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Sighting Reports 2011

3 Spooked by Orb "Bright As Sun" That Moved Slowly Over Lake

Map of Two Radar Returns at the Time of the Sighting.
Map of Two Radar Returns at the Time of the Sighting.
Arrow Shows Direction of Movement (NNW at 270 MPH)
Read Radar Summary

Chanhassen is a Suburb About 10 Miles West of Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport.
Chanhassen is a Suburb
About 10 Miles West of Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport.

Date of Sighting: June 9, 2011
Time of Sighting: 2 AM CDT
Location of Sighting: Over Lake Riley - Chanhassen, Minnesota (See Map)

Description: Listen to Witness Report (MP3)
The three witnesses were having a bonfire by Lake Riley just west of the Twin Cities. Out of nowhere a bright white orb appeared. The orb was described as bright as the sun. The witness said that it was so bright that they couldn't look at it. The light also dimmed and became brighter in a repeated pattern. At first they thought that the light was a meteor. It moved towards them (to the north), then turned east and gradually faded out. Then it came back from the east, hovered, and moved slowly over the lake before disappearing into a cloud. No sound was heard. There were some red lights trailing the light.

Note: I subsequently interviewed the male witness. He said that his sister, friend and himself were having a bonfire by the lake. They were all very baffled by what they saw. I am also baffled by what they saw. It couldn't have been a meteor given that it turned, hovered and was seen for several minutes. Anyone who has knowledge of this light or saw it is urged to FILE A REPORT.

A check of weather conditions at Minneapolis revealed that skies were cloudy with cloud bases at 2,800 feet. Winds were gusting to 18 MPH from the north-northeast. Visibility was 10 miles. The moon was 53% illuminated, but had set at 1:15 AM CDT.

Radar Summary (Updated July 8, 2011): Radar returns were obtained from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) local Twin Cities Radar. The radar did not show any returns over Lake Riley at the time of the sighting. (This is where the witnesses said that the object was located.) The radar map above encompasses the time period of 5 minutes before the sighting to 5 five minutes after the sighting. Two returns do show up right at 2:00 AM which is the time of the sighting reported by the witnesses. These two returns are about 10 miles southeast of Lake Riley. The radar indicates that the object was moving North-Northwest at about 270 MPH. The direction of movement and time is consistent with what the witnesses observed. Perhaps the witnesses may have thought that the object was closer than it really was. In that case the radar could have detected the object. However, this is a "risky" assumption and it appears more likely that the radar did not detect the object.

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