Observations

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 exploding rockets or rockets venting fuel.

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

4,641 responses to “Lights in the sky

  • On the 12/9/2018 i was sitting outside at about 8.10/8.15pm looking west at about 45° i seen a fairly big red/orange globe like thing flying through the night sky heading north.. was moving very fast onlybseen it for no more tgen 2 seconds. Wondering if anyone else seen this.. im in cowra n.s.w

  • On Aug 31 or Sept 1, 2018 on a deep clear sky over Westfield Wis saw light gray flickering panels of lights directly over head, Northwest sky. It lasted quite a long time minutes to 1/2 hour about 10 to 12 at night.
    It was dismissed as heat lightening. I disagreed.

    Was there any record of this sighting about 65 miles northwest of Madison Wisconsin was my location.

  • I Didn’t know about this page so I don’t remember when(date and time)but it was about 1yr ago in the middle of the day. We seen an object broad daylight almost like a shooting star. North go south. Bensalem, Pa. go towards the south. It was fast, silver, round, no trial, high above the clouds. Horizontal. Can you see shooting stars during the day? Thanks

  • Fishing on lk.Bloomington on July 16 at 10 pm….. I witnessed 4 bright flashes 5 seconds apart at 1 o’clock position to north.flashes went west to east with no noise.Horizon to horizon in 15 seconds.

  • Budapest, Hungary
    August 28, 2018
    Approximately 11pm CET

    Bright light – almost a flash but too long (approx. 1 second) to be a flash – appearing in sky then gone. Appeared a second time and it surprised me as it didn’t appear to have moved (although, I had no decent reference point in the sky for that). Appeared a 3rd time and disappeared.

    No sound.
    No navigation lights.
    Clear sky.
    Looking north.
    ‘Light’ moving south.
    Lasted all of 15/20 seconds.

    Second time this year I have noticed the event. First event was around January and the ‘light’ actually appeared to reverse course then set forth forward again.

    Either a military flight signalling (long shot and a bit dramatic) or space debris, perhaps.

  • 11:57 looking west could be 45° IT FLASHED LIKE A SPARK VISABLE ENOUGH FOR ME TO WITNESS NOTHING WAS MOVING I ONLY SAW THE SPARK I HEARD WHAT SOUNDED LIKE A PLAIN AND STARED HARD ENOUGH TO SEE IF I SAW ANY AND NONE FLEW BY THEIR ARE CLEAR SKYS THE MOON I COULDN’T SEE FROM MY VIEW THE MOON IS SOUTH OF ME WELL IN BETWEEN SOUTH AND WEST IN A SMALL TOWN IN OREGON I’VE SEEN A “STAR” A MONTH AGO MOVING FAST ZIPPING THROUGH THE SKY IT WASNT A SHOOTING STAR IT WAS A LIGHT TINY LITTLE LIGHT AND NOW THEIR IS A FLASHING LIGHT AROUND THAT AREA IM CURRENTLY STARING AT 12:10 past by 12:11 its BLINKING LUKE A STROBE LIGHT ITS HARD ON THE EYS TO EVEN STAR AT IT LOOMS AS IF IT IS BOUNCING AROUND THE MORE IT BLINKS THE FASTER IT GOES PLANS DONT TRAVEL THAT FAST IT IS MOVING SOUTH

  • August 27th 830pm looking west from Franklin county Missouri I saw a light with little tail moving south to west it went behind trees I saw it from 70 degrees to behind trees it was very bright. Brighter than metro shower it lasted about 5 to 10 seconds

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