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bright orange light in the sky

could have been the very rare - but documented Ball Lightning.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_lightning

bright orange ball

I saw a bright orange ball with no trail that seemed to be burning in Leicester towards the NE, last night 22/5/10 it went across the sky in front of stars i.e. closer to Earth and then disappeared or burnt out, I am puzzeled as to what it was because if it was a comet or meteorite why did it just disappear it should have faded gradualy??

yer i saw it to we were

yer i saw it to we were taking night pics on sunderland glass center we got it in the side of 1 of our pics

it was quite bright

it was traveling from north to south tuck abit of time to burn up to, atleast 10-15 secs and went quite away across the sky was traveling at some speed to

bright orange ball

Hi, I've just seen the exact same thing here in coalville, leicester, I was looking out into the sky having a covo on the phone when there was this huge ball of orange light that moved slowly towards the moon then just vanished!! Luckly I shouted for my friend in time for her to see that I wasn't going insane, then out of the blue there was another but on a much smaller scale, very weird !! Can anyone explain??

red and kind of white light in the sky

on 22nd may 2010 i saw a light that blinked red then white over and over again until it started to dim and then there was only red and it got dimmer and dimmer until it dissapeared so it couldn't have been a jet cloudy thing

I saw red light on Saturday

I saw red light on Saturday that appeared then disappeared continuously.
I saw it in Manurewa, About North West in the sky

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On 22 may friday 2010 , me and my friends were outside and looked into the sjy to see a single orange ball flying through the sky then shortyl after followed by 3more there was not a sound of these , they looked like some sort of missile. Can anyone give me any info in what this was ?

Thanks.

I dont know where u located,

I dont know where u located, I am in Albania and i saw the same fkn thing on the night of 22 may 2010, Five or six fkn orange balls. First i thought those were the stars of orsa major but then i noticed they were very shiny and moving, until they dissapeared after 5 or 10 mins.
Dont know what they were but i know for sure they were not airplane lights cuz they were not blinking.

orange ball

Hi,
just to say that me and my friends saw the same kind of things in the sky, but we only saw one orange ball. But it seemed like there was some fire. Was a bit strange.
Anyone got any idea of what it could be?
cheers

hello every one

We believe this may have been a jet trail (vapour trail) left behind by a jet flying towards Australia. We've often witnessed this ourselves. Due to the angle, with it low in the horizon moving away from Auckland out to sea, it doesn't look like a typical trail.

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Orange lights

Last night, 15th may 2010 over Warrington , Cheshire I was in the back garden having a cigarette when I saw three orange lights go over the house they were not planes as there was no flashing red lights and there was no noise whatsoever. They were orb shaped and were followed a couple of minutes later by a further three.. Can anyone explain what they were ??!

Contrails

You guys know the "meteors" you see at sunset that are bright white or orange lines, pointing towards the horizon are contrails from high altitude aircraft?

When the trail forms, from your point of view, near the horizon, the sun setting lights the cloud of the trail up.

The best example I can immediately find of this is here: http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~ovens/clouds/Contrails/contrail3.jpg

One was even on the news a few months back.

Orange-yellow burning thing xD

It was about 21:22 (Gmt +2:00) when i was coming back from a trip with some friends when i saw on the northern continent of the horizon a flaming ball passing through and then falling down on earth radiating the yellow-orange light to the clouds and vanishing :)
(that happened in the northern part of Greece ( Thrace) )

The same burning thing

11 May 2010, about 21:00.

That flaming ball passed towards north-west. There was so much light, i'm sure everybody outside has seen it. And there must be some video records from security cams. I have talked so many people who has seen it.

It was bright yellow with a flaming tail and exploded two times near horizon lightining the whole sky.

There are eyewitnesses from İzmir, İstanbul, Yalova, Eskişehir, Edirne (with a thunder sound also).. from a huge area.

Some newspapers and forums started talking about it.

HI Güray Can you send us the

HI Güray

Can you send us the links from local newspapers please?

Thanks!

www.WeatherWatch.co.nz

Hi, These links share the

Hi,

These links share the same text in Turkish.

http://www.milliyet.com.tr/edirne-de-goktasi-iddiasi-heyecanlandirdi/tur...

http://www.hurriyet.com.tr/gundem/14697515.asp?gid=373

I have a relative who is a security chief in an industrial plant in Kirklareli. I just called him, they saw the fireball with a thunder sound. And he will check the security cams for a video record of it.

Fire in the sky, west of Auckland.

Anyone else see it? 540pm this evening, by 547 it had vanished behind the horizon line. I had a look through the binoculars, it looked like a ball of fire heading towards the ground, too large to be a flair and too small to be a plane.

Don't know what we saw here

Don't know what we saw here in Cape Town, South Africa was the same. But at approximately 02.00am we saw what looked like 20 orange glowing, slow moving "lights" in the sky. They were also in loose formation.

Was this the same as what everyone else saw?

re:Guest viewing in Cape

re:Guest viewing in Cape town,9.5.2010 who saw 20 or so glowing balls.We saw red glowing stars that seemed not no move, and a definate pattern appeared,like a long curve,with a smaller curve at the bottom and 2 or 3 stars on the left side at the top,similar to Orions Belt. We watched from our top storey room at about 11pm or so, on Friday 7th May 2010.We watched for at least 5 minutes.Definately not flares or fireworks.It was simply beautiful.It seemed to be out to sea as we have about a NW view. It all quietly changed color to light and disapeared.

Bright Light

Last night (Thursday 6 May) at approx 7.30pm, I was outside feeding our horses, and there was what looked to be a pretty large and bright meteor which was travelling fairly slow from the North east heading SWW. Anyone else see it?

bright light in the sky

Not sure if i saw the same thing you did but last night around 9:30 i saw a bright light that at one point turned a solid red color then flashed back to bright white, that was moving south west at a very low rate of speed and seemed uncomfortably low to the ground. Was 10 times the size of every other star in the sky lastnight and at one point seemed to stop all together and hover. At this point it looked like it was right over my house. By the time i went to get the telescope from my buddy down the road it seemed to have turned completely around and started headed back west where it came from. We decided to follow it and by the time we got in the truck it already looked like it was three time the distance away. The light started to dim slightly then just went out like someone flipped a switch. I live in central ohio out in the middle of no where. At first i thought it was a comet but after it seemed to hover i thought it was a plane or a chopper but the light was too large and bright to be ether. Ive been racking my brain since last night anyone have any idea of what i could have seen 5-6-10

bright orange/yellow light in sky

hi, i dont know if this has anything to do with the lights that some of you have mentioned on here. At about 22:25pm (BST) i saw a bright orange/yellow light in the sky above. It looked to be as if it was a plane on fire but it was moving at a steady pace across the sky.

I live in South Wales, UK and i am wondering what this light could have been.

If anyone has any information about it, could you please let me know. My son also seen it and he is very interested in astronomy and would like to know about it.

Thanks, theresa

On May 8th 2010 @ about 22:30

On May 8th 2010 @ about 22:30 me and a couple of my friends saw one bright what looked to be orange a star. Then it started to move at a decent speed through the sky in a zig zag type motion. I watched for about two minutes, then it fanished. I kept my eye on the sky, and then two showed back up again a few minutes later. they were to far up to be planes, to fast to be a satellite. anyone have any thoughts? I was in Coquitlam, BC, Cananda.

Lights

on the 8th of may i saw a bright orange light at 12.10pm similar to what you described me and my girlfriend saw it ther was a plane aswell the passengers had to of seen it no one believes us.

Meteor 5 May 2010

Last night at around 8pm I saw a very fast moving bright "star" which shed enough light to be able to see that it had a smokey black trail, descending rapidly towards the west of Wellington. Did anyone else see it?

metior ??

Hi all, tonight my next door neighbour came rushing over binoculars in hand fizzin about something he had spotted in the sky and wondered if he could go to our balcony for a better view so i obliged, and proceeded to view to view something on the horizon which appeared to be an object with an orange trailing tail to the NEast, no idea whether it was a comet. metior or space junk burning up in the Atmosphere, can anyone shed any light on this ??, oh yes from Paeroa.

BIG BRIGHT LIGHT

On thursday 4-29 aprx 9.30 pm, I was talking to my sister on the phone who lives 30 miles away..she said she saw a big bright light in the sky..so I went outside, and I saw it, along with 7 other witnesses ..it was 5 times bigger than venus, traveling NNE..and it wobbled side to side, almost zig=zag, but a small pattern if any......there was no trail vapor or dust behind it...at first I thought it was a missle, then maybe a meteor...but it was slow...and took several minutes to traverse the sky....I even placed an e911 call to document the event...living near an airport I have seen a million planes, and this was not one....my only rational thought is that it was a near-miss meteor that had not hit the atmosphere..if so..we are screwed because for 2 people 30 miles away to see the same thing..it had to be huge....aside from that the sky was crystal clear..and there are no reports...at all.....I live in Chas, WV..and at one point I found a paragragh on the web, of the same report at the same time, of a big bright white light traveling NNE, up the coast...but I am unable to locate that info currently..sorry.

Bright vertical spoke of light moving slowly down the dusk sky

Just got inside after driving west along the motorway towards Lincoln road and saw a bright long 'spoke' of light vertically heading slowly down the dusk sky.

Would love to know what it is - I'm sure others must have noticed it?!

Hi there, We believe this may

Hi there,

We believe this may have been a jet trail (vapour trail) left behind by a jet flying towards Australia.  We've often witnessed this ourselves.  Due to the angle, with it low in the horizon moving away from Auckland out to sea, it doesn't look like a typical trail.

Regards

- WeatherWatch

Bright Light flying across the sky... not a plane!

My boyfriend and I decided to have a little fire in the backyard. We then gazed at the stars and I saw a shooting star, so I made a wish. A few seconds later I saw a light, which looked like a star moving rapidly across the sky. At first we thought it was a plane but when we did see a plane we realized this bright light was going way faster than the plane and it didnt have the blinking red lights. I looked over at him and I said weird it's just gone. A few minutes later I saw the same exact light going in the opposite direction. I still cant believe it! I really wish I knew what it was! - PA: 10:12 pm

Sounds like Satallites. If

Sounds like Satallites. If you look up in the sky long enough you will see plenty.

strange red orange lights

It was at around 7pm, twas so dark because of the scheduled brownout in our area here in Mindanao, Philippines, and while enjoying the cold breeze of the air outside, we saw 8-10 strange lights going up the sky. It came down going up, no airplanes at the direction we saw it and since airplanes here only have day flights, we shrugged not flares too because they go up and slowly disappears, more of some satellite, but it can't be because they do not flicker. What could that be?

Bright Light

Today 26th April 2010, Traveling home this morning around 8.20am from upper hutt to featherston, SH2 Rimutakas. While driving, just leaving upper hutt nearing Te Marua golf club a very bright light caught my attention just to the north west rangers, It look like a set of head lights on high bean, Or like a strob light, for that split second i saw it, disappeared behine the clouds, i stop to have a good look but did not see it again. my partner was with me and never seen anything like that before, and i traveled that road everyday for 6 years.. Did anyone else see it?????

Another werid thing is tonight on the news they are talking about UFO's.... hmmmmm

It was 8:19 pm 27th April,

It was 8:19 pm 27th April, yesterday. I was at my home just came from the office, and from ground floor I was going to first floor of my house, suddenly I have seen orange light in the sky from our backyard, going from direction, West to East, on my noticed I saw almost 5 to 6 orange lights going in the same direction, at distance, three were in triangle shape and rest were in front, they were not even blinking like star or airplane, the lights were very bright Golden Orange, and they were at a distance from each other, could be distance of 800mtr, that was from the place I judge, there could be more distance moment you go up to check between these lights. I thought of checking the lights with better view I straight jump to the terrace, I was still able to watch them going at the same speed, moment I open my mobile cam, suddenly I have seen the lights were getting dim, and just within a few seconds they disappear from the sky. This was for almost 40 seconds. And all lights got disappear at the same time.

Regards,

Chetan

India

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Orange lights

just yesterday on 27th April

It was 8:19 pm 27th April, yesterday. I was at my home just came from the office, and from ground floor I was going to first floor of my house, suddenly I have seen orange light in the sky from our backyard, going from direction, West to East, on my noticed I saw almost 5 to 6 orange lights going in the same direction, at distance, three were in triangle shape and rest were in front, they were not even blinking like star or airplane, the lights were very bright Golden Orange, and they were at a distance from each other, could be distance of 800mtr, that was from the place I judge, there could be more distance moment you go up to check between these lights. I thought of checking the lights with better view I straight jump to the terrace, I was still able to watch them going at the same speed, moment I open my mobile cam, suddenly I have seen the lights were getting dim, and just within a few seconds they disappear from the sky. This was for almost 40 seconds. And all lights got disappear at the same time.

Regards,

Chetan

Orange lights over Remuera 24.4.10 around 10:20 PM

Group of us saw 10-15 orange lights heading West to East followed by a smaller group of 3-5 at around 10:20 PM. Could have been lanterns though they were moving quite fast with no noticeable wind at ground level anyway. Hard to judge altitude and speed. No noise.

Did anyone else see a bright

Did anyone else see a bright orange/yellow light across the sky. It looked like a burning ball of fire me and my wife seen it moving at a medium pace across the sky getting smaller as it moved further away.

This was about 11pm from hull UK

Wellingotn Anzac Meteor!

At the Wellington Cenotaph this morning, just before 6 perhaps, i momentarily looked up to the towards the Wainuiomata, Wairarapa sky's when I noticed, what appeared to be a meteor blaze across the Earths atmosphere! Anyone else notice this? Quite the omen!

Meteor seen in Wellington 23/04/2010

Bright white/silvery light, traveling extremely fast in a north/south direction. Had a larger round head and smaller tail. Spotted just after 11pm, i think it was between 5 and 10 past the hour. Biggest meteor that I have ever seen!

Meteor seen in Wellington 23/04/2010

Bright white/silvery light, traveling extremely fast in a north/south direction. Had a larger round head and smaller tail. Spotted just after 11pm, i think it was between 5 and 10 past the hour. Biggest meteor that I have ever seen!

Meteor??

I just saw approx 15 extremely fast moving objects in the sky with a tails of fire. It definitely looked like it was extremely high up but they seem to get closer n closer. about 2 minutes later I witnessed another 2 that seem to be very close and I could actually see a burning fire trail. I witnessed this at the Greenlane round-about in Auckland around 10:30PM (10 min ago). Anyone else see it? It definitely didnt look like a lantern!!!

Tonight there is a light

Tonight there is a light moving all over the sky in christchurch.
It could just be a very powerful torch but it looks very faint and does not appear to be the brightness of a torch.
It ocassionally turned a green colour!
Im guessing it is just someone playing tricks in the sky, if so they have done a good job!!

the light last night

yes ther was a big light i saw it all the way from northwood and on the radio someone could see it from brookelands in christchurch

orange firey object NorthWest of New Pymouth

Last night around 8:50pm, we saw a large orange firey ball moving at a strady altitude from west to east over the sea between West and North of New Plymouth. The object was visable for a number of minutes, and when looked at through binoculars, ooked like a large orange ball with a training flair above it (approximately perpendicular to its perceved line of travel). I have to say that it looked like a stumpy shuttlecock. Knowing that the shuttle was due to land Tuesday US time, I thought it might be this, but the NASA SkySearch info said it wouldn't be seen in NZ until Wednesday around 1pm. The news this morning said the shuttle had landed successfully, so was that it?

Meteor East of Hanmer

We were driving East from Hanmer on 17th April, when we saw a bright object (meteor?) falling from the sky, and go just behind the hill. It was about 6.30pm ( so just after dusk). We were about 40k East of Hanmer. Did anyone else see this?

Strange Light

Regarding strange light over Mosgiel Dunedin, this happened on the 19th April 2010.

Strange Light

Reply to Jess, I am also from Mosgiel Dunedin, and my husband tonight about 8pm was out in the back yard and all of a sudden the whole yard and sky just lit right up like daylight. It was like fireworks or lightning but no noise and the sky at that time was very clear no clouds just stars. He looked up at the sky where the light was coming from but there was a tree bloking his view, by the time he moved the light was gone. It lasted for about 4-5 sec. Did anyone else see this tonight or any other nite in our area?

witnessed to fast white lights in the sky

In Grey Lynn, New Zealand, Auckland i saw two white light's in the sky around about 6.45pm on Friday 15 April, 2011. They were travelling quite fast and were going around in circles for a while.

strange light in sky on 19 april just before 8pm

yes i saw this too,i am in Invercargill and i was outside just about to head back inside when out of the corner of my eye i saw a light in the sky,i turned and the whole sky was lit up then this huge orange red yellow shooting star (looked more like a comet) went zooming past! i couldnt believe my eyes,it was kind of like a big sparkler. this is a case of being in the right place at the right time. it was very cool and went from east to west,prob lasted 4 seconds.
im pleased that someone else saw this :)

Wow...freaky stuff. I have

Wow...freaky stuff. I have witnessed for the last couple of years an orange ball hovering over the horizon aroundTaranaki ways like the ones in the pictures, as I get a really good view of the whole hills from Ruapehu to Taranaki as I am situated in the high hills on the Whanganui River.I really cant explain what this was, not a aircraft, nor a satellite...and what was it doing hovering like that and descending then ascending in the same place, which went on well after we got bored with it.
Also the other night Fri-16th April at Whanganui East, my step-son and I saw a very large bright white glowing ball fall out of the sky-yes like a falling star but bigger and definately seemed close as if it fell to earth around Okoia ways...??