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Occurred : 9/23/2012 22:50 (Entered as : 09/23/12 22:50)
Reported: 9/24/2012 8:55:27 AM 08:55
Posted: 9/24/2012
Location: Columbus, OH
Shape: Sphere
Duration:3 minutes
Four red/orange orbs move erratically over Columbus, Ohio.

My wife, her friend and I were outside smoking a cigarette at around 10:50 P.M. when I noticed three glowing orbs moving north to south overhead. We went to the front yard to watch them, and discovered that there were actually four, one having passed the house moments earlier. They were roughly circular, but obviously spherical, like a jellyfish lit from within by an orange/reddish light. My immediate thought was that they were paper lanterns, but as we watched for even two more seconds, several things became apparent.

Firstly, despite the lack of any noticeable wind at ground level, all four of the objects were moving at an eerily fast rate: they had each passed over the street facing our house and were at least a quarter mile away less than twenty seconds later. Secondly, each object, while grouped relatively close, moved at variable speeds and transcribed smooth arcs and lateral movements that brought them within feet of one another at times (excepting the fourth, which was the first to pass overhead). The glowing objects appeared to dim and wink out as they moved to the middle distance: the entire encounter having lasted no longer than two minutes. Our house is less than two miles from the Columbus airport, and at least one often-used flight plan brings aircraft directly over our house every twenty minutes or so, but these lights could in no way be associated with any airplane that I have seen.