Sunday, November 14, 2010

2 Silent Red Lights Over Te Anau Southland New Zealand (Chinese Lanterns/Wish Lanterns)

Update To Sighting Report.

Date: November 12, 2010
Time: 9:55 p.m.

Location of Sighting: Te Anau Southland New Zealand.
Number of witnesses: 2
Number of Objects: 2
Shape of Objects: Luminescent circular.

Full Description of Event/Sighting: Te Anau has beautiful clear skies due to it’s remote and pristine location, we are used to seeing aircraft, particularly helicopters and light aircraft overhead. But my partner and I also saw the strange and silent red light over the town on Friday 12th November. In fact we saw two - within ten minutes of each other - following a similar trajectory across the sky.

The coloring and size of these objects confirmed for us that they could not be aircraft or satellites, they were too low, too bright and a strange circular shape. I am certain that many other citizens of the town will have seen this phenomenon but, like the previous writer and ourselves, be reluctant to give our names or details for fear of ridicule.

We have been watching the skies with mixed hope and fear for many years and this is the strangest thing we have ever seen. Again, we would very much like others to confirm what we saw so we may be in a position to 'go public'.


Hi, we've been sent a link to your Blogspot -

Please explain to your observant spotter this explanation:

Two words = Sky Lantern

Friday night in Te Anau included a Divali party (it's the biggest Hindu festival and very awesome), we celebrated a week late to ensure we weren't seen to be celebrating terrorism ("Guy Fawkes" which is also celebrated locally), I couldn't get white sky lanterns and procured 10 red ones from

They were big red tissue paper heart editions (usually for weddings), we had possibly 10 witnesses to the launch of 4, in two lots of two during evening, we gave 5 away as presents as part of the festivities and have one left which your anonymous spotter is welcome to have (ask them to go to the Fiordland Cinema and identify themselves, or Trips and Tramps).

At night they glow and there is a chance the night watcher might have seen the cardboard burning beneath the basically paper hot air balloon before is burnt out, all organic biodegradable components of course.

We only have one local night flyer who was not in the airspace at the time of launch.

Hope this helps.

Brian Vike’s Note: I would like to thank the folks for sending along the information which gave the answer to what the witness saw, which was Chinese lanterns/Wish lanterns or which ever one wants to call them, as there is numerous names for these lanterns and yes, even UFO Balloons.

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. website:

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