|Occurred : 4/4/2008 22:14 (Entered as : 04/04/08 22:14)
Reported: 4/6/2008 12:40:16 PM 12:40
Location: Gainesville, FL
Duration:a few seconds
|April 4, 2008, 10:14 pm, triangular formation of white lights forming one solid object over night sky in Gainesville, FL.
Friday, April 4, 2008, Gainesville, Florida, 10:14 pm I was standing in a line on the Reitz Union North Lawn of the University of Florida with my younger brother. We were looking into the sky at stars, small aircraft, etc.
I looked ESE and saw, just above a tree line, four small white lights in a triangular pattern (three on the left side, one completing the back right corner) travelling approximately south. I said to my brother, "What the heck is that?" and pointed to the lights. I had initially thought it was a formation of planes, but it couldn’t have been; besides the fact that there were no red, blue, or any blinking lights, it became apparent that we were looking at one solid object.
I only realized this as the triangular object began to move behind trees. My brother was standing to my left and had a better vantage point, and he saw it dip down, come back up, and then fade out. The whole incident lasted a few seconds.
A few minutes later, a helicopter started circling around that area; it’s difficult to determine distances, but I would say that the helicopter was probably closer to us than the object had been, and a little more south. It had a bright search beam on and searched for about a half-hour.
We saw quite a few planes and a bird in flight while standing there, so we could distinguish between those and whatever it was we saw. As much as we searched the sky, we never saw it again.