Plymouth UK-14th May 2011

Location of Sighting: Plymouth UK
Date of Sighting: 14/05/2011
Time: 3.00-3.30 am
Witness Name: Mr R McRae

Witness Statement: took my dog out 4 a pee b4 i was going to bed and was staring up at the night sky when a light i originally thought was a satellite was travelling at a high speed when it suddenly stopped, Then other smaller red colored lights appeared around the orange brighter light and seemed to go inside the brighter larger orange object. It was then stationary for about 30 seconds and then appeared to go larger before it disappeared


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Updated: May 14, 2011 — 7:26 pm


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  1. Just saw a single orange low flying light in north London. It as travelling at a constant speed, lower than helicopters and plans and made no noise whatsoever. About 5 minutes later a helicopter flew in the same direction and was higher and made LOADS of noise. Anyone else see it at 2:15am today?!?!

  2. I saw something similar about 2300.BST on the same day, the night of 14th May 2011. This is the first time I’ve ever seen an unidentified flying object, and is the reason I googled this website to see if there were any other sightings.

    I looked out of my south facing window and saw a fairly full moon (almost due south), with scattered clouds moving fairly quickly. These clouds were thin, so the moon shone through them.

    To the left of the moon, about 20 deg away, I saw what I thought at first was a very bright planet. Then I realised it was too bright and large for a planet, so I used my binoculars on it. It seemed like a disk, and was slightly orange in colour.

    At first, it seemed stationary, which is why I thought it was a planet. Then it seemed to move to the E, fairly slowly. I thought this may be an illusion, caused by the clouds moving. With the benefit of hindsight, the clouds were moving E, so this could have given the illusion of the object moving W, but it was moving E.

    In any case, thinking it may have been an illusion, I carefully noted its movement relative to the moon, and it was definitely getting further from the moon, and eventually disappeared behind a cloud in the SW. I watched for a while, hoping to see it in a break in the clouds, then I saw it again more or less where it was in the first place!

    Then it moved to the E again, gradually getting smaller and fainter, before going behind a cloud again. Unfortunately, the clouds were getting thicker and covering much more of the sky, making it difficult to see the moon most of the time.

    Eventually, I couldn’t see the moon at all, so gave up looking at the sky, probably about 2345 BST.

  3. Re the original post, I would like clarification if the sighting was in the early morning of the 14th May, or actually on the morning of 15th May (I never think of it being the next day until I’ve gone to bed!).

    If so, the original sighting report was 3 to 4 hours after mine, otherwise it was about 20 hours before I saw it, so was on the previous night, in which case perhaps I should report this as a new sighting, not as a comment on the other one???

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