovering then path
Object Shape Circle

Weather Details

Max Temp 67°F / 19°C
Mean Temp 52°F / 11°C
Min Temp 37°F / 3°C
Max Visibility 10 Miles / 16 Kilometers
Mean Visibility 10 Miles / 16 Kilometers
Min Visibility 10 Miles / 16 Kilometers
Conditions No Abnormal Weather Conditions

Sighting Statistics

• There have been 1794 other sightings in Washington
• There have been 24 other sightings in Richland
• There have been 9 other sightings in the postal code 99352
• There have been 67 other sightings near Richland
• There were no other sightings in or near Richland on 2017-04-28

Sighting Details

On April 28 at dusk, we were at a home nestled at the base of little badger mtn. we heard a coyote howling at the upper part of the mountain so we started looking up the slope for it. (facing south) after spotting it and watching it travel for a few minutes, my daughter pointed out an object hovering above the mountain and asked what it was. (mountain elevation is 1208′) me and another adult watched this object and wondered what it could be. we both agreed it could not be a bird-it wasn’t moving at all- and we speculated that it could be a drone, but there are no roads or easy paths to the top of the mountain, and we rationalized that a coyote would not be howling near a person with a drone anyway. (and i have never seen a drone stay perfectly still as this object was) the object was round in shape and dark with what appeared to be a lighter grayish ring inside. (or at least 2-tone in color) the size was impossible to determine because it was so far up, but after watching it stationary for a few minutes, it slowly descended below view level.

I considered trying to go up there but it was too dark already and it usually takes 45 minutes to hike to the top. sadly, we had recorded the coyote but didn’t think to record the object until it started moving. we watched for a while but it did not reappear.

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