Sunday, October 07, 2007


So I was walking home Friday night with my cousin Matt and we were looking up at the stars (as I am want to) and pondering the fall constellations like the Pleiades (which with my new glasses I can finally see again) and also Mars, which is brightening. So I look up, directly overhead, and see a group of five distinct lights, oval shaped, pumpkin orange, glowing, absolutely flying across the sky. They weren't airplanes, though they were flying at about cruising altitude. They had no blinking lights, no exhaust trails, and they were much fatter and wider than planes. They weaved across the sky in this bizarre, furious motion. It reminded me of this film I saw of schools of dolphins swimming in the ocean, weaving in and out of each other, breaking apart and coming back together. That's what these did. They did this for less than 10 seconds - they crossed the sky much faster than even the space shuttle or the space station does, and again, these were not either of those - so I would guess whatever they were, they were flying in excess of 18,000 miles an hour, which is the orbital speed of the shuttle.

It was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. I spent most of Saturday evening out in my backyard waiting for them to come back, but of course they didn't. I wonder if any else saw them; I imagine anyone in the country at around midnight Friday looking up at the right time would have.