|Occurred : 3/11/2006 05:30 (Entered as : 03/11/2006 5:30)
Reported: 3/14/2006 8:36:24 AM 08:36
Location: Rockport, WV
Duration:At least 10 min
|Horizontal bar of single blue and red lights in the southern sky with lights appearing to be about the size of large stars
On both March 11 at 5:30 AM and on March 13 at 1:30 AM, I saw what looked like a very bright bar (or single line) of lights or stars in the southern sky. On March 11, it was in the south east, on the 14th, it was almost due south (my house faces directly solar south, and it was slightly to the west). The row of lights was about the length of a quarter of the circumference of the moon, but they were placed vertically with blue at the top and bottom and red in the middle and were about the size of very large, very bright stars. It was impossible to tell if it was a line of stars or lights or a continuous bar of color, but it looked more like 3 stars - blue, red, blue. The night was mostly clear on the 13th, but the lower part of the horizon was slightly overcast. The moon was apparently already down in the west, because my first impression was that it was probably a reflection on the moon. Then I realized that it was definitely not the moon, and the moon wasn't visible. On the 13th (at 1:30 AM), the sky was very overcast with no stars. The moon was visible behind the clouds, and the night was bright in spite of the clouds. The object was very bright and appeared to be among rather than behind the clouds. I watched it for about 10 minutes each time; the first time, I went inside because it didn't seem to be doing anything and I assumed it was simply some brightly colored stars. But on the 13th, I watched until it seemed to be covered by the clouds and disappeared. It did not move at all except for appearing at different places in the sky on the two different nights (or early mornings). It almost looked like airplane lights, but the line of lights was straight up and down and it didn't move closer or further away or change position. In addition, there was a slight sound that seemed to be almost like an airplane engine. However, I can hear the interstate from my house, and I couldn't discern whether or not it was cars on the interstate or if it was coming from the lights. I don't know what it was, but I am absolutely sure it was not a plane, a radio tower, the moon, or any star or planet configuration I've ever seen before. One of the weird things was that I saw it more to the east at 5:30 and more to the west at 1:30. Another strange thing was that it appeared to be closer than some of the clouds, appearing below them, but was covered by lower lying clouds, although it may just be that there was simply a break in the clouds on both nights that permitted viewing.