Time and date: During 1978 at midnight
Submitted by: Doug Herron
This is a while back and took place during the Rhodesian bush war in 1978.
My unit was stationed outside Bindura northeast of then Salisbury (Harare).
It was close to midnight and I was on my way to radio watch when I happened to glance up at the night sky. It was a cloudless night and I was amazed to see this enormous orange sphere that was stationary and glowing brightly in the north sky.
I checked for the moon and it was there, but dwarfed by this glowing orb. If I were to make a comparison in size, it was at least four times larger the full moon.
This sighting was corroborated by the guard on duty.
To this day I regret not having observed how this object disappeared because instead of observing it further, I went to report it to the officers tent and was also was in a hurry to get to the radio tent to see if any troops called in the sighting so I could attempt to triangulate a fix on it’s location.
The one consolation that I got was that one of the officer’s had experienced the same sighting and when we looked up to where we had both seen the object it had vanished!