bright blinking light in night sky

Date: 18/01/2017
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.

3 thoughts on “bright blinking light in night sky

  1. Alfie Campbell

    I saw the same thing, looked like sirios the morning star. On another occasion I saw a star move up and down vertically and then side to side. I was at a game reserve so the night sky was clear. Both times I wasn’t alone, so more than one witness. Are there any explanations for this? I would really appreciate feedback. Thx.

  2. The powers that be will tell you it is a satellite or weather balloon. Have seen something exactly like this recently which I have never seen before. Have seen many satellitez but none like this one

  3. Does sound interesting and reminded me of a sighting I had twice as a kid.

    My only question is whether the sky was clear or cloudy. If it was cloudy then it could just be an autokinetic effect, which would explain most of what you were seeing. Changes in the thickness of clouds would explain the apparent changes in magnitude, as well as the object moving closer. Just a thin layer of cirrus is enough to dim even Venus. Inconsistent breaks in the clouds would explain the object remaining in the same spot.

    It is definitely interesting.

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