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Bright lights, open road.
What it means isn’t clear.
Followers of UFO reports believe it’s worth taking note, and see what comes of it.
It might be nothing, or, it might be something.
The National UFO Reporting Center, based in Washington state, received a report of such a sighting over Tewksbury on Dec. 9 about 7 p.m.
The sighting, reported anonymously, has been entered into the organization’s database.
The text of the report says, “On [495 North,] caught sight of two unusually bright lights as I was sitting in the front passenger seat on the ride home. Kept my eyes fixated on it and then saw a third light appear.”
The report continues, “[Three lights] then formed into one massive triangle, possibly mothership size. Couldn’t get a clear view because of the dark cloudy sky and trees as we kept driving. By then the lights seemed to dim out.”]
“It’s not clear in many cases. The object may behave in a fashion altogether uncharacteristic of a terrestrial craft.
Once you have ruled it out, you are left with questions of what it is,” said Peter Davenport, who has served a director of the National Reporting Center since 1994.
The organization, founded by Robert Gribble in 1974, receives, proofs and logs reports of unusual lights and objects in the sky.
Davenport said the organization vets the reports in an attempt to sift out any that may hoaxes.
Strictly speaking, a UFO is simply an unidentified flying object that could turn out to have an ordinary explanation.
“It is not unusual. My estimate is out of 20,000 people — competent, clear-thinking Americans who might have seen an object, only one might come forward and report it,” said Davenport.
Davenport said the fact that the incident was reported anonymously raises some skepticism.
Davenport said the appearance described bears some resemblance to the so-called Phoenix lights, a triangular formation of lights some residents of Phoenix, Arizona reported seeing overhead on March 13, 1997.
“According to the U.S. Air Force pilot who intercepted the object over Camelback Mountain, it was approximately 9,000 feet above ground at the time that witnesses were observing the craft, and it subtended an arc from their viewing location of approximately 135 degrees,” Davenport said. “Using trigonometry, one can easily calculate that the object was larger than 8.2 statute miles, wingtip to wingtip!”