Occurred: 1980-01-15 22:00 Local - Approximate
Reported: 2003-12-30 00:11 Pacific
Duration: 5 min
No of observers: 1

Location: Albany, IL, USA

Shape: Disk
Characteristics: Lights on object

saucer over corn field on a cold winter night.

I cannot remember the exact date or time but I just discovered your site and want to tell you what happen about 1980.

My wife, (infant)child and I just returned home to our rural farm house from an out of town trip. It was dark, cold out and very clear. As we rushed the sleeping child in the house from the car she took him upstairs and I went to kitchen sink to get a drink of water.To my right we have a pantry about ten feet deep and a window at the end facing the east and a flat corn field that rises about two hundred yards out. I noticed out of the corner of my eye a star outside the window, it seemed very bright but it was clear out so I assumed it was still a star.Then it occurd to me it could be a planet so I grabbed the binoculars we kept on the pantry shelf and walked up to the window to look at it. Just as I raise the binoculars up my wife stepped in the dark pantry and asked what I was doing. I asked her to look at the bright star it could be a planet. She did as I looked throught the glasses. She commented on how bright it was just as I got focused. I could actually see two lights that appeared as one with the naked eye. between the lights you could make out a silver looking saucer shaped body. I was sceptical of what I saw and asked my wife to look through the glasses and tell me what she saw. As she focused she discribed exactly what I saw.We stood there for a couple minutes and exchanged the binoculars a couple times when all of a sudden as I was viewing it took off away from us at a rate of speed you could not immagine. I know it was going away from us because it didn't leave in a straight line, it swept off in an arc. She thought it disappeared with the naked eye but I could actually see it leaving. I estimate it was over the corn field about 200 yard from the house maybe a little further. It appeared to be maybe 25-30 feet long and about 5-6 feet thick at the center and the lights where white as bright as a car light. It appeared to be stationary at 150 to 200 feet high until it left.


Date and time are approximate. PD

Posted 2004-01-17

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