Multiple Dim Orange Lights In The Sky, Bangor, Gwynedd, North Wales, 27th April 2020

Location Of Sighting :
Bangor, Gwynedd, N Wales
Date Of Sighting :
27 / 04 / 20
Time:
approx. 11:15pm – 11:30pm
Witness Name:
GMD
Witness Statement
I was putting the bins out when I noticed a single small dim orange light traversing the night sky. I initially assumed it was a satellite, then I noticed another similar light following it…followed by another…then another…then another! In the approx. 5 – 10 minutes that I noticed and observed them, there must have been in the region of 20 – 30 lights passing over, all travelling roughly, in my estimation, from NW to SW (I couldn’t see exactly where they were going as a bank of cloud had rolled in and obscured my vision). What struck me was how constant and uniform these lights were – they appeared to be travelling at the same speed, the same altitude, in exactly the same direction and all appearing to have the same distance between them. I can’t say with any certainty as to the altitude of these objects, save to say that my impression was that they were high up. I couldn’t determine their exact speed other than they didn’t appear to move very fast – these lights were visible for about 10 – 15 seconds from their first appearance to disappearing behind the cloud cover. They were observed at an azimuth of about 40 – 50 degrees. I couldn’t make out any noticeable sound. Of course, one possibility is that they were Chinese lanterns, but having observed these in previous years their flight patterns appeared to be much less uniform (some flying higher than others), whilst it could’ve been satellites although the ones I’ve seen have always appeared individually rather than in a group. My towards space debris e.g. booster rocket breaking up after re-entering the atmosphere. It would be interesting to know if anyone else saw anything, or might be able to provide a rational explanation.
Updated: May 1, 2020 — 3:13 pm

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  1. I may have a possible explanation for this sighting – after searching online for any other mention of the sighting, there have already been reports on online media about a line of strange lights in the skies above North Wales and NW England. It is believed to be a fleet (of up to sixty) of what are known as Starlink communications satellites launched in November 2019 by Elon Musk’s SpaceX company :

    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/newsliverpool/strange-line-of-lights-appear-in-the-night-sky-spark-ufo-speculation/ar-BBYslcv

    So, no alien invasion just yet! I’d say it’s pretty much case closed as far as this sighting goes.

  2. This sounds almost identical to what I saw back in 2009. This site has made a few errors to what I originally submitted to another site but it’s a close enough depiction of what actually happened.

  3. Hi, i suggest you look at the Starlink satillite constalation that’s been set up in the last 6 months by Elon musk. These satlities often appear in lines across the sky just like you’ve described. Hope this helps. If you want further evidence I’d recommend downloading the heavens above app. You can track the satlities in real time as they appear over you.

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