Police, Witnesses Spotted ‘UFO’, Strange Lights over Illinois
25 October 2012
Note from Wes: This is really neat because we Live in Illinois, though not extremely close to Monroe county. The local “Fox 2 news” reporting on the story is actually our local news here where we Live, so Monroe county must be pretty close to where we are.
According to the Monroe County Independent Hecker resident spotted a unidentified flying object northeast of Hecker, IL on Tuesday just after 7pm. County police patrolled the area near Paderborn. Officers say the object remained stationary and twinkled with red, green, blue and orange light.
The Monroe County Independent reported on its Facebook page that the witness saw the light hovering just over the horizon. They said the light would shift colors (red, green, blue and orange) and appeared to be stationary.
Deputies from Monroe and St. Clair counties responded to the area and reported seeing the same light. After 8 p.m., a second object was spotted over the Freeburg area. Witnesses said the second object was similar in shape and size and also shifted colors from orange, red, blue and green.
Scott Air Force Base did not report any aircraft flying in the area.
News 4 showed photos of the lights to experts at the James S. McDonnell Planetarium in St. Louis.
They suspect the first light was the star Capella and the second was Jupiter. Stars and planets do twinkle and flash colors when low on the horizon.
The experts say the star would’ve moved slowly over the hour as Jupiter was rising.
So far, no official report from authorities has been given to explain what the lights may have been.
Here are the photo’s: