Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Strange Orange Light Over Randparkridge Johannesburg South Africa

Date: January 15, 2012
Time:  Approx: 8:15 p.m.
Hi, we live in Randparkridge, Johannesburg, South Africa (West side of Johannesburg). On Sunday evening at about 8:15 p.m. we (about six people) were sitting on our veranda just after supper. My sister pointed out the strange orange light in the east just above the horizon.

At first we thought it was a landing light from an aeroplane, but the more we watched, the more we realized that it couldn’t be an aeroplanes light as it was far too orange and bit dull.

It was also moving a little too fast for an aeroplane.

It also had a strange glow about it and moved in absolute silence. The object moved in an almost exact trajectory from east horizon to west horizon and took about 4 minutes till it went out of view.

It was difficult to judge how high the object was so we could not accurately estimate the speed but from where we watched one could have held up a fifty cent piece and perhaps just covered the light.

I am a bit of amateur astronomer myself so I have seen many unusual & interesting objects in the night skies but this one has me completely stumped.

My best guess is that it was a meteorite, but the flight path just doesn’t fit anything we have seen in the past.

If you have seen anything like this in the same area please be kind enough to contact Brian Vike at: with the details of your sighting. All personal information is kept confidential.

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  1. Hi We saw the very same object around 7 pm last might, 18th Jan 2014. We live in Benoni. I ve been scanning the net looking to see if anyone else saw it , or for any explanation. It was silent, high up and it moved in a controlled manner. It wasn't a plane, we see many aircrafts. Even while we were watching it I felt strange-that this object was foreign to our planet. I flew north, was a bright orange colour, silent and steady .

    1. Dude me and a friend saw it today I thought it was plane but it wasn't moving like a plane.. strange.

  2. Hi I saw a similar light last night 5th Jan 2015 over Germiston it definitely was not an aircraft it crossed the flight path to O R Tambo and was completely silent.