Two Mississippi witnesses on the state university campus in Starkville about 7:45 p.m. on April 23, 2014, reported watching multiple star-like lights moving overhead that were followed by lights moving through their vehicle and a possible case of missing time, according to testimony in Case 55740 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.
The two friends were standing outside on campus near a vehicle when the first light was noticed in the northern sky.
"We both were looking at the 'star' when it began moving horizontally east and also appeared to be brightening as it moved," the reporting witness stated. "She suggested it was an airplane, but we both realized that there were two actual airplanes in the sky, one below the 'star' and another to the far west. Both airplanes were leaving a trail of air stream behind them, unlike the 'star.' The star-like light grew incredibly bright and seemed to pulsate for a moment and then disappeared very suddenly."
The two then saw a second light.
"Within a minute or two it reappeared significantly higher in the sky from where it disappeared and began moving vertically down in the sky falling almost 'leaf-like' and it was growing dim and then brightening again."
The light then stopped and hovered.
"At a certain point the second 'star' light stopped moving and hovered in the sky. It grew very bright and then a kind of light ejected from the eastern side of the 'star' almost like an aura or a flash of light - maybe like a small explosion? I'm not sure what it was, but it was disorienting."
Then something occurred nearby that they thought was additionally odd.
"The parking lot light above us immediately went out and I commented that that was a very strange coincidence. The light then faded completely and we began talking again."
They then watched a third light in the sky.
"Within three to five minutes after the disappearance of the second light, a third 'star' appeared in the sky, much to the east of the last one, and was moving horizontally in the sky in the direction of the spot of the last light's disappearance. This one was significantly less-bright than the other two and it moved faster. It disappeared relatively quickly."
The two witnesses waited another 10 minutes in search of more lights, and then decided to drive home.
"On my drive back home to Weir, MS - roughly a 40-minute commute - I kept experiencing the sensation of bright lights coming through my car windows, but they weren't headlights or moon light, and it was actually very terrifying."
Later the two checked their gasoline supply in the vehicle and it appears they may have experienced missing time.
"I left campus with a half tank of gas and when I arrived home the gas tank was completely empty. I have no idea why the ride home was so strange or how I lost so much gas. The whole night is an enigma to me."
Starkville is a city in and the county seat of Oktibbeha County, MS, population 23,888. The campus of Mississippi State University is located adjacent to the east of Starkville. As of the fall of 2011, MSU is the state of Mississippi's largest university with 20,424 students, more than 4,000 graduate students, and more than 1,300 staff. The university is also the largest employer of Starkville.
Mississippi MUFON is investigating. Mississippi has a current UFO Alert Rating of 5 with a low number of recent reports nationally. Mississippi had 4 UFO reports in March 2014 - the 37th highest reporting state - while California had 103 reports - the highest reporting state in the nation.