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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4,469 responses to “Lights in the sky

  • Just a non-observation observation: Have noticed this page doesn’t seem to be updated very often these days (either that or not many reports being made since the website change). I also used to receive updates of new reports to my email address but that ceased when the website changed to MAAS museum instead of Sydney Observatory. Still check in from time to time, just doesn’t seem to be as much reporting activity here presently for whatever reasons.

  • Supernova? 10/19/2017 12:30pm centralzone
    location; Flomaton, Al
    Latitude:31.030211;Longitude:-87.255216
    object viewed@60DegreesNNW, there was a burst of light bright as the moon then dimmed to planet/star size, no other object other than the sun, no clouds
    moving N@dec2deg/2min
    got camera @1:00pm continue to observe the object till 2:00pm, have pictures, at around 3:00pm went back outside and was unable to locate object due to object had went below tree line

    • Sledbetter, Whatever it was it was definitely not a supernova if it was moving at a degree per minute across the sky.

      • yea bummer i figure it was a weather balloon or sat or stupid UFO, cant see nothing in the sky nowadays without some UFO…but it was awesome what ever it was

  • Time 8:09PM tonight from Regina Saskatchewan

    3 stars in a triangle formation high in the North East sky got really really really bright and went really really dim. Didn’t see when they got bright but when they were bright in the first place

    Freaky

    Maybe 3 very extreme high jets in formation banking in a turn reflecting the sun at the same time in the banking turn. Don’t know.

  • On Oct 15th, 2017 about 8 pm or so, I saw in the eastern sky 3 stars in a triangle. I think they were brighter than others that’s why I noticed them. Then like 5 secs apart, they each disappeared. From Portland OR.

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