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Occurred : 5/5/1997 19:00 (Entered as : 05/05/97 19:00)
Reported: 3/23/2007 8:29:02 PM 20:29
Posted: 4/27/2007
Location: Bee Caves, TX
Shape: Other
Duration:45 seconds
bright lights in formation in sky near Austin, TX

My husband and I were driving Northwest on Hwy 71, about 8 or 9 miles west of Austin, on May 5, 1997 a little before dusk.

I noticed a row of lights in the sky and pointed them out to my husband. There were 5-8 lights in a straight line almost directly overhead. For a split second I thought they were some planetary alignment, but quickly realized that they were too bright and too perfectly aligned for that to be the explanation. The sky was perfectly clear and it was still too light for any stars or planets to be visible.

We watched the lights for a brief period of time and discussed what we were seeing. We weren’t sure if it was one object with lights on it or a well-aligned formation of separate objects.

Suddenly the lights started to dim and move closer together as if they were moving outward. This movement was so rapid that it was similar to the effect in Star Trek of "going into warp speed."

At the time, we made a call to a local T.V. station to ask if anyone else had seen it.

The next night, there was a brief report on the weather portion of the news that a number of people had reported strange lights of unknown origin. The weather reporter said that the lights were multiple planes lined up in a flight path for landing. My husband and I were very certain that this was not a reasonable explanation for what we had seen.

We recently saw a news report where the former governor of Arizona disclosed his sighting of the Phoenix lights around March, 1997 (just a few weeks before our sighting). The accompanying video footage of those sightings were extremely similar to what we saw.