Strange lights seen in Rudloe have residents overreacting

Looking for some ideas about what the residents may have seen. Like Roswell? Ridiculous.

Star, planet, Chinese lantern, weather balloon? It sounds like possibly just a meteor coming in at an odd angle. But connecting a not abnormal event with a myth like Roswell is just so silly…

Rudloe the new Roswell? Residents baffled after strange lights in the sky.

Residents in Rudloe have heralded the estate “the new Roswell”, after several people reported seeing a strange object in the sky last Sunday.

Jo Collier was among those who saw a burning orange light in the sky shortly after 8pm, and likened it to the infamous UFO incident in New Mexico in 1947, which sparked numerous conspiracy theories.

“It was like this big orange glow, absolutely huge, and the tail was bright, bright orange.

“I have looked online at The Sky at Night website and I can’t see any meteors or comets in our vicinity. It wasn’t an aeroplane, because it was going down; I think it went over the fields in Box.”

Photo credit: Gemma Perks

Photo credit: Gemma Perks

I liked that he tweeted Dara Ó Briain. Because that’s what you do when you want answers? He didn’t reply.

  4 comments for “Strange lights seen in Rudloe have residents overreacting

  1. PAT
    April 17, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Short Sunlit Contrails Look Like UFOs.

  2. Mark Richards
    April 17, 2014 at 10:01 PM

    Rudloe is already on the conspiracy-kook map: (I think they believe that if you make your text almost the same colour as your background then the spooks can’t read it.)

  3. Sean South
    April 19, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Daytime meteoritic fireball. You can look up many similiar pics from around the world, with some of them much larger than the one pictured here. Sufficiently rare enough to drive idiots to put on their tinfoil hats here in semi-literate, Hollywood-educated land. The town apparently doesn’t have any amateur astronomers, or they didn’t provide an compelling and exciting “newsworthy” answer.

  4. Wang-Lo
    April 21, 2014 at 7:09 AM

    I don’t know how anybody can look at this and not see a contrail. It is probably a widebody out of Heathrow.

    It was hanging there long enough for Mr. Collier to come staggering up from the pub and alarm his wife Jo, and for Ms. Gemma Parks to run and get her camera, so it’s not a meteor. People in general do not know how to observe, so we don’t know how it moved against the sky or how long it remained visible. Just several photos from the same spot, plus the time each was taken, would have been excellent evidence. Sadly, all we know is that it was “going down”, “absolutely huge”, “traveling quite fast” at a “really strange angle”, and it “went over the fields in Box”.


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