|Occurred : 3/7/1999 04:30 (Entered as : 03/07/99 04:30)
Reported: 4/11/1999 08:28
Location: Christchurch, Dorset (UK/England),
|Very bright orange object in clear night sky, at almost exactly due north from my location, and 20 degrees from the horizon, moved very slowly to my right and appeared to have what I can only describe as a halo around it or smaller lights rotating around it very quickly indeed.
After five or six minutes it turned from orange to white and seemed to close like a camera lense, or rapidly move away from me. It was too far away for me to tell. I am not a crackpot or looking for fame in any way and am reporting exactly what I saw. There were the usual stars twinkling in the dark sky and I am used to seeing them every clear morning because I always have to get up at 4am to go to work.
As for the size of the object I can only hazard a guess but I would say that as it was apparently some distance away from my position, it was at least ten times larger than the largest star I could see. I hesitated to fetch my video camera, binoculars or still camera in case it dissapeared whilst I was getting them from my study.
If I see anything like it again I shall make haste to get my binoculars and camera and risk losing sight of whatever it is.