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Strange lights spotted over Mid-Michigan

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Looking up in the sky over Mid-Michigan, on a clear night, you can see all kinds of stars. But what if you saw something that defied explanation?

Viewers contacted TV5 on Facebook, and said they'd been looking in the night sky near Hemlock and saw some strange lights.

Witness after witness described what's now been dubbed as the Hemlock Lights.

"If you're just looking with the naked eye, it looks kind of like they're twinkling," Rebecca Barz said.

"I heard kind of like a motor sound, something off in the distance," Amy Barz said.

"It just kind of hovers there," Laurie Muladore said. "Stays in one spot."

"Really bright," Terri Beyersdorf said. "White, and webbed."

And it's not the first weird incident in Hemlock.

In October 2002, TV5 reported crop circles had appeared in the fields at the Turner Farm near Hemlock.

Witnesses often reported strange lights and humming sounds before these circles appeared.

Michael Graham lives on the neighboring homestead and remembered the incident well.

"A lot of people went down there and saw it because it was a big thing," said Graham. "I mean, Hemlock's not that big."

As it turns out, Graham has seen the Hemlock Lights, too, as recently as this past May. 

But who investigates these lights? And what are they?

The I-Team has obtained recently declassified documents from the United States Air Force, part of the once fabled "Project Blue Book," some more than half a century old.  They reveal that more than a dozen eyewitness have stepped forward citing mysterious lights like those in Hemlock since the 1950s.

Some of the reports include:

  • A volleyball sized light, red changing to pink, in Arenac County.
  • A spherical, orange object spotted in the skies above Saginaw.
  • Red and silver lights, appearing then disappearing over Genesee County.
  • A commercial airline pilot reported six white lights in formation, which then disappeared by fading. The pilot reported they were "definitely being flown by someone with intelligence."

So what are the lights? And where do they come from? The explanation could be out of this world, but not necessarily unexplainable. 

"Based on what is known about the sky and the solar system, I would predict that it's planet Venus," said William Mitchell, from Delta College Planetarium in Bay City.

Mitchell puts on shows every day teaching people what's up in the night sky.

He felt many reports of strange lights, off towards the west and northwest, could be sightings of the second planet from the Sun.

"It can catch you off guard, and surprise you," said Mitchell. "And you wonder, what it is, what's out there. Because it's stationary in the sky, at least in the short-term, you don't notice any motion to it, it seems like it hovers."

But if it's not Venus?

"Beyond that, who knows what's out there," said Mitchell.

As for what the witnesses in Hemlock think it is, it depends who you ask.

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