|Occurred : 6/14/2007 23:30 (Entered as : 06/14/07 23:00)
Reported: 6/16/2007 10:42:35 AM 10:42
Location: South Bend, IN
|We saw a huge light with a large craft behind it, low in the sky for about 20 minutes, then it slowly moved northwest
My sister and I were sitting in her back yard at about 11:30 pm on June 14, 2007. She noticed a large, very bright, white light in the sky and told me to look at it, wondering if it was a star. This was in the western night sky. I immediately said that was something unusual. We positioned ourselves to face the light directly and watched it for nearly an hour. We originally thought it might be a star, but it was too large and bright. I told her that it made me nervous. Was it a helicopter? Or, a plane? It was motionless for so long, that it could be neither. Maybe it was a blimp, but a blimp wouldn't be out at this time of night and doesn't have a light coming out of the front of it. It was obvious that a craft of some sort was behind the light. We called our father, who was at his house nearly a mile west of us. He and our step-mother went into the driveway and looked at the light. He said he believed that it was Jupiter - that the planet was low in the western sky now. We continued to watch the light and nearly 20 minutes later, it began moving in a northwesterly direction. Our niece came out during this time and watched it with us. Our brother came by and said it had to have been a hot air balloon flying at night. This was not possible because the light was too large and the craft was behind the light, as opposed to above it. Also, the light wasn't a flame.
The light began slowly moving and became smaller as it headed northwest. Within another 2o to 30 minutes, it was gone below the trees. It was so unusual, though, because it hovered in one place (we wondered if it was over the Golden Dome of Notre Dame, as it looked like it was above the campus).
There is no way it could have been a star because of the way it moved and because of the direction it took. All the other stars in the sky, which were obviously so much farther away, didn't visibly move in the sky like this light did. It was different from the movement of the moon, as the path and speed of movement were very inconsistent.
When we looked at the light at first, it looked like a giant 5-point star. There is a street light that shines in the trees near where we saw the light. What we saw was much bigger than the size of the street light.
We called a local television station and asked if anyone had called in this sighting. He told me that we were the first. I am wondering if any Notre Dame students saw it, as it appeared to be above the area of the campus.