|Occurred : 7/20/2004 02:53 (Entered as : 07/20/1904 2:53)
Reported: 7/19/2004 7:40:29 PM 19:40
Location: London (UK/England),
|Triangle of three orange lights seen over central London through telescope.
Looking North from Chelsea in central London I saw a strange looking light as I went to close a window before bed.
This light was bright, and it was hanging in the air in line with the 30 St Mary Axe building in the city.
I am familiar with the daily and nightly flow of helicopters and planes in this area, and this light did not look like either one of those normal types of air traffic, which is why I took notice of it. I have lived in the same place for over 15 years, and I know the sky here. This light was was motionless and oddly colored, without strobes.
I grabbed my telescope and took a look at it out of curiosity. At full magnification, it appeared to have three lobes in an equilateral triangle configuration, each one being an orange color. Whilst I viewed it, the three lights dimmed to nothing. The whole event lasted five minutes for me.
From where I live (more or less Sloane Square), I can see the Post Office Tower, the London Eye and the top of 30 St Mary Axe, as well as the top of Canary Wharf, in that order from left to right. I could not tell precisely how far away it was, but I imagine that it must have been hanging over the city of London, judging by my familiarity with my telescopes zoom. From where I was observing, it was presenting at approximately 10deg above the horizon or less, at a guess, 5 times higher than 30 St Mary Axe. As for its size, all That I can say is that I distinctly saw three lobes at maximum magnification, which is 60X on a Bauch & Lomb Discoverer Zoom Telescope.
The sky had broken cloud cover, and there were no stars visible to me at the time.
I am sending you this report in case someone else saw this object, in the hope that it might corroborate the sighting.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous. PD))