East Preston, Littlehampton, West Sussex, England
November 5th 2013
UFOINFO Online Sighting Report
Location: East Preston, Littlehampton, England
Time: 3:55pm approx
Number of witnesses: 2
Number of objects: 1
Shape of objects: Rectangle
Could your sighting be a UFO balloon/lantern?: No
Weather Conditions: Overcast, cloudy
Description: I was sitting in stationary traffic on a road that runs approximately east / west. We were going through a spell of unsettled weather, and the sky was cloudy but with light / medium cloud (rather than the really heavy dark kind.) It wasn't raining.
I suddenly realised that there was a "cloud" moving across the sky... except it was a perfect vertical and very narrow rectangle!
It was travelling approximately from northwest to southeast, which means it was heading out over the English channel. I have no idea how high in the sky it was, nor how tall it was. I estimate that I was looking upwards at an angle of about 45 degrees.
It was a light white colour that either evaporated, became transparent or disappeared behind other high clouds after I had been watching it for about 30 seconds. My 12 year old son watched it as well, and he's confirmed that I wasn't imagining it!
If this "object" had been any other shape, I would have taken it to be a cloud without a second thought. It was moving slowly enough for it to have been a cloud. It's just that I've never seen a rectangular-shaped cloud that has retained its shape whilst moving across the sky before! I expect other people in the queue probably did see it, but probably just assumed it was a cloud.
There was no sound audible at ground level, and I did not see anything else either before or since.
I'm not saying it's impossible that it was a cloud, but I would be very very surprised. This is the first time that I've seen anything unusual in the sky, and it was the movement that attracted my attention. The darker clouds behind it were not moving as fast.
[UFOINFO Note: This may well be an uncommon weather phenomenon but the report is included for information purposes.]
Update April 19th 2014:
An investigative report by Dave Hodrien is available on the BUFOG website.
UFOINFO thanks Dave Hodrien and Birminghan UFO Group for the cooperation with the investigation of UK sighting reports.