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Occurred : 8/11/2009 13:15 (Entered as : 8/11/09 13:15)
Reported: 8/12/2009 4:08:15 PM 16:08
Posted: 8/27/2009
Location: N. Ft. Myers, FL
Shape: Formation
Duration:10 seconds
a series of bright lights moving together horizontally high in the sky, very quickly, lined up in rows, like notes on a musical staff.

Early Tuesday morning (1:15 AM)August 11, 2009, while outside my home in N. Ft. Myers, Florida, I observed an illuminated phenomenon high in the sky which was so very distinct and unusual, i have felt compelled to report it. I have never before seen anything of particular interest in the sky.

The atmosphere was particularly clear at the time, and the moon barely halfway rising to zenith. I originally noticed a light to the north, which i initially assumed to be the lights of a large aircraft coming in to land at our local international airport, which happens here frequently. But when i focused clearly on it, what i saw was so unusual that the image was simply confusing. It moved in a perfectly striaght line, horizontally, from N.N.W to S.S.E, on a trajectory not far below the moon.

How far away from me it was is difficult to say, however, i would guess from my judgement of its depth of field for it to have been approximately level with the bottom of an average summertime cumulonimbus cloud, although it could have been higher. It moved very rapidly, far faster than any jet-plane, but not nearly as fast as a meteor. I estimate that i saw the object, which was originally quite far away, for perhaps 10 seconds. It was coming toward me, passed in front of me, and then my view was obscured by tall trees nearby to the south.

The object (or objects)are difficult to describe. The closer it came, the more complex and strange it seemed. I would have to describe it as a long ribbon of translucently glowing light, much like a chemtrail illuminated by moonlight, which had imbedded within it, a series of very bright lights, perhaps a dozen or more. The lights were brighter than the moon. The appearance of this thing reminded me of notes on a musical staff, and as the various closely spaced objects moved along together, they left short luminous trails, with all the objects in perfectly placed rows, yet spaced apart from each other horizontally at irregular intervals. Their trails connected directly to the ones traveling behind them. Two were especially large, and the others of variously smaller sizes. They were moving very quickly, and seemingly perfectly horizontally to the earth. It appeared there were more forming as they passed by. There was no associated sound.

While this may not be of help, from my fully extended arm, if i was to hold up a ruler (and i'm of average height, 5'8"),the entire object or phenomenon appeared to be approximately 10 inches long horizontally, and 2 inches high, so it/they was very large.