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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 11/3/2012 23:45 (Entered as : 11/03/12 23:45)
Reported: 11/5/2012 5:59:03 AM 05:59
Posted: 11/19/2012
Location: Des Moines, IA
Shape: Fireball
Duration: 10 minutes
Characteristics: There were lights on the object
3 Bright Red Lights in a Triangle Formation

At approximately 11:45pm central time on November 3rd I went out into my front porch to smoke a cigarette. I was looking east when I noticed a bright orange/red light in the sky. Upon a second look I noticed two more identical lights. The lights were aligned like the 3 points of a triangle. I could not see a solid object between the lights but the way they moved together made me believe they were part of a solid object.

The lights were above the tree line and appeared to be very close to me. I was worried that while I was sitting there the object/lights were going to fly over my house. They appeared to be much lower than an airplane would fly. I would estimate that they were approximately 100-200 feet in the air, maybe higher but definitely below the light cloud cover. I remember thinking that when the object flew over, it was so low that I would be able to see all the detail and that frightened me.

The lights were gliding very slowly, not wavering from their position in the triangle and moving in a westerly direction. The lights were circular in shape and were about 5 times brighter and larger than the brightest/largest star in the sky.

I watched the lights for about 10 minutes as they moved west, toward me, then they began to slowly fade until they appeared no brighter or larger than the average star.

I wish, in retrospect, that I had grabbed my camera but I was too scared/in awe to go get it while the event was happening. After the lights faded I immediately went inside and woke my husband but it was too late, they were gone.

I am a 30 year old mother of two with a 4 year degree from a reputable university. I am an admitted skeptic. I have never witnessed anything like this before.