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Occurred : 1/16/2019 17:45 (Entered as : 01/16/19 17:45)
Reported: 1/16/2019 6:13:37 PM 18:13
Posted: 1/17/2019
Location: Ely/Tower, VA
Shape: Light
Duration:2.5 hours
Driving south on hwy 169 just out of Ely, MN, a bright orange star was seen to the south. Less than a minute later, the star disappeared. The time of day was dusk.

About 30 minutes later, south of tower and near Pike Sandy, there were multiple thin, skinny clouds that were radiating out of the area that the bright orange star was seen, which is now in the eastern sky. Around the clouds were several contrails that appeared to be made by an aircraft of some kind, doing circles around the area where the bright orange light was seen. Another witness in the area had heard what sounded like military jets in the area. The clouds remained until about 20:00 and had dissipated into the atmosphere.