Location of Sighting: East Dulwich, London SE22
Date of Sighting: 26/5/2012
Witness Name: Phill Wheadon
Witness Statement: The night was clear, warm and provided excellent night sky viewing. I popped out to fetch my binoculars after a night of star gazing and saw an extremely bright flash – just above Saturn in Virgo. The flash then recurred in a slightly different position. I started counting seconds between flashes – there were five flashes in total but the periodicity varied. There was also a red beam that coincided with the first flash but did not repeat. The flashes came from a small dull red object that was visible between the flashes.
The flashes were about the size of Venus but the intensity of light was much greater. The flashes had an odd jagged quality like burning magnesium. After the last flash the dull red object moved slowly across the ‘head’ of Virgo and then was lost to sight.
I did not use the binoculars as I was afraid I would miss something or lose sight of the whole event which lasted about 40 seconds.
This sighting was very similar to one reported by Anon on 16th May 2012 in Essex. Anon provided the following link to a short video:
I would also like to reply to Ronnie Hobby who saw a V shape object lined with lights in Bodrum, Turkey – reported here recently although the sighting was in 2004. I have reported seeing such an object on several occasions at this site. The description matched my sightings except that every one I have seen has travelled very fast on a non-deviating course.
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