posted on Jan, 17 2009 @ 04:00 AM
I am posting this UFO report on behalf of my workmate Barry who witnessed a UFO a couple of weeks ago while staying with some friends and their
children, they witnessed a bright white object fly overhead that was definitely not an aircraft. He managed to take a pic, which was miraculous in
itself considering it was running out of memory and battery power, and I have posted the picture here too.
The party of five concluded it must be a meteorite and lost interest in the object but Barry continued to watch it as it then turned a bright round
(as red as a Coke can) and POOF, it's gone. Now would a meteorite do this, if it was burning up while entering the atmosphere? Here's
Barry's report, quoted verbatim:
On Sunday 28th December 2008 at 10.28pm, while holidaying in the Hunter Hills (Waimate region, South Canterbury, New Zealand), some children
observed an object gliding across the starlit sky, straight above, moving at approximately the speed of an aircraft that would be a normal visibility
object (30,000 ft). The sky was clear, deep black, and the object was very bright.
The group of five adults were rather taken aback by the object which didn't resemble known objects (i.e International space Station etc). Appeared to
be travelling between the stars and the assumed atmosphere. travelled in a straight line due south, and (always easily identified during its traverse)
approximately 3 minutes later, well above the horizon, suddenly glowed a very round red (a perfect round red) and disappeared.
Barry and his friends weren't the only people to witness this object. A fellow workmate heard that it was seen as far away as Christchurch. Another
person reported seeing it at Waitaki Bridge. Barry's friend Rodg (from Oamaru) also saw the object - not only that, he also witnessed the object turn
red and disappear!
Now, what we do know, is that the International Space Station has been doing its rounds and I'm inclined to believe that it is indeed the ISS. We've
been watching YouTube videos posted of the ISS filmed from ground level and its speed and luminosity / shape is rather similar. Apparently the ISS
also takes 3 minutes to travel from horizon-to-horizon. HOWEVER, if it was the ISS, why would it suddenly turn a beautiful bright red and just vanish
into thin air? So, we are hoping to find out what this thing is... was it the ISS? Was it a meteorite burning up? All witnesses ruled out a shooting
star as it travelled so slow. Barry remarked it was so bright and travelled lower than an aircraft that it seemed like he was looking at one of those
3D pictures that pops out from the background. He said it was quite surreal. He described the object position as neatly in between where you would
consider the stars to be, and our atmosphere. And it was very bright.
Here is the photo that was taken (camera is a Fuji FinePix A 500):
..and this is the same image, cropped and zoomed for your convenience:
Any ideas, thoughts, or fellow reported sightings are most welcome!
[edit on 17-1-2009 by RiotComing]