UFO Sighting in Alexandria, Virginia

Sighting Basics

Case Number 85166
Date of the Sighting 2017-07-14 21:40
Date Submitted 2017-07-17 17:30 (Reported 2 Days Later)
Time Zone America/New York
Source MUFON
Summary Seven large, bright lights in a line traveling north to south through the night sky nearly above us.
Tags sound lights

Sighting Location

City Alexandria
Region Virginia
Coutntry United States
Postal Code 22304
Latitude 38.82136
Longitude -77.14621
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 00:06:00
Object Features Unknown
Object Flight Path Straight-line path
Object Shape Star-like

Weather Details

Max Temp 97°F / 36°C
Mean Temp 85°F / 29°C
Min Temp 73°F / 23°C
Max Visibility 10 Miles / 16 Kilometers
Mean Visibility 9 Miles / 14 Kilometers
Min Visibility 1 Miles / 1 Kilometers
Conditions Raining, Thundering

Sighting Statistics

• There have been 1150 other sightings in Virginia
• There have been 45 other sightings in Alexandria
• There has been one other sighting in the postal code 22304
• There have been 544 other sightings near Alexandria
• There were no other sightings in or near Alexandria on 2017-07-14

Sighting Details

Sitting with one other person on our balcony…Looking east. partially cloudy sky that night. other person points and says “what is that?!!” i look up, seeing seven very bright lights, traveling in a nearly straight line, traveling in a north to south direction, at about a 50% angle from the horizon, above us. the lights were much brighter than the brightest star in the sky — perhaps 10 times or more brighter. my first reaction was one of being very startled and concerned. this did not look like anything i had ever seen in the sky before…And i was at first concerned it was something dangerous. after it continued past us, i was less concerned, and just very curious at what it was. the lights did not make any sound that we could hear…And the night was overall quite quiet. the lights continued on their path, coming in and out of the clouds in a southern direction, for about 6 minutes or so…As they faded out of view and into the clouds in the distance. hard to get a good read on their altitude, but they were significantly higher than the relatively low clouds that night, and perhaps a fair bit higher. if i had to guess, i would say 5,000 – 15,000 feet. but again, i’m no expert at altitude distances. unfortunately, both of our phones were charging in the other room, and by the time we thought to get pictures, the lights were out of sight. to describe the lights in more detail: seven (maybe 8) very bright, white lights, maybe 10 times brighter (or more) than the brightest star in the sky, traveling in a nearly straight-line formation across the sky. they were traveling in a nearly single-file line, with a couple of the lights slightly out of line. the lights were very close together — all 7 seven of the lights were approximately contained in the outline of my fist when my arm was completely outstretched. they seemed to be traveling at the approximate speed of an airplane. they were traveling at a constant speed. they seemed to be either twinkling or blinking… not all at once, but at a constant rate…Maybe every second or so.


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