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Occurred : 5/12/2012 21:30 (Entered as : May 12, 20 21:30)
Reported: 5/14/2012 7:31:00 AM 07:31
Posted: 6/2/2012
Location: Lebanon, PA
Shape: Formation
Duration:About five minutes
Three reddish orange lights flying in formation over Lebanon, PA

About 21:30, my mother noticed unusual lights visible above the trees across the road in the western sky and asked me what I thought they were. My father, mother and I went out to look and saw three reddish orange lights flying more or less in a row. They were bright and appeared to be about the same brightness and size as Venus. It was a still night, but we couldn’t hear any sound. They flew towards the northeast and were visible for about five minutes before they passed one at a time into or over a cloud. It wasn’t possible to determine how high they were flying. They seemed to be flying about as fast as a typical plane does and weren’t flying in an unusual fashion.

My mother and I thought that there was a single light associated with each object. My father thought there might have been three lights, but all a reddish orange hue. He also felt that the objects were oriented diagonally to the ground. The lights didn’t blink.

I had wondered initially if they might be fire balloons, but after watching them, I felt that they were moving like guided craft, not subject to a breeze. They seemed to maintain an even spacing throughout the time they were in view.

I am a biologist, my mother is a retired nurse and my father is a retired aeronautical engineer who worked with carrier based jets and marking and lighting systems.