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red ball of fire

Tonight i was outside about 9.30 in bell block. I looked up and seen an orange light in sky at first thought it was a plane but was moving to fast. Maybe one of those lanturn things but it was very fast and its not that windy. Any ideas?

where are u? What is your

where are u? What is your location?
I saw them between 9:45pm-10:00pm on Long Island.
10 of them. Moving from North to South just under the cloud noise Orange Color, very small, then it veered quickly south east and went up on a diagonal through a break in the clouds. My neighbors saw it too.

After seeing the news a few

After seeing the news a few nights ago im pretty sure these fireballs everyone has been witnessing is those lanterns... i have to admit though they are impressive to watch in a big group


Driving home from Waitakere Township to Bethells (up past Waitakere Primary school heading up the hill) on Wednesday 23rd December I saw what I thought was a brightly lit house on a hill to the left of me. But then it moved towards me and it travelled over my car. It was a cluster of different shaped lights - white with a bit of red and blue - undefined, hap-hazard kind of cluster. After it went over my car I looked in the rear vision mirror but didn't see anything more. Really freaked me out. It was about the size of a house and maybe 15 metres above the car.

reddy/orange fire ball in sky early november in Glenfield

I was driving home on saturday 7th november and noticed a flare looking thing in the sky in glenfield, at first i thought it was a firework but it just sat there, it was like a flare but i dunno, it was weird , it really freaked the heebies out of me, i couldnt take my eyes off it because i thought it was a light on ahill or something, but there was no hill, bo tower, it was just in the sky, sitting there for a good , but it just started to dim, it wasnt hovering or anything, my heart mins , i was alone in the car and was alone when i got home to my house i coldnt sleepBut i havent seen the orange lights on recent events, i spend xmas eve in Karaka (pukekohe) and christmas day night in Taupiri (waikato) and didnt witness any of it! the reddy orangy light dimmed after mins. freaky stuff!!!!

Lights most likely Lanterns

Alot of people have been selling lanterns on trade me in ,
10, 50, 100 and 200 packs - and letting them off for the year anniversary of the tsunamis.

I found a video here of people letting off lanterns, if you have a look, the lanterns look very similar to the ones in newspaper pictures of recent sightings ...

They will have to find one that has fallen somewhere

This video is pretty cool! :-)

Orange lights

I saw these very clearly for about 45 minutes on Christmas Eve, looking north from Grey Lynn. There were 3 of them at different heights. Their brightness, position and altitude would vary and eventually they disappeared. My flatmate checked them out with a telescope but couldn't make anything out.

5 red/orange lights on 27/12@ 1030pm

We went to a house party last night and my friend went out in the garden for a cigarette. He called us all out and we were looking at 5 red or orange lights in the sky for about 60-90 seconds. In this time his neighbour also came out and a guy 2 doors up from him. He managed to grab his binoculors for a better look but could not make them out.

the lights were hovering up and down and then just disapeared. Now I dont really beieve in UFO's and after googling these lights, I have realised that these lights have been witnessed all over the world. Very very bizarre. I hope the news/media can get some decent coverage of these lights as my brain is rocking!!

Aurora Borelis type patch in sky.

Yesterday whilst playing tennis in Whenuapai Auckland at approx 3pm, we all witnessed a large patch of sky that appeared to have wavering colours of blue, green, red, and orange. Over a 10min period the colours faded first to more orange/red colours then dissappeared altogether. It looked and behaved as the Aurora Borelis would??

Bright Orange Lights

Hi There,

My Bf and i plus a friend of his were out on boxing day, waimari beach just out of parklands christchurch, we saw 4 of them in total, i noticed 2 were hovering above a house, then as we got out of the car they started moving, they looked like little fire balls, we took photos and i took a video, unfortunately its bad quality and you cant see them very well, the very 1st one didnt record, once we started to drive off, i looked behind and saw one BiG one hovering behind us quite low in the sky, we pulled over again, got out, and it stopped..its like they knew we were watching them? ...there was also a scanner in the car, this went staticy while they were in the sky...freaky...i have heard messages that the et's [extraterrestrials] are coming..they are here to protect us, and i believe they are here 4 a reason..i think they are getting something in line 4 us..i heard "if you start seeing strange things, please do not be afraid..that is us coming to help you" what do u reckon? ud be stupid to think we're alone in the universe...anyway ppl here have been saying theyve been forming in triangle shapes? i suggest uze do some research on the et's. i have :)

Orange lights - UFOs?

Hi all

I heard about these sightings from a friend… FYI our meditation group has put together a programme about strange lights in the skies called “A Star? UFO? You Decide”. It’ll be on Auckland’s Triangle TV this Sunday at 10am with repeat on Stratos 5.30am Monday. There’s been heaps of reports of unusual ‘stars’ over recent months... we are definitely not alone! For one interpretation of what these sightings are about, check out

Fiery ball

10pm last night (27th Dec 09) we noticed a large red/orange ball heading from west to east across Pukekohe (Franklin District). Got later stages on video. Lasted about 2minutes plus before fading into the easten sky. Deffinatly no noise related to it. In the early stages of our sighting it was a remarkable thing to witness as it crossed infront of the moon. Am very curious what this was as it isn't like anything we've ever see before. I notice there have been a lot of these sightings lately so does anyone actually know what they are??

Orange Lights

My son and I saw them on Xmas night, around 10 pm, several over Dairy Flat, it turns out they were beyond probably off Coromandel or Tauranga. These were not fireworks, they were travelling hoizontally and changed direction and were shining for too long. A bright big orange ball is what they looked like. Seems a bit worrying when you hear reports the NZAF has been in contact with the Aus and US Air Force re these sitings, so they must be a bit worried too.

Last night at about 12.00am I

Last night at about 12.00am I seen a fiery ball going across the sky in Whitianga, NZ
Could that be a meteor?
It went across the sky then started going down!

Strange lights in New Plymouth

I noticed strange red/orange lights in the sky at about 10.15pm on 25/12/09 there was about 5-7 lights in formation and they were turning on and off or fading in and out at random, eventually forming a triangle after several minutes.
I managed to grab a small amount video footage but by then there was only 2 lights left and one turns off right near the end of my footage. Did anyone else notice these in the New Plymouth area at this time that can tell me what this was, given that it was far way in a north east direction I couldn't hear any sound.

U.F.O. Sighting over New Plymouth

Hi Paul , I can verify i witnessed what you saw, i have seen the objects on both occasions from my house on Parr's Road in New Plymouth , the first time @ 9.45 p.m. 23/12/09, they appeared from nowhere by the power station chimney , two very bright orange orbs at 45 degree to each other, the 2nd time on Xmas night 25/12/09 , again they appeared from nowhere only this time more to the east of the central N.P. skyline this time they were the 5-7 bright orbs that seem to rise from behind a hill in the direction of Eva Road from where i was looking at my place,they moved horizontally then all lined up behind each other in a 45 deg line up into the sky . They were not fireworks or Chinese Lanterns as has been suggested in the Newspaper. These are U.F.O. sightings of the extraterrestrial kind , consider yourself very lucky to have seen this in the night sky , you may never see it again in your lifetime.

Lights in sky

I have been wondering if these are Sky Lanterns, Paul. I would love to see your video footage, if that is possible.

Footage of the strange lights

I was pretty sure others would have seen it, by the time I got my video cam out and fiddled around to get it powered up in the dark only 2 lights were still on, it is weird how the lights were switching on and back off at random and when they formed a triangle was when I ran for the camera.
I have seen meteors before, satellites, aircraft with unusual lights but this was something that had me stumped as to what it was.
here's the link, it wont be here forever, the lower light is a street light, the other two are the strange ones, they look almost white in the footage where they should have been a darker orange than the street light.

it wont be here forever, the lower light is a street light, the other two are the strange ones, they look almost white in the footage where they should have been a darker orange than the street light.

Orange lights

Yes we saw these lights also (New Plymouth) only saw 2 bright orange lights. Very bright and about 200m apart. Freaky!

Your orange lights, New Plymouth

Some one I know well, came around that night,me to tell me that they had seen something very similar, at around the same time, in the north eastern sky.

orange lights in wanaka

freaky we also seen the lights here in wanaka around 11:30pm the same as people are saying.whats goin on.....................???

orange glow

Also in Mt Maunganui 1030pm ish 7 bright orange lights no sound nor flashing lights that aircraft should be displaying when flying at night, the first 3 in formation left to right spread apart over some distance heading north over Bayfair and aprox 2km behind then 3 more close together in an upside down triangle and further behind 1 slightly larger all seem to be raising and disapaired roughly at the same point in the sky, reports say that most of mount and tauranga residance saw the strange looking lights, I am sure some one took footage as i was overwelmed by the excitment to think about camra phone footage. \
tonight news will be exciting hope its on there.

UFOs ?

as i was leaving my sister-in-laws tonight 25/12/09 around 7.15pm i saw about 8 orange lights traveling north across the sky to the west of me, the lights were not pulsating they were traveling in a straight line behind each other, they were low in the sky and not going to fast after 2 to 3 minutes they disappeared into the clouds but before they disappeared the last one changed course to head west,
the rest of my family witnessed all this as-well as others ,my location is 20miles east of Glasgow Scotland, .

Bright light in Wellington sky

We sighted a light tonight about 9.30pm. We were in Miramar Wellington and saw a bright light moving fast through the clouds heading towards the south coast. It was moving at a steady speed but with different altitudes. Way too fast for a helicopter. Too irregular for a plane. It then sped off into the direction of the south Island.
After living next to Wellington for almost 50 years I have never seen anything like it.
Just before it sped off into the distance it looked like the light turned towards us and i saw a darken disk drop away then I sighted the light takeoff.

orange balls over East Auckland

5 orange glowing UFOs over east Auckland heading North West over Mt Wellington towards the Pakuranga Habour. @10.08pm -10.14pm. fast moving and vanishing at the same spots.

We saw the same thing (from

We saw the same thing (from Te Atatu Peninsula) although it was at 21:40 on 24/12/09. 5 orange fireballs appearing over the city (south/southeast) and getting more intense as they tracked towards the north, finally disappearing about north/northeast of Birkenhead. What took us by surprise was they changed directions several times (probably meteors spinning as they burnt up)

orange lights over hutt valley

Last night 24th December, we saw 4 orange llights float in the sky. Our first thought was that they were chinese lanterns, but they were way too high and travelling way too fast.

the 4 lights traveled south (they moved quite fast) and then a 5th big one came through and slowly traveled south

Saw 15-20 bright orange

Saw 15-20 bright orange lights crossing the sky between 10 and 10:20 pm. Four were traveling in a southern cross formation. All started as an intense orange fireball in the east and fading out to the north. Two travelled in from the north and one appeared to have a large transparent ballon shape around it like a blib. Absolutely bizarre!! and all seen from Herne Bay 5 minutes from Auckland city. Through 10x binoculars all appeared to consist of at least two bright red/orange dots. Anyone know whats going on???


I see exactly the same thing in banbury England . Exactly how you explained but i counted 16. Strange anyone kno whats going on?

New Plymouth fireballs

What direction were your fireballs coming from? How far across the sky did they go?

Fireball Sightings

I saw 1 x fireball travelling across the Sky at around 10.00pm and another 2 at 10.40pm. I also have pictures :) Im in new Plymouth

would like to see the

would like to see the pictures...

Possible Metor above CHCH

Saw what looked like a possible meteor falling above CHCH, a bright star with a long tail, falling quickly. Aprox 11.30pm. Was looking south from Belfast area. Did anyone else see it? or know what it was?

I has seen it aswell In

I has seen it aswell
In Whitianga, NZ at about 11.00pm maybe 12.00am
It was going across the sky, and thens tarted falling!
It was a fireball defiently! With a tail aswell!

Fire Balls!!

Hi, i believe i saw this as well but was unconvinced untill i read your post as I could find no other sightings!

Also at approx 11:30pm i glanced out my window and was amazed to see what looked like a fireball in the sky - it seemed very large and very fast and was only visible for a few seconds.

I live and was in Dunedin at the time.
I am very glad i was not alone in my sighting!

Im amazed more people havnt seen this or there hasnt been any talk about it, It seemed huge to me and was an amazing sight!


At approx 11:28pm I saw five

At approx 11:28pm I saw five orange balls coming in from the north over towards roughly whangaparoa and rangitoto island. As they came down southward they gradually disappeared one by one until the last one disappeared over roughly rangitoto. I couldn't believe what i was seeing at first. The looked like small balls of fire with a red forward edge. I'm glad i am not the only one seeing things on the same night. But i live in auckland.

It was a truly outstanding sight to for myself


5 Bright lights

Thank goodness someone else saw it - 3 of us saw them from Sunnynook/East Coast Bays area - 5 lights as you describe - the things that stood out the most was that they looked so lit up and that they made no sound but seemed to move in formation....what on earth were they?????????

streak of light

About 10pm friday 18/12/2009 from Halswell Ch. Saw a trail of light that left a tail in the sky in the south west sky. In a west to east direction .

Bright light

Saw a bright light over Onehunga heading out east for about 2-3 minutes at 9:30 pm 20/12/2009 , then it dimmed, and turned off all together.

Metoerite - Best Guess

Viewed from Laingholm, Auckland looking south. Sat 19th Dec 2009 around 10:15pm for 20 seconds or so, traveling west to east approx 35 degrees off horizon. Intensity varied from very dull orange to medium bright orange with some visible smoke/vapor trail. Some intensity changes very rapid. Cool to see, assume it was something that just grazed the upper atmosphere.


Witnessed a meteor looking object from linwood christchurch south in the sky burning bright green with a tail. Direction of fall seemed to be east to west! Amazing. Time was approximately 10pm.

Bright light west to east 10pm (ish) over Hamilton

A very bright white light traveled west to east passing just south of Orions' centre 3 stars and becoming invisible at the same point. It was first noticed directly overhead (after stepping out of car getting home) and faded passing Orion after approx 20 seconds.
No visible trail. It was larger than the last time I saw the ISS with Shuttle attached several years ago and slightly faster. I guessed it was the ISS again until I surfed for its current location (Northern Hem).


Sitting in the spa at around 9.30pm on the 18/12/12 in the Waikato region and saw a bright ball shape(bigger then a star) with a tail behind it go across the sky towards the north lasted no more then 2 seconds.Did anyone else see it or know what it was?

Bright Light

I was at our orchard inland from Pukehina Beach - we have limited light pollution. The object had a very bright light - far brighter than the Skylab of several years ago. It dulled rapidly at about 1 o'clock heading west to east and displayed a dulling red glow for a short time

Saw meteor 12/10/09 3:50PM

Was driving on the Long Island Expressway, Long Island NY (I-495) at around 3:50 pm when I witnessed something streak across the sky heading toward earth in a Northerly direction. It lasted about 4-5 seconds then disappeared in the air. It had a bright front and a blueish long tail.

Flash of light - night of 10 december

I was outside around 11pm last night and saw a bright and obvious flash in the sky looking SE from the Wairarapa.

Any ideas what it was?

I live in NJ, and around

I live in NJ, and around 2:30-2:45 am on Dec. 8th, I saw a blue fireball in the sky. I thought it was a shooting star but just now found out it was actually a meteor, but no matter..=) It lasted in the sky for only a sec. It was crazy and it was so close to the earth. It had blue fire and when it disappeared, it left sparks. I just found this site now because i wanted to know if anyone else saw it.

yea we saw something similar

yea we saw something similar around 10:45ish nz time so depending on the time diff it was probably the same one

from around 10:30pm til

from around 10:30pm til 11:30pm tuesday night 8th dec my flatmate and i noticed a very large blue meteor going west from papakura lasting around 6 seconds, we then decided to stay outside and witnessed several smaller ones but what caught our attention was what appeared to be a satellite but it was flashing in a way i can only describe as a camera flash and was sometimes brighter and sometimes dimmer, it was very bizzare we ended up seeing 5 in different positions and also saw a strange lightish red object flying north west whch someone has already commented about but a few mins later i saw it again going in exactly the opposite direction. this was around 11:20pm. would love to know if anyone else saw any of these.. also noticed some random white flashes out to the east.

Flashing Light

The flashing light, might be something even better, and if so you were lucky to spot it. Assuming it traveled in a path accross the sky and lasted 1-6 minutes, you may have spotted a "Tumbler" these are dead satelites which have lost the ability to hold their angle steady, they start to rotate or tumble due to friction on the surface, once they start to tumble, they will reflect light off the solar panels, and like a torch, the light beam sweeps across the earth, if you have the right angle, they can seem very bright, and will flash sometimes, and then fade, and return at differing light levels. There are many of these up there, and they are a lot of fun to watch, due to their speed, you can't track them with telescope, but sometimes you can see them better in binoculars. Tumblers are great fun to watch and can put on a real show as the panels flash lights and change brightness accross the sky. When I am watching the space station pass over NZ. I allways keep an eye of for a tumbler, as these are the icing on the cake ... so to speak. Happy Star Gazing. a great thing to do on summer nights.