NUFORC Home Page
Web Report Indexes : by Event Date | by Location | by Shape | by Posting Date

National UFO Reporting Center
Sighting Report
Occurred : 10/17/2016 19:45 (Entered as : 10/17/2016 19:45)
Reported: 10/18/2016 7:06:50 AM 07:06
Posted: 10/21/2016
Location: Chicago, IL
Shape: Light
Duration:30 minutes
Bright, flickering, flamelike light out over Lake Michigan. Stationary, not a plane. Not a lantern, there were extreme winds.

Around 1945 last night, I witnessed a stationary, but extremely bright and flickering light in the sky, almost like a stationary fireball. I was looking eastward from my balcony, and the light appeared to be maybe a couple of miles or so off the shore of Lake Michigan out over the water. I initially assumed this was a plane, but it was definitely stationary so I ruled that out. Then I figured it must be Mars or Jupiter because the object had a reddish hue to it and was relatively low on the horizon, but after checking a star gazing app, I confirmed both Mars and Jupiter were in opposite skies from the object.

Next, I assumed a Chinese lantern, but this didn't seem likely from the start. The object was extremely bright and looked like a flickering flame. There were very strong wind gusts on the night of 10/17, so this object remaining stationary for an extended period rules out the lantern because it certainly would not have sat still given the strong winds.

I went about my way and checked maybe 30 minutes later and the object was gone.

((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))