NUFORC Sighting 40351

Occurred: 2004-10-31 21:00 Local
Reported: 2004-10-31 21:17 Pacific
Duration: 15 minutes
No of observers: 2

Location: Tinley Park, IL, USA

Shape: Light
Characteristics: Aircraft nearby

Red lights slowly move from East to West and back again

a 54 year old retired corporate manager was sitting on her patio near 88th Ave and 183 St in Tinley Park, watching airplanes go through their flight patterns to and from Midway airport.

A Very bright red light was moving from East to West just North of her location. It appeared odd since she did not see any other customary lights as on an aircraft. It also was so slow moving as make her wonder if it could be a helicopter. After a few minutes it appeared to hover to the West & she decided to have her husband come out to view it. Her husband had been a private pilot in previous years and spent time boating. Since he was familiar with various lights of navigation and aircraft she felt he might be able to add some insight as to what this was. He watched the light but could not identify what type of aircraft or blimp or balloon would appear like this so he brought out his binoculars. In looking through the binoculars he felt he could see 2 red lights, 1 slightly above and to the North of the other. He was not able to see any craft nor was he able to tell if the lights were independant or associated with a single object. They were moving syncronized. There was no engine noise detectable although throughout the sighting other aircraft were still in the area. From the time he observed the lights he felt the location of the lights was approximately 10 degrees North and 45 degrees West of where they sat. The lights headed back East (no apparent turn just changed direction) and ended up at about 10 degrees North and 45 degrees East when the husband went back into the house to see if he could see them from the front windows and if so he would see if his telescope could pick them up any better. He could not view them from the front windows and his wife informed him they were now gone. As his wife watched the lights moving East they had again seemed to hover as planes passed. This East area of the sky was hazy and cloudy. Although most airplane lights and the moon light was visable through the haze, the red lights seemed to either go on and off several times (or went behind clouds)and then were gone. Throughout the viewing the lights appeared to become intermittently brighter or more brillant. We are guessing that the entire event took from about 9 PM to about 9:10 or 9:15 PM.

Posted 2004-11-02

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