27 January 2008

Strange Lights on Saturday

This is a bit unusual for me, but something unusual happened, and I felt the need to write about it.

It happened on Saturday.

My mom was driving, and my dad sitting in the back seat, I was sitting in the front passengers seat, and we were going north on the 57 freeway, and the traffic started to slow down significantly, and people around us were looking at the sky. I looked ahead, and then a big light (close to the apparent size of the moon) appeared high up in the sky. It looked as though it had a trail of sparks behind it, and it was very slow in its descent.

Then, it went out, but another one appeared, just like the first. It seemed to veer off to the right, in a twirling motion. It went out again, and there was a pause, for about 3-5 seconds during which I couldn't see any. Then two more appeared, and a third, and they continued to do the same things. One went out, and another two appeared. At this time there were about four or five in the sky at once, all doing the exact same things, except at progressively lower heights. As they got lower, the impression that they were trailing sparks became much more distinct.

Towards the end of (what I saw of) the event, there was one which seemed to be very close to the ground - not so close as I would think it a few feet from the ground, but close enough that I grew the genuine concern that it might hit our car, or hit the freeway close enough to cause a crash that would cause damage to us as a result.

However, this, too, disappeared from sight, as though it had burnt out and lost its light.

At first, I thought it was pieces of a satellite, as the trails of sparks that gave them their fiery looks seemed to suggest, and it's far too slow to be a meteor, at least any meteor I've seen. I would think that such a case would involve the objects falling faster, though, so I do have some questions surrounding this idea.

I felt pretty neutral beforehand, pretty good, actually, as I was listening to Relayer, and was pretty shaken up during it, mostly relieved afterward that it hadn't caused us harm, whatever it was. I still don't know, don't think this is an extraterrestrial-controlled thing, but it is certainly very unusual (first thing I've seen like it, compared to any UFOs, stars, planets, meteors, planes, or satellites that I have seen), and I wouldn't rule this possibility out, particularly as I lack a better explanation as of this point. (Edit: It did turn out to be some people in balloons or parachutes, who were performing nearby.)

I am just furiously anxious to understand what happened. Apparently a whole bunch of people in the parking lot of the restaurant The Hat were all looking up and staring at it. I have seen nothing of it in the news, on YouTube, in image searches, news searches or general web searches, with the singular exception of a couple of people who reported it as UFO reports. I don't think it's extraterrestrial craft, though, and would be really eager to hear what it likely is.


abfh said...

I noticed a news article on Friday that said a US military satellite had been damaged and would soon be falling to earth. That might have been what you saw.

Patrick said...

Though they don't expect that satellite to be coming down quite yet...

My gut reaction is flares and halo glare, but as I wasn't there I can't say much.

If it hits the news, like the recent Texas event, we shall be hearing about it soon! (Though in that case the reserves finaly came forward to say it may have been a formation of training flyers, I am still skeptical about that response as that wouldn't explain some of the other changes folks had reported in the pattern of lights, unless they were trying some blue angel type maneuvres.)

geosaru said...

I think it was probably a meteor breaking up, or a satellite. True, though, that the one abfh mentioned isn't supposed to come down until late February or March.

laurentius rex said...

Seen film of a big meteor crashing somewhere in the states recently.

There are also lights in the sky which are metereological phenomena, and luminisescent phenomena generated by geophysical seismic events.