This seems like a great thread to post my first post on this forum
I've been lurking on these forums for many months now and love reading all of your opinions on the UFO subject.
Yes, I have seen a UFO. I was about 21 years old at the time and witnessed the UFO with two other friends.
The UFO presented as a super-bright orb that was descending in the nighttime sky at an approximate angle of 35 degrees. We could not make out any further details of the UFO based on its considerable distance relative to our location. It was impossible to accurately gauge the size and distance of the object given the conditions it was observed under (i.e. night). I initially thought it was a large meteor because of its size and relatively slow descent. It did not however have an observable "tail". I am an amateur astronomer and have witnessed many strange - but explainable - phenomena, including large meteors entering the atmosphere.
After a couple of seconds of witnessing this "orbs" descent it suddenly stopped. The brilliant white orb just stopped mid-air, high in the sky. It was mind-blowing to watch. The UFO sat motionless in the sky for several seconds and then spontaneously traveled a great distance very quickly to the right, stopped, and the sped to the left, then shot up, stopped, up some more, then down, etc etc. The object behaved in this irregular manner for approximately 40 seconds. Finally the orb stopped and then shot of into the distance at an incredible speed. It left us all a little speechless.
I have considered the possibility that the UFO was "ball lightning", but everything that I have read about ball lightning does not really fit in with what I witnessed. Ball lightning is typically short-lived and does not exhibit the sort of behavior that this UFO exhibited.
I have also considered that maybe the phenomena was the product of a high-powered laser beam reflecting of clouds. But I have rejected this idea primarily because it was a clear night sky at the time and because I have messed around with high powered lasers and know what effects they can produce.
I have also considered that the brilliant white orb may have in fact been a secret military aircraft. The Australian town in which I witnessed the UFO (Wagga Wagga) has quite a large airbase owned by the Royal Australian Air Force. But in hindsight, I personally don't believe that ANY government agency has technology this advanced. Also, if it was SO secret why would they be testing it above a town with a population of 70,000. It doesn't make any sense !?
I have considered, Chinese lanterns, RC devices, most known natural weather phenomena, mirages etc etc. None of these considerations have sat well with what I witnessed.
I suspect that there is a possibility that the UFO was in fact the product of some natural phenomena that is not well understood by the scientific elite. There are theories suggesting that many UFO sightings could be the product of unknown "cosmic" fauna, might it be that ? And ofcourse, there is always the possibility that it could have been a craft of extraterrestrial origin. But if it were intelligent, then why would it fly in such a "seemingly" erratic pattern ?
Oh, and I did end up seeing a close-up image of the UFO on the local news. Someone (i dont know who) recorded the UFO on the night that my friends and I saw it ! It appeared to be a disk made up of 2 (or 3) "rings" and colours. The video footage was rather grainy owing to it being filmed at night with a regular camcorder. The clip was also very short, explaining the reason for this will lead me into writing an other 2 paragraphs and I think I have babbled on for long enough