HECKER, Ill. (KMOV.com) – A rural Illinois resident alerted authorities Tuesday night after seeing what they described as an unusual light in the sky.
The sighting was reported by a Hecker resident just after 7 p.m. 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 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. Police told the Monroe County Independent that the lights or objects did not appear to present any danger, so they returned to their patrol.
Officials at Scott Air Force Base said they did not have any aircraft in the area when the sighting occurred.
So far, no official report from authorities has been given to explain what the lights may have been.
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. They also ruled out meteors from the Orionids shower since meteors move very quickly and appear as a streak of light.