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Sighting Reports 2010

Slow Moving Bright Red Pulsating Light Seen in Night Sky

Photo Taken of Light. Witness Stated That Photo Did Look Like the Light That She Sighted.
Photo Taken of Light.
Witness Stated That Photo Did Look Like the Light That She Sighted.

Tiskilwa is About 100 Miles West-Southwest of Chicago.
Tiskilwa is About 100 Miles West-Southwest of Chicago.

Date of Sighting: September 22, 2010
Time of Sighting: 10 PM CDT
Location of Sighting: Tiskilwa, Illinois (See Map)

Description: Between 8 and 9 PM on September 22, 2010 I went outside and noticed a very bright, faintly pulsating red light in the southwest about 10 degrees above the horizon. I thought that the light could have been a planet as it was so bright (after checking with an amateur astronomer friend, it could not have been Mars which I initially thought it was). The moon was full with not many stars out and Jupiter was plainly visible near it. When I went outside again at 10 PM, the light had moved slightly eastward and upward to perhaps 20 degrees above the horizon and no longer appeared as a bright red color. It was rather white in aspect. I ran inside for my binoculars and camera, and when I came back outside it was moving in an east-northeast direction. When viewed through the binoculars, it was a grouping of three lights (2 red and one white) which did not blink, but remained constant. As it moved from southwest of me to east-northeast of my position it was about 50 degrees above the horizon and plainly visible with the naked eye. It's altitude at its closest point was very much lower than that of a commercial jet. The two red lights were forward as it moved with the white light trailing behind. I could not make out any shape corresponding to the lights. There were no planes in the sky and the speed of the three lights was indeterminate, neither slow nor fast. There was nothing to compare it to. I tried to take pictures (Sony cyber-shot 14.1 on twilight setting). However, it was not possible to see through the viewfinder. I could only point and shoot. The picture was taken when it was east of the moon and significantly lower. The only one that I got is attached, but it does not clearly represent what I had seen. I did not think it was a plane due to the position of the lights and the fact that they did not blink. Not sure if it is related, but my dog was most eager to go outside during this entire time. (Actually he was the reason I was out there and after the lights moved away he was content to remain indoors.)

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