Three lights seen North of Roodekrans, Roodepoort

Date: 17/05/2017
Time: 10:00 pm
Place: Roodekrans, Roodepoort
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At around 22h00 my wife and I were sitting on our balcony for a last cigarette before turning in, when she noticed a slowly-pulsating light to the North of us, above the ridge-line of a hill-line that we stay near. When I finally managed to pick it out, I noted that it was clearly above the ridge-line of the hill.

After a minute or so, I fired up my phone’s camera to film this light. I braced on the handrail of the balcony so that there wouldn’t be any video shaking as is too often in videos of such things.

while filming, I could make out a second object to the left of the first, but only on the phone screen and not visually. there also seemed to be a third, above the second light, also only visible on the phone’s screen.

The objects seemed to be moving in a vertical fashion at first (they moved slowly upwards at about the same rate as a star would), but then stopped, and moved down again (counter to the movement of stars) until they stopped just above the ridge line. it was at this point that I started filming, hoping for some more motion from them. Unfortunately they hung motionless in the air for the next 15 minutes before disappearing.

I managed to film approximately 8-9 minutes of it, but my phone unfortunately ran out of storage space before the end of the sighting. Also, the footage doesn’t show much beyond street lights and the lights/objects above.

Tonight (the following evening, I observed the same location to confirm that it wasn’t a normal light that we haven’t noticed before; there are no lights that could account for what was observed.

I can supply further info if requested, but do not want to upload the video unless requested due to size and time constraints (1.2gb file size).

2 thoughts on “Three lights seen North of Roodekrans, Roodepoort

  1. Hey please send me the video to thanks

  2. Hi

    Thank you for a more detailed report than what we are used to.

    I’m glad you checked to make sure the objects are not lights on the ridge.

    If you can, please upload the video to YouTube. It’s a quick process and you can maintain anonymity if you so wish.

    If you can’t, can you please provide more info on the manufacturer and model of your phone? Metadata of the video if possible?

    It’s interesting that you only noticed the one object but the camera picked up an additional two. I’d be interested to know the ISO and f/number the camera was using during filming.

    Also, what is light pollution like in your area?

    Please get back regarding the video if possible.


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