On Christmas Eve, December 24, 1996 at about 7:30 pm my wife Maria and I saw a UFO. It was dark and the sky was clear. We had just arrived home from a Christmas shopping trip to the Montheidra Mall. We had parked in front of our house, which is in a southern suburb of San Juan, Puerto Rico. My wife called my attention to a slowly moving light in the sky. It was about a mile away and was up at about a forty degree angle. It moved slowly left to right at a level just above the apparent ridge of the mountain range that runs the length of Puerto Rico. It was closer to us than the mountains, but was a little higher than the tops of them. I grabbed a pair of 7 X 50 binoculars from the back of the car for a look. After a 20 second look I handed the glasses to my wife.
The object was circular in shape. The top portion was dark and looked like a flattened globe. The bottom was flatter and shaped like a shallow bowl. The entire bottom was a beautiful orange-red color. The color seemed to emanate from within the object, and not from any surface lights. No other lights were visible. I would say it was about 150 to 200 feet in diameter. It never changed altitude (maybe a little over 1 mile), and its speed remained constant and was about 200 miles per hour I would say. We could easily see the top as the moon was full that night.
I have seen every possible type of aircraft, and this was definitely not one of them or anything like one of them. The most extraordinary aspect was the illuminated bottom. The lighted circular area covered about 80% of the bottom area. There was a narrow unlighted band from the top flattened globe which circled the lighted bottom. We heard no sound. It was in our view for about 90 seconds. It was traveling west to east, [on] the same course as another unidentified object I saw about a year ago.
Reported by Jerry and Maria Fitz, San Juan Puerto Rico PO Box 194426 San Juan, PR 009919-4426. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Original file name: CNI - Puerto Rico UFO
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