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Bright Orange Lights Over New Plymouth last night

I was in New Plymouth last night with my son and daughter in law. We were standing on our motel balcony around 12am and saw a bright orange light travelling above us from south west to north east. It was definitely lower than aircraft would fly but still pretty high up and like an orange ball. It moved silently in a straight line for about 3 minutes and then vanished. A couple of minutes later we saw another one travelling from west to east in front of us at the same height. Again there was no sound and it travelled for quite a distance and then vanished. It was very strange. We have never seen anything like that before. Did anyone else see them in this area last night?

Bright Orange Lights over York PA

My wife and I saw several orange lights in the sky moving slowly from the south west to the north east. They would change in number from 1 to as many as 9. Moving in ways a plane or helicopter cannot. Im also work in the aviation world and they did not have the recognized blinking white and red lights on them. The lights would just appear, move quickly in different directions, fade out, come back....very strange. Never say anything like it.

Bright Orange Lights Over New Plymouth last night

YES! My husband, sister-in-law, Great Friend and I were sitting on our Deck on Pinehurst Beach in Wareham and saw the same thing. I could only describe it as you have already done so. Is there any word on what it was???

Hi there, we're in Nelson and

Hi there, we're in Nelson and we saw the same sort of thing a few times last night. First one was rising vertically from behind mount arthur ranges around dusk and faded. Didn't think much of it, as not much of a UFO follower. Later we saw two other lights separately with one of the lights rising then moving towards Nelson and turning in a long curve facing north and disappearing. All in complete silence. There was no wind and it was below cloud level. Very strange, expected it to be all over the Nelson Mail front page today !!

orange and red lights in sky

hi there this is stevie pursley from paisley last night me and my wife seen a few of orange and red lights last night at 00 15 this lasted for a while we seen a lot not just one or two about nine all in from all directions this is not the first time i have seen then but did not say anything in case people thought i was off my head but now my wife has seen them now it makes me feel a bit better now stevie p from paisley.

Orange Lights over Dublin at same time!

Hi, I live in Dublin, Ireland, and saw these lights at exactly the same time. (I'm assuming you mean Paisley in Scotland.) I'm guessing that people were letting off Chinese lanterns for New Year's Eve. Strange coincidence, nonetheless.

This is something I've never seen before...

I live in Montana, and this last August my friend and I were in front of my house talking so we wouldn't wake up my family. At about 1:30 am the sky lit up, not like anything I've seen. It was so bright bright I couldn't see my hand in front of my face. It was the brightest white I've ever seen. This light blinded us for at least 5-10 seconds. About 5 or so minutes later it happened again. It seems like the light originated from down the street from my house (roughly behind my house) and there was no noise And it was at ground level. My friend saw it both times. Soon after there were two lights in the sky moving north to south and then sped rapidly to west (not the usual direction for airline traffic in my area).

If anyone knows what this could be, please let me know.

mereor in new jersey

Awesome meteor in new jersey Dec 29th 2010. Hugh trail followed as it broke apart near the ground. It was the brightest I have ever seen, and BIG! I watch the meteor showers whenever I can and never seen anything like this. It was in the southwestern sky at about 8:30 at night. I was in South Jersey at the time and it looked like it might have landed in the immediate Philadelphia area.

Unknown Event In Night Sky

At approx 6:50 PM EST 12/28/10 I was walking my dog in a NW direction down my driveway. As I arrived near the street end (Clear view of the sky), but just before clearing the tress I saw a bright white flash in the sky North of me at about (what appeared to me to be under 30,000 feet. I've dealt with light flares and this was as intense as at least 10 going off at the same time. Alas it was for a mere second or two. I ran the extra few feet to the road and saw a red fire ball followed by red sparks falling in a steep arch from NE to SW. When it hit what I would say was about 15-20,00 feet it went out. I at first thought of an aircraft explosion since I live in a dense aircraft traffic pattern area around Philadelphia International and Atlantic City Airport were both NY bound and other trans Atlantic flight are routed. I am pleased to learn that it was (Thank God) most likely a small meteor. Something to remember at this most "Holy Time" of year!

I saw the meteor too!

On 12/28/2010, I was a passenger on the Garden State Parkway heading southbound, approaching Red Bank around the same time (a little before 7). At this point on the highway we were heading SE, so my view out the passenger window was towards the SW. I witnessed an extremely fast-moving, glowing red object streak across the sky NE to SW -- it was gone in about a second or two. I assumed it had to be a meteor. It was very low; seemed to be around cloud level. I went online specifically to see if others had seen it and the above report corroborates what I saw!

Meteor Sighting

I was traveling on 684 towards White Plains in Westchester, NY at approximately the same time frame mentioned by others (6:45pm). I saw what appeared to be a shooting star traveling in a southwestly direction. I had never seen anything like this. It was extremely bright. The head had almost a football shape with a tail approximately 3 times the lengh of the head. What lead me to believe that it was more than a shooting star was the massive size, brightness, and how long it lasted.

I saw what I thought was a

I saw what I thought was a meteor hitting downtown white plains, ny I was headed towards the TZ bridge headed west. It had a blue and red flame for a tale. It was amazing.

I saw it too!

I saw it too!

Falling green light spotted from route 84 in NY...

I was traveling route 84 west at aprox. 7pm on Dec. 28th just outside of Middletown, NY when a green light falling from the southern sky caught my attention. As I looked up it continued to fall to earth; it got brighter and brighter turning white and then back to green before it faded away as it approached the ground. It was the most impressive sight I have ever seen in the night sky.

I saw something that looked

I saw something that looked like a shooting star Tuesday night (12/28/10) around 6:45 pm in Somerville, MA. It was unlike any shooting star I had ever seen, though. It lasted several seconds and was as bright and big as a firework, only it had the trajectory of a shooting star. Then it just faded out.


saw a shooting ball of fire last night on RT 2 Solomons Island Road did anyone else see it

Meteor, asteroid, HUGE shooting star?

I was exiting a restaurant in Middletown, N.Y., Tuesday, Dec 28th 2010, around 7pm, when my eye caught a huge ball of light in the southern sky, traveling east to west. I thought at first a streetlight in the parking lot was falling over, but then I saw it was a fireball in the sky. It was colored yellow, then orange, then a greenish color, and it flew fast-- in 2 seconds or so it was gone. It was definitely something that will stay with me the rest of my life. A friend of mine saw it as well, and he is an hour north of Middletown, in the Tyler Hill, PA area.

Meteor in Vernon, NJ 12/28/10

As I was walking my dog around 6:50pm (est) I noticed how crisp & clear the sky looked, a few clouds but still a stary night... Out of nowhere the sky lit up like there was a lightening bolt. I look up and see the most amazing shooting star I've ever seen!! A huge ball of greenish sparks went shooting through the sky with an awesome colorful trail following it. The show lasted for about 3 seconds. I'd say it was traveling north west before I watched it just dissipate into thin air. Very cool.

meteor Northern VA

We saw the same object walking our dog in Arlington, VA looking north, northwest around 6:45 or so Dec 28, 2010; traveling westward bright white/gold light with blue and trails

12-28-10 @ 6:45pm

I was at my back house door on my way in-when an extremely bright pure, whiter than white light caught my attention. I looked & this rather large object was shooting across with orange "sparks" trailing. I had never seen anything like this before. I looked for others-but that was the only one I saw. I just can't believe the size, yet the brightness of the object. Would this be a "falling star" or space trash. Regardless-it was awesome to witness!

Saw it too.

I saw this too. I was driving in Central Virginia on 12/28. I did not note the time but I was north of Richmond meaning that it was likely after 6:30 p.m. ET. I appeared bright white and disappeared a few seconds after I saw it. It seemed really close, closer than any shooting star I've seen before.


Green light with white tail, seen in Southern Sky from Houghton Bay around midnight Thurs 30th Dec 2011.

Shooting Star on the Upper West Side around 7pm ish

A beautiful white light with a not so long trail shot across the sky and disappeared behind a building near 79th or 80th st. and Broadway. I wasn't quite sure if it was a shooting star so I googled it and here we are. Now I'm certain. The light was so clean and bright...AWESOME.

Bright white shooting Starin NJ

I was on my way to the train station in Secaucus at approximately 6:45 PM when I saw the bright light on my window over to the right. It moved so quietly downwards before I realized it was a shooting star. I know because I have seen many shooting stars in other coutries before and it was moving the same, smooth movement. The only difference with this one was it was so big and bright, almost like a flare but luminous white. It was such a breath-taking experience to see it. I feel so fortunate to have seen it at that very moment. I couldn;t get over it, so I ad to google the informaiton tonight, and here it is...I was not the only one who saw it. From my angle, it seemes the direction was going down towards Jersey City side, as that is te way I was going. Imagine just 3 days after Christmas. Who knows what it was, if it really was a shooing star or a firework. Can a scientist please confirm what I saw tonight please?


meteor in the sky

I was driving home last pm, also around 6:45 when this bright light suddenly appeared- at first I thought it was an airplane coming out of the clouds. Then it suddenly shot downward with a bright tail. I have seen shooting stars before, but this was the brightest that I have ever seen.
I was traveling north on I-81 in Va.

shooting star???

I too saw the shooting star/meteor in New Jersey @ 6:45pm 12/28/10 while walking my dog in a dark field. It was bold, BIG, and appeared so close. It had a bluish tail moving slowly across the sky before disappearing. My 1st reaction was fireworks, then thought meteor due to never seeing a shooting star so big & close... Absolutely beautiful! I took advantage and made a wish! Hope someone else saw this.

Southern NJ blue green object


Myself and two other witnesses saw this object as I was being pushed out of some snow. Bright blue green object trailed across the southerrn NJ sky. It looked like a meteor or space debris burning up on entry to our atmosphere. We viewed the object for approximately 5 seconds, particles streamed off of it. It appeared to be behind Atlantic City and over the mainland, marshes....


Super fast, faster than normal planes

I was on County Road B & highway 36 in Maplewood, Mn when I spotted what I thought initially was an airplane, but it traveled at a rather fast speed, and by the time I had mentioned for my partner to look at it, it was already out of sight. He had said it probably wasn't an airplane, which made me begin to doubt it was, but I did see this light traveling very fast in the sky.

Shooting star?

On Dec 26th, 2010 we were driving west on the 401 near Port Hope at about 9:10pm. I looked to my right and saw what at first I thought was a shooting star but it was travelling paralell. I then thought it must be a plane but it was traveling much too fast. It then turned from a white light to a burning orange and then I could no longer see it. I have never seen anything like it. I have never seen a falling star stay visable for that long before or travel paralell as a posed to falling downward? Any ideas what it was? It was very exciting to see and dispite the fact there were five of us in the van I was the only one lucky enough to see it.

Lights over rathkeale co.limerick - 27-12-10

Monday evening 27-12-10 @ approximate 9pm, driving between croagh and rathkeale - co.limerick ireland, and there was a series of approx 7-10 lights moving in sync with each other at what seemed to be the same pace, they were the colour of fire, like massive burning embers. Did anyone see the same, it was the strangest thing I have ever seen?.......

Bright, far distanced lights in the sky moving In WY

An appearance on 12-28-10 exactly at 8:56 in the Mountain Time Zone.This is really awkward. This hasn't been my first time seeing these far-distanced lights that change colors. All of them moving to the same direction. It wasn't only one that i saw, it seemed like they were in a pack, each one keeping their distance from each other.What makes it really weird for me is that, why would this things show up into the sky automatically, like for a second you see nothing in the sky but out of nowhere lights show up in the dark blue sky. Obviously it's not an airplane (because planes flash lights like every 2 or 3 seconds) and it's not a star (star don't change colors, they are still & look like bright silver or white stars) and they are not comets (comets move pretty fast). There is no explanation of what this is. It's something that we are not aware of. But what people should do, is look at the sky around 9- 11:30, and see for themselves. When i saw this i thought it was some kind of aircraft, but it's not. These things look like bright stars moving at a medium pace, that change colors, it may be orange and white, or red and blue. I'm not too sure about the colors but they sure change colors, on that i'm 100% positive. And when you spot one, another one appears out of no where on the sky. Some things in this world are really unusual, strange, extraordinary,unique, unparalleled, prodigious, outstanding, and phenomenal.

bright orange lights in sky

I noticed a rather large orange ball, really bright, high up in the sky in Durham, Newcastle Upon Tyne around 5.30 pm on Boxing Day 2010. It just sat there, no movement....I thought it was really strange but then thought nothing more of it until tonight 31/12/2010 around 9pm two bright orange lights travelled extremely fast high in the sky heading Southward from the North and then another moved just as fast from the same direction...there was no engine noise. I then thought to google it to see if anyone else had reported anything, just to find out there has been sightings from all over the world of these unusual things going back to 2008....what are they as they happen all year round and seem to take on different movement patterns?

yes i saw the same thing

yes i saw the same thing tonight but i only saw one shootin star and the end of it looked like fire. im so glad that some one else saw this because my daughter did not believe me. i saw this at about 9:19pm on 12th and lapham

bright lights

Just saw the same thing here in Charlottesville, Va. We live next to the airport and on the way home tonight we saw bright yellow light so at first we thought it was an airplane, but after a second it definitely was not. It went way to fast, had a trailing orange color behind it and was bigger than any falling star I have ever seen. son and I both saw it.

It was amazing. If I am not

It was amazing. If I am not mistaken, the object in the sky as I was travelling north on rt 29 heading towards Warrenton, Va was travelling very fast. The light in the sky was travelling from East to West. It looked like a blue coloured front with a red to orange tail. I did not see any smoke from the trail. The time was about 8:15 est. Everything looked normal as it disappeared.

I saw the same thing in

I saw the same thing in Charlottesville tonight. It was much brighter than a normal falling star.

Bright orange light

Last evening at 17.45 we noticed 2 bright orange lights moving silently across the sky above West Thurrock. Essex.
Did anyone else happen to notice this

Huge Bright Light

I live in King William VA, me and my daughter were traveling home. There was a huge bright orange and blue light, with a long tail....and it seemed to be very close to us. After about 3 to 5 seconds it was gone. Have never seen anything like it before.

Yes my Father and I saw 2 in

Yes my Father and I saw 2 in the Bedfordshire area......about 17.00...

Bright orange light

Hi, I to have seen exactly the same thing over Southend-on-sea on Sunday night. I have no idea what it was but must admit that I briefly thought that armageddon was imminent,lol.
I saw a bright orange light, almost like a fire-ball travel slowly across the sky and then fade out into nothing.
I have heard alot about these chinese lantern things but don't actually know what they are. is still is still waiting to see some evidence of the lights mentioned, but almost certainly we believe they are Chinese lanterns - these are often lit and set into the sky at the same time and travel with the wind - slowly, quietly with no noise.  From the ground at night it is hard to work out if they are small and close to earth or large and far away.  These lanterns are usually orange and are used for celebrations.

Thanks for all the updates everyone


Strange lights above Napier, NZ

My husband and I saw the lights also, there were four of them, one moved out to the right while the other three formed a triangle shape and stayed in this formation for a few minutes before then moving away until they were no longer visible. I cannot beleive there has been nothing on the news or in the papers about this as it was not normal! I phoned air traffic control to see if they had an explanation, they had finished for the evening at approx 9pm and said that the last fly over above us would have been at around 9pm. However I don't think this was a plane.

Hi there, My name is Megan..

Hi there, My name is Megan.. my family and i ( husband, sister, brother-in-law ) were outside, while my sister and i were having a smoke on Christmas evening. What we saw i can not explain, even my neighbors saw this anomaly.

First there was just the one 'light' (no sound from any of the 'lights') that came from the north, approx 9.15pm and slowly made its way south, before getting to the south most part of the visible sky 'dissipated'. From the google maps map, from park island recreational park, towards Taradale, we live on Guppy Road. The second 2 then followed approx 9.25pm together were also slow and the second seemed to come closer towards us. The third (all in the same flight path) appeared approx 9.40pm a bit slower than the first 3 and seem to linger in spots.

I was told this morning that my mother and her neighbor also saw a further 2 later, at approx 10.15pm - 10.45pm together. 1 lingering in the same place the other 'darting' and 'zig-zagging' around the first, which remained motionless. Then 'just disappeared' so my mother told me.

The 'lights' were 3/4 of a whole bottom circle, (on video) and seemed to have a ring around them, also orange in colour. The ones that my mother and her Neighbor saw were MUCH closer to the ground and she saw them clearly!, she said they were 'top halves' of a circle, and red-orange in colour.

I have 4 videos that i would gladly show you.

Strange lights and other things!

Many people have seen naturally occurring phenomena and claimed them to be UFO's, things like comets, bright meteors, ball lightning, twinkling stars, and so on.....BUT, many other people have definitely seen phenomena that cannot be naturally explained.

For those who would like to explore the true explanation for these truly unidentifiable UFOs, there is a very interesting booklet put out by the Most Holy Family Monastery, part of which you can read on line - the rest you can read when you order the booklet from their website at or

Personally, I have seen a few meteors and satellites over the years, but never anything that I could not explain....but then again I have never really bothered to spend my time gazing at the night sky in the hope of seeing one of these unexplained celestial objects, and having read the booklet,now I know why! 8 - D

p.s. the booklet is called: "UFOs: Demonic Activity & Elaborate Hoaxes Meant to Deceive
Mankind" [ to read a sample, open up their homepage, scroll down a wee way to you get to UFOs, click to open and read.....]

Orange red fire ball seen Christmas day in UK

I saw a similar thing Christmas eve, just after I got into bed, even with my curtains drawn I could my room was lit up by the large lighted object I could see moving through my curtains.

Looked outside and it got smaller and smaller and burnt out after a few mins

Glad other people saw this too, had to wake up family members to tell them about it! quite frightening to begin with!

Suffolk, England UK

Meteor ?

wow I was looking out to the ocean from our house at Leigh, NZ and I saw a huge ball of fire woosh across the sky quite low, from the ocean side across to the hills on land , pretty awesome, lasted a few seconds was huge.., googled Meteor got to this site and wondered if anyone else viewed it as well.

Yup 6 of us saw it to, we

Yup 6 of us saw it to, we live in Te Puke Bay of Plenty, went from one side of the sky to the other, fantastic never seen anything like it, we were out with a telescope doing some viewing at the time and all just looking at teh right place at teh right time.

orange light in sky dec 25th,2010

Roscommon, Ireland, December 25th, 6pm approx...
large orange light...very strange...lasted about 2mins...before it gradually got smaller and eventually either disappeared entirely or behind cloud...nothing on fire...too big to be a star...not a lantern, plane, helicoptor or other .... ??????????????

strange light

Dublin, Ireland, at 12.09 am christmas night / stephens morning seen beautiful orange light move from north to south, then different directions towards east, coming downwards and then upwards. Have seen hundreds of meteors / shootings stars, and this was not.

strange light

Saw a very strange light at 12.09 am chrtmas night / stephens mornings, lasted about 1 and a hallf minutes floating but very fas in different directions