|Occurred : 9/3/2006 21:30 (Entered as : 09/03/06 21:30)
Reported: 9/8/2006 1:25:18 PM 13:25
Location: Frankfort, MI
Duration:approx three hours
|Lights seen above Lake Michigan September 3, 2006
On the night of September 3, 2006 my boyfriend and I took a road trip to Northern Michigan to watch the sun setting over Lake Michigan. We arrived just as the sun began to sink below the horizon, and decided to sit and watch the stars come out. I attempted to take some photos with my digital camera of the sun setting; only to find that when the flash would go off we noticed several small particals, for lack of a better term, all around us. When the flash would go off we could clearly see these particals, they appeared white. Upon viewing the pictures taken the particals appeared as multi-colored specks of light. We thought nothing more of it dismissing it as some freak occurance.
After the first hour or so it became quite dark and I noticed a bright solid white light moving across the sky, I watched it intently knowing full well it was NOT an airplane (no flashing lights of any kind) and thought it was simply an orbital satalite. The object flew across the sky in a West to East trajectory and as it crossed over where we sat the light grew in brightness and then quickly vanished. I figured it was just another random sighting, and hadn't had time to ask my boyfriend if he'd seen it as well, so I though nothing more of it.
I'd say about twenty minutes later I noticed another solid light, not as bright moving from the North to the South. It flew over head at a high altitude and as it did so my boyfriend pointed to it and asked if it was in fact moving. As I was about to reply in the affirmative, the light stopped. It hovered for several minutes and then moved quite rapidly back from the South to North. This light continued to move from N to S and then back again. It would stop and hover above us for several minutes and then continue on it's path.
Over the next several hours we counted at least sixteen more lights in the sky. All moving in random patterns at different altitudes. The objects would move, stop, hover, zig-zag, and change direction mid-flight. They would form triangle shapes with stars and then increase and decrease the sizes of these triangles at will. At 11:00 p.m. there was a bright light that came over the horizon and proceeded to follow in the same manner, the only differences were this one was closer and much brighter, and along with the solid white light there were mulitcolored lights that flashed in random patterns. We watched this light for quite some time marveled in the way it danced and at it's brightness. It was then that we noticed two pairs of faint lights moving in perfect unison. One pair was located to the South and the second was to the NorthEast. They seemed to dance across the night's sky in a most beautiful and random fashion. None of the lights would stray too far from where they were first seen. They would move a certain distance and then return to their original location.
We spent a great deal of time trying to determine if it was simply ours eyes that were playing tricks on us, watching stars to see if they moved; and found nothing. We spotted planes of vairous sizes and knew that this was not the explaination either. I have over the years seen many strange lights in the night sky, but this was the first time I had ever seen so many lights at the same time in the same area. This was also the first time I have ever had a witness with me to collaborate my sighting.