Just got home from work on the phone with my parents, looked up in the sky (as it's normal for me to look at the stars at night) i look up at the sw sky (not far from the big dipper) i see a strange star-like object high in the sky, it appeared low enough to not be a satellite, but too high for a plane. it was strange because it would get brighter then no light at all, then it would blink again slowly getting brighter then dimming completely. the light patterns seemed to be a little different each time, and lasted for different lengths of time.It did this several times all while traveling in one direction.... "sounds like an airplane!" yes i know... but this is where it gets strange... i tell my parents i see something in the sky and i need to call them back as i wanted to take video on my iphone 7plus. it was too far away for the camera to pick it up clearly. i called for my roommate to come look,just before he came out of the house, the light disappeared... and then bam! a short beam of light appeared. it was bluish white in color, it was horizontal in the sky right where the object was seen, it was a thick beam of light that flashed for a second. it was much bigger than the actual object i witnessed. then both the beam of light and the ufo disappeared completely. that fact alone, tells me it wasn't an airplane. airplanes do not disappear in thin air. i posted the experience on my facebook that same night as i wanted to document the crazy ufo i had just witnessed.