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I to saw the light as

I to saw the light as described in "what was it", which is a very accurate description.
I watched this through binoculars(east auckland) head out west very slowly, from the time I saw it to the time it vanished on the horizon would have been at least 8mins.
The freaky thing is on this link below is exactly what I saw through binoculars last night.
Check the date.

A couple of folk have

A couple of folk have mentioned viewing what they thought to be a jet as the sun was setting Saturday night. It was indeed a high flyer, a corporate/private Gulfstream jet (G550 for those inclined) flying from Tahiti to Melbourne. Its track tonight took it directly overhead Auckland at 40000ft. Its rare for Auckland to have contrails overhead as there is very little overflying activity so it was special to see one heading east-west just as the sunset.

bright light

My brother and myself saw the same bright light and tail from auckland central, which appeared west over waitakerei at around 8.30 - 9.00. We are intrigued as to what it was but can only assume it was some sort of comet/meteor thing? Does anyone know what it was?

orange lights over waikato

I have just been out on my deck in hamilton, (11:15pm) and looked towards the north to see 4 orange lights in the sky. all slow moving and eventualy fading. I guess they could have been laterns but don't know for sure. Strange but interesting to see.

UFO in Sky Saturday evening 16/1/10

Did any body see a diagonal line over the Auckland west sky that was glowing? It was during sunset so at first we thought it may be a strange shaped cloud but when the other clouds turned black this one kept glowing. We were travelling down SH1 from Orewa and it was in the sky for about 20 mins then we lost it as we got to close to auckland.

Weird orange light

i am from Auckland CBD and i was just sitting at my window watching the sunset when i saw this orange elongated light that i earlier mistook for a a cloud with the setting sun reflecting on it. (The sun has set beyond the horizon but i felt it was the rays reaching a high altitude cloud. but its almost become dark now and that light is visible clearly. its elongated but not horizontal, its angled at about 45* from the horizontal plane. it slmost looks like a comet. i realized it was not a cloud when that object instead of following the wind direction of the few clouds in the sky was setting along with the sun. theres no way thats an aeroplane or a lantern. it was quite bright and relatively larger than stars or aeroplane lights. im sure anyone else watchin the sunset today noticed it. as soon as it went out of view i came online to search if anyone else has posted something about it. im curious to know what it was. cant be a comet right?
btw i am highly skeptical of UFOs and the likes so if anyone knows what it REALLY was please reply and lemme no. l

Wierd orange light

I saw it too and have been trying to find out what it is...very strange. Apparently there has been lots of odd sightings recently in the sky. It was there for ages till we lost it - at least 20 mins.

We saw it too at waikaraka

We saw it too at waikaraka park and it was definately an aircraft i could just make out the shape although was very small, it was amazing to see though i must admit, had some decent altitude to it

Falling object from the sky

I was outside about 30 mins ago with my whole family and we all saw something falling from the sky. It looked like a fiery ball that had a long orange burning fiery tail that was trailing behind it. It started from directly above our heads and then disappeared into the horizon. We're from Auckland, New Zealand in the Pacific and the time was about 8.30pm. Strange! I wonder if it was the same light that Stinzman saw???

Meteor, Auckland, Jan 16, 2010

Anyone see something streaking across auckland sky at around 8.45pm?
Looked like it was glowing, with a decent smoke tail.

I saw the same on the

I saw the same on the Thursday night (14th January) over Rangitoto. I watched it for around 10 minutes, bright orange flame like light with a tail, did not drop from the sky but faded off into the distance.

Sighting I Believe....

I was outside about 30mins ago (1:30am) and saw a bright light falling from the sky. Almost like a firework falling back down. But it was falling WAY to fast for that. I'm still kinda puzzled by it because it looked like it got VERY close to the ground before it actually burnt out. I'm out in Columbia, Virginia which is about as country as you can get. Never heard a sound just the bright white light that went to orange then gone. Been looking for posts to see if anyone else may have seen it because it was brighter than anything i've seen before. WEIRD......

On a recent trip to

On a recent trip to Johannesburg, South Africa in November we saw a cracker of a meteorite, it lit up the whole sky

Bright orange light over Lower Hutt

..Just driving home tonight about 9:45pm and saw an awesome bright orange light, it looked like it was a flame and was quite low to start with then moved up higher into the sky and it also looked huge...after reading this forumn though, Im guessing it to be a lantern but still an amazing sight to see at night for the kids...especially just after they had watched Dr

Iridium Flares

I think a ot of things we see at night are Iridium Flares.


Kerikeri Northland, South facing 10:15 7 January 2010. Last night one large fast moving light broke into three. They lasted approximately 10 seconds before burning out travelling east.


Just saw a bright burning white light zooming through the sky before burning away into 3 smaller sizes before being totally gone. Was looking from East Auckland out towards West


Hey I can double that claim about the bright burning white light which then broke into 3 smaller sizes and was very very bright.
We were outside having a drink when my mate said woah what's that! I thought he was joking around, then I turned around and saw it as well - was very cool, and very bright to the naked eye!

object caught on camera

on the evening of sunday 3rd of jan, my flatmate & i seen ufo to the left of the brighton beach pier around 10:30pm!! it flew across sky heading in the direction of the airport (my flatmate thought it was a plane 4 this reason, but forgeting 2 take into consideration where lights r situated on a flying plane etc) it flew out of our sight, 2 then suddenly reappear in the middle of the sky all of a sudden, leaving us wondering where it came from, as we did not c it flying 2ward the point it was in now. from this point it started 2 slightly oscillate in all was orange in colour, & sometimes i could see a white tail or small beam of light dependnig on the angle in which it was moving!! it kept oscillating 4 quite some time, then it disappeared!! i spoke 2 my aunt the next night & told her what i had seen, she told me she had also been @ the beach, @ same time on the other side of the pier!! we had not crossed paths!! she took photos of the sunset. an interesting object mysteriously appeared in one photo once developed, that she definitely didn't c when taking the photo!!

Orange lights in the sky

Well i am in South Africa, Cape Town and they were spotted on the 4th of Jan by my father at about 9pm. He said there was 3 orange lights flying in formation.
The next night 5th Jan around the same time i saw them, I however only saw 2 orange lights, and yes they had no sound at all, they just faded away slowly.
I managed to take photo's on my phone but they didnt come out at all nice.
They look like stars. The 1 photo is orange however. It flew right over my head and then slowly faded away.

We saw them too!!

My sister and I have seen these orange lights twice..the first time was a couple of weeks before Christmas - there was only the one light and it was moving in a dead straight line across the sky. There was no noise so couldn't have been a plane or helicopter and was definitely NOT a lattern! We thought at first it could have been a satellite but it was moving too fast and orange. It eventually disappeared for a while then came back again and flew the exact same flight path. The second time we saw them was on New Years Eve just after midnight - I guess some will argue in this case they were latterns, but there was three of them this time flying in formation, all the same size, same speed and colour. They disappeared after awhile then there were three more. Both nights we saw them were clear still nights with minimal cloud and no wind. They were too high to be lanterns and flew in a perfect straight line side ways across the horizon - NOT up! They definitely didn't look like they were "flaming"...they were perfect round orange spheres of light.
We saw them from West Auckland, NZ....flying over the Waitakere's the first night then over towards the north east the second time.
Sounds like a whole heap of people all over the world are seeing the same thing! I shall keep my eyes up to the sky...


Well i am in South Africa, Cape Town and they were spotted on the 4th of Jan by my father at about 9pm. He said there was 3 orange lights flying in formation.
The next night 5th Jan around the same time i saw them, I however only saw 2 orange lights, and yes they had no sound at all, they just faded away slowly.
I managed to take photo's on my phone but they didnt come out at all nice.
They look like stars. The 1 photo is orange however. It flew right over my head and then slowly faded away.

Orange light in the sky!

I also live in Cape Town. Last night (Jan 7th 2010) my house mates and I saw a bright orange light, bigger and brighter than Sirius, in the region of Orion's shoulders. It moved slowly to the right across the sky. After watching for about 3 to 4 minutes, it seemed to stop and stay in one place for about a minute. It then started moving upwards and right in a diagonal direction. After about 30 seconds of this movement, it flashed a little and slowly faded out to blackness.

Bright Orange light over auckland 06/01/2010

Saw a bright orange light rise slowly then move slightly northerly whilst continuing to rise out of sight. More or less went straight up in the air

orange & red fire like light in sky on 01/06/10

I was at work in Santa Ana Ca. getting ready to eat breakfast about 7:45 am, when I looked out the window and saw a bright orange and red light almost like a fire in the sky, it was really bright at first then it faded. It was there about 1 min. this was very strange it looked like a fire in the sky.

orange "fireball" sighted in cape town on 04/01/2010 at 9.15pm

on january 4th 2010 around 9.15pm we saw a orange, bright light in the western sky above cape town, SA. it first appeared slightly above venus (measuring subjectively approx. 3-4x the size of venus) and moved slowly horizontally towards the south west. initially it became bigger and brighter, then it slowly started to fade, while it seemed to be "pumping" from brighter to darker appearance before it completely disappeared; speed of this "fireball" was significantly slower than a plane or a satellite. duration of this phenomenon was approx. 2.5 - 3.0 minutes. the comments below concerning the "orange fireball/light" from 1st and 3rd of january sound very similar to what we saw in cape town on the 4th.

at 10.30pm 3rd jan we saw an

at 10.30pm 3rd jan we saw an orange meteorite or fireball flying through the sky, we thought it was a plane at first, because it was flying that kinda speed but it dropped a spark like a firework, but it jsut flew all the way across the horizon.
We were in Redwood, Christchurch, NZ

Was most probably another one

Was most probably another one of those lanterns

Fireball? UFO?

Sunday 03rd January 2010 10.15pm - Rotorua NZ

Tonight out Te Ngae 5 of us saw what looked like a large glowing orange ball moving vertically along the western flight path in the direction of Taupo/National Park from Mt Ngongataha, however this was definately not a plane. When we first spotted it it appeared to be moving at the speed of a plane then gradually picked up speed and trailed farther into the distance before dropping and towards the ground in all what felt like a matter of 1.5 - 2.0 minutes. It was definately not a lantern, hotair balloon or plane and was as close a what you would expect an incoming plane to be if it was coming in from Auckland. Weird!


on the 1/01/2010 @ 20:06 in carntyne eastend i witnessed 3 ufos like the ones saw by the other people they where not lanterns for sure as they moved independently.


At about 01:30am on the 1st of January 2010 my daughters and I witnessed 3 fire coloured lights moving in the sky, after several minutes each 1 just disappeared.

We live in Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow , Scotland, UK

Did anyone else witness this?

tonight @ 9.50pm my daughter

tonight @ 9.50pm my daughter called me & said look out the back door at the sky & i did. it was 4 bright orange lights in a row flying at exactly the same speed in a perfectly straight line.
one after another they disappeared & i got a pic - mobile phone though so not to clear. but sounds the same as what everyother person in the world is seeing. some body said sky lanterns,

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.