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UFO Sighting Report - United Kingdom

December 31st 1979 : Tranent, East Lothian


UFOINFO Sighting Form Report

Location: Tranent

Date: 31/12/1979

Time: approx 20:00

Number of witnesses: 2

Number of objects: 1

Shape of objects: round with a small cone at one side

Weather Conditions: clear, no wind, dead still

Description: My girlfriend ( now wife of 27 years ) and I were walking from my house in Tranent TO the pub ( stone cold sober at this time ) to celebrate the forthcoming new year festivities. I saw a huge circular object stationary above Cockenzie power station, East Lothian. It was approx 100m in diameter and bright orange, hovering approx 50m above the two chimneys. There was a small cone shaped tail rather like the exhaust from a jet engine but there was no noise. I turned to my wife and asked her if she could see this as I thought that I was seeing things. She confirmed yes, she could. We both watched this for approximately 1 min and it then moved off slowly accelerating, it then disappeared into thin air with no sound. I have only told a handful of people of this until now. I have a Masters degree in engineering and know how things work but I have never seen anything like this. I am 100% certain that it was not an aircraft but a UFO.

TV/Radio: I think there were several similar sightings in New Zealand about the same time and the TV said that due to strange weather conditions it was the plantet Jupiter. No way !