Strange Lights Over the Big Country, What Are They?

Within the last few weeks and months, unusual lights in the night sky have been reported by people living in Colorado and Chicago. But we've been reporting on similar lights here in the Big Country for several years.

Some local residents guarantee there is something out there, they just don't know what and they'd like to find out.

"They would come from the left-hand side, anywhere from three, four, five of them would zip across and a couple of them would stop. Then, go back the other direction," explained Lisa Hawkins.

Lisa Hawkins spends a lot of time on her back porch, and the view is generally to the south. There isn't much between her and steamboat mountain, but looking up off the horizon she occasionally sees lights in the sky.

"To the naked eye you can't see very much," said Hawkins, but the lights become more visible with the use of binoculars.

"Anywhere from one, five, six lights. You'll see them flash a couple of times and then they'll start moving back and forth and sometimes a couple of them will move together. Most of the time you'll see one of them moving and then other ones will come around behind it. I've seen them chasing each other," she said.

"It's like nothing I've ever seen before, ever," explains Franklin. "It's kind of like flashlights zooming across the sky." When asked if they could possibly be airplanes, Franklin says, "Nothing can go that fast, they are so quick!"

Cindy Franklin and Lisa have been joined by others who have seen the lights, but no one can offer an explanation as to what people are actually seeing.

The lights have reportedly been seen south of Abilene, ranging from southeast to southwest, and do not have a recognizable pattern for visibility.

"For about two weeks several months ago we came over here and it was about every twenty minutes. I stayed from about 9:30 until 12:30 and about every twenty minutes for maybe two minutes was the longest they stayed up in the sky and then they were gone," said Cindy.

There have been hundreds of sightings of unusual objects in the sky for hundreds of years.

One of the most well known is the 1947 alleged crash and capture of a space being near Roswell New Mexico.

But while unidentified flying objects haven't been reported around here lately, we certainly have heard a lot about unidentified flying lights.

No explanation has been offered from local astronomers or pilots.
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