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Occurred : 11/16/1999 19:10 (Entered as : 11/16/99 19:10)
Reported: 11/23/1999 22:59
Posted: 3/21/2003
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA
Shape: Formation
Duration:20 sec
Linear formation of bright amber colored lights moving west to east at about the speed of a normal airplane, but it was not an airplane.

Traveling home from work in suburban area (Mechanicsburg, PA). At 7:10 p.m. I witnessed several (5-7) bright amber colored lights traveling in an easterly direction. The lights were in a straight formation. At first I thought they were lights on a new antenna or something until I realized they were moving. The lights were bright, they sparkled (not blinking like a plane) and they each appeared to have a small tail. They did not appear to be too far away, although I guess the distance could be deceiving. I stopped my vehicle right on the road and watched them for about 10 to 20 seconds. During that time they traveled about a quarter of the way across the sky from west to east. They remained in a straight line at the same distance apart the whole time. I did not hear anything, although my windows were up. Another car approached from behind so I turned onto the next road, hoping to see them again, but never did. I know what a meteor looks like, and this was not one. I thought it may be a plane on fire, but nothing like that was reported. It could have been space debris? Afterwards, I drove back to the original spot looking for some explanation (house lights, spot lights, reflections, etc) but found nothing that could explain it. I thought I was crazy until a friend at work told me that a friend of his had seen similar lights on the same night. Then I searched the Internet and found similar reports from the same night.