Strange stars in the sky

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This is totally off-topic, and I’m still searching for a logical explanation for it, but I saw something strange in the sky the other day. 

The date was Saturday, July 16, 2016. I was driving southwest toward Bangor, Michigan just before 10 p.m. to pick up a son from work. I’m always looking at the stars in the sky, wondering if I can find Jupiter, Venus, or Mars. When I looked to the west, I saw a star pattern of maybe a dozen stars above the horizon. When I looked again at the pattern (less than a minute later), I noticed it had shifted and I remember thinking, “That’s odd.”  

But that was not the oddest part. When I looked again—I’m driving during all this—I saw one of the stars swing down like a pendulum (in an arc) and abruptly stop in exact vertical alignment to the topmost bright star in the pattern—it remained lit. I was shocked! I have never seen anything like that before. It was not a meteor, and it was not something from one of the nearby towers. 

Because of that, I kept an eye on the pattern, when it wasn’t covered by trees. I came up to a stop sign and turned right onto M-43 and headed directly west toward Bangor. There, aligned directly above the road—high in the distance—was a bright star (I assumed it was the topmost bright star from the pattern). Then, like a spider, a star dropped from the top star and came to a dead stop above the horizon, it never went out of sight. Now keep in mind I’m driving and watching traffic. I reached for my phone and fumbled with it to turn off the podcast (Grammar Girl, nothing sci-fi to be influencing me) while I’m keeping an eye on the star. Then, the strangest thing of all, the star that had dropped from the one above, began rising back up to the top star and stopped when it joined it (not window glare, a flare, fireworks, or anything like that). Now there was only one star in the sky. I said to myself, “Is anyone else seeing this?” 

Anyway, I managed to get a picture, but the flash was on, so it’s basically a white blur with my finger in it. I should have used the video, but it all happened so fast. When I got to Bangor moments later, the road turned, and I lost sight of the star. Even on the way home, the star pattern was not the same, there were fewer stars. And to top off this strange event, one of the stars that was still in the pattern blinked out just like a flashlight being turned off. Not like a plane turning and not like by cloud coverage.  

I had to go back to Bangor again that night, around midnight, and the star pattern was gone. Ever since then, I’ve studied the same location and there is nothing there. Aside from a couple towers—they were not in most of my traveling view and I know what their blinking red and white lights look like—there is nothing there. Nothing at all. Especially when I got on M-43, there’s nothing there in the sky. The only thing of note that’s in direct alignment with what I saw is Palisades Nuclear Power Plant on Lake Michigan, but you cannot see it at all. It is about 10 miles west of Bangor. 

I don’t have any pictures of what I saw, but I posted the picture I took at the time and a couple others I took to show what it looks like normally. Unfortunately, my house is in the woods and the only stars I see are the ones directly above. But every time I go anywhere, and I come across open fields where I can see better, I search for what I saw. I have not found it as of yet.  

Whatever it was, it looked just like normal stars in the sky; except that they were doing some very strange things. 

What about you? Have you had any experiences like this? Do you have any idea what it could have been? 

What I saw was not: 

  • normal stars 
  • lights from towers 
  • people working on lights 
  • window glare 
  • flares 
  • fireworks 
  • my imagination 
  • a meteor 

Could it have been: 

  • aliens??? 
  • high-tech helicopters that look like stars??? 
  • something weird going on at the nuclear power plant??? 

 

The star I saw drop from a star, stop, and then ascend, was located here. July 2016.
The star I saw drop from a star, stop, and then ascend, was located here. July 2016.
This is the picture I took when it all happened. When I saw the flash, I brought the phone down to my side because I knew it would not come out. The only thing this picture is good for is telling me the exact date and time of the strange event. July 16, 2016, at 10:55 p.m.
This is the picture I took when it all happened. When I saw the flash, I brought the phone down to my side because I knew it would not come out. The only thing this picture is good for is telling me the exact date and time of the strange event. July 16, 2016, at 10:55 p.m.
It happened near Bangor, Michigan.
It happened near Bangor, Michigan.
I drew this a few weeks later.
I drew this a few weeks later.

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