Monday, October 31, 2011

Orange Red Ball Of Light Over Northwich Cheshire UK

Date:  May 20, 2011
Time:  Evening.
Hi Brian, I know it’s been some time since you posted your orange red ball of light blog last June 2010, but after seeing it tonight, I did a search and your blog came up.

I live in Northwich Cheshire and I am used to aircraft in the landing pattern which land at Manchester airport. I also am familiar with the tracking of the ISS international space station which passes overhead at certain times of year and time of day etc., but what I saw was way different than anything I have seen before.
A quick check on the ISS tracking shows no visible sightings for 10:00pm on the 20th of May 2011, so I am at a loss to what this was.

I saw a what appeared to be just as you described, a large orange/red ball of light which moved faster than the normal airplanes that land at Manchester. It had no noise and it was larger than most airplanes that pass overhead. It had no aircraft flashing lights and moved much faster than a Chinese lantern that you can tell with the flickering flames in them. Anyway so I knew it wasn't one of them.

At first I thought it was an aircraft with it’s engine on fire, but as it got closer I could see it was just a big ball of light, no noise or other factors that could establish it was an aircraft.

It also seemed to move to slow to be a fireball or meteor, so am at a loss. If it was a fireball, it left no trail that I could see which is unusual, so I am stumped.

Anyway, sorry for pestering you, I just wanted to share my experience.
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