More residents report unidentified flying objects

2011-03-23 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG residents have again described seeing strange bright lights in the night sky.

A resident in Alan Paton Avenue, Scottsville, said she awoke at 3.30 am on Monday morning feeling peckish and decided to go downstairs for a snack. As she glanced out a window, she saw an object in the sky over Hayfields, “incredibly bright, much brighter and much lower than a star”.

“I woke my husband to try and show him the star, but he didn’t bother to get up and just went back to sleep. At first I thought it may be an aeroplane, but it didn’t move. It was big, big, big and very white and bright in intensity, like the biggest spotlight. I stayed tjoep-still and just watched it for 10 minutes until it faded and then fizzled out.”

The woman, who asked not to be named, said she had mentioned the sight to friends who had also reported seeing something similar but at a different time.

“They live in Bisley and the husband saw it in the sky at 7.30 pm on Sunday night. He said the light disappeared over Richmond. It’s just so strange.”

Local astronomer Jake Alletson provided a possible explanation: “Venus is very bright in the morning sky at present and is visible in the east.” He said because Venus is close to the Sun at present, it is visible as a crescent through a good pair of binoculars or a telescope.

Alletson said there had been lots of small clouds in the sky and that one may have obliterated the planet from view. He was unable to account for the report of a UFO that moved towards Richmond. “There have been many reports [of strange lights in the sky] in recent times, but I haven’t seen them myself.”

The woman who reported what she saw called The Witness to see if anyone else had seen the object. If you saw it, please e-mail details of what you saw to newsed@witness.co.za

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