Christmas Eve, a popular night for seeing lights in the sky.
Many hypotheses were offered.
There’s been no shortage of speculation about what the yellowish-orange lights were in the sky on Christmas Eve.
Some are convinced it was fireworks, others believe they were Chinese lanterns and a few people are convinced it’s something more.
Online readers flooded the website, posting their thoughts and opinions on nugget.ca after the Dec. 24 story ran in the newspaper.
Many say they were likely Chinese lantern that are carried by the wind and can hover and look to suddenly change direction. They look odd since one isn’t really expecting such a thing in the sky. Others reported odd things in the sky as well that night such as light pillars.
A similar phenomena was reported on the same night in New Zealand.
Hamilton resident Ken Forster and wife Judy were walking home from a neighbour’s house in Flagstaff on Christmas Eve when they saw two strange orange orb-like lights hovering in the sky.
The retired couple said the lights were hanging low and sat for about 15 seconds before they zipped off “faster than a plane” about 10.15pm.
“There were two orange balls and we thought, ‘What the hell’s that?’,” Mr Forster said.
The Forsters’ account comes after multiple reported UFO sightings on the same night across the lower half of the North Island.
Witnesses from Taranaki to Wellington said they noticed inexplicable lights in the sky on Christmas Eve about the same time of night but reports explained them away by saying they were hot air balloons or Chinese lanterns.
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It appears from some quick searching that Christmas Eve is a popular night for seeing lights in the sky. This has happened in many years. I would propose a rather mundane explanation for this. First, LOTS of people are out on this night. More than usual. They are in a festive mood, maybe watching for Santa in sky, paying attention to the weather. And, it’s a holiday where they very well might be parties or people who celebrate by launching chinese lanterns. They sound like chinese lanterns. It makes some sense. UFOs? Not so much sense.