Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) are always fascinating. On any given night, preferably clear, you can see them. It should be clear, however, that not all UFOs are alien spacecraft. If the object is flying and you cannot identify what it is, then it is a UFO. The temptation is great and may alleviate unnecessary worry if we chalk all UFOs off as registered and known aircraft licensed to be in a particular airspace at a particular time. This way of thinking may be calming, but it may not be necessarily reflective of the reality of things. The average Toledo dweller would rather err toward the less stress producing, more comforting idea that UFOs do not exist and neither do their alien and conspiracy natures.
Toledoans particularly interested in UFO phenomena will be delighted to know a few things, before any skepticism, cynicism or ignorance pours in. First, an open mind is essential to witnessing any odd celestial behavior. Several friends were gathered together to witness a lunar eclipse in West Toledo near the University back on December 20th, 1983 at approximately 1:30 AM, they never saw the eclipse (because they did not know that the event already occurred several hours prior) but what they did see astounded them. They witnessed what looked like a fast moving jet or a slower moving meteor. As they watched the object quickly shoot across the sky, it reached the Full Moon and stopped; then, it looked as if it shot a flare at the moon and sped off across the sky and never seen or witnessed again. The individuals who saw this kept their minds open and did not easily waft off the idea as stupid or otherwise unenlightened.
Second, it is important to be observant. The observers who saw the UFO in Toledo/Maumee on October 4, 2013 observed very closely the changing pattern of the lights in orange and brown colors, some were in a triangular pattern while others followed and then fell out of sight. The more you observe leads to a more detailed account of what was going on at the time of the observation. The more details that are observed, the better equipped we are at identifying whatever object was flying around. When straight observation leads to the conclusion that what you saw was actually an airplane, then you no longer have a UFO.
Finally, know how to report it. There is a National UFO Reporting Center, hosted by Peter Davenport, where you may report a UFO sighting (www.nuforc.org). If you have pictures or video, you may also place them there. The website also includes a historical reporting database that enables you to access UFO reports made in the Toledo, Ohio area.