UFO Sighting Report - United Kingdom
January 1st 2009 : Rayleigh, Essex, England
Rayleigh Essex Looking Toward Southend/Shoebury, UK
Date: January 1, 2009
Location of Sighting: Rayleigh Essex looking toward Southend/Shoebury.
Number of witnesses: 5
Number of objects: 3
Shape of objects: Appeared round but were lights in a dark sky.
Full Description of event/sighting: Noticed three orange lights initially stationary, in the formation of an equilateral triangle. They appeared east of us difficult to estimate the distance but seemed more distant than close i.e. largish objects far away not small objects up close.
Two of them headed south remaining equi-distant to each other whilst the 3rd stayed where it was then some seconds later followed, caught up rejoining the other two. All three seemed to accelerate and as they moved off towards the south over the estuary they climbed into cloud disappearing from view.
We saw them for around three minutes as we walked around 150 metres in total including pausing to stop and stare at them. They seemed to be on a heading of south and were around 20 degrees from the horizon when first formed in their triangle.
Reported them to our local BBC Essex station who wondered if they were aircraft (definitely not no navigation or landing lights) which we are familiar with as we live near the airport. They suggested atmospheric conditions which I asked them to explain to me - not heard back yet.
Also logged it with a local ufo group. Fascinated to see the report from Shoebury approx: 8 miles east of us though it seems a different time. I also found other reports of similar orange lights.
I wrote down some notes the next morning and estimated a bearing using google earth which would have placed them somewhere over Southend/the estuary i.e. very close to Shoebury.
Welcome any thoughts on what they might be - discounting chinese lanterns by the formation and varying speeds etc. which seems unlikely. Neither flares or fireworks. Would love to know from the airport if there were any aircraft around or any radar records etc.
Thank you to the witness for their sighting report.
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