A Personal Sighting

I’ve been fascinated by space and the possibility of extraterrestrial life from a very early age, back to when I was around 8 years old. I collected photos and news articles about NASA and our space program, and read anything I could find on UFO and alien encounters. I would lay out at night in our yard and watch the stars, wondering what and whom was out there and if we’d ever meet them. I still do this today, albeit now it’s around a campfire with a cold glass of sparkling wine on warm summer evenings. I’ve become rather good at locating and tracking satellites as they meander across our night sky from horizon to horizon, at identifying which planets in our solar system are making an appearance and also at identifying a number of heavenly constellations. I jump at the opportunity to attend any lecture or presentation at our local observatory, still fascinated by what I can learn. Of course, I also salivate at the chance to attend conferences and seminars around the country with the subject matter being aliens and UFOs, but only the serious ones. 

I’ve had 3 UFO sightings/events in my life thus far. I have no idea if those sightings were extraterrestrial craft being piloted by alien entities, if they were some yet to be revealed ship or weapon that the government possesses that I just happened to stumble across and witness, or even if they were something else entirely. However, I am relatively certain they were not misinterpreted natural phenomenon nor identifiable military or civilian aircraft. Instead they were, by definition, Unidentified Flying Objects, i.e. UFOs. There was a second person with me during the sighting I am going to relate to you tonight and she saw pretty much the exact same unexplainable thing that I did.

It was a brisk fall evening, somewhere around 8:30pm. My wife and I were coming home from Marshfield, WI, heading south on County Road M, near the small village of Auburndale. About 1/4 mile north of US Highway 10, we both noticed up in the sky in front of us a series of 5 lights, slightly angled upwards to the right, very similar to pictures of the infamous ‘Phoenix Lights’. My wife was driving so she stopped her jeep on the side of the road and we both stepped out to get a better view of these lights and try to figure out what they were. They flashed off, slowly, one at a time and did not come back on. The entire sighting lasted approximately 30 seconds. There was no indication that the lights were part of some solid craft as has been noted in other such sightings, but it was not a starry nor moonlit night so the outline of a craft would have been difficult to see. I estimated the height of the lights to be approximately 500 feet and the distance in front of us at around a mile or so. We noticed one other car behind us had stopped also to look at these lights, but at the time, unfortunately, we never thought of walking back to find out whom they were to discuss our sighting with them. A few minutes after getting in our vehicle and driving off, we decided to see if we could locate this other vehicle and compare notes. We drove around Auburndale for about 10 minutes looking but never did find them.

The next day we checked the newspaper to see if there was any mention of the lights in the sky from the night before — none. I contacted a Sheriff’s deputy whom was a friend of mine to ask if he knew of anyone who had reported this but he said it was the first he had heard of it. We watched the sky the next few evenings, but the lights did not return. Later that week in talking with another friend from work, he told me that he saw pretty much the exact same lights we did so we at least found 1 other witness to corroborate our sighting. To my knowledge, the lights never returned or, at least, I have never heard of anyone seeing them at a later time in the past 10 years.

Were they aliens? I don’t know. Was it an unknown military craft? I doubt it, yet that certainly is a possibility. Was it swamp gas, or Venus, or a reflection, or flares, or clouds? Absolutely not! In fact, it’s insulting to one’s intelligence at the mere mention of one of these idiotic possibilities that some people will insinuate. Bottom line is we saw lights that were in a strange, angled pattern in the sky that normally should not have been there, and they blinked off in perfect order in from what I could tell was an even-timed pattern. Since I do not know what they were, that is a text-book definition of a UFO.

It’s quite possible that our worlds’ governments knew, way back then in the 1960s (and most likely before) that we truly are not alone in this phenominally huge universe, but that there are many other forms of life out there, and some of them have, are and will continue to visit us here on Earth. If governments did know this, they’ve done a rather fine job of keeping it from the public. But, eventually the truth does come out as it seems to be doing, a little bit more year after year. Perhaps full disclosure is right around the corner. We enthusiastic UFO investigators would welcome this revelation with open arms.