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National UFO Reporting Center Sighting Report
Occurred : 3/5/2000 21:45 (Entered as : 3/5/00 21:45)
Reported: 3/11/2000 20:05
Posted: 3/16/2000
Location: Quincy (15 miles south of), IL
Shape: Light
Duration: 5 minutes
Characteristics: There were lights on the object, The object emitted beams
Strange light on the southern horizon, eventually circling sky to fly off to northeast.

My friend and I were observing stars on a clear night when I saw a strange white light with a red blinking light hovering on the southern horizen. After a few minutes it moved east at alternating speeds, sometimes stopping altogether. Then, while moving, it abruptly changed directions and headed diagonally west and upwards very quickly. Then it stopped and turned towards us, shining 4-6 extremely bright lights in our direction. It the proceeded move very fast, circling us and covering about 300 degrees in the sky. It flew off to the northeast. This all transpired in 7-10 minutes. The object was about 3 miles away. It made no sound, and appeared to be very large.