|Occurred : 5/7/2007 00:10 (Entered as : 5-7-2007 0:10)
Reported: 5/22/2007 2:19:20 PM 14:19
Location: Atlantic Ocean,
|two orange lights seen over the Atlantic Ocean
UFO SIGHTING Sighting Date: May 7, 2007 Sighting Time: 00:10 – 00:15 AM (approx) Sighting Location: Atlantic Ocean, Aprox 80 Miles SE of New York City Aboard the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines “Liberty of the Seas” I had just left a show which ended about 12:10 AM (00:10). Knowing it was dark out I stepped out on the starboard side deck just to see what I could (often seeing lights of other ships in the distance in these conditions.) I presume the sky was hazy or partly cloudy as I could see only a few brighter stars. The moon was not visible from my vantage point (I do not know its phase or position on the date.) The horizon was very faintly visible as a just marginally brighter line above the sea. There were no visible lights on the horizon.
I don’t know the heading of the ship but according to the passenger update log it would probably be somewhere between 110 Degrees and 70 Degrees. The ship had sailed toward the southeast and then turned towards the north. The sighting occurred at about the point where the turn was (to be) made. No land lights were visible.
Three stars/lights did slightly stand out as they formed a triangle with two of the lights in a roughly horizontal line with the third lower and to the right. The separation of the top two lights was roughly 1 degree. The third light was roughly 2 degrees to the lower right. I am estimating these distances by mental reference to the size of a full moon – one half subtended degree. The center of this triangle was about 10-15 degrees above the horizon and about 45 degrees to the rear of the direction of travel of the ship.
As I looked at these three lights for about 10 seconds, I perceived that the upper left and lower right lights were faintly orange in color while the upper right one was white. The white one was a clear point, as would be expected when viewing a star, and as other stars visible at the time appeared. The two orange lights appeared slightly fuzzy. Focusing my attention to these orange lights I noticed that they actually appeared brighter in the center with areas to the sides that appeared to “flutter” and very rapidly change intensity from dim to almost as bright as the center. This total width of light was no more than one quarter degree. This same “fluttering” effect was not visible above or below the center of the light.
My first notion was that they appeared to be helicopters, in that you can see a center mass and perceive the rotor as a “fluttering” change in intensity to the sides. This is a description of the appearance only; there was no sound and there were no navigation or marker lights, and helicopters probably wouldn’t be glowing orange.
After seeing the three lights in position for no more than 10 seconds total, the two orange lights began moving to the left, relative to the white point star which did not move. The few other white point stars visible did not move either (the ship was not turning.) Over a total period of around 30 seconds that these orange lights moved, the top one moved roughly horizontally to a position roughly 45 degrees to the front of the ship. During that movement it did dip slightly in apparent altitude when it was about 90 degrees off the side of the ship. The other light also moved at the same time as the first but its movement was independent of the first. It first moved slightly down and to the left, then rose slightly and then continued horizontally to the left. When it was almost 90 degrees to the side of the ship it dipped slightly and then rose to the same height as the first light. It “followed” the first light for a second of two and then dropped slightly, all the while moving to the left.
When these lights both reached the position approximately 45 degrees to the front of the ship they both faded out and I lost further sight of them.
To reiterate, I could not tell the exact atmospheric conditions during this sighting but there were maybe 25 visible stars in my field of vision. These were white sharp points of light that did not move relative to the ship or to each other during the time I saw the orange lights, which did move both relative to the visible stars and to each other. Although they did move together and at the same time, the movement of the orange lights varied in speed and in altitude relative to each other, the other visible stars and to the horizon.
They were stationary for about 10 seconds and moved for about 30 seconds before disappearing. The lower of the two lights moved a greater distance than the top one and therefore moved faster as they both started moving at the same time and disappeared from view at the same time with about the same distance separation.
Age: 67, no health problems Vision acuity: 20/20 corrected with glasses, no colorblindness or astigmatism Physical condition at time of sighting: tired but relaxed Mental condition at time of sighting: no conflicts; finished one drink ½ hour prior.
Outside air temperature/humidity: approx 55 degrees/unknown Ship speed/air speed: approx 18 knots/unknown