|Occurred : 6/7/2000 21:30 (Entered as : 06/07/00 21:30)
Reported: 2/28/2008 6:33:17 PM 18:33
Location: Ely (Boundary Waters CA), MN
|Unusual light over the Boundry Waters
While on a solo wilderness camping trip in the Boundry Water Canoe Area west of Ely, Minnesota I was at the edge of Cummings Lake observing the clear night sky. I saw a few satellites and a couple of meteors among the stars.
I then saw a dim red light above the trees some distance away. The light was small, steady, a deep cardinal red, moving slowly in a horizontal fashion over the big lake.
The light quickly rose in altitude and began a "ballet" of arcing turns and curved trajectories, appearing to approach closer then retreat farther away. The speed varied from almost static to a blur. I noticed the light being reflected on the lakes surface at one point.
The only sounds were those of frogs, toads, loons and birds.
The light might have been a large object some distance away, or a smaller object relatively close to me...it was difficult to tell because it never flew below the tree line to provide a scale of size or proximity.
The show lasted about three minutes.
I related my observation to a party of other campers a few days later who were exiting from the north. They too stated that they had seen the unusual red light.
Aircraft are prohibited from overflying this large wilderness area.
((NUFORC Note: Date of sighting may be approximate, although the witness does not indicate that fact. PD))