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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 7/14/1999 04:00 (Entered as : 07/14/99 4 am)
Reported: 7/14/1999 02:14
Posted: 7/14/1999
Location: Weidman, MI
Shape: Light
Duration: 5 minutes
3 lights seen in formation.

While walking my dog, I noticed a light that I thought was a sattelite - same size and speed. Almost immediately I saw that there were 2 other lights travelling in formation with the first - 2 in front, slightly offset, and one in the rear, about 3 times the distance between the first two. Longest distance between them, about 1 inch at arm's length. They were first seen a bit SSW, quickly moved to almost directly overhead, then faded out in the NNE. They followed the plane of the Milky Way, which was clearly. Length of time I had them in view, approximately 5 minutes - I gave thought to getting my wife up but soon realized there was probably not enough time. It was 4am when I went in the house immediately after losing sight of them. In size and speed they appeared to be sattelites - if there had been only one that is what I would have assumed. Even so, my thought when I saw the first light was that the color of it was a bit red/orange-ish for what I had been used to seeing as a sattelite. I thought it was interesting but then when I saw the 2 others, the color difference became quite noticable against the background of stars in the sky. I have a wood products business and have a private pilots license, although I have not flown in some time. Feel free to contact me if you wish. Could these have been sattelites? Are sattelites deployed in this manner?