Location of Sighting: Llandrindod Wells, Powys, Wales
Date of Sighting: 5th November 2011
Witness Name: Robert Christie
Witness Statement: My companion and I were standing approximately half way up the golf course hill road above Llandrindod Wells, watching a few early fireworks. The sun had set and there was a clear moon casting strong shadows, with clear sky above us and some cloud in west and east. There was very little wind at ground level but the clouds were moving from east to west. The town and all fireworks were below us.
The first object flew silently from the north, possibly very slightly west of north, and passed in a straight line high above us and almost directly over our heads. It was a bright glowing and slightly flickering orange/yellow, with no obvious shape. It passed to a point about 40 degrees from vertical away from us and then the light faded rapidly and disappeared. Almost at once another identical light appeared in the same place as the first had, I would say approximately 50 degrees above the northern horizon, and repeated this trajectory and behaviour, followed almost immediately by a third.
My first thought was that these were jet aircraft, possibly military, catching the light of the set sun and passing out of it as they descended. There was a very slight, distant noise as of jet engines just after the third passed. My companion thought that the light was on the right side of the objects, which would fit the “alpine sunset” explanation, although I could not see this.
However, within a minute or so we saw the distinct pattern of the lights of a jet airliner passing directly above us from east to west and apparently not catching the light of the sun — certainly with no bright light of the kind just described. It is possible that this was the source of the jet engine noise, which we had not heard before. At this point it became clear that the three lights had to be higher than the airliner, if they had caught the sunlight so clearly and it had not; but if that was so, the relative speed of the three objects would have been significantly higher than that of the airliner — I would say many times higher.
At that point we considered the possibility of the light being caused by re-entry heat, as from a failed satellite; but this does not fit the regularity of interval between the three objects.
I attempted to photograph the last two of the objects with a Canon Powershot but my hand was unsteady and all I have is a couple of photographs showing curling criss-cross lines of light. All these convey is the brightness, the colour, and the time.
I am intrigued by the sheer number of similar reports from all over the UK that night. It was of course Guy Fawkes night, but these were not fireworks.
I am a practising solicitor with some long-past military training. My companion has a first-class university degree.
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