Stanton, Suffolk-26th September 2014

Location of Sighting: Stanton, Suffolk
Date of Sighting: 26 September 2014
Time: 22:15
Witness Name: Sharon P

Witness Statement: Whilst relaxing in my garden hot tub star gazing I witnessed as straight light moving jerkily across the sky from south to east. It was not a smooth movement across the sky like an aircraft or satellite. I watched it for a few minuets before it became obscured by clouds. Unlike regular aircraft traffic there were no flashing lights, and each time it moved it moved quickly in small bursts, sometimes it even moved backwards. I have lived around air traffic all my life and this light did not move like any ordinary aircraft.

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Updated: September 30, 2014 — 9:14 pm

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  1. the strange type of movement described here suggests that this was indeed a genuine UFO, as that’s often an attributed characteristic, hence the nick-name of ‘fast-walkers’.

  2. Me and my friend saw this in essex area 5 days ago looked to us like a dim star it moved very quickly until clouds came…. managed to see it once the clouds passed but only for a few seconds before it completely dimmed almost like it travelled so far away it became unseeable to my eyes

  3. Does sound like the actions of a laser. Jerkily-moving straight light is the clincher.

  4. The jerking was atmospheric effect and possible your movement in the tub. Its a satellite.

  5. I recognise your description. I saw similar last November in Elstead.

  6. T Wood. If you were in command of a flying saucer would you like a smooth or jerky ride? I think Gary is right.

  7. For those of us who watch the night sky & notice satellite’s smooth transition across the heavens will find Nemo’s comments at odds with what they observe, moreover, satellite’s are incapable of “bursts of speed”, & “moving backwards” as observed by Sharon.

    Perhaps it’s Nemo who’s jerking about in the hot tub, I think we should be told 😉 (second thoughts, I don’t want to know!).

  8. Nemo you are so right – i bet it was the hot tub jerking about … its nice to have a refreshing stable attitude like yours

  9. Nemo corrected himself. Back on topic. Do you chaps/chapesses think I might be right?

  10. Chris,

    I recall that a year or two ago, when the ISS was passing over the UK at ‘primetime’ in the evenings this site had lots of sightings that were unarguably the ISS, and yet some observers said the object had varied its speed, changed direction, etc.

    The problem, you see, is that Human’s make very, very, poor eyewitnesses. The Human brain evolved to make most sense of medium sized objects amongst the landscape in the middle distance. As a result the Human brain ‘makes things up’ when it is struggling to process the information it is receiving. The brain therefore tries to ‘attach’ any bright light traveling across a dark sky to any nearby objects, such as stationary stars, or wisps of cloud, that it may be perceived as nearing/passing, etc.

    Indeed, as the witness says there were clouds in the sky, and clouds are nearer the observer and likely top be moving, and would have been bigger than the single bright light, the human brain would assume the larger object (the clouds) were the less likely to be moving and that the smaller object is the one moving, This can explain why the light even ‘appeared’ to move backwards. (n.b. Remember what I said… the brain imagines mid sized objects in the mid distance? Hence looking across the plains the brain correctly perceives a gazelle moving past a clump of trees, and not a clump of trees moving past a gazelle!).

    As a result if you had a dozen people standing in the same location you’d get a variety of different observations reported.

    You suggest you are a regular observer of satellites. Well, that’s probably why you see them as traveling straighter. Because your brain ‘knows’ they are traveling in a steady arc and so your brain is less likely to perceive regularities in their paths. It’s the same with me, but despite being an avid satellite watcher (I’m one of the nerds who registers their sightings in the league tables in HeavensAbove!!) I still sometimes perceive a speeding up/slowing down or some form of bending. However, I know it’s my mind playing tricks with me! (n.b. That the mind plays tricks is why we have magicians and conjurors… the Human brain is a very poor witness!)

  11. UFOs do move strangely, I have seen one myself (a flying saucer type). They seem to jerkily glide across the sky rather than fly like a normal aircraft. You’ll all know what I mean when you eventually see a real one for yourselves.

  12. Sorry all, my statement should have read a strange light not “as straight light”. The light I saw that night was very dim orange light, moving jerkily across the night sky. I was sitting very still chillaxing, this was not an aircraft or satellite. Thank you.

  13. Hi SharonP,

    Are you able to describe ‘jerkily’ as it will mean 101 different things to 101 people 🙂

    Maybe imagine things like a hand or thumbnail at arm’s length and use that to describe ‘jerkily’. e.g. “It took 30secs to travel one hand width, then appeared to move off at a 20degree angle covering the next handwidth in 4 seconds, then…etc.”…. Or it took 30sec to travel one hand width, then appeared to go off a bit, and traveled the next hand width in about 25secs”. You see what I mean? Both ‘jerky’, but very different. Thanks 🙂

  14. Hi Somni-451,

    Human beings make very good eyewitnesses to everyday events in there lives, things like 7/7, 9/11, or any event that compels people to come forward to recount what they witnessed, a report is compiled, so we have an ‘understanding of what took place.

    As is the way with this phenomenon, it’s all about conjecture, interpretation of the sighting by people who clearly weren’t ‘at the scene’, but somehow ‘know best’, so when someone says, “a beam of light(s) shining from the cloud above”, that’s taken as, ‘oh that’ll be a laser then’, shining up to the cloud, because ‘it can’t be anything other than laser!.(‘beams of light’ have been around longer than the laser pen has, Rendleshman!).(whoops, there’s a cat amongst the pigeons. 😉 ).

    I find myself unable to agree with the analogy that humans ‘make things up’, if, for instance, we are observing the night sky, we are able to detect movement of a satellite/Aircraft from one part of the sky to the other, (or, ’till it fades from view), & as I mentioned previously, it’s smooth transition/speed across the void
    no deviation in it’s straight line speed/movement. I’ve been looking at the night sky for a long time, so the suggestion that ‘I know’ is, with respect, simply untrue, they have always travelled in the way I have mentioned from day one.

    I wonder if I could draw your attention to Sharon’s 1st statement.

    “I witnessed as straight light moving jerkily across the sky from south to east. It was not a smooth movement across the sky like an aircraft or satellite, I watched it for a few minuets before it became obscured by clouds”. Sharon has said that she had the object in sight “for a few minuets”, there is no mention of any clouds in the vicinity of the object, only an ‘assumption’ that
    that is the case, (is there a reason that clouds ‘have to be moving’?).

    Sharon wouldn’t waste her time posting a ‘satellite sighting’, but for it’s bizarre movement that caught her attention!.

  15. “I find myself unable to agree with the analogy that humans ‘make things up’”

    Seriously? With respect, that’s an incredible oversight on your part then.

    We are conditioned by nature to ‘make things up’; our brains are used to seeing regular shapes – faces especially – and will ‘join the dots’ where there is no absolute definition. Similarly, three lights in the sky becomes a triangular craft in many cases, simply because that’s what we ‘see’. There are reams and reams of acknowledged scientific papers on this phenomenon, and similar.

    I note this paragraph also:

    “Human beings make very good eyewitnesses to everyday events in there lives, things like 7/7, 9/11, or any event that compels people to come forward to recount what they witnessed, a report is compiled, so we have an ‘understanding of what took place.”

    Not true; MANY reports are compiled because, as you surely know, each will differ. In some cases, quite considerably. You mentioned, earlier, Rendlesham; that’s a prime example of a memorable event in which the eyewitness reports differed considerably. Furthermore, what was recounted years later differed even from that stated at the time (although it’s up to you what and who you believe). We’re not great at observation.

    A final comment:

    “there is no mention of any clouds in the vicinity of the object,”

    …in reference to Sharon’s interesting sighting. Yes there is, and you mention it yourself: ‘I watched it for a few minuets before it became obscured by clouds’.

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