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Occurred : 9/16/2001 19:00 (Entered as : 9/16/2001 19:00)
Reported: 9/18/2001 23:16
Posted: 3/11/2003
Location: Chicago, IL
Shape: Light
Duration:about 1 min.
Bright, very big, white light over Chicago

While visiting my mother in Chicago on this night I was standing out in her yard to get a break from all the news and looking up in the sky for any site of airplains, as this weekend it would be rare to see any. I felt like something was behind me so I turned to look at the sky just behind me maybe to the north. I am horrible with direction. There was a very bright light that at first I thought was a star but, it seemed too bright and too close to be a star. I have seen this before in our places but on this night it scared me a bit. When I saw it I had just enough time to think to myself that that was too big and bright to be a star and it very quickly faded as if it went straight up in the sky. There was no other motion or sound from that direction but, a minute latter a plain did fly over near where the light was. The light itself was a very white , star like light that faded very fast as if it went straight up. It was about twice the size of normal stars and the sky around was clearer than normal with more than normal amounts of stars visible. I could not make out any movement after the light faded and there were on visible egdes of any kind that I could see around the object. I have always watched the skies to see stars and lived where a lot of plains and stuff can be seen. (Huntsville , AL) so I know what is normal aircraft and have seen copter lights a lot. I am also a critical reader of UFO information though, I do keep up on the topic. I have no idea what this was but, I would like to know if anyone else saw it in more detail.