This one has been bothering me since I saw it 35 years ago. I regard it as a UFO (Unidentified Floating Object), though I’m not naive enough to think it was a spaceship filled with aliens. Still, I’d like to see if the collective intelligence has some educated guesses about what I saw.
The year was 1971 or 72. My Dad was military, and we were stationed in Heilbronn, Germany. I went out one night about 8:30 or 9 to take the trash out. After I emptied the trash can, I stared straight upwards.
I saw a set of floating lights, red and green. They were in a cross-shaped pattern. Unlike most UFO’s these lights didn’t do anything. They didn’t blink. They didn’t move. They just hovered there. I had the impression that they weren’t very high up, just a couple of thousand feet, but of course that’s impossible to tell without a frame of reference. I stood there for a good 10 minutes watching them and wondering what the heck I was looking at, but after a while I got bored and went back upstairs. The next day I went to the same place and looked upwards, because my first thought was that there were lights reflecting off of power lines or something, but there were no lines anywhere near the area.
This took place in winter, though I don’t remember the exact date. I do recall it was cold (high 30’s probably) and overcast. I suppose the most plausible explanation is Christmas lights reflecting off of some sort of atmospheric phenomenon (ice crystals?). The problem I have with this explanation is that it doesn’t explain why the lights were in such a rigid formation (7 lights, 4 in a straight line up and down, then two more on either side of the second light, making a crossbar), or why it stayed rock-steady for the entire time I was watching it. I would expect an atmospheric thing to waver a little.
Anyway… if more details are needed, let me know. If you have some suggestions about what the heck that was, I’d love to hear them.