Went outside to smoke a cigar as is my habit before going to bed. My wife and I had just moved back to the US after some time overseas and were staying with my parents in law. I immediately saw lights in the sky, stationary but pulsating. Shortly thereafter a beam of light emitted from the hovering structure and seemed to touch the earth..perhaps a half mile away. Then the beam seemed to search and probe around the area. I watched for a while and then went and got my mother-in-law who was the only other person awake...she saw it too. She told me to call her cousin who worked for a local news station. I did, apologizing for the late hour but told her I was witnessing a UFO...she was not very receptive and told me to call the news desk and report it. By this time the light show was over and I went to sleep. I often think about this event and still get goose bumps.