|-- by Lynn Taylor
- Friday (11:01 PM)
It was the warmest day, thus far, in 1998, with a high of 78
degrees. The wind had been blowing all day, and a storm front was threatening to move in
from the West. Jana, my 14 year old daughter, was on her way home from Bloomington with
her friend, "Karen", and Karen's mother, "Kate". They were traveling
north on old Highway 37, just south of Dolan, when Jana spotted a triangle shaped craft
hovering motionless, about fifteen feet above the trees on a hillside, off their right.
Jana later commented to me, "You could make out the shape of it (dark triangle),
because of the light pollution from Bloomington." (causes a hazy, pink illumination
of the sky).
Jana, being an experienced night time observer, described it as
having a large bright bluish-white light at each of the three corners. "You know what
it would look like, if you had a blue lens, then put a white light bulb behind it that's
too bright; how the white light would overpower the blue of the lens, but you could still
see some blue?" she asked. She went on to say that the leading corner of the object
was flashing blue, while four non-blinking red lights could be seen in the middle area.
When she called it to Kate and Karen's attention, Kate pulled
onto a side road, to get a better look, but as soon as the car rolled to a stop, the
object turned south-west toward Bloomington, and disappeared behind the hill crest.
"Maybe it was an airplane.", Kate remarked.
"No, Mom." Karen retorted. "Airplanes can't do
that!" (hover motionless)
Little was said on the way home. As far as I understand, this was
the first "unexplained" sighting for Karen and Kate. I'm betting, they will look
at the night sky with different eyes, in the future.
A little sighting side note:
On March 22nd, at approximately 10
PM, Linda (my wife) and I were returning home from Mooresville, Indiana. About one mile
south of Martinsville on Highway 37, we got a brief glimpse of a giant, round , dimly lit
object, perhaps fifty feet above a field, off to our right (west). This is only the fourth
time I have witnessed this type of object. It is more than a just perception of largeness.
This thing is big! It is much bigger than the more typical amber "nocturnal
lights" seen by myself and many others in this area. These will range in color from
blue-white to deep red, and are usually observed hovering low and motionless. I have seen
one move only once, and only for a few feet, before it "turned off" (They
usually "turn on", then dim out in place). Their size is usually reported as
being 1/3 to 1/2 the size of a full moon, visually.