Friday, July 23, 1999 Published at 16:17 GMT 17:17 UK
ET and the eclipse
Captain Howard draws what he saw from his cockpit
The sighting was reported upon landing in London and the captain interviewed by a reporter from the BBC.
Captain James Howard told how he, along with his entire crew and some of the passengers, watched the phenomena for a total of 18 minutes.
Eventually, this object disappeared as well.
When pressed about the reality of what he had witnessed, Captain Howard remained firm:
"There is no question that this was not an illusion...and that it was being intelligently handled".
More recently during the eclipse of 1991, video photographers all over Mexico found that, while attempting to catch the cosmic event on film, they had caught something else they could not explain.
In the days following the eclipse, a wave of videos were sent in to the main TV station, showing what appeared to be UFOs in the sky.
Indeed, these sightings are now claimed to be among the best examples of UFOs caught on film.
The 1999 total eclipse can be viewed on 11 August.