A couple was standing on the porch at approximately 10:38 p.m. when they saw two orange orbs side by side above the eastern horizon over Apple Valley. Within seconds, the third orb lit up, shaping a triangle hovering near the horizon. Then another one appeared to the right before the first three orbs disappeared.
This is the description the couple reported to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) along with a video clip they shot on June 4. It’s among 26 UFO sightings reported so far this year in San Bernardino County, according to the MUFON database.
A nonprofit organization investigating UFOs, the MUFON gets about 700 sighting reports per month from all over the country, International Director David MacDonald said. Whether or not these reports are signs of alien spacecraft is a divisive question, but the idea of UFOs keeps fascinating people.
“I think it’s the whole concept of other life somewhere else, other civilizations, whether they’re like us or how they differ,” MacDonald said.
About 90 percent of the reports are explainable by science, he said. Airplanes waiting to land get mistaken for UFOs all the time, along with advertising blimps, satellites, meteors and Venus.
“But it’s those 10 percent that make your eyeballs roll,” MacDonald said. “They defy logic and our mind and the rules of physics. We would investigate them as far as we can. But at this point, you have to say we don’t know. And we have to define them as an unidentified flying object, though it doesn’t mean they are extraterrestrial.”