An Iowa witness at Cedar Rapids reported watching “two large ships in the western sky, according to testimony in UFO Case 81805 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The witness was visiting his 83-year-old mother at 8:15 p.m. on January 29, 2017, when the incident occurred.
“I went outside to the car and I looked toward the western sky and saw what looked like a very bright planet (white light),” the witness stated. “Skys tonight were crystal clear with moonlight. All planets visible as well. The light was so large I couldn't help but look at it more.”
The witness described the object.
“I saw on the right side of this light, a flashing red, intermittent light. I thought at first it was an airplane. I continued to observe object for five minutes, but no apparent flight path to the naked eye. To the naked eye it was stationary. I was so shocked at this enormity of this light I ran inside to get my 10 x 50 power hunting binoculars.”
The object was very large.
“By comparison, this white light was maybe 10 times the size of any planet and 100 times as bright. I returned outside with binoculars and began to focus on the object. The light began to move farther east and north towards me. The object became crystal clear in the binoculars. This large light began to take wild paths directionally, up and down, left and right, and 90 degree turns. I was absolutely stunned to see this large light come from the direction of an enormous ship, circular in shape diameter, but with a more rounded bottom. This ship was easily 10 times the size of the large light. The ship was so clear in the binoculars I could see the bottom construction.”
“I could see the lines of compartments uniform in nature. The large ship had no lights, but was a clearly visible silhouette in moon/star light. Due to the angle in sky, I could not see the top of large ship, but appeared I could see 90 percent of the bottom except the western edge.”
The ship remained stationary.
“I viewed it for approximately five minutes before it completely disappeared. It was hard to tell, but it looked like two smaller, white lights came from the direction of the ship and joined the large light. The large light became stationary after bouncing in the sky. What amazed me was these lights came together and transformed themselves into a very large, multi-colored disk. The disk had a solid band of lights around it with very clear red, blue, green, white lights. The interior of the disk, what looked like the bottom of disk, had very clear colored lights, not solid, but more polka dot pattern. I observed this phenomenon for 50 to 60 minutes and went back inside. I stuck my head outside 15 minutes later at approximately 9:15 p.m. Central time USA, and object had disappeared. Hard to tell distances. To the naked eye the large light was clearly visible, but the ship was not. With binoculars everything was as clear as if someone took a photograph. My 83-year-old mother saw everything through the binoculars and was a witness.”
Iowa MUFON Field Investigator David Kreiter investigated this case and closed it as an Unknown. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please remember that most UFO cases are resolved as something natural or man--made.