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Sighting Reports 2009

Retired Police Officer Sees Several Erratic Moving Lights in Sky

Hillsboro is in Southwest Ohio About 50 Miles East-Northeast of Cincinnati.
Hillsboro is in Southwest Ohio
About 50 Miles East-Northeast of Cincinnati.

Date of Sighting: August 24, 2009
Time of Sighting: 11:30 PM EDT
Location of Sighting: Hillsboro, Ohio (See Map)

Description: I was outside looking at the sky.The night sky was absolutely clear and you could see hundreds of stars. I noticed what I thought was a shooting star, but it blinked so then I thought it was some kind of aircraft. I realized in just a second or two that there were three objects alike in the same general area of the night sky. All three were darting here and there many times turning on a "dime". More than once they made a 90 degree turn. As they danced around a large portion of the sky, they would blink really quick sometimes, but not constant. They seemed to almost be playing "tag". Their speed was phenomenal, and much faster than anything I am familiar with. Plus, they could change direction in a blink, and "we" have nothing that can do that at that speed to my knowledge. I was describing all I was seeing to my buddy (an active police officer) and we were both trying to come up with an answer that made sense for what I was seeing. I sometimes did not talk when he was asking me questions because I was enthralled with what I was seeing.

About two or three minutes (maybe less) into watching this, they "zipped" away in different directions. I kept talking with my buddy and kept watching the sky. About four or five minutes later I observed one of those same objects heading north at an incredible speed. Behind it, but far back was an obvious airplane probably a military jet because of its speed, going in the same direction. I had the impression that it was trying to catch or keep track of the "object" in front of it. The airplane was going really really fast, but was "dusted" by the object in front of it which seemed to be traveling at approximately 1 1/2 to 2 times the speed of the airplane. They both disappeared to the north.

When I was observing these three objects in the beginning, they often would blink really quickly, a white light with no discernable colors, but would not constantly blink. The blinking was very fast. Faster than helicopters of airplane lights blink. Sometimes they would not blink for a second or two. When they were not blinking, I could still make out an object in the direction of travel at any given moment which appeared to be a dull gray or silver in color, streaking.

These objects were very high in the sky. What I would describe as "outer space". I cannot explain how I could see them when they were not blinking as there seemed to be no light other than that which blinked. Maybe it was a reflection from the moonlight. I don't know.

Note: Here is an incredible sighting by two credible witnesses who are trained to observe. I have no explanation for what was seen. There were two "fireball" meteors reported in Ohio on the same night, but about two hours earlier. There was considerable meteor reports elsewhere in the Eastern U.S. on August 24. However, the above sighting was not due to meteors, but it is interesting to note that above normal meteor activity occurred on the same night.