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Occurred : 3/3/2009 20:45 (Entered as : 03/03/09 20:45)
Reported: 3/4/2009 10:39:46 AM 10:39
Posted: 3/19/2009
Location: Gurnee, IL
Shape: Light
Duration:1 minute
It was a mysterious light that headed our direction and then turned off never making a noise.

On the night of March 3, 2009 at 8:45pm I witnessed something unexplainable along with a friend. I first witnessed the light while I was on the way to a friend’s house from the coffee shop that is about 1 mile away. To get to and from the two location I generally take the back roads cutting through the neighborhoods and this time while I was looking into the northern sky I saw a light that I dismissed to be a planet that must have been visible in the night sky and I had the intention of looking up what planet it could have been. As I was driving through the neighborhood I was constantly losing and regaining sight of the light and after about 15 seconds it was gone which I thought was weird because it previously appeared to be in a constant position in the sky. About a half mile down the road I proceeded to turn to the south and the object or at least an identical one appeared in the southwest region of the sky, this time the object was high enough that I didn’t lose sight of it all the way to my friends house another fourth of a mile down the road. Once I pulled into to the street he lives on I proceeded to get out of the car and look up at the object which now was directly south of me at this point. I stared at the object for 10 seconds trying to imagine what it could be but I had no idea then another friend pulled up and got out of his car asking me what I was doing just standing out in the cold so I told him to look up at the light. We both gazed at it for 15 seconds then it started to move towards us at a fairly fast pace and once it was about halfway to us the light turned off and the object whatever it may have been was gone, there was no sound the entire time just the light. We both stood there completely in awe at what had happened scanning the sky trying to find the object assuming it would reappear and after a minute or so we went inside not knowing what we had just saw.

On the same night three hours later at 11:45pm there were three of us in the car coming from the Wendy’s which is right next to the coffee shop that we were at before the previous incident and when we first headed there I looked into the sky hoping to see something but of course there wasn’t anything but the stars. But on the way back all three of us saw the object again in almost the same place as before only a couple miles further south and maybe 1,000ft higher in the sky. We watched it wondering what it was for about 20 seconds then it proceeded to move to the west for 5 seconds and suddenly changed direction and headed to the south east at an incredible rate of speed. It was gone from sight in less than a minute and now all three of us were amazing at what we had seen but still no explanation.

The object was larger and brighter than anything in the sky, the moon wasn’t visible during either sighting. The object itself was easily 10 to 15 times bigger than planes that fly at that altitude and distance away if not larger. And it was going 10 times faster than any other planes in the sky. This was something that I cannot explain and would have never have imagined seeing with my own eyes.