BRIGHTVILLE, ILLINOIS – The Earth’s only natural satellite made a surprise appearance in the sky yesterday evening, alarming the few onlookers who happened to noticed its thin crescent near the Western horizon.
Sources confirmed that the Moon may have been visible for a limited time on Thursday, until about an hour after sunset. It appeared as what astronomers call a Waxing Crescent, since each night there will more of its disc visible, until it reaches its Full phase on the 31st of January.
“I was walking to my car in the parking lot after work and, you know, just happened to see something in the sky that wasn’t an airplane,” said one anonymous blogger. “It’s so hard to see anything up there with all these lights.”
Though the appearance of the Moon is not typically a concern to most people, Illinois has taken aggressive steps in recent years to illuminate its night sky more. In particular, the installation of new ultra-bright LED lights along the state’s streets and tollways have greatly contributed to what critics call “light pollution.”
“We received many reports from concerned motorists about a curved-shape UFO low in the sky,” said an Illinois Department of Illumination spokesperson. “After review with top meteorogical experts, we are confident the object was indeed the Moon.
“Understanding the anxiety this event caused, rest assured that we will be looking to install even more high-powered LEDs throughout our roadways. We simply cannot have our motorists distracted by objects appearing in the sky from nowhere without official approval.”
Due largely to the Chicago region, Illinois has one of the highest Bortle scale ratings on the planet.
“Our goal, and the goal of every Illinois citizen, is to achieve the highest Bortle scale rating in the country and throughout the world.”
Illinois authorities warn that in areas without cloud cover, the Moon may be more visible and brighter every night for the next ten days.