|Occurred : 12/26/2015 20:50 (Entered as : 12/26/15 20:50)
Reported: 12/27/2015 2:48:49 PM 14:48
Location: Hamden, CT
|Long Trail of Orange Lights over Long Island/Connecticut
While driving on CT15 near Hamden, CT, a string of orange lights was seen from south to north (Long Island Sound, disappearing overhead to the south of our position). Initially, 3-4 were seen in an area with routine jet traffic. They appeared to be converging to a formation.
My first thought was that they looked like afterburners from jets coming into formation. After watching for a few seconds, several more emerged from below the horizon to the south in a long trail. This continued for several minutes in a trail formation. The objects were moving relative to each other, but primarily south to north. The angle of sight made it difficult to determine if they were level or climbing, but they seemed to disappear into the overcast. Local aviation weather reported overcast ceilings around 5000 feet at the time.
From my vantage, they looked either to be a very large formation of aircraft under afterburner or a large cluster of rockets. The orange lights were the only visible lights. No reports have been seen on news or social media of other observations. This is unusual considering the recent reports of the Russian rocket re-entry in Nevada and the Trident launch off LA.