NUFORC Sighting 12245

Occurred: 2000-03-05 21:45 Local
Reported: 2000-03-11 00:00 Pacific
Duration: 5 minutes
No of observers: 2

Location: Quincy (15 miles south of), IL, USA

Shape: Light
Characteristics: Lights on object, Emitted beams

Strange light on the southern horizon, eventually circling sky to fly off to northeast.

My friend and I were observing stars on a clear night when I saw a strange white light with a red blinking light hovering on the southern horizen. After a few minutes it moved east at alternating speeds, sometimes stopping altogether. Then, while moving, it abruptly changed directions and headed diagonally west and upwards very quickly. Then it stopped and turned towards us, shining 4-6 extremely bright lights in our direction. It the proceeded move very fast, circling us and covering about 300 degrees in the sky. It flew off to the northeast. This all transpired in 7-10 minutes. The object was about 3 miles away. It made no sound, and appeared to be very large.

Posted 2000-03-16

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