It's captured the attention of several people in the Kalamazoo area lately, what appears to be a mysterious object flying in the night sky.
On Thursday Newschannel 3 went looking for answers in a story that's definitely out of the ordinary.
Lester McCants sent Newschannel 3 video of what he saw. The question is if it's a practical joke, a flying object in the sky or something else entirely.
Many believe there's life in the skies above, and in recent nights an unusual light has been seen in the skies above West Michigan. It appears to be a flashing light, changing colors and moving fast. That light allegedly showed up in the sky over Portage.
"It moves," said Lester McCants. "It move real gracefully, like a fish in a fish tank when you tap the glass and the fish hurry and jump to another side."
Newschannel 3 has received a number of calls in recent weeks from people wondering about objects and flashing lights in the sky.
McCants says he captured the light he saw with the camera in his cell phone and says it's no joke. He says he has no reason to make it up, and says he's not crazy, just curious.
"I don't believe we're the only people that exist in this universe," said McCants.
So what is showing up in the sky most nights around 8:15 pm? Newschannel 3 took the video to Michael Sinclair, a member of the Kalamazoo Astronomical Society, who says the image you see is most likely a star, possibly a planet, and that the blinking is caused by atmospheric twinkling, motion and high winds in the atmosphere.
But what about the movement?
"What you're seeing is this bright object that looks like it's moving," said Sinclair, "but in reality it's a combination of atmospheric twinkling and trying to keep this thing balanced."
Sinclair also says on clear nights it's easier to see these stars in the sky, or what appear to be mysterious objects.
Comment: The "astronomer" is quick to pass this off as a "star". But could it be something more akin to a meteor? Here are some comments from locals on the original article website.
Javier Ledesma · Account Manager at Rent-A-Center
I saw it myself. I was in Watervliet, MI, and it was a bright enough flash in the sky to be visibly seen while under numerous street lights.
After noticing the flash, I looked up to see something falling. A trail of pure white light that had a very fiery trail as it fell from the sky, then broke into two pieces, shined even brighter, then went out as I saw their now dark pieces fall to the ground.
What I saw was no star. It was something that was IN our atmosphere.
Elizabeth Neeley · Everest Institute
I live in Galesburg and we watched it for over an hour flashing and moving up and down then all of a sudden a huge bright flash like a bright white light shot off from the side of it and made like an explosion in the sky...it was so bright we could see it perfectly....there is def something out there and it was very strange!