|Occurred : 1/1/2017 00:10 (Entered as : 01/01/17 0:10)
Reported: 1/1/2017 3:07:27 AM 03:07
Location: Anchorage, AK
|Red round lights in 5 or 6 groups of 3 lights each hovered over Hillside(?) area during midnight fireworks seen from Tikahtnu area.
From the viewpoint of the north end of Muldoon area near the Glenn Hwy, at 10 minutes after midnight (Happy New year's, guys!) we saw 5 or 6 clusters of what looked like small orange steady lights, 3 to a group, each group of three kept a perfectly tight triangle pattern/formation. They came up from the south at a medium speed, too slow for a firework rockets or flares, but faster than most airplanes.
They slowed to a stop still in formation & still due south, hard to guess the distance being dark, but my guess would be about 500-800'in altitude & maybe 5-8 miles due south from us.
The groups of three seemed to keep perfectly together within each group as if there was one object with three lights each but the different groups of three would vary slightly in position relative to the other groups. Once they stopped they were still moving slightly around but staying in the same rough area. There were no flashing lights but the Orange balls seemed to slightly pulse with a subtle color shift from almost yellow to deep reddish orange.
After watching for 2-3 minutes, I ran inside to grab my camera but when I got back less than a minute later, they were gone or moved too low to see due to a 2 story apartment blocking my view. At first I thought they were part of the neighborhood fireworks, but after watching, it was clear that they weren't.
We were joking about the fact that they SEEMED to act like they came in close to watch the midnight fireworks show, then left when the fireworks were thinning to a close.
Also, they made no sound that could be heard. That could have been because of the distance and/or the fireworks' noise.
((NUFORC Note: Witness elects to remain totally anonymous; provides no contact information. PD))