|Occurred : 9/5/2015 22:30 (Entered as : 09/05/2015 22:30)
Reported: 9/7/2015 2:07:27 PM 14:07
Location: Cary, IL
|Unusual bright orange light/orb over Cary, IL.
I was in a room of my house that has a skylight which gives a view of the Eastern sky located directly above my home. I was peering out the skylight when a very bright ORANGE light/orb drifted across my field of view.
It appeared to be traveling at the same height and speed that a small, single-engine Cessna would usually cruise. It had no traditional blinking red, green, or white lights. It was a solid, non-flickering orange light/orb traveling almost exactly at a Northwest heading (coming from the Southeast). My best judgement is that it would've flown on a diagonal vector directly over Briargate Elementary School.
Once it escaped my field-of-view, I ran to another window, this time on the Western side, to try and find it. There were a few trees obstructing my view and I had no luck relocating it. I listened for any engine or propeller noises and could not hear any. At the same time, for the heck of it, I scanned the entire Western horizon and did see what appeared to be a very faint, distant orange light. However, at that distance, I can not: A) say for sure that this was the same light that I saw before nor B) categorize it as something unusual.
O'Hare Airport, Lake In The Hills Airport (small aircraft), and a Flight For Life helipad are not that far from my home. I am a pretty big aviation enthusiast as well. Needless to say, I feel I have a pretty good handle on what normal air traffic looks like in my area. This was definitely something unusual. I have never seen anything like this before, not just near my home but anywhere.
I did some online research and found the following could explain what I saw:
1) Satellite - I'm not too sure about this. Again, the light was very bright and pretty close to the ground.
2) A nearby planet - Same with above, the light was very bright, too close to the ground, and moving too quickly.
3) Chinese lantern - This has some merit. The orange color could explain it. However, it was moving faster than Chinese lanterns travel and there was no flickering/glimmering to the light source. Also, there was only one light and usually Chinese lanterns are released in clusters.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))