ufo,march,24,2011

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A Lakewood resident reported seeing an unidentified flying object from his back porch on the city's west side at around 11:30 p.m. on Thursday.

According to UFO Stalker, a website that monitors UFO sightings, the resident reported seeing a "very bright star-like object in the distance," about a mile away.

The unnamed resident logged the testimony into the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

"I thought this may be Sirius, but then noticed it was ascending in the sky at jumped up about 60 degrees in approximately 45 seconds and hovered there for a LONG time," the resident reported. "Not the most exciting encounter I know, but I feel it should be reported."

At first, the resident reported thinking it was an airplane, but "to my surprise, it never came any closer."

"I thought it may be a star, but a star doesn't move up in the sky that quickly and then just stop. It just ascended and hovered there. It was really bright and large for the distance to be any sort of plane. If it were a plane, it would to have (come) overhead and some point."

No sightings were reported to the Lakewood Police Department, according to the call log for the evening.

Last year, two Lakewood brothers reported seeing a "fireball-looking object" flying over Lake Erie.

"Next time, I'll have a telescope cam handy," the resident reported. "If I had it to do over, I would have also drove around to find the source."