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Occurred : 10/19/2010 21:19 (Entered as : 10/19.2010 21:19)
Reported: 2/15/2012 11:24:49 AM 11:24
Posted: 3/13/2012
Location: Burnsville, NC
Shape: Unknown
Duration:about 2 minutes
3 sets of 3 lights hovering silently in night sky

I regret not finding your site and filing this as soon as this happened, but better late than not.

At about 9:30 on a mid-October night in 2010 while walking my dog, I noticed lights in the southeast sky from our front yard. I regularly observe the night skies and am familiar with the usual constellations at different times of the year, and follow the movements of planets as well. I live outside of Burnsville, NC, in a very rural area with little light pollution, and the night sky was clear.

What I saw were three sets of lights, each set arranged as three points of an equilateral triangle, and those arranged as a triangle. The lights were not blinking, two, maybe three of them had a greenish color. They were low on the horizon, I detected no solid shape associated with them. Most unusual was the three sets of lights moved, slightly up and down, with respect to each other. I tested this by positioning myself in a place in the yard where I could align the top of a hemlock tree (stationary in a breeze-less night) to a set of lights, which definitely moved with respect to the treetop. I detected no sound, nor was able to perceive how far away they were.

After watching this for one minute, maybe more, I rushed inside the house to get my wife and daughter to see it, and by the time they were alerted and out, the lights were gone, not visible anywhere else in the sky. I regret not waiting to see how they disappeared.

Having watched the night sky where I live for many years, seen the ISS several times, seen comets, a bolide, assorted aircraft, I’d never witnessed lights like these and the fact that they moved was compelling.

((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date is approximate. PD))