Odd light: What was that moving in the sky?

2013-01-26 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG residents are once again looking skywards and reporting that they have seen strange things.

Cyril Ferrier, who lives in town, said he saw a bright light in the sky on Thursday night at around 8.25 pm.

“It wasn’t flashing; it was a very solid bright, white light that travelled for a while.”

He said it was similar to a star, but brighter, and it travelled from about the train station to about where Pick n Pay stands in Church Street.

“It wasn’t like a car’s headlights or a torch; this light was constant. It was brighter than the other stars in the sky.”

Ferrier was adamant that the light wasn’t a helicopter or a plane, and definitely not a lantern or a flare.

Mziwandile Xaba, who lives in Inchanga, also saw a light.

“I found it strange. It looked like a star, but it was moving. I showed it to my family and they thought it was a plane.”

The director of the cosmology section of the Astronomical Society of Southern Africa, Frikkie de Bruyn, who lives in Pietermaritzburg, said he didn’t see the light. “If it was fairly low on the ground, it was a meteorite. If it was high in the sky, it may have been a satellite or even the International Space Station.”

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