Several, seemingly stationary, bright star-like lights simultaneously appeared (turned on) in the night sky for a few seconds and then abruptly dimmed off .

I was driving east bound on M-72 just east of Grayling, Michigan on Wednesday evening, May 9, 2012, at approximately 9:55 PM EDT.
My fiance was in the front passenger seat of the car. There was one vehicle (minivan) about 50 yards ahead of us, no vehicles behind us, and no oncoming traffic. We were heading to the home of friends to spend a few days fishing and morel mushroom hunting.

The east/west highway, M-72, was lined with pine trees about the typical height of telephone poles on each side of the road. Our view of the sky was limited to the north and south because of the trees.

The sky was clear and very transparent with no cloud cover. The car thermometer read 47 degrees.

Several, seemingly stationary, bright star-like lights simultaneously appeared (turned on) in the night sky for a few seconds and then abruptly dimmed off.

The lights suddenly appeared before us about 50 degrees above the eastern horizon in a line partially obscured by the trees on both sides of the highway. There were at least 6, and perhaps 8, individual lights visible from our moving frame of reference (55 mph).

The lights were light yellow/orange in color similar to the way the planets Jupiter and Saturn appear when visible in the night sky, and about the same apparent size and magnitude of Jupiter. (Venus was shining brightly in the western sky behind us at the time of the sighting.)

There was no way to accurately determine the altitude of the objects.

After a few seconds, the configuration of the lights changed to resemble a triangle with a few/clump of lights to the right and a couple of stray lights above and below the triangular configuration; and then the lights just abruptly turned off as if someone had a big dimmer switch in the night sky! They did not fall and trail off like a meteor or fireball created by re-entering space debris. Nor did they blink on and off in a strobe-like fashion.

I have observed many meteorological and astronomical phenomena over the years, including displays of the aurora, meteor showers, sporadic fireballs & bolides, et cetera. To date, this was the most unusual thing I have seen in the night sky. I jokingly said to my fiance, who also witnessed the lights, that we had just seen something from science fiction that resembled the cloaking technology from Star Trek or Star Wars.

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SMiles Lewis has had a lifelong interest in all things anomalous. An early age proclivity at recalling his nightly dreams as well as several personal experiences with ESP, precognition and dream switching bolstered his interest in the paranormal. Shortly after high-school he joined the local MUFON chapter in Austin, Texas. He would later become a MUFON State Section Director for that group as well as leader of the local UFO Experiencer Support and Study Group. A lover of books, SMiles collected over 1000 titles before founding the non-profit Anomaly Archives that serves as the lending library of the Scientific Anomaly Institute (501c3). For over twenty years he has worked with digital audio, video and other bleeding edge internet technologies. He has published his own print journal (E.L.F. Infested Spaces), edited a local paranormal newspaper (Austin Para Times), maintained a large network of websites (, organized a national UFO conference (NUFOC-38), spoken to anthropologists about UFOs and parapsychology (Encounters with the Fantastic), hosted (and been a guest on) both terrestrial and webradio talk shows and has been podcasting since before the phrase existed. All these efforts and more have led radio talk show host Robert Larson to describe Miles as a “Gonzo Alt-Media Proprietor and Informationalist.” He is also the LOWFI-Texas State Bureau Chief of The League of Western Fortean Intermediatists. SMiles’ current projects include co-hosting PsiOp-Radio with Mack White as part of the many unique shows airing daily on his ANOMALY RADIO Network. He is active with several local non-profits which includes his service on the board of directors for the Institute for Neuroscience And Consciousness Studies (INACS) and the Scientific Anomaly Institute‘s lending library, the Anomaly Archives. His writings can be found within the Archives of his print journal ELFIS and ANOMALY Magazine. In his day job with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission‘s Talking Book Program he manages a Volunteer Recording Studio and audio duplication department and has been a consultant on two digital audio development documents for the Library of Congress‘ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped.
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