- Orange lights seen in the sky
- Ironically it was Territory Day/fireworks night, but
what my partner Louisa and I observed in the sky over the space of one
hour - from a vantage point on the Stuart Hwy near the defence force "aerial
farm" - was not fireworks, nor were they any sort of aircraft as we
- About 10.20pm on July 1, looking in an east-south-easterly
direction towards Palmerston, we noticed several orange to bright golden
lights about the size of an average star in the sky which were definitely
moving (at various speeds but not faster than the usual satellite).
- They seemed so far removed from all the local fireworks
activity, with several red distress flares included. We watched and pondered
what they were. They were moving east to west.
- Soon thereafter there seemed to be a large group of 10
to 14 of them, mostly moving slowly in this direction low in the southern
sky, while a few remained stationary or near-stationary or headed in the
- They not only orbited but went under, over and around
each other, and intensified to bright golden brilliance or waned to dull
orange specks, if not disappearing altogether then appearing close by again.
- At their brightest they could be described as a brilliant
golden light of about a bright star's intensity.
- These lights, when at their brightest, not only seemed
to be pulsing but, on close observation, appeared to move with an undulating
or weaving motion.
- As the main group made their way across the sky, five
of them became very bright and held an almost stationary inverted V formation
for a sort time.
- They then formed three perfectly-spaced lights on an
oblique angle, giving the impression of lights on a turning aircraft. Four
of them became bright and assumed a "cross" formation which was
also held stationary for some time.
- I couldn't help thinking that this display was somehow
the result of deliberated intelligence. They then all kept travelling
east to west until all seemed to vanish at various points of time.
- Then, shortly after, about six or seven of them appeared
again at the same place in the sky to the east-south-east.
- Five (then a sixth) all formed a brilliant "stacked"
string of lights in the sky.
- These began to move to form a "J", then an
inverted "Y". Just as all these began to make their way in the
east to westerly direction (all to disappear somewhere before or after
the position of the Southern Cross), one went easterly and disappeared.
- A 737 jet came out of that direction and approached Darwin.
This was about 10.35pm. There were two further appearances, moving across
the southern sky (although pretty lacklustre to the first tricks).
- The last of which was seen at 11.28pm. Did anybody else
- P Mc Vean Darwin
- NORTHERN TERRITORY NEWS 7-11-00 "Letters To The
- Sky lights are UFOs
- In Letters to the Editor, Northern Territory News, July6,
P McVean posed the question "Orange lights in the sky, did anyone
else see this?"
- Well, I did, as did the party of friends I met at the
clifftop of Casuarina beach.
- We were there to watch the fireworks display, as were
thousands of other people.
- My friends quite facetiously said the orange lights were
- I had a far more sensible and rational explanation and
said they would have to be satellites.
- The orange glow would be sunlight reflected off a gold
foil sheeting, the satellites being so far above the horizon they would
be reflecting sunlight although we were in darkness.
- I smugly and authoritatively forwarded this explanation
then the satellites starting doing strange manoeuvres and changing direction.
- At this point I had to concede we were watching UFOs.
- Apart from the amazing phenomenon of witnessing UFOs,
what I found incredible was that there were thousands of people at the
beach and nobody else was at all astonished by UFOs in the sky.
- I guess if the unusual challenges one's perceptions it
is easier to dismiss the unexplained with something rational and these
UFOs were on fireworks night so could easily be written off as some part
of the fireworks.
- They were not fireworks and they were not necessarily
alien spacecraft but they do come within the literal use of the cliche
"UFO ... unidentified flying object".
- And unidentified flying objects they will remain until
somebody comes up with a satisfactory explanation.
- P A Gibbs Karama
- NORTHERN TERRITORY NEWS 7-14-21 "Letters To The
- "Unaware of UFO activity"
- They were there yet again at 10.15pm on Tuesday, July
11, those golden lights dancing around in the sky, looking south from the
- Appearing for about half an hour, a little lower to the
south this time but with all the usual dance steps.
- I can't believe that pilots, Darwin air traffic control
and the air force are totally "unaware" of what has apparently
been going on in our sky, quite regularly, for some time now.
- All I can say is "wake up and open your eyes"
otherwise, if this keeps going on, it may look increasingly like passengers
are being flown about, air traffic is being controlled, and our airspace
protected by the "visually challenged" and the perceptively arrested".
- I'd like to ask the pilots of the jet that flew into
Darwin from the south-east at 10.25pm if they happened to notice the company
they had off the portside to the south?
- Like others, I'm open to rational and sensible theories
as to what they are (plausible and credible to what is actually seen) but
to the couple of "smarty-pants" who have smugly dismissed them
as merely the old candle-powered garbage bag balloon trick, I suggest they
go out and have a good look for them themselves as it appears these lights
are putting on quite regular shows for one and all (excepting, of course,
pilots, air traffic control and the air force).
- After seeing how distant and high they are, watching
them too-ing and fro-ing, coming and going and waltzing and cavorting around
the sky for half an hour or more, it may dawn on them how utterly absurd
that simplistic explanation sits.
- P M McVean Darwin
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