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Occurred : 8/1/2005 01:30 (Entered as : 08/2005 01:30)
Reported: 2/11/2009 7:36:50 PM 19:36
Posted: 3/19/2009
Location: Big Lake, MN
Shape: Sphere
Duration:60 seconds
Burnt orange ill-defined vertical diamond shape moved at 150 mph W to E at 1:30 a.m. at 300 ft.

Went to window to watch a low-flying helicopter move from west to east about a mile away. It was a clear, quiet night. Looking north from my second story bedroom window I pulled down the top sash of the double hung window to watch through the screen and smell the night air. The room light was off.

As the helicopter moved off to the east and the blade noise faded I noticed a burnt orange-colored ball of light appear in the west and moving silently to the east seemingly tracking the helicopter but on a parallel path I estimated an additional mile north of the helicopter's flight path. The ball of light was moving about 150 mph, about half again as fast as the helicopter. It appeared to be about 600 ft above the ground. I tried to resolve its shape but I could not until it had moved off to the east. The window screen pixelated the view and I finally convinced myself that the the orange ball of light actually had a vertical diamond shape, although that was not readily obvious. Most of the time it seemed to have an amorphous, ill-defined shape. The light was seen for about 30 seconds. It was completely silent.

The size of the amorphous-shaped object, if two miles away at 600 feet, seemed to be between 30 to 40 feet, It was as tall as it was wide.