I am 54 years old with 25-years aviation management experience. last night i was having a difficult time sleeping and i went outside onto my breezeway porch for some fresh air. i often sit out there and watch the stars often looking at venus. i thought i was looking at venus as it was twinkling brightly as usual then i noticed it move drastically downward with red flashing lights and thought wow that must be an airplane or helicopter. those possibilities seemed odd as i have never mistaken a star or planet for a commercial craft. i continue to watch as i seemed to hover much closer than i thought okay it's a helicopter after 15 minutes i though no way this is a helicopter it shot straight up towards to high of elevation for a helicopter. i went inside for my eye glasses and camera phone to video. whatever i was watching seemed to have bright lights swirling and flashing. i couldn't make out the figure and finally thought it to be a drone of some sort. however, after an hour i no longer thought it to be a drone. i felt certain that i was seeing something i could not explain with my aviation experience and sent the video to a few other aviation and military friends. most responded 'that's crazy' 'what the heck is that'. finally, one friend said he replied, 'it's a reaper drone, they can stay airborne over 8 hours'. i felt this was the possible explanation.