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Publisher's Note: I found this sighting report on the MUFON website and thought it was credible because the author of the sighting report had managed to write a very detailed description of the event and has included an illustration of the object he claims to have seen. Note these are some of the most latest MUFON sightings. Enjoy Dirk

MUFON Case Number: 52618

Date of Incident: November 15, 2013

Date reported to MUFON: December 5, 2013

Location: Mitchell, South Dakota, USA

It was between 2 and 3 a.m. and I was driving west on I-90 at 75 MPH somewhere West of Mitchell, SD. The sky was clear and the moon almost full. About a mile ahead off to the right, I spotted three radio towers and began scrutinizing them waiting for the flashing red light required to alert small aircraft of their presence. After a few seconds (5 or less) I noticed a sudden bright yellowish light strobe light flash on and off quickly (1/10 of a second duration or less; probably hundredths of a second). I quickly realized that it was not directly on top of the towers, but closer to me than were the towers. 

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I wondered why I didn't see a red pulsating light, but rather this strobing topaz light. About 3 seconds after the first "flash", it flashed again but was much closer, moving almost exactly opposite the direction I was travelling, but slightly angled towards the highway. 

About three seconds later, it flashed again, I  briefly looked down the highway to ensure I was pointed well in my lane then looked directly to my right through the passenger window of the full-size pick-up truck I was driving hoping that I would see it one more time before I passed it. 

It flashed one more time with a light of incredibly intensity with "crystals" of brilliant light that was gem-like; like topaz in color and luminosity on the bottom. The light on the top was also of a crystalline structure and brilliance, but was pure white. The white light was only the upper portion of the object and the "crystals" were shorter than the topaz ones that constituted most of the light phenomenon. 

The structure was only observed as an emanation of light. It was not symmetric vertically, but appeared to have most of its mass on the bottom or larger half in a vertical sense. The upper part that was white did not extend to the front or back of the largest horizontal dimension: the direction of travel. It was only this last (fourth) flash where it appeared closest to me that I could see that there were two different colors of light. There was no sound then or a sound wake that followed. Based on the distance traveled in the space of time required, it must have been traveling at least 150-300 mph if not a little more. 

It wasn't until after the last flash that I did the "math" in my head and realized that a small plane would have displayed a red light at the tip of the port wing and a green at the tip of the opposite/starboard wing. I lived less than a mile from a major airport for several years and observed many small aircraft and helicopters approach and depart at a close distance. 

The phenomenon being reported here was unlike anything I've ever seen, heard described, or have seen in pictures, videos, or depicted in drawings. In just these immediate few seconds that followed the last flash, I realized that this was not something I know to be man-made; hence this report. 


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