|Occurred : 11/9/2006 09:00 (Entered as : 11/09/06 9:00)
Reported: 11/9/2006 7:52:19 PM 19:52
Location: Schaumburg/ Palatine/ Rolling Meadows, IL
Duration:1 minute 45 seconds
|Black rectangle clear daylight sighting near highway
I was driving in my car, southbound on Rt 53 in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, south of Palatine Rd, when I very clearly observed a large black rectangle hanging in the sky, approximately one mile west of the highway and 30 degrees to the south. It was fairly low, maybe 500 feet or less in altitude. The object appeared to be approximately twice as thick, and 25% longer, than a large passenger jet. It was rush hour, traffic was very fast and heavy, and throughout the sighting I did not feel it was safe to pull over to the narrow left shoulder of the highway. I was concentrating on watching the object while intermittently making sure I didn’t drive off the road or hit another car. The object appeared to be hovering in the sky, blimp-like. The bright morning sun was in the east, and the object was in the west, so it was fully illuminated from my perspective. Visibility was extremely clear. An aircraft in that circumstance would appear bright whitish-silver, but this object was dark black. The edges of the rectangle were fairly sharp and stark, but it is possible that there was some additional dimension at the edges. After driving for maybe 15-20 seconds, I lost sight of the object behind some trees. After another 25 seconds or so, I passed the trees and was able to see the object again. At this point it was maybe two-thirds its original size, and I felt that it was moving to the southwest, perhaps 90 miles an hour or so, roughly keeping pace with me in a southern direction, but moving farther west away from the highway. It was still starkly black. I watched it for maybe another 20 seconds, when before my eyes it began to fade. Within about five seconds, it completely faded out of sight. My impression was not that it moved rapidly away, although that might be possible. Rather it seemed to get fuzzy, misty and dimmer, until it just faded out of sight. Much like a cloaking device was going into effect. It was an amazing sight. The highway curved, and I kept looking ou! t in tha t direction. Maybe 25 seconds later I saw it again, but now it was a whitish color that very much blended in with the sky and made seeing it difficult. By now it appeared to be even farther southwest, and was maybe half or one-third the size as it was when I first saw it. After another 10 seconds or so, the highway turned again. I lost sight of the object and never saw it again. For comparison, I did observe airplanes in the sky immediately afterward, as they are very common in the area, and they were clearly visible as airplanes, bright silvery-white, not at all black, and very clearly not rectangular. Living in the Chicago area all my life, I’ve seen thousands and thousands and thousands of airplanes, helicopters, blimps, birds and balloons. This object was certainly none of these.