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Occurred : 7/3/2012 23:00 (Entered as : 07.03.12 23:00)
Reported: 9/4/2012 7:04:27 AM 07:04
Posted: 9/24/2012
Location: Warsaw (Poland),
Shape: Light
Two lights moving on two circular orbits forming a number 8 with a constant speed. The movements were synchronized

UFO Lights Location: Warsaw, Poland, position: 52º12’23’’N, 21º00’53’’ E 3rd floor flat, west facing balcony.

Date: 3 July 2012, time: 23.00-23:30 (GMT+2) Description of the event I was in the flat and at about 23:00 hours I heard the sound of thunder. When I approached the balcony door to close it I could see lightning in the distance. By chance I looked up and saw right above me in the sky a moving round white spot. This light spot was moving with a constant speed in an anticlockwise direction along a circular path which was about 20º in diameter. It took about 20 seconds to complete one revolution. The centre of the circle was about 70º above the horizon. The diameter of the light spot was about 2-3º, but it did not have clear edges. The spot was not very bright but the light intensity was sufficient to see it clearly against a background of clouds which were at about 500-1000 m in altitude. The spot’s light intensity distribution was not uniform but it had a bell like shape and its edges were blurred like car headlights in a dense fog.

I noticed that sometimes when a dark cloud formed which was below the normal cloud ceiling, the light spot was obstructed by or even disappeared behind it, meaning that the light originated from above the cloud.

As the spot travelled along its circular path its shape changed depending on the clouds it passed through. The shape of the spot, which was normally round, could be oval or irregular with rays radiating from it. The radiating or branching rays were sometimes narrow and pointed. These rays radiated in different directions, even up to 3-5º away from the centre of the spot. However when the thickness of the clouds was uniform the shape returned to its circular form.

After a few moments I noticed a second light spot which was very similar to the first. This second light spot also moved in a circular path which touched the first spots circular path (see Fig. 1). The second circular path had the same diameter as the first and was positioned to the right of the first circular path. Its centre was about 75º above the horizon meaning that the centres of both paths weren't in a horizontal plane. The second spot was moving along its path in an anticlockwise direction with the same speed as the first one. Both lights met at the point where the two trajectories touched each other and at this point the lights overlapped in such a way that for a second only one spot was visible. This meant that the movement of both spots was synchronized for the duration of the observation.

The shape of the second light spot changed in a similar way to that of the first, but at any given moment in time the two shapes were not identical because the spots passed through different clouds. When the clouds were uniform both lights had a similar circular-Gaussian shape. The lights sometimes disappeared when they passed through very thick cloud and after a moment reappeared at the appropriate points on their paths.

I observed the lights with some breaks for about 30 minutes. Since nothing changed during this time I stopped observation.

Comment After analysis of the light spots I reached the conclusion that the sources of the lights had to be positioned in the clouds rather than above them. The source of the light would have had to have been in the shape of a ball sending rays in all directions and therefore the intensity of light viewed from underneath was Gaussian. If the source was above the clouds it would be difficult to explain the propagation of irregular rays from the spots in almost horizontal directions in the clouds. Also, the diameter of the spots would have had to have been much larger. If the source of light was above the clouds the light would have difficulty passing through it and generating a bright enough spot. This can be confirmed by the fact that when a dark cloud passed underneath, it completely obstructed the spots.

Fig. 1 Showing circular paths of moving light spots.