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Occurred : 12/27/2013 18:00 (Entered as : 12/27/13 18:00)
Reported: 12/28/2013 9:31:25 AM 09:31
Posted: 1/10/2014
Location: Marietta, MN
Shape: Light
Duration:Several minutes
Orange lights emit beams and a massive white light pulses with radiant haloes in a race across the sky

Having already seen two anomalous, transitory lights race across the sky in the past week, I found myself wondering if anyone would believe me if I decided to mention them.

Between the nights of December 18 and December 24, I had been unable to sleep. So for me it was becoming a very personal experience, and I tend to internalize deeply-felt emotions, so I didn’t feel the time was right to bring it up. On the night of December 27, I had a sudden change of heart. I went outside at 7:00 with my dogs (two labs). As soon as I opened the door they went charging off through the snow, barking and howling with a viciousness I’d never heard from them before. Every dog (I think ten in total) on the five additional farms within two miles of our place was barking and howling in the same aggressive manner. We have lots of coyotes around here, and when the pack comes through our yard the dogs have a very distinct way of responding to them. When they bark, they sound stern, gruff, and assertive. This was nothing like that. They were snarling and shrieking at a fever pitch. Canine hysteria.

Looking up in the northwestern sky, I saw a bright orange “star,” once again out of place in the stellar grid. Within five seconds it started to move, heading south and then southeast. The faster it went, the brighter it became. Then I saw a bright white flash roughly 15 degrees due west. It was the shape of a massive halo, and there was a tiny white pinprick of light in the center. It started to pulse like a camera flash as the orange light passed before it. This caused the orange light to accelerate, freakishly fast. The halo continued to pulsate, about once every three seconds for around 30 seconds, while remaining stationary. Each pulse of light remained visible for just a fraction of a second, but it never wavered or decreased in intensity. It was more luminous than a full moon.

At this point, I ran inside and told my Dad: “Come look at the UFOs!” He came out immediately. I brought a monocular and we watched the orange light race across the sky, heading southeast. The white halo, however had disappeared. As I was telling my dad what it had looked like, he pointed out another “star” which started to move. At first it was white, and then turned orange, following the first light on a southeastern trajectory. When they disappeared, we were left listening to the dogs howling and snarling hysterically.

At about 7:10 my dad went to bed (he gets up early), taking our dogs in with him. I stayed out, scanning the skies for anything unusual. By 7:15 the skies were being crisscrossed by a total of six aircraft with orange strobe lights. It was roughly the same color orange as the UFOs. However, there was a distinct difference. The UFOs were faster, they could remain stationary, they changed colors, and they displayed no strobe flashes. Two of the aircraft flew in single file from north to south, two side by side from northwest to southeast, and two in single file from east to west.

At 7:30 PM while looking southeast, I saw two orange lights pass through the constellation Orion. I cannot say whether or not they were the same ones my dad and I had seen moments before. Both were firing (or emitting) white beams of light (this may sound silly, but they were just like the laser beams you’d see in Star Wars, only white). I don’t think they were meteors because they emanated directly from the orange lights. One was in close pursuit of the other, and it looked like they were firing on each other. After four of these beams were fired in quick succession, the big white pulsating halo appeared in the center of Orion and flashed twice. Once again, it was brighter than a full moon. After the second flash, the two orange lights rapidly diminished to white, then became invisible. The halo never pulsated again. The dogs on the neighboring farms were still howling and barking hysterically. I was left feeling stunned, then overwhelmed. Then I wept, which is not something I do on a regular basis. By 8:00 the dogs quit howling. It was a windy night and I was unable to sleep.