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Occurred : 10/17/2005 23:25 (Entered as : 10/17/2005 23:25)
Reported: 10/18/2005 9:45:16 PM 21:45
Posted: 10/20/2005
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
Shape: Light
Duration:50 minutes
An optical illusion, not a UFO

My wife and I looked at Mars saw small red and white lights flashing on and off quickly. The lights were very close to Mars (within its "halo") and below Mars, from the 4:00 position to the 7:00 position.

I called our son, who lives 6 miles away, and he saw Mars but did not see the lights.

I suspect that the lights were some sort of an optical illusion.

The sky was clear, and the ground temperature was 54 degrees Farenheit. There was a full moon to the upper right of Mars, and the night sky was very bright.


((NUFORC Note: We do not know what the witness was observing, but if they had been stars, the son also should have been able to see them from his vantage point. PD))