Lights in the sky

February 22, 2007

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


4,267 responses to “Lights in the sky

  • Hi,
    In mid of 2014 I have seen bright white light figures in the night sky at around time between 9pm and 10pm and they were moving closure towards me and I quickly walked away into a room.
    Location.. Cumins unit in stleonards Sydney. after I saw this unit was demolished completely and Royal north shore hospital was expanded.
    I couldn’t give you the direction but I saw this event in the sky from the corridor. This was actually shown by a person who can’t speak a word.

  • 9.39pm 2143hrs) West Australian Standard time at 90deg high, heading south-west from Kalgoorlie West Australia: large orange sphere (looked like 10-15 mm to the naked eye) travelling slowly. Observed for approx. 40 seconds until obscured by local houses and trees. The sphere flickered like a burning fire, lighter orange showing over darker orange. Way too slow to have been a meteor or satellite but travelling too fast for a plane, seemed to have had a set trajectory. Had time to see it for the first time coming over at 45 deg from the left to call my husband to come and see it. He watched it travel south-west from the back yard.

  • It was a mild afternoon in my middle eastren arabic country Bahrain, it wasn’t dark (no where near dark), but it wasn’t sunny either, the sky was clear with no clouds at all , i was only 6-7 years old and didn’t know much, all i could remember is me sitting outside while my mother cleaned the car as i looked up in the sky to see a glaring orange ball flying ahead, it was way high and flew fast, it kept flying around for about 1 minute before it disappeared out of nowhere, keep in mind, it’s totally impossible for a middle eastern country to have any form of ”Aurora light”, and even if it did, it would’ve happened on nightfall, this happened on afternoon.

  • Driving Northwest from Grantville, Victoria, Australia time approximately 8:45pm, saw bright burning object moving about 45 degree angle down towards the horizon for about 6 seconds. Object appeared white then faded then appeared again looking greenish white then faded then appeared bright burning orange then faded again. Object was moving very fast.

  • I live in Duluth, GA. Tonight around 8 PM I noticed a huge white light in an otherwise black, starless sky. It remained in place. I grabbed my binoculars and saw huge flashes of bright red light pulsing from one side of the white globe. It finally moved horizontally across the sky and out of my view. Very unsettling!!!

  • I have just seen a pink glow in the southern sky then it became a bright red for a few seconds .
    The sky Is now quite dark with no colour at all .
    The above appeared in the sky in Brisbane Australia at about 10 .05 pm .
    Gordon Davidson

  • I live in Jamaica and about 5 mins ago, 12:39 am, i saw two bright, red lights in the sky hovering around each other. I stopped and stared for a while to see if my eyes were fooling me then i got my friend and he made them out too. He suggested that they might be drones which i thought was weird because who would be flying them so far up in the sky and that late at night. Then as we watched, the objects flew closer to each other, it appeared as if they merged into one and then they faded and disappeared. Could it have been a UFO sighting?

    • I saw it too sometime in 2016 can’t seem to remember which month it was, but I wasn’t the only one who saw it; my boyfriend and our neighbors saw it too..we tried to video it but our camera ain’t that good so we have no proof but it was in portmore st Catherine though! Still puzzled what was it we saw, it was more than one of them, we watched until they finally disappeared. They were moving so I know something was up.

  • This morning in New Town, Hobart, Australia I saw a bright orange fireball trail about 45 degrees east. it was pretty amazing looking! i have no idea what it was however it was coming down quite quickly!

    • Seen by a number of local residents. It was a high flying Emirates passenger flight to Auckland NZ. Very visible catching the rising sunlight.
      Flights to & from NZ often overfly Hobart.

      • The ABC has a story and footage of it. The footage is good for beginning with a wide-angle shot to give context against the horizon and other recognisable objects, but a tripod or holding the camera on or against a stable surface would have helped further. Sydney Observatory have noted this before as jet contrails at sunset and sunrise make for common “UFO” reports!

  • I live in Southern Pennsylvania (in the middle of nowhere) with nothing but fields and hills of forest surrounding me, for the most part. I see the stars and sky travel regularly and always stop to take my time to look with my 3 year old.
    Getting to the point… What I’m seeing tonight is nothing like Iv’e seen before. I let the dog out and immediately noticed a star that was brighter then the rest. White/yellow and moving. I could tell it was moving until I stared at it for a few moments. It was almost hoovering, side to side and up and down. It is making a move every minute or 2.
    I then started to look all around me (the rest of the ski) I see several (6-7)… some further away and some that seemed too close for comfort; especially after seeing how quickly they can move.

    I’m a pretty open minded person. Sure, there’s more then likely other worlds, life’s, living organisms out there. Why not wonder? It’s nothing I ever put a lot of thought into it.
    Truth be told- I really don’t know how else to explain this mysterious sky activity tonight.

    I have seen some similar post here over going back weeks…
    Is anyone else stopping and taking the time to look up and enjoy the stars and witnessing this as well? (ps. Not enjoying)
    For the sake of my sanity and any chance at sleeping tonight… I need some input.

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