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Originally posted by misswanderer31
reply to post by internos
Hi internos.... great post regarding the kaikoura lights.... whats your take on the sighting? fake or real? or something else?
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The informations provided are extremely poor:
all i can say is that there's a long list of natural phenomena which can match this one:
trails, debris trails, persistent meteors trails, more other phenomena like the release of sodium clouds, or very "slow" bodies releasing persistent trails able to remain visible for ten minutes. My first take is that
it's a trail of a meteor or of a re-entering astronautic material:
its trail has not static geometries because its nature (ionized trail or smoke trail) may dissipate in many very different ways:
the factor which may affect it are atmospheric pressure, wind in quote (up to 300 km/h) and a long series of micro-conditions.
To study a series of images or/and a single winess report like in this case is always very difficult: we don't know which were the conditions at a certain altitude and besides we don't know which was the altitude.
Date: Saturday 12 January 2008
Time: 2.35 am approx
Place: Rangiora North, Canterbury, South Island (approx. 30 km from Christchurch).
Duration of sighting approx. 30-40 seconds. The observer (a MAF bio-security officer) was on her decking enjoying the warm evening and observing the constellations before going to bed. She was looking south and observed the Southern Cross low in the sky. The sky was clear between a thick northwest cloud bank and cloud to the east over the sea. It was a starry night. She suddenly noticed a bright light, larger than a bright star, in the area of sky she was observing just above the Southern Cross. At first she just thought it was a star until it began to move in unusual ways. The observer described it as slower than a shooting star, but brighter and faster than a satellite. The light traveled rapidly from west to east before suddenly and abruptly turning 45 degrees and heading towards the land. The object did not travel in a straight line or curve, but moved erratically – down, veered to the left, down, veered to the right etc, changing direction rapidly before being lost from view by dropping behind eastern cloud.
The observer states that she completed a course in astronomy at the University of Canterbury several years ago, and has an amateur but ongoing interest in the night sky. She commented that she has never before observed such an oddity in the sky.
Date: Thursday 24 January 2008
Time: Between 10 & 10.15 pm
Place: Oxford, North Canterbury, South Island
The sighting lasted a few seconds, but the observers watched the sky for a further 5 minutes or so. It was dusk, not completely dark.
The observers, husband and wife, were outside in the evening air when they saw a large bright light that traveled at speed in a horizontal line from SE to NW between a tree-line and the nearby mountain range. At first they thought it was a plane, but realized that the speed of the light was far in excess of a conventional aircraft, and there was no sound. It was lost from view into thin cloud near the mountains. The observers continued to watch the sky for a further five minutes or so expecting to see it emerge from the clouds again, but it did not. They considered the event to be highly unusual. There were a few stars starting to appear in the sky, but the observers stated that they were “nowhere near” the size or brightness of the anomalous light.