|Occurred : 7/15/2016 21:05 (Entered as : 07/15/16 21:05)
Reported: 7/16/2016 9:01:21 AM 09:01
Location: Broomfield, CO
|Formation of moving lights moving East to West across nearly the entire night sky
At approximately 9:05 PM, I was sitting in my backyard with my girl friend, relaxing after dinner. The 3/4 moon was shining in the Southern sky, observable through the willow tree branches in the yard. I looked up at the moon and was surprised to see what appeared to be the Big Dipper at first, just to the East of the moon. I was surprised to see a constellation that close to the moon, because the brightness usually obscures stars.
As I watched, I could see that there were not just 4-6 lights, but many more, and then I noticed the entire array moving from East to West. We moved to a position where we could see more of the sky, and these lights were in a "V" formation, with the point of the v heading West in the direction of travel.
After about 7-8 minutes, they moved out of the line of sight, and we went to the front yard where there are no trees to obstruct the sky, and saw an array of moving lights from the Southern horizon almost to the Northern horizon. I would describe the formation as a series of those V's I described, in linear format running North to South almost like the serrated edge of a saw blade. The sky became misty with clouds and after a total viewing time of about 20 minutes, we could no longer see these lights.
((NUFORC Note: We spoke at length via telephone with the witness, and found him to be both eloquent, and sober-minded. We suspect that he is a highly reliable witness. PD))
((ADDENDUM FROM WITNESS))
Addendum to previous report: These lights were first observed at a point nearly due South of my observation point in the back yard. They were very near the Moon, which was at an angle of about 30 degrees in the Southern sky.
These lights moved very slowly East to West, and maintained position in relation to one another while moving. I believe that, while the brightest lights were what first caught my eye, there were other smaller lights that seemed to move with them. At this angle, and with trees surrounding and shrouding our view, I would estimate as many as 30 lights.
When we went out to the front yard was when we saw the scope of the lights. What we had observed previously was just a small section of the sky. Now we saw a band of these lights stretching from the Southern horizon to nearly the Northern one, almost 180 degrees, covering a fairly narrow band that bisected the night sky. This immense band of lights moved in a Westerly direction until hazy clouds obscured it.
((ADDENDUM #2 FROM WITNESS))
Second addendum...Corroboration! This is a neighborhood chat site with a discussion that occurred during the phenomenon. Photo included!
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