Even though I believe in Extraterrestrial life on other worlds, as well as alien beings, and the different types of craft they have been reported to visit our earth in. I have to be honest with you, I have never personally viewed at a close distance.
However, when I was a teenager, I did witness a few strange events, which I could not explain, while I was viewing the moon and a few other celestial objects one night through my then...13 Inch Dobsonian telescope.
What I saw while scanning out over a large body of water near my home, was a bright white light, at about a distance of one mile. It rose slowly at a distance of about a mile from my home, straight up into the night sky. It hovered from the distance displaying this steady white light.
Than it started to move on a forty five degree angle, as it picked up tremendous speed, and grew dimmer and dimmer, from my line of sight, and disappeared within the surrounding star field. I am not sure what it was. But can tell you it was not a helicopter, or a satellite.
It shifted direction and picked up speed too quickly to be any type of known aircraft. That is all I am going to say about this experience. A few nights later, I was viewing the full moon. And had my telescope trained on one of the more prominent craters on the moon. As i studied the crater and surrounding landscape of the moon for about ten minutes or so.
I then noticed something, actually leaving the vicinity of that crater, and moving quickly away from the surface of the moon, away from its rim. All I could make out was a moderately lit, round disk of white light. Nothing more, nothing less. And since this time period of about thirty years ago, I have never experienced anything close to what I had observed back as a teen.
So this would have to be my personal UFO encounter you could say, or experience. I never told anyone, except a few close family members. Anyway,
it's nice to think that we are not alone in this Universe. And I also like to write on this topic from time to time. Thank you for conjuring up all of us UFO believers imagination a bit! Maybe I should just have wrote an article here about my UFO experience back then. LOL.