June 7th 2014
UFOINFO Online Sighting Report
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Date: Saturday 7th June 2014
Time: 18.55 hours
Number of witnesses: Two
Number of objects: One
Shape of objects: Small circular very bright
Could your sighting be a UFO balloon/lantern?: No
Weather Conditions: Bright sunny blue sky with some scattered clouds
Description: The object was clearly circular and was clearly visible as it appeared to be glowing with light. The colour was white/pearl white. It was travelling in a dead straight line from South West to North East at a rock steady speed.
It was not the ISS as we both have seen it before and also we checked the orbit times for the ISS over Dublin. It was not a Chinese lantern as we have also seen these and they have a distinctive appearance and tend to flicker and their speed varies. The object we saw was as bright as a light bulb given that the sky was still bright and sunny. It seemed to be at a similar altitude to the clouds.
Thanks for your reply. With regard to my reported sighting, I now believe it was in fact the ISS. I had not realised that the ISS can be seen even during the day in a bright blue sky. My local radio stations also reported on it as it was seen by many people in the Dublin area.
Thanks for the reply. I was going to accept your explanation of the ISS though I was surprised to read that it could be seen in daylight and still find it hard to believe. However I have just had a look at the Heavens Above website which among other things allows you to enter your location and look for satellite passes etc.
I entered Dublin as the location and looked at the ISS passes for June 7th. There were three visible passes (times in GMT/UTC):
00:38:57 - 00:45:33
02:15:39 - 02:21:45
23:50:03 - 23:56:39
In addition there were two passes that were not visible:
20:39:40 - 20:42:00
22:13:46 - 22:19:58
So it looks as if the radio stations were not telling the truth/were misinformed by someone.
You can check for yourself by going to http://www.heavens-above.com and clicking on "Change your observing location" in the Configuration option on the left-hand menu.
Thanks for reply. I have reviewed our sighting based on your information. What we observed was at 18.55 on Saturday 7th June and my initial reaction was that it was not the ISS as I had seen it a number of times at night. The object that we saw appeared to be at cloud level. It was quite small but distinctly round/spherical in shape and was glowing brightly. Both myself and my son were clearing weeds from our back garden at the time.
I considered getting my camera but the object was too small to photograph. I did thereafter check the orbit times of the ISS as I was trying to eliminate that. When I heard the radio reports I just figured that I had made a mistake with the ISS orbit times. It does seem strange that an object such as we observed should be seen on the same day as the ISS was passing over.