|Occurred : 9/21/2007 05:30 (Entered as : 09/21/07 5:30)
Reported: 9/21/2007 8:47:51 AM 08:47
Location: Lombard, IL
|a chevron-shaped bright light that appeared early morning in the eastern sky and would only ascend or descend
I swim at an outdoor pool in Lombard, IL, three to four mornings a week beginning at 5:30 when it's still dark. It's the only one I know of that keeps the outdoor pool open after Labor Day. Anyway, Tuesday morning (9/18/07) I first noticed what I thought was probably a red-eye flight coming in for a landing at O'Hare. The thing is that it never banked and never circled. It was a very bright light -- too high to be a helicopter and too low to be a star -- that would go higher into the sky (I was facing East), straight up, or back a little lower. By 5:50 it started going higher and possibly a little to the South. I leave the pool at 6:20, and the sun hasn't fully risen. It did the same thing on Wednesday.
I didn't swim yesterday, but I did this morning (9/21) and decided that I should wear my contacts to try to get a better look at it. From what I could tell, I saw a faint outline, a chevron shape that resembled a turkey wishbone (but with a bigger center at the point) or even the Nike symbol if both points were the same length. I occasionally saw what seemed to be a "jet stream," but it was broad and short. When the object was a little lower (between 5:30-5:45) it looked as if there was a bit of orange or red at the end, and the stream seemed to retract and then come out. When the object was higher I didn't notice the red and could only see a slight stream. There was no noise that I could tell, and I know it wasn't a plane because one of those did pass overhead, continuing forward with a rhythmic flashing light underneath. This was completely different.
More than anything I'd like to put my mind at rest. I'd like to think that there's a logical explanation that O'Hare Air Traffic Control would certainly be aware of. However, I know that it could be something else.