UFO Sighting Report - United Kingdom
January 1st 2009 : Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, England
UFOINFO Sighting Form Report
Location: Clacton on Sea
Time: Approx. 12:30am
Number of witnesses: 4
Number of objects: 3
Shape of objects: Deep orange ball
Weather Conditions: Very clear
Description: After leaving a relative home, I look up and saw two orange balls estimated 800-1500 ft up / 1/2 to 1 mile away.
Then looked around and saw another identical orange ball probably 1 mile to the left.
The first two were some distance apart 100 metres+, with one above and to the left of the other. They moved very slowly and remained the same distance part. All three disappeared out of sight at the same time.
I am confident these are not conventional aircraft, or fireworks.
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:
Thanks for the link.
I am inclined to say that was not was I saw.
The orange was very deep (dense/bright) and two of the three objects appeared to keep the same distance apart for several minutes.
Also, the third object, which was I would guess was a mile away from the other two disappeared at the same time as the two close together. I would have thought that if all three had been lanterns, let off some time apart, they would not have disappeared out of sight at the same time.
The other odd aspect was that they disappeared from being quite bright, to gone all together within a minute. I would have thought that on a clear night they would have faded more slowly.
Whilst I cant rule it out entirely, I am inclined to say they were not lanterns. I might just set off some lanterns one clear night and try to watch them from a distance to see if the effect was anything like what I saw. I very much doubt it will be, but i'd like to try just the sake of interest and to see if this verifies to me that it was something very out of the ordinary or not.