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Occurred : 8/17/2006 00:15 (Entered as : 08/17/06 0:15)
Reported: 8/25/2006 10:04:23 AM 10:04
Posted: 10/30/2006
Location: El Paso, IL
Shape: Light
Duration:15-20 Minutes
Bright Flashing Light In Western Sky w/ Multi-Colored Lights

At approximately midnight on the night of 8/16/06, the morning of 8/17/06, I was preparing to go to bed for the night and was making my rounds making sure that the doors were secured. While locking our westward facing sliding door I noticed a stationary and flashing light that seemed to be bigger and brighter than the surrounding stars. The size and brightness appeared to be at least twice the size of stars near the position of the light. It appeared similar to a street light from two miles away. The somewhat large size and the quickly changing colors are what cought my eye. The light appeared motionless long enough to be video taped for several minutes. The sky was partly cloudy with a half moon near the eastern horizon. With the video camera zoomed in on the light it appeared diffused with a very bright center region with multiple flashes of red, green, purple, and white lights around the edge. When I first saw the light I assumed that it was Venus but it appeared brighter and bigger with multiple flashing colors. I will attempt to download the digital video in the near future. The light was positioned west by north west from my position at approximately 25 degrees from the western horizon. At approximately 12:20am on 8/17/06 I stopped recording and went in the house to go to bed with the light still in the same position. I have assumed that the light was Venus but crop circles have been reported 60 miles west by north west of my position and thought that I should at least report my experience. Total vewing time would be about 20 minutes. At one point a commercial flight passed within the "vicintiy" of the light without making any noticable flight path changes. Venus? Or Intergalatic Crop Dusters????