|Occurred : 9/19/2018 23:15 (Entered as : 09/19/18 23:15)
Reported: 9/20/2018 4:19:52 PM 16:19
Location: George, WA
|These were not aircraft lights.
On Wednesday evening, September 19th, I was leaving George, WA. Westbound on i-90 at Milepost 149 on my regular route. 2 miles West on the highway, looking to the southwest, 7 lights in a cluster appeared. There distance was about 12 to 14 miles. The moon was out on a clear night sky, casting light on the distant ridgelines. Having driven this route hundreds of times, I was very familiar with the distances. The lights were a light straw color, 3 large ones in the center,and 4 smaller ones lined up on either side below the larger ones. Compared to the moon size, this cluster was about 1/3 the size. These lights are a very long ways away, and would be bigger than any aircraft I have ever seen. I was driving straight towards them, and there was no movement. After about 4 minutes they just faded out like turning off a wall dimmer switch.
About 4 minutes later, while getting ready to decend the grade to cross the Columbia River at the Vantage bridge, they appeared again. This time there was one more light on the upper left of the cluster. I watched them for about 2 more minutes and then they faded again.
As I climbed the grade, I saw them again to my left, which would have been to the south. They were gone in a few seconds, but were well below the distant ridgeline. The distance at this point was less than 2 miles.
I am a veteran of the U. S. Navy, with 3 years as an aviation machinest mate. I started up jets with ground support equipment.
Also, my view from my house on the south side of Ephrata, Wa, gives me a good vantage point of military and commercial aircraft that utilize the Moses Lake Airport for training and test purposes.
My sighting was nothing I have ever seen before!