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Occurred : 1/11/2001 21:15 (Entered as : 01/11/01 21:15)
Reported: 1/12/2001 19:02
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Rockford, IL
Shape: Light
Duration:15 min. appr.
Bright lights floating East over the city of Rockford, IL.

When I first looked up in the sky and saw the lights the first impression I had was I was seeing the Big Dipper Constellation. Then it struck me that the lights were rather bright and the dipper is not orange, besides this being the wrong time of the year for it. I watched the lights for approximately fifteen to twenty minutes trying to get some kind of clue to what the were. The lights were moving from west to east at a rather slow rate of speed so I didn't take them for aircraft. The sky was mostly cloudy and the lights occasionally moved through one of these cloud banks. I didn't hear any aircraft noises and the lights seemed to be moving rather aimlessly along their path anyway. I would have taken them for a group of hot air balloons except I don't think anyone would be crazy enough to take balloons that high at night in the middle of a January night. The lights were circling each other and changing formations rather aimlessly as they headed east. There were no aircraft in pursuit of these lights nor did any chase while I watched them. If these were extra-terrestrials they obviously had a few beverages during their pit stop on Earth. I finally got in my car to head home to see if I could get my wife to see these but they disappeared from my sight about five minutes after I started driving. I'm not one to put a lot of credence in reports of LGM's and abductions and those types of things but I sure would like to find out what these were because I've never seen anything like them before.