|Occurred : 9/18/2020 22:10 (Entered as : 09/18/20 22:10)
Reported: 9/18/2020 10:11:56 PM 22:11
Location: Orange Park, FL
|Rotating/Radiating white light 10 mile visibility coming from overcast sky
On September 18, 2020 at approximately 22:10 on my way home from work, I spotted what I initially took as cloud-to-cloud lighting. This time of year, there is a lot of that and rain. It only happened once so I thought nothing of it. A few minutes later, I see it again, but it makes me think it may be plane ‘headlight’. Both occurrences are happening in a southerly direction. As I work at a military facility I, again, did not pay close attention. Upon exiting the facility, I noticed that the ‘headlight’ I had seen minutes before was now more southwest, but moved more like a search light. We had overcast skies and I was not able to spot a helicopter or plane. It now had my attention as I drove, because while it resembled a search/spotlight, the movement was erratic. I hoped to see it again. I was able to spot it again approximately 7-10 minutes later and probably 4 miles from the military facility. The light was still located southwest. I turned into an ! industrial area with less trees and low building to keep it in sight. The light were now more to south again but, even with less light pollution, I was not able to find a ground light source.
Spotlights that want you to find a location; I know from experience. There is a ray that radiates up into the sky. There was no ray from the ground. I noticed that the light was radiating, like a lighthouse (I am not on a coast and the direction from which the light was radiating was even more inland) rotating around a center point, but I could see the light all the way around without interruption. The radius of movement was far enough apart it required me to turn my head to follow it. I pulled over and began recording the light. I recorded for approximately two minutes. I began heading home, but thought it would be better to have another witness to the light and contacted a friend I knew would be awake at 22:38. She was able to see the light while we were on the phone and her home is approximately 3 miles from where I was located. She said her roommate had seen the light one his way home from a convenience store. We monitored the lights as I drove. Confirming we were ab! le to see the same lights and the same pattern of movement.
The lights were spinning in a clockwise motion, rhythmically, and then it would stop, in an easterly position pause for 2-3 seconds before starting again counterclockwise. It would stop, reverse again, and rotate faster in the clockwise position before returning to the rhythmic spin. We got off the phone so she too could record a video.
I had my 15 year old come outside and view the lights when I got home (I live about 8 miles from the military facility; my child’s friend had mentioned the spotlight was visible from her home 9 miles south of our location via a social media forum. I asked if my child was able to see a ray of light from the ground and no, was not visible.
Now that I did not have to divide my focus, I watched the light, could see that the light seemed almost flat, and looked high in the sky. It was similar to shining a flat bicycle flashlight at the ground in front of you so the light spreads far and flat. I could see passing puffy clouds, but the light did not appear to penetrate the clouds so the light was not near me, and/or not below the passing clouds. The movement remained the same, but I was not able to record the light, as my battery was too low on my phone. While observing the light it appeared to get thinner, brighter, and/or wider. I was able to see that the cloud density effected the light penetration. The light was definitely coming from the sky and not the ground. There was texture/color variance to the clouds the light had been ‘white’ during most of the event. It appeared a little more yellow when it was brighter, however I do not know if that was because of the clouds or the light itself. The light stoppe! d one more time easterly, before it began to spin again and was gone. I stopped seeing the light at approximately 2300 and it did not return. I did not witness a craft of any kind during this encounter.