Reports of "strange lights" & "UFOs" flood in as 2012 hysteria arrives


On a daily basis WeatherWatch.co.nz receives around a handful of eyewitness reports of meteors and other lights in the sky, from nations all over the world.  Some busy days we might get 10 eyewitness reports.  However in the past 24 hours we've had almost 80 reports and they are still flooding in at about 10 an hour.

From New Zealand's Otago Peninsula, to Cape Town, Venezuela to the UK, Australia to North America those ringing in the New Year have seen flashing lights, "floating orbs" and "UFOS".

WeatherWatch.co.nz weather analyst Philip Duncan puts the dramatic increase in sightings down to a few things.  "Many people around the world have been outside celebrating the New Year.  In the US, where most of the sightings came from, conditions were fairly mild and dry in many areas - so more people were outside to see things.  Finally, it's 2012, the year the world is supposed to end according to the Mayans and it seems many are already worrying ".

The comments range from normal meteor sightings, to the strange and unusual.

"We were shocked to find that not only have these orbs been seen over the last couple of years, but that they have also been seen all over the world within the last few nights!" wrote Laura B from California.

Another reader, this time from Spain, wrote "My father and I saw them in Spain at 00:45 am, but there were 5 or 6 of them all in a vertical line quite close to the earth....I have no answer to all these questions that we are all asking ourselfs and when I think I have an answer it just leads to more questions, so all I have to say is, WE ARE NOT ALONE!"

Nikki B from Arizona wrote "how can we see it here in Arizona and people in Africa and Australia are seeing the same thing?  2012 vibration is freakin me out already!  ...I know the news will have some "reasonable and logical explanation" but i'm not buying it!".

Susana, who writes from an unknown location, said "yesterday around 1230 or 1245 there were some red brownish lights first i saw one of them and kind of got my attention and of the sudden there were a BUNCH of them i couldnt count them but i can say there were around 30 lights UFO'S OR CANDLE LIGHTS who knows all i know i saw those lights and were beautiful. Are we ready for the 2012? are we enough educated not to panic?"

WeatherWatch.co.nz believes most people witnessed meteors, or shooting stars, chinese lanterns (Which appear as slow moving orange lights) and other normal aircraft such as helicopters and planes.

View all the eyewitness reports here


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- WeatherWatch.co.nz


Comments

at least 7 un identified flying objects

No viewing aids necessary. At least 7, very slightly elliptical, individual, bright reddish orange, U.F.O. lights rather low down to the ground. If it was an aeroplane I would have guessed they would be between 1 and 2 thousand feet up, in the Timaru south night sky. I was at the Railway Station when I viewing in a southerly direction, at approximately 2020 pm Saturday evening, May the 19th 2012. Traveling north along the south beach toward town. Without any reference point to measure the size or distance or speed of travel, all approaching in a single file, quite quickly, silently, i.e. same flight path. All stopping in mid-air, at the same point, I’m guessing at the beginning of the south end of town. At this point their single lights quickly faded completely out in 2 to 3 seconds. Between the first and last light would have been possibly 8 to 9 minutes in duration. With 2 cell phones at my disposal I rang my wife at the north end of town who was unable to witness this due to the low position of their flight path. And with the other cell phone I rang the Police Watchhouse and asked the duty officer to look due east of the police station for these lights low in the sky over the south beach. The Policeman took little time before confirming my sighting. At one period of time there were two lights in view at the same time, one following the other. I’m not sure whether it was the last reddish orange light or the second last but one of them delivered a large, very bright, bluish white pod as opposed to a beam of light down, in a slight curve direction to the ground or ocean. This took no more than one second on the clock.

RE: Reports of "strange lights" & "UFOs" flood in as 2012 hyster

Hey farmers, They are just kites with LED lights on it. Can be switched off and blinks, with green, red, blue and white colors... Wind in the air can rotate the kite in the air and kites can be still in the air....

Saw them in Chch tonight!

Got home tonight from a day in Hanmer and was unpacking the car when I noticed 3 orange lights traveling in a line from a nor-easterly direction. At first I thought they were just lanes as I live close to the airport. But they seemed to be traveling faster than a plane would be and there were no blinking lights to indicate port and starboard wingtips.

As I continued to watch them, more appeared behind them, traveling in the same direction. I called my family outside and they all saw them too. They made no discernible noise as they travelled straight over our house heading toward the south-west. In all there must have been 10-12 of these lights. They took approx 5-8 mins to travel from one horizon to the other and out of sight again!!

Would love to know what they actually were!!

Christchurch New zealand

saw 1x red light in sky 10.50pm. wasn't moving for about 5 minutes then it just disappeared

green light in sky

Did anybody else see the bright and very fast green light shoot through the sky heading SW at 6.15pm over Cromwell? Looked like a shooting star, only started then stopped and was extremely fast and green, possibly from the setting sun. Very weird.

strang light

just saw a bright red light in sky south east christchurch we looked at it four about 20 mins it was moving very slow then just flashed and disaperd . did any one see it ?

orange lights

I live in surprise az and the last two night I have seen strange lights in the sky. Myself an dmy two daughter had to run to the store and we saw them in the sky. Tonight I left my house and I saw them again, I live futher out saw we dont have street light on our roads. You can see very clearly and I havent seen anything like this since i was a teenager and i witnessed the lights above phoenix

Yup, everyone is seeing these

Yup, everyone is seeing these apparent UFOs, except ME!

Orange lights: new years day 2012

HI There,
I have a video shooting of the Orange light in the sky. Me and my wife we out on our deck expecting to catch some fireworks show from the SkyTower- Auckland, New Zealand. at around 12.05am (ie 1st Jan 2012) we saw this strange Orange Orb travelling from North to south in the night sky...around 500Feet in the sky. It was travelling at a nominal speed but with no sound or blinking ( like the lights on a plane or a chopper). I have captured a video of the same. can upload if required. Jai-Auckland.

Orange light

Hey I live in Auckland too, just the other week I saw what looked like orange street lights near Grey Lynn. It had no other coloured lights, just orange. It did not fly straight! It curved and turned very fast then the clouds came and it was gone, may I see this video to compare?

ufo

Hi I live in Howick Ak and about 10.30pm 25th Dec 2011I was standing on our deck and saw something like what you and others saw. A large strange ball travellin very slow and low with an orange glow underneath which it traveled past for at least 7 mins before trees got in the way. Very amazing like nothing I,
've seen before

well lets see it then! :p

well lets see it then! :p

Orange lights: new years day 2012

Hi Again,

I have reviewed by vidoe footage, it was 11.58pm that I taped it and not 12.05am. Saw a few repors here talking of 11.55pm and therefore checked my video time..it was indeed around the same time. uploading video under same subject on youtube soon.

Jai-Auckland, NZ.

At 11:45pm News years Eve in

At 11:45pm News years Eve in Te Anau, New Zealand we saw 3 floating orbs flying in unison. They were flying at a similar pace and distance from each other. Then the back gradually caught up to the front one, The back two then split up, One went left one went right. The front one then carried on straight. they all gradually faded in colour.

This was in the paper the next day of sightings from Christchurch at 12:08...about 400 odd kms away. Too me the object seemed far too low to be seen from both places and time difference was quite big.
The paper suggested either a lantern or space junk. As soon as me and my wife saw them the only thing we could put it down to was choppers. The paper stated nothing was in the air that night.

Answers please.....someone.

Same sighting in South Africa

I've just come across this thread now, but I find it fascinating, as I witnessed the same thing on new years eve. I was spending the holidays in Sodwana Bay, south africa; a small settlement in the far north of our eastern coast. Some time before midnight, I witnessed mysterious orange lights flying low and slow, one at a time, in a roughly north-south direction. They would follow a path directly over us and after a while they faded out and disappeared. There was no sound. Because of the way they flew, I figured they were probably lanterns but I can't be sure. During the easter weekend of 2011 I witnessed the same lights travelling along the same path but in a set of 3, evenly spaced and slow-moving. At first I thought they were a patrol of military helicopters going down the coast , and even that would have been unusual, but there was no sound, the lights did not look electric and were the wrong colour to be search lights. Sodwana bay sees hardly any air traffic as it is far from any air lanes.

UFOs over Te Anau

Yes I was there and was the same lights scroll down the comments a bit to see my post.

WE ARE NOT ALONE

NEW YEARS EVE NIGHT 2011 MY WIFE AND DAUGHTER SAW THE SAME GLOWING OBJECTS IN THE SKY THAT WE SAW IN JULY 2011. THESE OBJECTS HAD A REDDISH GLOW TO THEM AND DID NOT FLY LIKE A PLANE OR HELICOPTER. SINCE JULY I HAVE SEEN A HANDFULL OF THEM MOVING ACROSS THE NIGHT SKY SOMETIMES FAIRLY LOW AND OTHER TIMES THE OPPOSITE. sOME OF THEM ALSO HAD A WHITISH GLOW AROUND THEM. TONITE AS I WAS LOOKING OUT THE BACK WINDOW OF OUR HOME I SAW ONE AGAIN! IT HOVERD OVER THE MOUNTAIN RANGE FOR AT LEAST 5MINUTES THEN 3 OTHER GLOWING OBJECTS DECENDED OUT OF IT AND WERE SEEN FOR A BOUT 10 MINUTES HOVERING IN DIFFERENT AREAS ALONG THE MOUNTAIN LINE AS THEIR GLOW WOULD TURN ON FOR A SECOND THEN TURN OFF. AT THIS POINT MY DAUGHTER IS A BIT FREAKED OUT AND MY WIFE IS IN DISBELIEF ABOUT WHAT WE HAVE BEEN SEEING. i ON THE OTHER HAND AM SO INTRIGUED THAT I JUST HAD TO WRITE ABOUT IT SOMEWHERE. I LIVE IN A PRETTY RURAL AREA OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA IN RIVERSIDE COUNTY AND WOULD LOVE TO HEAR SOME FEEDBACK FROM ANYONE NEAR OR FAR. THE OBJECTS I HAVE SEEN ARE ABSOLUTELY CURIOUS TO ME AS IVE SEEN THEM HOVER, FLY AND SHOOT STRAIGHT UP INTO THE SKY AND DISAPPEAR...MAGNIFICENT!!!

red lights

My first UFO experience was up close and personal but it was similar to yours with the red lights..up close the craft was triangular and indeed had three red lights, one on each point. The experience was petrifying very unbelievable and I'm starting to honestly fear for our earth..btw took place why 90 Ohio on January 17, 2012

lights

i saw some lights in the sky first looked like a plane then turned into 3 different colors orange purple and something else like nothing ive ever seen before

UFO????

I am from Manila, Phils. Last January 1, 2012 few minutes past midnight, while i was watching fireworks from our front yard , i saw an object that looked like a red ball moving slowly in the sky, i called out my niece to validate that what i am seeing is not an airplane or one of those firecrackers, when she said it was not an airplane, i hurriedly got my mobile phone (used the camera) to take a photo of that object. Unfortunately, i didn't get a better shot cos i was excited and at the same time nervous of such an experience. I told some of my friends about it but they didn't believe me, they were asking for proofs....anyway, in my heart i know, it wasn't an airplane.

Orange lights

2.1.12 at about 20h30 South African time we saw a big orange light above us, below the clouds, it moved from north east to south west..then it stopped and the light dimmed and hovered and sayed stationary for a few seconds, then moved off again and then the light dimmed and disappeared.

2/1/2012

I took some photos of the moon tonight and came up with some weird photos. looks like something coming from the moon. I can send them if you would like to see them.

Just curious about your weird

Just curious about your weird moon photos. My friend and I are very interested in any news about the moon; we have heard so many rumors ("announcements NASA 'may be' making this year or soon of or what about, nobody seems to know!; structures on the moon (? or !), lol; blurred spots in otherwise very sharp and clarified photos, etc.). you may email me or is there an addy I can access? Would love to see the pics!

weird moon photos

please send me your moon photos from new years to my email bri99912@yahoo.com very interested!!!

weird moon photos

please send me your moon photos from new years to my email bri99912@yahoo.com very interested!!!

3 red lights New Years Eve Te Anau New Zealand

Saw the 3 red lights in triangle formation approach new years eve celebration at local park with 1000+ people attending. At first we thought it was three helecopters as part of the new years eve show or something. Then we noticed there was no helecopter sound and the lights weren't flashing like the helecopter ones do.
They came directly over the park in triangle formation then they faded away with the middle light of the formation slowly fading last. This was witnessed by 8 people in my family group at the park and many others at the celebration.
Was strange because it was like they had come to see the fireworks because the lights turned up 15 minutes or so before the fireworks were due to go off.

Yep saw these too, pretty

Yep saw these too, pretty weird.

3 red lights

My family and friends saw the lights on New Years Eve in formation near the park. My children also saw 1 red light over Te Anau (NZ) on Christmas Eve. As for all the Mayan concerns my daughter was very distraught and had quite believed the world was going to end until a friend told me to look up "prophesy of the rainbow warriors"(linked to the Mayans and others)
where we see the full story and of course was able to reassure her. It is very damaging to our young people to imagine that their world will end before they have experienced life and has affected their behaviour in a negative way.

The Mayans never offered

The Mayans never offered their calendar end date of 21-Dec-2012 as the "end of the world". This is a common Western misconception.

Agreed

Yes this is so true re the Mayans - I have great concerns about all this 2012 hype and the potential psychological damage especially to the young people who use the internet all the time and can find this stuff. Predictive fear mongering at its best. The movie 2012 certainly did not help and I believe actually started/embellished a lot of this 2012 hysteria.

This video makes some good points...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcc_KAhwpa0

... although 2012 didn't win any Oscars.

So no end of the world this year. We just need to ease back on the carbon producing a tad. Did you know it will take around 1000 years for the oceans to stop rising/expanding due to the increased global temperature? A lot of people just mention how high the sea level may be by the end of the century but it goes well beyond that. Food for thought anyway.

12:10 new years eve I seen an

12:10 new years eve I seen an orb hovering over my mates place..then slowly shoot off to the right..from Melbourne Australia

See what happens when people

See what happens when people mix their drinks on New Years Eve.

No in all seriousness, WW you are quite right in that there will be an element of society that will connect the (their) significance of 2012 with strange lights etc in the sky.
But on the other hand there has and always will be those objects/lights that remain to be UFO's, Wether they are in fact from the heavens or made here on terrafirma by those who may have the technology to build these things.
Oh gosh now I've opened a can of aliens.
Check out what the Nazis were up to during WW2 that the Yanks were very interested in, and according to the Nazis the technology was - not of this world.

Oh dear me.

Happy New Year.

Strange Orange Light Over Orewa

HI Phil

You know I wasnt going to mention this but my husband and I were standing on our deck in Army Bay just after midnite on new years eve just as the new year rang in and looked over to Orewa and could see a bright orange light about the size of the moon suspended up above the horizon. It stayed for about two minutes then gradually faded. Anyone else see this?
Cheers
Sue

I seen what sounds like the

I seen what sounds like the same thing in November 2011 in Invercargill. Was bright orange ball of light with a red flashing ting to it aswell, was probably half the size of the moon when i looked at it but it faded to nothing very quickly

3 orbs in south mississippi

My cousin, his wife, my wife and i where sitting around a fire, when my cousin noticed that there where 3 orange/red orbs in the north east sky at the stroke of midnight. They seemed to be kind of close to the earth. they where traveling in a straight line for about 2 minutes then they made like a triangle form staying the same distance apart. Then the one at the top looked like it went off into space then after a minute or two the other two lined up and looked like they went exactly where the other one went. What gets me is how could people all over the world seen this last night at exactly midnight, even people in different time zones saw it but at a different time but, in our time it was still 12:00am January, 1 2012. They lasted to long to be those lantern things or a fire work. It's really strange these same orbs have been seen before on New Years Eve and they have been seen a lot since we found that new planet. I don't know about you but there is something up and the news, military, or goverment that has not said anything about this. What have people all over the world seen? We want an answer.

orange traingle moving in northwest San Antonio, Tx 12:25am

I was outside after fireworks finished in the neighborhood (about 12:15am) and after our neighbors were going home, 12:25am. I looked up and saw a large, orange triangle moving object, slowly moving, no smoke or tail or sound, just gliding through the air. It got larger and it seemed like it was a few blocks away. I stared at it, why no sounds, is it a really large unusual firework? everyone of those come and go, no it is some type of plane/ship but no sound and all orange and not like regular plane or movement .... it was just hanging out for 45 seconds and barely moving, like it was hovering..i ran to tell my husband to come outside, but he was in bathroom so i ran back outside. It was still hanging out, large object with no sound and moving slowly, then began to speed up, faster movement, then way up, making lots of distance from where i was, very fast speed, and disapearing completely up on northeast side of the sky. I told my husband i felt and thought i saw UFO!!

Strange Lights

Aren't they some sort of Japanese or Chinese lanterns that are lit and float away into the distance??

I don't think so. At first, i

I don't think so. At first, i thought it was a lantern floating in the sky too, cos it was red round object moving slowly up in the sky, but how come lots of people around the world saw that thing(s)too, and at about the same time???? I am from Manila, Philippines by the way and i saw that red object few minutes past midnight of Jan. 1, 2012.

The tag line used for this

The tag line used for this head-line "Reports of "strange lights" & "UFOs" flood in as 2012 hysteria arrives" I am one of the individuals that reported witnessing this phenomena. While I am not be able to rationalize exactly what the 5 of us witnessed last night. By no means do I believe that 2012 marks the end of the world. To label this story as the arrival of 2012 hysteria is extremely insulting.

The headline was around the

The headline was around the marked increase in "UFO" and "alien" sightings - not the more legit meteor or chinese lantern sightings.  Clearly this wasn't aimed at yourself and the many others who clearly saw meteors/shooting stars due to being outside for New Years Eve etc.

- WW

I'm not sure the Mayan

I'm not sure the Mayan calendar ever specifically said the world ended when the calendar ran out. I think it was just as likely the same as our calendar... In that when it comes to an end, you just start over from the beginning.

Oh not its the end

Oh not its the end of the world...run for the hills lol..makes things start off interesting for 2012