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01-01-2009, 04:34 PM
A couple of days ago (Bruxelles - Belgium - 28-12 at night), I took some pictures of a strange bright object moving above my house at an altitude that I would estimate at 500m (not easy to say, it was dark) without making any noise.

At first I thought it was a police helicopter with the tracking light on but when it came close I noticed that it was totally silent and the light was rather orange.

Then it moved away and the light disapeared much higher in the sky.

Could this be an aircraft ?

The quality of the pictures is bad as I didn't have the time to adapt the settings of the camera.

This is the first picture taken with a long exposure (bad quality as I was holding the camera in my hand).


Close look (several lights or one bigh light ?):


This is a picture with a short exposure.


In a close look, it appears that the object is composed of several diffrent lights.


I didn't have the time to adapt the settings of the camera to optimise night shots.

I also thought of a ballon with some crackers attached under it but it was moving too fast (at the speed of a chopper) as there was no wind, and the wind direction was not related to the trajectory of the object (I checked the meteo site).

01-01-2009, 05:25 PM
Sorry, it was me. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blush.gif
Pigs in Space!


01-01-2009, 05:26 PM
ooooh its an UFO (unidentified flying objekt...) fact!

i think its a flying Laserworm from outer space

01-01-2009, 06:19 PM
hmmm...Belgium you say?


01-01-2009, 06:22 PM
balloon with flare, somebody screwing around with illuminated R/C stuff or something like this?
http://warnewsupdates.blogspot.com/2008/12/russian-stra...sile-test-fails.html (http://warnewsupdates.blogspot.com/2008/12/russian-strategic-missile-test-fails.html)

01-01-2009, 06:32 PM
Some kids new Christmas present probably. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

I nearly bought one in Hong Kong a while back too. Quite impressive when they fly at night.


On a side note, check out this guys blimp/ufo. It's the video at the bottom of the page. Interesting how difficult it is to judge scale of the thing, even at close range.


01-01-2009, 06:39 PM
I took these on Christmas day. I thought that the clouds looked kind of strange that day, so I just started taking pictures of them. A couple of days later I finally downloaded them to my computer to look at them and found some object.

I would say that I took the pictures within 5 seconds of each other. The object is in a totally different position.






01-01-2009, 07:27 PM
Those sky shots with the dark spot could be a small bird. Mystery solved......

01-01-2009, 08:13 PM
I think that it's probably a commercial or private airplane, who was notified of air traffic coming his way, and turned all his lights on. I don't know, that long shutter shot is kind of freaky.

01-01-2009, 08:21 PM
Originally posted by Duckmeister:
... that long shutter shot is kind of freaky.

eh ? if you mean the loopy contorted line .. that is just the result of trying to use long exposures while hand held. Its what you would get if you tried to time expose a static light source like a street lamp with a hand held camera. its not the object doing all the loopy stuff the camera is.

01-01-2009, 08:51 PM
That's correct. The object was flying straight. The relative movment is due to lack of hand stability during long exposure.

Tx for the explanations, I'd rather think that it's something else than an UFO (I don't feel comfortable with the idea of UFO's doing passes over my house ...)

I'm sure it can not be an RC stuff as it is not possible to fly an RC in the darkness. It also moved on a too long distance and reached a too big altitude to be an RC .

The most plausible explanation seems to be a 'baloon with flares'. Does it exist ? Is it something used for fireworks or something ?

But the wind direction was not related with the movement of the bright stuff.


Black arrow : first view of the object
Red : my path
Green path of the object (with estimated altitudes)
Circle : my house (I took the picture from my garden as soon as I arrived home - I was comming back from a night shop)

01-01-2009, 09:26 PM
Baloons with flares ?

Here : http://ru.youtube.com/watch?v=UCQLulJy6Pk

Found here : http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message540187/pg1

01-01-2009, 10:12 PM
Post your pics and story over here and what you get.
http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?s=...8d7a4b25&showforum=7 (http://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/index.php?s=28c427da52b6ee8db31c4d718d7a4b25&showforum=7)

01-01-2009, 10:32 PM
Tx for the link.

I'll post a link as soon as I will initiate a discussion.

01-02-2009, 01:47 AM
Originally posted by Player_43: ...I'm sure it can not be an RC stuff as it is not possible to fly an RC in the darkness. ...

I beg to differ. I used to fly R/C Sailplanes at night quite a bit. Shucks, our club once had a contest at night.

We would tape light sticks to the wing tips, and top of the nose. We also had one tied to the winch line so we could find it after we released on tow.

Not much in the way of thermals at night, so it was mostly a spot landing contest, but it was definately doable, and didn't take an 'uber expert' to do it.

01-02-2009, 04:39 AM
Mr Kilroy I've had a similar effect from a little flying bity b'st'd (i.e a midge) wandering over my lens. Since if I understand you correctly you didn't notice the object until you looked at the pics it could well be that.

As to the first one, definatly a UFO (i.e unidentified).

01-02-2009, 05:21 AM
this has explained a lot of UFO's... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

02-01-2009, 07:29 AM
Maybe I saw one of these http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif


or these http://ru.youtube.com/watch?v=iDJpvzoh1Iw

02-01-2009, 08:10 AM
It's definitely space aliens. Don't you know they fly millions of light years to come here, buzz around in the sky for a bit and then go home.

02-01-2009, 08:56 AM
No idea what the night shots are, however the daylight ones of a "UFO" are simply dust on your sensor chip. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/10.gif

Take more shots of sky and you will find they are still there in the exact same spot.

Give the sensor a clean (using proper products) and it will "disappear" http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

02-01-2009, 11:24 AM
Mystery solved (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vkTv8DGlrok)

02-04-2009, 12:48 AM
Just don't understand why UFO have to be so bright at night yet you can hardly see them during the day.

02-04-2009, 03:58 AM
What version is this?

Will gunners be required...

I'm sans joystick at the mo... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/sadeyes.gif

02-04-2009, 06:51 AM
I thought I saw a thread just like this a couple months ago. I must be going crazy.

02-04-2009, 11:27 AM
Originally posted by Choctaw111:
I thought I saw a thread just like this a couple months ago. I must be going crazy.

Have you bought 1 lighters for 0,90 lately, when you had 0,90 in your pockets?

If that's true, Arthur C. Clark may be a pedophile.

02-04-2009, 12:43 PM
This remarkably similar occurrence happened over Stoke-on-Trent in the UK a few days ago. A mate saw it and the next day asked me if I saw it, I hadn't, and then said "I nearly called you!" I nearly strangled him for letting me miss it!

The following is from the local paper The Sentinel on the 27th January 2009

UFO watch: Was object a spaceship or a spinning grapefruit?
Tuesday, January 27, 2009, 08:20

"RESIDENTS have been left baffled after spotting strange activity in the sky ranging from pink lights to spinning grapefruits.

The first person to see something strange was retired engineer Derek Rogers, aged 67, from Dace Grove in Bradeley.

He was watching television on Saturday when he spotted something strange through the window.

He said: "I thought it was a hot air balloon, but then when I looked more closely it was moving too fast to be a balloon and there was no wind in the air.

"It was about 7pm. I rushed outside to have a better look and there were no noise or lights coming from it. That's how I knew it wasn't a helicopter or a plane.

"I saw another strange sight on Sunday evening at about the same time. It was like a spinning grapefruit. It was difficult to say how far away they both were, but I'd never seen anything like them before in my life.

"Each sighting must only have lasted about two minutes or less.

"I've never really thought about UFOs or aliens before, but I guess it's possible there are other beings out there with more advanced technology."

The second person to report a strange sight in the sky was Penny Vickers, aged 51, from Penkhull.

She said: "It was the early hours of Saturday morning, around 12.30am. I was walking my dog in the park off Richmond Street in Penkhull when I saw some strange lights in the sky.

"There were four dull, dark pink, round objects, three in a triangle shape and one behind. They were just above the rooftops of the houses and moved very fast towards the north west. There was no sound and they did not flash or pulsate.

"But they were moving far too fast for a lantern or birds. I remain open-minded about it. Science says it is feasible for other lifeforms to exist, but if someone can explain what I saw then I am happy to listen."

Joe McGonagle, aged 50, from Goldenhill, is a network engineer by day but he has been a UFO investigator since 1999.

He said: "My first impression is that it is quite possible for some of those reports to be given a practical explanation.

"At this time of year people are celebrating Chinese New Year with party lanterns and sometimes these can look like strange shapes in the sky.

"I have seen something very similar to the four dull, dark pink, round objects before myself and that turned out to be birds.

"The report of the spinning grapefruit object is the most interesting one. It's always difficult to assess any sighting, but that one is the most intriguing."

In 2007, the Ministry of Defence gave a first glimpse into the area's own X-files on UFO sightings.

Details revealed under the Freedom of Information Act showed that the MoD has recorded 11 UFO sightings in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire since 1999."

http://www.thisisstaffordshire...-detail/article.html (http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/news/UFO-watch-object-spaceship-spinning-grapefruit/article-645853-detail/article.html)

I want to believe.

However it unlikely that ET will land in this area as the last ones that did came back to find their spacecraft up on bricks and the wheels nicked off it !

02-04-2009, 12:52 PM
Speaking of which, have they said what happened to the wind turbine that was damaged a while ago?

02-04-2009, 01:43 PM
When I was a lad we made the Waterbury CT newspapers with our fake ufo.

A filmy drycleaner bag, some soda straws to hold open the bottom and support a peanut butter jar cap full of birthday candles (or alcohol and cotton balls), all stuck together with some scotch tape.

Once the shapeless bag filled with smokey, illuminated hot air, imaginations can run wild.

Could this be something similar?

02-04-2009, 01:49 PM
Some say that it's probably a gear-box problem that brutaly slowed down the rotation and one of the blades has been thorn off. I believe that explanation because I can't imagine that an UFO with advances technology is unable to avoid an obvious obstacle.

Ufo hunters are very attracted by this event and I'm affraid they could exagerate some things to make the story more dramatic.

1) http://www.guardian.co.uk/envi...lincolnshire-the-sun (http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/jan/08/wind-turbine-ufo-lincolnshire-the-sun)
2) http://www.independent.co.uk/n...damaged-1232483.html (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/strange-lights-reported-as-wind-turbine-damaged-1232483.html)

Example of a wind turbine failure: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...bWoQ&feature=related (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMNqjirbWoQ&feature=related)

The High speed objet seen by several german air control radars, a couple of days ago is more intriguing to me.

Here: http://austriantimes.at/index.php?id=10895