Lights in the sky

Sydney Observatory often receives reports from the public about mysterious and unexplained sightings in the sky. Many of these are fireballs, which are small rocks from space hitting the Earth’s atmosphere at high speed and burning up brightly as they reach the denser parts of the atmosphere about 30 or 40 km above the ground. Others turn out to be aeroplane vapour trails, ‘dump and burn’ manoeuvres by Air Force aircraft, satellites, weather balloons or even, as on 19 February 2007, exploding rockets.

We invite you to report your observations here at the bottom of this page. Other people may wish to comment on your observations if they have seen the same object or seen something similar at another time.

When leaving your observations please give as much detail as you can including

– Where you were – reports without a location will not be posted
– The time
– The direction you were looking (north, east, south, west or in-between)
– How high up you were looking (horizon is 0° elevation, half way up is 45° and directly overhead is 90°)
– How long you saw the object
– The direction the object was moving
– Whether it was clear or cloudy
– Whether you could see the Moon or Venus or any other astronomical object
– Describe what you saw

We welcome reports from around the world, however we are unable to respond to international reports.

Thank you

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4,394 responses to “Lights in the sky

  • Diego martin, Trinidad
    – 10:30 pm
    – east
    – 0 ,45 and 90
    – 5min
    – west then east
    – clear mostly
    – was just looking at the stars towards south which were bright and very much visual
    – 3rd floor ,open deck i looked to my side and saw this small red flying object that blinked green in between i saw it go very high in the sky at times and then come down low over buildings and houses ,last place i saw it was hovering over an apartment Building located on the mountain furthest from me towards the east

  • – Where you were – by Leeks island, 1000 islands, Canada
    – The time – 10:20pm
    – The direction you were looking – NW
    – How high up you were looking – 30
    – How long you saw the object – minute or two
    – The direction the object was moving – ascended, changed direction slowly, loopy figure 8, eventually moving so far north we lost it from view
    – Whether it was clear or cloudy – clear
    – Whether you could see the Moon or Venus or any other astronomical object – many stars
    – Describe what you saw – orange light, bright, moving with varient speed almost like a bug. We were on a boat and heard several others from nearby boats comment on the phenomena.

  • I just saw a red flashing light moving from east to west – like a star – not a plane. Then vanished. What was it?
    Sioux Falls. SD. 11:45 pm. 2 minutes

  • Facing 110′ east
    Willoughby Sydney
    Orange flashing light
    Intermittent in timing
    Variations in size & placement
    18 July 2017
    7:15pm ongoing now 7:25pm

  • Where you were – on the Great Western Hwy near Prospect, Sydney NSW
    – The time – 7pm
    – The direction you were looking (north, east, south, west or in-between) – N
    – How high up you were looking (horizon is 0° elevation, half way up is 45° and directly overhead is 90°) – 40 Degrees, then it went upwards and over
    – How long you saw the object – 3 seconds
    – The direction the object was moving – NW, upwards and towards NW
    – Whether it was clear or cloudy – night, dark, clear (lighting available on Hwy)
    – Whether you could see the Moon or Venus or any other astronomical object – not at the time
    – Describe what you saw – a green orb light head up and away, in the night sky, very clear and delineated margins.

  • – Where you were – Blaenavon, Wales
    – The time – around 5.50am on 17/07/17
    – The direction you were looking – East
    – How high up you were looking – around 50 to 60 degrees
    – How long you saw the object – 10 to 15 seconds
    – The direction the object was moving – Away from me
    – Whether it was clear or cloudy – Fairly Clear
    – Whether you could see the Moon or Venus or any other astronomical object – Moon was also visible but in a different area of the sky
    – Describe what you saw – Two very bright star-like objects in the sky, although it was early in the morning, it had been light for a while and the sky was daytime blue so definitely not actual stars. Not planes either, far too bright and no vapour trails. One object appeared larger and closer to me than the other, close enough that I could almost make out its shape except it was so bright there was a kind of reflective distortion around it. As I watched, both objects got smaller and smaller as though they were moving away from me at incredible speed until they were so small I could no longer see them. They didn’t appear to be going in any particular direction across the sky, more like they were heading away from me straight out of the atmosphere. The whole things lasted about 15 seconds from when I first spotted them. Any ideas anyone? Never seen anything like it…….

  • – Where you were – Chattanooga, TN
    – The time – shortly after 3am
    – The direction you were looking (north, east, south, west or in-between) – north
    – How high up you were looking (horizon is 0° elevation, half way up is 45° and directly overhead is 90°) – was looking up at the moon
    – How long you saw the object – 2 or 3 seconds
    – The direction the object was moving – east at about a 45 degree angle
    – Whether it was clear or cloudy – cloudy
    – Whether you could see the Moon or Venus or any other astronomical object – it moved right below the moon
    – Describe what you saw – bright green light, similar to a meteor but definitely an artificial light like an aircraft, there was no flare. Quickly flew across the sky downward and disappeared in a matter of seconds

    • Hi there Sara i saw the same thing a green round thing with bright lights. Just saw it for few seconds and it disappeared. My also saw the light, but it wasn’t so high in the sky it was just up my house roof. Me and my wife still in shock. Can you please help us because we saw it on the same date 15th July 2017 at around 12:30am in Pakistan Punjab. Thanks we will be waiting for your reply. Yasar Riaz and Ifra Yasar

  • I just spotted a strange light in the sky.
    It was star sized red moving north west to west direction in circling motion then changed to blue and then to white and back to red. No flashing just a single orb in a very large circle repeating cycle. Was quite a distance away so must have been a large distance covered but at satellite speed… defiantly not a satellite though.
    I’m in ruislip uk… Any ideas? Vanished after about 10 mins.. just faded and vanished…

  • i saw white light in the sky, a light which is circle in the cloud moving very fast, i was not dreaming its true. please contact me i want to know about that light i am from india,siliguri

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