UFO Sighting Report - United Kingdom
June 28th 2008 : Langley, near Maidstone, Kent, England
UFOINFO Sighting Form Report
Location: Langley, near Maidstone, Kent, UK
Date: 28th June 2008
Time: Approximately 23.00
Number of witnesses: 2
Number of objects: 5
Shape of objects: round
Weather Conditions: good, clear night
Description: My wife and I were at the bottom of our garden and my wife suddenly said, "Look at that". I looked towards the east and saw a bright orange light, moving very fast across the sky, rising from the tree line from a south-easterly direction. I expected it to pass roughly east to west but it changed direction by what seemed to be a 90 degree angle and began to move away towards the east. No sooner had it begun to fade slightly when another followed exactly the same path. This was followed by three more, the last two in fairly quick succession. I tried looking at them through my binoculars but was able to see only an enlarged image - no further detail was visible, except for a semi-circular shape rising from the top of the light. I'm not convinced this was anything other than a slight optical distortion of the binoculars, however. The lights were very bright indeed and seemed to be large, although they must have been very high because they remained visible in the sky until they were too small to see rather than dipping in any way below the horizon. Whilst they were visible several aircraft passed overhead, as is customary in this part of the country. Their lights followed the usual patterns of red, green and white flashing. I have observed satellites passing overhead many times in the past also, including one a couple of months ago which was very bright (the International Space Station, I believe). These lights were nothing like anything I have ever seen before in the night sky. The light was very intense and yellowish orange, as if a fire.
UFOINFO Note: As with other similar reports I asked the witness to have a look at the UFO Balloons website to see if this is what might have been seen and received the following reply:
Many thanks for your response. This really was an extraordinary experience. I'm finding a great deal of skepticism here at school today as I try to tell my UFO story. I've looked at the pictures of the lanterns as you suggested. I had considered this explanation already. I suppose the only way to positively rule out such an explanation would be to witness the launch and flight of such things in the sure knowledge that that is what it is. Only then could a true comparison be made.
I suppose what struck us both as most extraordinary at the time was the fact that all five followed exactly the same flight path which included such a dramatic and definite change of course. Again, I suppose that could be explained by air currents guiding a balloon. But we've witnessed many conventional hot air balloons around here during the day as we are close to both Leeds Castle and Headcorn aerodrome. I've never seen one change direction so positively and suddenly as these craft.
There is also the matter of the possible altitude these were at. I was struck by the fact that they didn't dip much towards the horizon as one might expect a lowish flying craft to do. They only disappeared when they became too small to see any more in the way that high flying jets do, flying at 30,000 feet. We see a lot of aircraft around here and there were, as usual, several around at the time of these sightings. These were definitely not aeroplanes.
I am as mystified today as I was on Saturday night. It was certainly an exciting phenomenon. I'm only surprised that no one else seems to have reported them in this location at that time. Mind you, I did find it difficult to find somewhere to report the sighting. I tried the MOD etc and only came upon your site by accident. So, it's still a mystery to us!
Many thanks for your interest.