Time and date: 20 November 2014 at 2:30 AM
Submitted by: Christel Ritchie
In the night of 20 November 2014, I awoke around 2.30 am and went outside to look at the stars. And saw what I thought was a ‘new moon’ sliver in the south eastern sky over Johannesburg. I looked away, thinking its the moon. Then I realised the ‘new moon’ does not appear in that part of the sky. I stared back at this object. It did not move from its position, but slowly moving light appeared along its edge, and I then I saw it was rounder that round with a thin line of lights around its edge. I felt no fear, just wonder and awe at the privilege of seeing it. I don’t know how long I watched it, but found tears running down my face, filled with peace and love. I glanced away and it disappeared. It felt like I had been on a trip and come back to earth and I realised that I had seen and experienced some quite extraordinary. The thought had flashed through my mind to take photos, but I did not want to miss even one second of what I was experiencing. Wow.