At approximately 9 pm, 10 or more lights the size of stars aligned in a perfect straight line formation making no noise & appeared stationary. the stretched out for about 2 miles, beginning almost directly overhead as observed from my deck, extending outward east south east. i called for my wife to observe them. upon my return, the distance between the lights condensed from overhead toward the lights 2 miles away, never breaking the exact straight line formation, in the east south east direction. as the lights condensed toward the furthest light away, the lights then flickered out one by one until all the lights disappeared. the total time of the observation was about 2 to 3 minutes. there were no other aircraft in the sky. i've been watching since & it has not returned. venus & 1/2 moon are in the west, on the opposite side of my house from the deck.