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Occurred : 7/6/2004 12:30 (Entered as : 07/06/04 12:30)
Reported: 7/8/2004 5:56:18 PM 17:56
Posted: 7/25/2004
Location: Chicago, IL
Shape: Fireball
Duration:20 seconds
brilliant beautiful orb over lake

we were flying at thirteen thousand headed about ten minutes out of chicago from the south along the shore of lake michigan. the sky was full of smaller puffy clouds. while watching the shoreline an opening between the clouds over the lake revieled a quarter sized sphere when held at arms length. it was extremely bright and the color was golden burnt orange. the term "brighter than the sun" is close except it didnt hurt to look at it.

i watched for several seconds and it dissapeared behind the next small cloud. when we passed the next cloud it was still in position. i was unable to tell if it was moving or stationary. at first i thought it was only a reflection from something on the lake but during the second sighting i could tell it was at the same altitude as we were.

while the sighting was of short duration, it was most impressive.