|Occurred : 7/15/1978 12:00 (Entered as : 07/15/78 12:00)
Reported: 3/24/2018 6:16:41 PM 18:16
Location: Avoca, IA
|Chevron shaped retinal after-image after looking at the sun with eyes closed.
This is really a report of 3 observations of chevron shaped lights.
1. In the late 70s, there was a report of strange night-time lights published in the newspaper we received at our rural home. This must have been the Des Moines Register. They included a photo in the report. My memory of the photo is that it showed about 5 chevron shaped white lights against a black sky. The chevon shapes (shallow Vs) each had one very distinctive characteristic; one side of each V had an offset, or kink, in it — it wasn’t straight. This offset was in just one side. The other side of the V was straight. It should be possible to find this document; however, I’m afraid my estimate when this happened is +/- several years.
2. A short time later, perhaps a month or two, I was outside and looked up at the sun with my eyes closed. I noticed nothing unusual, but when I looked away I saw several vivid and sharp chevron shaped retinal after-images. There were about 3. They were the exact same shape as those in the newspaper report. The retinal after-images slowly faded and were gone in a minute or so. The approximate date and time of this observation is what I entered on the report form.
3. About 2 years ago, I was outside my current home. It was sunny but I did not look at the sun. Suddenly a chevron shaped after-image appeared. There was only 1 V this time. It was similar to those I saw 40 years earlier but not identical. One side of the V was straight and the other was not. But instead of a simple offset it was wrinkled.
((NUFORC Note: Witness indicates that the date of the event is approximate. PD))