Orange orbs and gigantic crescent shape object seen over The Reeds, Centurion, South Africa

Date: 03/01/2012
Time: 09:41 pm
Place: The Reeds, Centurion, South Africa
Submitted by: Jean Ward


Saturday, 7 January 2012, 09:41 PM: It was a warm, cloudy summer evening. It was close to full moon and there was a light breeze in the air. I was outside taking a smoke break. I looked up at the bright moon towards the north. It was then that I noticed an orange orb moving in a straight line slowly across the sky in a southerly direction towards me; emitting no sound as it did so. I noted its light did not flicker or blink on and off. There was no visible smoke and/or floating devices above it. I knew this was odd so I quickly got my camera and started taking photographs. Soon there were two more, all moving in unison. Fifteen (15) minutes later they were gone, suddenly fading into the distant horizon. I stood outside for a while totally confused at what I had just witnessed, went inside and commenced downloading the photographs onto my PC.
About an hour later I went outside to check that the garden gates were locked as I was about to hit the hay for the night. It was then that the main event happened. I thought the orange orbs were strange, but above me, slowly moving in a southerly direction was a football field size (100 m in length) crescent shape object, dark grey in colour. I estimate it was about thirty (30) metres above my house and moving forward at a walking pace. It had no lights and emitted no sound. I stood there for a while, scared, yet excited; not sure what to do, i.e. run and hide or try to get its attention. Eventually I did run inside to fetch the camera. Regrettably, when I returned it was nowhere to be seen.
I have an entry in my blog with a .ZIP download of all the photographs:

3 thoughts on “Orange orbs and gigantic crescent shape object seen over The Reeds, Centurion, South Africa

  1. Chris Hattingh

    This sound similar to what we saw years ago on the farm next to the N1 highway while the highway from the Warmbaths offramp to Pietersburg was under construction

  2. This is an interesting case! The photos are impressive too.

    First question – why so long to report the sighting?

    Usually orange orbs can be written off as Chinese lanterns, but I’m not so sure this is the case here.

    You state that the clouds moved in an easterly direction? Is this based on observations of the clouds or the surface breeze you mention? Surface winds have no influence on the vector of clouds, although the wind profile can be uniform from the surface to higher altitudes. If the direction of the clouds, and thus the direction of the mid to upper level wind is based on observations of the clouds then you are on to something! One would expect that if the orbs are lanterns that they are influenced by wind patterns (easterly in your case).

    Second question – at what degree above the horizon were the orbs? Judging altitude can be difficult when looking straight up (90 deg). You mention that the orbs moved in unison – do you think they were at the same altitude? If so, then Chinese lanterns become even less likely.

    DSCN2814 is probably the best photo out of the lot. The consistency in the motion blur between the moon and the three orbs is hard to fake. The rest of the photos are of no use due to the extreme motion blur.

    I’m not ruling out Chinese lanterns, but I believe this is a solid case. I have some photos of Chinese lanterns which I will analyze to see if there is any convergence with your photos.

    If you would like to discuss this further in a more efficient manner let me know and we can exchange email addresses.

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