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|National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report|
|Occurred : 5/16/2006 23:10 (Entered as : 5.16.06 23:10)
Reported: 8/17/2006 12:58:14 PM 12:58
Location: Holland, MI
Duration: 4 Minutes
Characteristics: There were lights on the object
|Object with shimmering lights (no sounds) at low elevation seen over Holland Michigan
Last night at about 11:10pm my friend and I came out of his house and we were standing in his back yard. He lives on New Holland Road on the north side of Holland Michigan. Holland is located on the west side of the state of Michigan and is right on the Lake Michigan coast line. My friends house is about a 5 minute drive to the coast line. He has about 9 acres in a relatively undeveloped area of town with very few lights obstructing the evening sky. We were just looking at the stars and as I looked at the western sky (toward Lake Michigan) I saw a very bright shining light. This light appeared white and bright. It shimered at times. I did not see where it came from or how it got to that point in the sky.
I called my friends attention to it and he immediately thought it was very odd. We both have spent many evenings enjoying the stars and late night skies over his property and have seen airplanes and helecopters on a number of occassions. What struck us as odd was it seemed close. Eventhough it appeared low out over the western horizon as if it were a plane at +20,000 feet coming over the lake (which is common) the lights seem as if they were no farther than a mile away over an area used for agricultural purposes. The light kind of hung there with a shimering effect. It was moving and eventualy approached my friends property roughly flying in a westerly to easterly direction. As it slowly moved just north of our position we did see a few lights on the object. We saw a red light additional white light and a green light. This brought up the brief discussion that it could simply be a plane with red and green navigation lights but their were still some oddities to this object. First- it still appeared to be very close. Lets say...less than a mile and looked to be no more than a one thousand feet (at most) in the air. Second - other than some distant highway traffic sounds it is relatively quiet at my friends property. As I said earlier...we have watched many airplanes and helecopters fly throughout this airspace many times. The difference is that this object made NO noise. We ussually can hear planes and other aircraft for miles and even when they are 20,000 feet in the air. We kept listening for the noise and nothing. As it passed us by heading in a easterly direction it made a slight direction change heading slightly northeast.Still no sounds. It eventually disappeared from our view over the horizon.
It could have been an airplane but the shimering lights, close proximity/elevation and apparent lack of sound left us a bit bewildered. This is the first time that we both felt that we may have seen a UFO.