|Occurred : 11/23/2018 17:15 (Entered as : 11/23/18 17:15)
Reported: 11/24/2018 12:07:09 PM 12:07
Location: Wheeling, IL
|Triangular craft with dark red globular lights observed 11/23/18 @17:15 CT in Wheeling, IL for 10 seconds alongside Illinois I-94
I am a retired ex-IT professional (15+ years, degreed, ex-ACM member).
I was northbound on Illinois I-94 at approx. 5:15pm CT, near the Dundee exit, in/near Wheeling, IL. Traffic was fairly heavy, I kept to the right-hand lane. Initially, a white semi- ahead of me appeared to be having difficulty staying in the lane, drifting onto the shoulder every so often; I remained substantially behind him for a mile or so, eventually he pulled onto the shoulder. [It occurred to me later that perhaps he'd also seen the UFO and was dumbfounded or panicked and might be communicating via CB.] Shortly thereafter, I glanced to my right and observed a triangular craft for several seconds, solid black against the night sky, with very large globular (warning?) lights at the apices, these emitting a fairly bright but dark red glow [Wikipedia: approx. 650? nm], easily seen against the night sky. The form appeared to be equilateral, with no reflective qualities; impossible to gauge its dimensions. I could not discern any sound.
My velocity was approx. 55mph; the object appeared almost stationary but seemed to be traveling southbound because of it's orientation, i.e. it was 'pointed' southward, and seemed to be paralleling the highway. I have been attempting to guesstimate its size -- at best I'd say its elevation was 100 to 150 feet and perhaps 100 to 150 feet on a side, but I could be off significantly, there were no reference points. What astonished me most was the size of the globular 'lights', they were quite large, possibly the diameter of a quarter held two feet away, so that the distance between a fore- and aft- light may have been 20-25 such diameters? [conjecture] I lost sight of it after perhaps 10 seconds of travel; I did not have time (and did not think) to attempt photographing it with my cellphone...
Recognition was immediate [have been a Coast fan for 20 years and am familiar with Peter's reports of similar craft]. I was astonished at the circumstantial nature of this sighting and uttered a few choice expletives, never having thought I'd actually see one of these. I felt...vindicated in a sense, and quite excited, being a firm believer in such phenomena given the massive evidence available.