|Occurred : 10/16/2006 04:30 (Entered as : 10/16/06 04:30)
Reported: 1/8/2007 7:43:33 AM 07:43
Location: St. Joseph, MI
|Two bright gold light tails moving west toward Lake Michigan in early morning hours. Moved in formation, very quickly and low in sky.
Out of a large window, I saw two gold/orange light trails moving very quickly in formation across the night sky. The two light "tails" seemed to be flying together, 2,000 - 3,000 ft. above the groud. I live in an area where jet traffic is rare, and these two light trails acted unlike anything I've seen or imagined. The light trails were moving west, over Lake Michigan. At that time of day, in this small town, I heard no sound associated with these lights, which stretched for over one hundred feet. I generally ruled out meteors, because they appeared to be too close to earth, and also appeared to be in formation.
Obviously, aircraft are on this path toward O'Hare hundreds of times per day, but these lights were WAY to close to the ground to be on approach, and there were no flashing lights. In fact, I saw no "craft", but just the tails, which were very bright and consistant lights. The tails did not spread out, or get weaker as they moved across the the sky, like I would expect a meteor to do, but rather they extended for a distance, then just quit shining.
Again, I have been on over 1,000 flights, and enjoy aviation and astronomy, and I've never seen anything that created a tail of light like this. The brightness of the light, the speed at which they moved, and the relative closeness to the ground, made me believe that I was seeing something different than I've ever seen before.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the incident is approximate. PD))