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Occurred : 8/16/2013 22:15 (Entered as : 08/16/13 22:15)
Reported: 8/18/2013 1:08:08 PM 13:08
Posted: 8/30/2013
Location: Monroe, MI
Shape: Light
Duration:15 minutes
At least 17 reddish-orange lights ascending into the night sky over Monroe, Michigan 8/16/13

On the evening of Friday, August 16, 2013 my husband and I were passengers in a car being driven by our 21-year-old son. We were northbound on Telegraph Road through Monroe County in Michigan.

At approximately 10:15 PM my husband, seated in the passenger front seat, suddenly pointed out the front side window and said something like, “Look at those lights over there!” He pointed to the eastern sky, which was dark but clear of cloud cover. We were somewhere between Albain and Dunbar Roads, in an area that has fields, low buildings and some trees.

I looked out my back seat window in the direction to which my husband was pointing and I saw 2 reddish-orange lights in the sky, not too far above the level of the low buildings & trees. They were some distance from our vehicle, possibly a mile or more. The precise distance is hard to determine, but we did not have the sense that they were close to us or upon us in any way.

The 2 lights were positioned one above the other with some amount of space between them. They both seemed to be moving upward rather slowly. My husband and I agreed that the lights did not appear to be planes or helicopters because they did not have any obvious navigation lights on them and they were ascending into the sky, not flying in a straight line as a plane or a helicopter would do at the altitude at which they appeared to be located. They were brighter than ordinary stars. They were brighter than the planet Venus which we have observed many times in the evening sky in our area. They were not white. Their color was a reddish-orange and they glowed like stars, but did not “twinkle” or shimmer.

Because we were fascinated with the lights, we kept watching them as we continued northbound. Suddenly we saw a number of other lights appear beneath the 2 original topmost lights. There were now about 6 or 7 lights in total. They all looked exactly the same in color and size and they all appeared to be ascending into the sky in a fairly (yet not quite exactly) straight line. We exclaimed to each other something like, “Where did those new lights just come from?!”

We should have told our son to pull over and stop the vehicle, but we did not. He kept driving, and we were still able to see the lights as the entire line kept ascending higher into the sky. Then, more lights appeared! The newly visible lights were clustered at the bottom of the original line of lights. They also were in lines, but in lines of their own, like the leaves growing up from the base of the stem of a flower. My husband counted at least 17 lights in totality in the entire formation. All had the ! exact same color and luminosity. We agreed that we had never seen anything like this before in our lives. We are each 58 years old. We are retired school teachers. Our son, a college student home on summer break, also saw the lights but could only glance over his shoulder as he drove, so his account is more limited than ours. He did say, however, that he saw many orange lights and they appeared to him to be assembled into some sort of a geometric (box-like) formation. His perspective from the drivers’ seat was, of course, slightly different from ours in the front and back passenger seats.

When we got past 7th Street in Monroe, our view became more obstructed from buildings and street lamps, etc. We asked our son to drive to Veterans Park in Monroe, which is adjacent to Telegraph Rd., just to its west. He did so, and we parked there to continue to watch the lights. Only 2 lights were then visible. We watched as they both disappeared. They did not appear to “fly away” but seemed to “go out” light a light being switched off.