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Occurred : 9/8/2011 23:15 (Entered as : 9/8/11 23:15)
Reported: 9/9/2011 5:51:39 PM 17:51
Posted: 10/10/2011
Location: Rockford, IL
Shape: Fireball
Duration:15 minutes
I was with a few friends outside of a friend's house in their driveway at about 11:00 pm. While socializing, I saw what I thought to be a really slow moving shooting star out of the corner of my eye. I said aloud to everyone there "hey, I think I saw a shooting star!" I didn't think about the fact that it was very cloudy out (and I was unable to see any stars when I looked up) but I saw this in my peripheral vision and wrote it off as a really bright shooting star.

About ten to fifteen minutes later, my brother and I were having a conversation about UFO's, strangely enough. He was telling me how he saw a UFO while at work the previous day. My brother is really into UFO's and has been talking about them a lot recently. I said to him "yeah, yeah, real cool. I'll believe it when I see it with my own eyes." Literally five seconds later I saw a strange light move around from where the other shooting light had come from and I said "whoa" which made my brother look! up in the same direction as I was. Above my friend's house and just below the clouds, we both saw a large yellowish orange concentrated ball make itself visible and move at a steady pace at about a 100 degree angle across the sky. It was going much faster than an airplane and much slower than a shooting star. It was one solid light, not many small ones. It was completely silent. When it got to the end of that stretch it disappeared into thin air. It moved at an upward angle, but not straight up.

We both saw the whole thing and can't figure out what it could have been. I have never seen anything like that before.


((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))