|Occurred : 3/23/2012 00:20 (Entered as : 03/23/12 0:20)
Reported: 3/24/2012 8:31:28 AM 08:31
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
|3 white lights in a triangle formation pointing down with a green light below the white lights. No strobes just solid lights.
At approximately 12:15-12:20am I witnessed 3 white lights in a tight triangle formation pointing down. Below the lights there was a smaller solid green light. There was a slight gap between the white lights and the green. This was on NC HWY 54 westbound just after exiting from I-40 on the Durham-Chapel Hill line. The object descended very smoothly without any lateral movement from an approximate altitude of 1000 ft. or so (rough estimation). I lost sight of it once it became obstructed by trees. As it did so it became one solid white light. The sighting lasted just under a minute. The object appeared to be about a mile to my southeast. At the time of the sighting there was a conventional smaller airplane several thousand feet up to the west-southwest of the object.
I am a meteorologist and storm spotter so I am quite familiar with sky observation and explainable phenomena. This was clearly an object under some form of intelligent control and not weather related.