UFO Sighting over North Sioux City, SD

Sighting Basics

Case Number 82898
Date of the Sighting 2017-03-28 22:50
Date Submitted 2017-03-30 12:52 (Reported 1 Day Later)
Time Zone America/Chicago
Source MUFON
Summary Light moved in horizontal v pattern
Tags sound light

Sighting Location

City North Sioux City
Region South Dakota
Coutntry United States
Postal Code 57049
Latitude 42.48914
Longitude -96.48223
The latitude and longitude presented here is an approximation to protect the reporters identity

Sighting Specifics

Viewing Distance Over One Mile
Alititude Over 500 Feet (under cloudcover)
Sighting Duration 00:03:00
Object Features None
Object Flight Path Path with directional change
Object Shape Sphere

Weather Details

Max Temp 63°F / 17°C
Mean Temp 45°F / 7°C
Min Temp 27°F / -3°C
Max Visibility 10 Miles / 16 Kilometers
Mean Visibility 5 Miles / 8 Kilometers
Min Visibility – Miles / – Kilometers
Conditions Foggy

Sighting Statistics

• There have been 147 other sightings in South Dakota
• There have been no other sightings in North Sioux City
• There have been no other sightings in the postal code 57049
• There have been 30 other sightings near North Sioux City
• There were no other sightings in or near North Sioux City on 2017-03-28

Sighting Details

About 10:50pm took the dog out for a last bathroom break of the day before bed and observed a steady glowing orange/red light in the northeast moving toward the southwest. the cloud ceiling was probably 2500 feet or so and if i had to guess on distance from me it was a mile or two and at 1000-1500 feet. the glow was steady and fairly bright with very little atmospheric flickering. temp was about 50 degrees with no precipitation. the light seemed like it was descending as it approached and it gained in size slightly as it moved closer to my viewing position. it then slowed or stopped and appeared to vertically descend on the horizon about 5-10 degrees where it hung motionless for about 10 seconds. i heard no sound of engines or propellers.

I wasn’t even hearing traffic on the freeway which is about 2 miles to the north so it was a very quiet evening. the light then started to accelerate (slightly faster than it had when it approached) away from me toward the northwest and ascend to where it disappeared into the clouds and the light dimmed to not visible to the eye. i remained outside for another 5 minutes but it did no reappear anywhere in my viewing area. i’m mainly reporting this hopefully corroborate any other report of this same event.

I’ve tried to rule out this being a Chinese lantern (too solid and large of a light) and a drone (too high and too large of a light, illegally illuminated with orange). the light was about half the size of a fingernail at arm’s length. no structure or wings/appendages visible from my distance if it had any, just a solid spherical ball of light. i couldn’t tell if the entire object was solid as this color or if it was a light, but as it moved away and became smaller, the light shape didn’t change. i see all sorts of commercial/private craft, military tankers and medical helicopters. there aren’t any military helo stationed around this area but they do operate around here now and then but you can hear them from several miles away.

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