My girlfriend and I were about 5 miles south of Grand Forks International Airport watching the stars. We were parked on an approach, facing south.
At about 12:35am CST on April 26th - a partly cloudy but very scarce coverage at this time, with winds of, by my estimate, 15 mph tops from the north.
My gf noticed a dim orange light to the west, moving south. I couldn't make an adequate guess at it's altitude, but when it enters a cloud, as I
will say in a bit, i think it would be 2-6000 feet. After it was a ways to the SW of us, it turned towards us. It really didn't seem like an
unnatural flight path but it was dark and I really couldn't tell much, other than the orange light got very bright, and it started moving toward us.
by the time it was directly to the south of my car, It seemed to turn again, and during this turn the light remained unchanged. During this time my
girlfriend was taking photos of it, then started recording just before it turned to us. As it got closer, and I'm truly sorry for this, we chickened
out (as you will hear in the video). The recording ends here. Sighting lasted about a minute.
As we drove off, I leaned my head back and out of the window, and watched as it entered, or flew just above, a cloud (which was not a very large cloud
- a seemingly low puffy cloud which I looked on the internet to be roughly 3-6000 feet high. When it was to the west of us it didn't seem to be this
high, but I really didn't notice a drastic change in altitude and it was dark, so...). As it "entered" the cloud, the cloud directly around the
object lit up orange. It wasn't a huge portion of the cloud that lit up, but I would guess the light seemed to extened by about 3 times it's
original glare/illumination. I leaned my head back in the window and decided I had seen enough... lol I really was spooked.
We drove to the north, moving at about 35-40 mph, waiting to see if it would pass overhead to go to the airport, which it did not. After about a
minute, I got curious and looked back. I couldn't locate the object. We followed the road north for about 3 miles, turned back east to town, and
There is an AF base 10ish miles west of the airport, pretty sure we got refueling jets and drones there now. But when I think of it, it didn't seem
to be coming from that direction, more like it was to the NW of us, moving to the SW, as when it faced us initially, the light became bright and solid
and remained solid even when it was directly south of us and during it's northward turn to approach us. Either it was a forward-facing light (which
is the sense I got from the movement), or it was a rotational, non-omnidirectional light, like a spot-light.
One of the two things that really stuck out about this was that at 3-6000 feet, and if this is correct (and it didn't seem to be very high at all),
we heard no sound. We hear jets and planes flying over our place all the time and she was basically leaning out the window. The other thing is that
the orange light was very bright, but it didn't make me squint - hell I don't know if I even blinked lol. It almost seemed to be a very clear, or
soft, glow... almost like a flourescent bulb, rather than the normal 75 watt ones.
Footage was all gathered with a Kodak m763, a pretty cheap cam, so it isn't anything grandoise.
And trust me, I slap myself every day over being a chicken and my bro ripped into me a few times over doing just that lol.
Anyway, here are the photos:
And the vid:
The first and third photos may be blurred by shaking, but the other 3 seem quite clear, imo.