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

4,598 responses to “Lights in the sky

  • There’s a big yellow light in the sky over Ulladulla on the south coast of Australia I live on the road that goes 2 the lighthouse my front door faces east & my back door west & it’s wen I look out my back door that I can c the strange light practically above my house I can also c the crescent moon not far from it the sky is clear & has been 4 the past 4 nights & I’ve seen it 4 over at least those 4 night but it could hav been there longer & I would really like 2 know what it is.

  • July 17, 2018 12:30pm I saw a ring of bring lights in the SE sky – in Los Lunas NM south of Albuquerque. 5 minutes later is was just one very bright light. And ten minutes later it was a ring again, though misshapen, perhaps oval shaped.

  • July 17, 2018 at 12:30. Saw a small circle of bright lights, not moving, in the SE sky. I am in Los Lunas,New Mexico about 25 miles south of Albuquerque. While the cloud cover is not thick, there are no other stars visible.

  • This morning (7/16/18) at approximately 7:30 I was traveling east on highway 199; this is in Texas and I was in the fort worth area, the sky was clear and the Sun was not visible on account of the tree line. There were no visible stars at this time either; just clear blue sky, and I glanced up, about a fists length from the horizon maybe a tiny bit higher and noticed a bright object that I thought was a star at first but it was just a bright white almost-flash then it was no longer visible. Anybody know what this could’ve been?

  • 11:15pm – United Kingdom – NW
    looked up to sky looking for the bright star which is left of my back doors, I couldn’t see it so scanned the sky around where it usually is and saw a fast moving white light.. it disappeared after around 1 minute, I stayed to watch for more and low and behold 5 minutes later another one (from the same location, travelling in the same direction) and again 5 minutes later.. it was cold and late so didn’t watch for anymore. Just an explanation of some sort.. I’ve never seen anything like that over here.

  • Martinsville Va June 10th
    – between 11:30 and 11:45 p.m. est
    – south
    – about 55°
    – 10-15 seconds
    – object was moving horizontally towards the west
    – mostly clear night / kinda hazey
    – based on my sky map app it was moving in the direction of Saturn
    – it was a bright burning white/yellow light that almost looked like a stream firework but without any noticable sound and appeared to blink/burn out more quickly than expected.

    The previous night June 9th my boyfriend and I were were driving down 220 south towards Greensboro and saw a similar light around 10:30 p.m. est that was at little lower in the sky traveling in the same direction but lasted longer maybe 30 seconds.

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