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|National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report|
|Occurred : 12/30/2006 18:30 (Entered as : 12/30/06 18:30)
Reported: 12/30/2006 9:40:07 PM 21:40
Location: Harrisburg, PA
Duration: About a minute?
|((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. We would like to have the witness re-submit his report, using one report form per sighting. PD))
Lights in the sky and a shiny object that went behind a cloud, cloud disappeards after a while
I work in CampHill, get back from work at various times of the day since I have flexible work hours. I drive from my office on Erford Road to N. Front St across the Harvey Taylor bridge. I've had 3 experiences that I found strange worth reporting, particularly after reading some of the reports from Harrisburg, PA.
1) About 2 weeks back from (12/29/2006), driving back from work around 7'ish in the evening, I had just entered Harvey Taylor bridge and I was looking at the sky in front towards the state capitol and I see a set of lights in the sky, bright white lights in the distance off to the right side of capitol. My first thought was that it must be lights up in the mountain and then realized the mountains are to my left and I was still wondering what the light was, continuing to drive looking at the road and the sky, by the time I was getting towards the Front St. intersection I could see the lights were turning right to left and just disappeared. By the time I got to the intersection and had a red I was thinking it must have been a plane since there's an airport close by, but I've never seen that many lights and they were very bright and gave the appearance it was in far off and it disappeared, since I have to use 2nd st to get to my apartment on Front St and there are buildings on 2nd I couldn't see anything more. When I parked my car at the apartment I scanned the sky in the direction in which I had seen the lights hoping to see something but there was nothing, and I thought nothing of it.
2) Today (12/30/2006)I was coming back from my weekly gorcery at Giants (Camp Hill), I was driving back on Harvey Taylor bridge, I had just entered the bridge and again a set of lights this time towards the left side of capitol and a lot closer than what I saw last time. I could count about 6 distinct bright white lights, I couldn't make out any shape as I continued driving I'm looking at the sky and the road ahead, it's impossible to stop on Harvey Taylor without getting yourselves killed because a lot of people speed, I had covered about 3/4th of the bridge and the ligths as far as I could make out were stationary and then the lights just disappeared. I kept scanning the sky for anything a plane, anything that could explain the lights as I was driving on 2nd and again when I got to my apartment and parked.
I usually see planes in the evening sky from probably the airport close by but they are identifiable becuase you see them, there are the lights which are not unusually bright and you can see them move steadily and then you hear them and if you keep looking you can see them go away from you.
I have lived in this area for close to 4 years now, I think I have a fairly good idea of the Harrisburg skyline, I usually bike or walk and many I've taken my bike across the brige to look at the skyline from the other side of the river. I think I can say those lights were not from any building, even though the lights I saw was low in the sky.
I'm not an expert and I have nothing to gain from this, just found it a little strange and I thought I should report. Coming to the third experience, I have not too much to report. I live in a high rise apartment on the front st, overlooking the river with my apartment windows giving a beautiful view of the mountains in the distance. Some time in the past 2 weeks (it was a weekend because I was home) probably around 2-3 PM, I was going in to the kitchen to make some coffee. There's a small window in the kitchen facing the mountain, I just instinctively looked outside, and saw a small patch of wispy clouds in the sky over the mountains, probably what made me stop and continue looking at the clouds was a shining disc like object just at the edge of the clouds. I kept staring, thinking that I should go to my living room window because it gives a better view but I couldn't move and kept staring and I saw the object disappear behind the clouds. I went in to my bed room pulled out my binoculars (I've got a 15*70 Porro Prism Celestron) from the shelf and to look the clouds hoping the object would reappear. The clouds was not too much and the sky was really clear and blue, just a little and wispy, but I could see nothing but the clouds. So I put my binocular down, pulled my chair to the window and just sat there staring at the clouds, the strange thing was the clouds disappeared totally, usually you see the clouds moving with an air current but this just disappeared and the sky was totally clear. I sat there in my chair looking out the window and after a while I just went back to my routine life.
I am an amateur astronomer and I look at the sky with my naked eye and at times with my binoculars (harrisburg city is not the best place to look at night sky). I have no idea about what I saw, just that it was not normal that I'm used to.
I am an engineer and I work in a field where my main skills are problem solving, I would rate myself as a person with a scientific outlook.
I did not bother to look at the exact time and I did not even bother to note down the date, becuase I still hope that there is a simple explanation and maybe what I was just something very ordinary and easily explained, probably it was just that I found it strange. What brought me to this site was to try and see if there was anyone reporting anything like this in Harrisburg and google search brought me here, I thought for a long time before I decided to post what I saw.