Time: 11:00 am
Place: Port Elizabeth
Submitted by: Igor
Sitting on the beach watching the waves when my eye caught a whitish opaque ( like a faint cloud white) object in the sky at some distance about 10 – 15 km offshore slowly moving from a W direction across the sky towards the E but initially diagonally/inclining over the ocean, finally parallel to the horizon as it disappeared in the distance too far for my eyes to follow.
Initially I thought it was a commercial airline jet banking, lining up for final approach as they usually do. However it was moving to slow and would stall at that speed. Concentrating my attention on the object, that now appeared to have a star shape configuration with one leading point longer like the front of a fighter jet (Sketched it when I got home) as it did not have the same proportion as an airline plane. Thinking someone is flying a drone off the far dune as this star shaped object briefly came to a halt in the sky. But my mind was saying it is too far out to sea and too large. I briefly looked back and down along the shore line and dune tops to see if I could confirm someone remotely controlling this object but to no avail. My mind was saying it looks like a drone it surely must be. My mind was having a difficult time processing this. It was strange as it was not making sense. Thinking surely it’s too big and far away … Quickly putting my focus back on the object as it started moving again after being stationary for approximately 4-5 seconds it’s shape changed as it briefly maneuvered into a horizontal plane, parallel with the horizon about 40m high. Now it looked more like a disk with a centre dome on top, silvery grey in colour. The dome had a reflective sheen look to it like metal or glass from a distance.
After steadily moving in this dead straight horizontal plane for about 7 seconds faster than when I first noticed it, it stopped in mid air again. Dead still for about 4 seconds. This was confirmation to me this was no aeroplane. My mind was saying it now looks like those little two man helicopters doing surveillance, maybe for abalone poaching, common in these waters. The variables didn’t fit as at that distance away that type of helicopter would appear much smaller. There was also no tail rotor section which I was expecting to eventually notice. Also I was waiting to hear mechanical motor or jet sounds. The wind was blowing lightly onshore S direction so sound should travel unless too far. It made no sound or at least I did not hear anything, maybe too far out. Usually if it’s in sight one most likely would hear something.
After the brief pause it continued in an E direction past Schoenmakers Skop probably a bit faster than what I have seen a regular helicopter cruising. I continued to observe it for any more change. It remained constant, dead horizontal with horizon over the ocean until it diminished in the E.
Time: 11:50 pm
Submitted by: Lights
While hanging up washing at night I noticed a slow flash. I thought it was meteor and shrugged it off as one. The flash reapeaeded slowly again same spot. This repeated 5 times. The flash was slow and lasted about 3 seconds at a time and appeared 4 times brighter than the stars in the sky.
Time: 11:00 pm
Place: Welkom, Free State
Submitted by: steve
Observed a light just east of the Southern Cross constellation. Light was seen over a built up suburban area over Welkom. Light was pure white and would ‘flash’ for about 1 to 2 seconds at a time, then disappear completely for up to 10 – 15 seconds again (time was not consistent in between flashes). Was not a strobe light from any aircraft. No noise & mostly reappeared in the same place, except for the last few ‘flashes’ where it moved in a back & forth motion (later each flash would appear closer to my position at the time!) I cannot estimate distance or speeds. No other colour light seen & the intensity of the light itself would vary. Was also not a helicopter with “night light”, as it did not behave in the typical manner. I have no idea what it may be & unfortunately I have no other witnesses or photographic evidence. I left immediately when the light seemed to be reacting to my movements & appeared to be coming closer to where I was at the time.
Time: 08:30 pm
Place: Pretoria East
Submitted by: Anonymous
Saw the bright start flashing every 10 seconds or so for about 5 minutes traveling South to South East. Very similar in brightness and in the same direction as seen on the 1st of Jan at 12:15. Star could not be seen between flashes. At one time, a nearby star flashed equally bright and at the same time. The star remained but did not continue to flash. Could it be a rotating falling Iranium satélite? The strange thing is to see two in the same area on two different occasions.
Time: 08:15 am
Place: Im North of Pta and saw it WSW
I steped out side to cool down as it was hot and humed and looked west /southly and noticed a moving reapearing star, I noticed it was to high for a plane , out of atmosphere , apearing and disapearing for about 10 min and then it vanished.
Time: 09:00 pm
Submitted by: Norman Otto
Around 21:00 on Sunday the 15th of Jan 2017 I became aware of a fairly large orange light moving from North to South across the sea over Durban city.
There were no blinking lights as typical of a plane or other aircraft.
There was no sound such as jet or propeller noise.
I tried to record the event with my cellphone – not very good quality though..and does not want to upload
The entire episode took 2 minutes where after the light was blocked by trees in my yard.
Time: 08:00 pm
Place: Johannesburg, South Africa
I was observing what I thought was Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, but then I noticed that the bight object that was stationary became brighter and bigger, after afew minutes it went dim and disappeared, it kept on reappearing, yet not moving.
Time: 01:30 am
went outside to smoke..looked up at the stars as usual, sky was partially cloudy but the area I looked at was clear. so I’m looking at this bright star for about a minute and to the left of it I saw a flash…I could not explain it because to me it looked like some one opened and closed a door and the light shined through the opening. it was about 4x bigger than the star I looked at. I kept on looking but nothing happened after that..lasted about two seconds..not sure if it was a craft or atmospheric phenomenon but it freaked me out.
nb: date might be wrong but it occurred sometime during the weekend.
Time: 10:40 pm
Place: Johannesburg, Linden
I was sitting on my balcony, and the clouds just illuminated green all of a sudden, like there was a green light behind them. Couldnt have been fireworks , it really illuminated a big area of clouds and I wouldve heard that. There was no sound. I cant think of anything that could’ve illuminated the clouds that bright green. It was really just a flash , didnt last long, nearly a second long.
Time: 12:12 am
Place: Higgovale, Cape Town
Submitted by: Simon Tatt
It was just after the fireworks in Cape Town Harbour had died down. I was sitting on the steps in the garden out the back of the house, when I noticed a circular shape, kind of like a doughnut shape, changing colours between orange and pinkish and moving fairly quickly from south west to north east (estimated direction). Immediately following the circular shape was a triangle, also pinky orange in colour. Right behind that was a long oblong shape, same colours. All of the shapes were rotating slowly or wobbling slightly on a common axis. They all appeared to be hollow, no solid shape to them, just outlines. They appeared to be all in a straight line and all undulating or wobbling slightly. The last sight I had was of the long oblong object disappearing from view behind some trees. The oblong shape moved in a similar way to one of those long oblong shipboard radars that slowly revolve. There was no sound at all from any of the objects.. I could not identify them as either drones, helicopters or aeroplanes, (at least not any I could identify and I am an aviation enthusiast.) It was difficult estimating altitude as I am not sure what size they were but I guessed at between 700ft to 1000ft above where I was sitting. I guess then that each object was probably not more than 15ft across.
I have never seen anything like this before.