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Bright orange ball over Somerset UK *Photos*

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posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 06:59 AM
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Last night just after i turned my computer off to go to bed, i walked in my room and thought id take a look out the window to see how frosty the cars were getting because we are having a very cold spell atm like -2.

As i looked out the window i spotted a very bright orange spot in the sky, it was moving but i couldnt say how fast and it was way way way too bright to be a plane, i often see planes but this was VERY bright!

first i ruched to grab my phone to take a picture but it was crap so then i decided to grab my brand new Fuji F200 EXR.... ive only had for 3 days, i was rushing because i was afraid i would miss it, so anyway i managed to get two pictures... wasnt really any point in taking more as you will see.

These images were taken at about 11:30 PM through my bedroom window, the second image is a little blured but tbh i dont know what else to tell you and the images are great, they dont say anything but, this is the second only encounter ive had in my life and im 23.

The first picture is using my x5 zoom and the second picture is without the zoom






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posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 07:05 AM
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I saw the same type of thing over Doncaster on New Years Eve because i looked outside to see some of the fireworks and there was a small group of people outside my house all looking up and pointing at something. So obviously i went out and had a look for myself to see what was happening and it look very much like a chinese lantern which i think get confused for UFO's alot because of the way they move about and the way they look in the sky.

This is what they look like close up




But far away you an see how they easily they can get confused with UFO's




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EDIT: This is what the OP was trying to show us in the first 2 pictures:

Picture One...


Picture Two...




(Sorry but these are as big as i can get them)

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posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 07:09 AM
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it could be but do you know if these lanterns travel at pretty high speed and change direction? i was watching this bright orange dot untill it seemed to vanish, and if im totally honest it seemed WAY too bright to be flame, it was almost as bright as the sun and pretty large.



posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 07:11 AM
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Ah i just noticed you added pictures but i cant erally see anything from them so im just goign on what you said right now and it sounds like it could be a chinese lantern. As far as i know they can move fairly fast and they do move around a fair bit. (the one i saw on New Years Eve was moving fairly quickly and was moving around alot)

Edit: i looked arounds again and saw the strabge lights on your pics and they do seem like chinese lanterns to me but im no expert by far so its probably best to wait for someone who knows about these better than me to comment.


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posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 07:13 AM
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Hey there ... well, I'm certainly no expert and I have no idea what the orb shape is.
but it is interesting and I'm sure some will come forward to suggest it's a 'chinese lantern'
damn skies seem to be full of the things if all the naysayers are correct ... there'll be 'lantern jams' before we know it.


I assume the 2nd pic looks like that because you moved the camera as you clicked ? If not then that makes it even more interesting because that doesn't look lanternesque at all.


I hope someone with more knowledge than me comes forward with better suggestions. Thank's for sharing.

Woody



posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 07:15 AM
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scroll across about half way on the bottom bar of the pics (worth a look just to be sure).

Woody



posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 07:15 AM
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Yea sorry they are a bit big lol here are the links to them


x5 Zoom in on object
yfrog.com...

Zoomed out but i moved camera as i clicked so bit blurry
yfrog.com...



posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 07:28 AM
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Cant see the pictures sorry They are so damned big ?, To put more string to your bow they are usually released in groups of 4/5 and do not forget it was a blue moon and very clear skies..
Itop1 try opening a Media account and transfer pictures from there



posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 07:32 AM
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Originally posted by foxhoundone
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Cant see the pictures sorry They are so damned big ?, To put more string to your bow they are usually released in groups of 4/5 and do not forget it was a blue moon and very clear skies..
Itop1 try opening a Media account and transfer pictures from there


i gave you links just above your post to the pictures in smaller scale



posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 08:02 AM
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Originally posted by woodwytch
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Hey there ... well, I'm certainly no expert and I have no idea what the orb shape is.
but it is interesting and I'm sure some will come forward to suggest it's a 'chinese lantern'
damn skies seem to be full of the things if all the naysayers are correct ... there'll be 'lantern jams' before we know it.


I assume the 2nd pic looks like that because you moved the camera as you clicked ? If not then that makes it even more interesting because that doesn't look lanternesque at all.


I hope someone with more knowledge than me comes forward with better suggestions. Thank's for sharing.

Woody


Gosh, I wonder what time of year people would release sky lanterns? It's not like there's loads available in the UK or US, and people certainly don't celebrate at this time of year!!!! And our eyes are brilliant at estimating distance at night! And because we're so great at measuring distance we're great at measuring speed of movement!!! Wouldn't expect this sort of thing at all!! Sky lanterns are a big myth created by THE MAN to cover up loads of people seeing UFOs on New Years Eve/Day! The aliens share exactly the same calendar as us - all of their planets are exactly the same size and distance from their suns. Everybody knows that!
They also appear during other celebrations. Presumably to watch the fireworks/wish people happy birthday! Those cheeky aliens!



posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 08:45 AM
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S+F becauseI saw the same thing, in south Florida, 3 times on New Years Eve!

It seemed an identical trajectory each time: approaching from West appearing brighter overhead (almost flame-like) and then rapidly disappearing to the East and UPWARDS, which made me feel like it was on an eliptical track/orbit?

There were others with me that saw it and none of us were convinced it could have been a chinese lantern or any known aircraft. However, because the three sightings were clustered around 12:00 midnight and coming from the same direction maybe they could have been large chinese lanterns?

It was BRIGHT though, bright enough to make shadowy figures in the yard, competing with the moon in brightness for a moment... I've never seen a chinese lantern but I can't imagine the flame could be that big, right? For safety purposes?

I have a short video of it passing overhead if anyone is interested in seeing a small, flickering golden orange dot in a black sky haha... I must admit it's not the most convincing footage but I was stunned by it's presence and got a clip the third time it came around.

EDIT : spelling

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posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 08:49 AM
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Well like i said before i still think its a chinese lantern but seeing that video could be interesting still.


May change my mind atleast who knows.



posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 08:59 AM
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I have the most bizarre photos on my phone, I might upload them, thing is; they're Chinese Lanterns - looking very much like yours. I spotted a group of them New Years Eve, with a bunch of friends - we did get a little excited for a moment or two


Until you've seen these things you shouldn't judge.



posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 09:01 AM
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Early New Years Day me and the neighbours were watching some lanterns being set off on the skyline. One came overhead and the rest set off in a slightly different directions.
We knew they were lanterns because someone knew the people who were setting them off, but also it was New Year, just after midnight (go figure).
I have to say that it was difficult to gauge how high or big they were and they just presented as distant orbs. But they did look like some of these youtube videos presented as UFOs. I think people are just desperate to believe in something which spices up our mundane lives.

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posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 09:02 AM
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chinese lanterns - in the sky, during a period of new year celebration - no way!!!! surely the obvious answer has to be some intergalatic or dimensional craft which would need more energy than the sun can output to twist the fabric of time and space in order to get here - and i mean why would aliens if great technology and knowledge want to go anywhere else in the entire multiverse when they can go to shropshire!!??!



posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 09:13 AM
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alright here's the aforementioned FL video.

now, upon uploading this to youtube I came across a slew of other similar "UFO" new years videos from all over the world and I gotta say... looks a lot like the same thing. i'm becoming convinced it's likely lanterns, but here's the video anyway, see for yourself.




posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 09:15 AM
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Originally posted by steveetienne
chinese lanterns - in the sky, during a period of new year celebration - no way!!!! surely the obvious answer has to be some intergalatic or dimensional craft which would need more energy than the sun can output to twist the fabric of time and space in order to get here - and i mean why would aliens if great technology and knowledge want to go anywhere else in the entire multiverse when they can go to shropshire!!??!


Let me just put you back on trackj.... these are UFO's nobody have said that they are Aliens.

it would be wise to learn the difference between an Alien and a UFO before mocking other peoples comments.

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posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 09:17 AM
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no need to put me back on track chap, id say focus on yourself, i simply use logic and occams razor to deduce mysteries - a bit like sherlock holmes without the deerstalker and coc aine syringe.



posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 09:18 AM
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Originally posted by unicorn1
Early New Years Day me and the neighbours were watching some lanterns being set off on the skyline. One came overhead and the rest set off in a slightly different directions.
We knew they were lanterns because someone knew the people who were setting them off, but also it was New Year, just after midnight (go figure).
I have to say that it was difficult to gauge how high or big they were and they just presented as distant orbs. But they did look like some of these youtube videos presented as UFOs. I think people are just desperate to believe in something which spices up our mundane lives.

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I don't think, in most cases, it's because people are in any way desperate to believe, it's just that because it's such an abnormal sight it's fairly easy to get it wrong. I think you're right that cultural belief in things like UFOs play a huge part though - no doubt if earth-lights were the current fashion more people would attribute the lights to those. But I don't think people are sad or desperate, it's simply a human reaction to stimulus ALL of us are unequipped to deal with well because our brains aren't measuring devices. Sensible people get fooled too. What's annoying is when people aren't open to discussion or exclude possible explanations because of emotional attachment to a particular theory.

The fact that OP posted it here suggests they are open to discussion and that should be applauded
. I think OPs conduct suggests they're not an idiot. So I've starred and flagged just for that.



posted on Jan, 2 2010 @ 09:40 AM
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I posted this in the thread about the orbs from Manchester. We saw Orbs above Sidbury in Devon at roughly the same time. This is my post below:

Hi I would just like to say that my wife and I saw an Orange Orb over Sidbury in Devon last night, new years day. I did think that it was a chinese lantern untill I saw the videos in this post of Chinese Lanterns.
Over the past severel months there have been many sightings in Exmouth Devon that have been reported in the local press. I was interested if anyone else saw the Orb. Its light got really bright then the whole thing faded into nothing at great height.




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