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UFO Sighting Report


December, 24, 2012


Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa


Two very bright circular orange (flame-coloured) objects seen rising from the west and flying steadily and silently in a straight line to the east, separately and about a minute apart. About same speed as or faster than a jetliner and too bright to be a satellite, too high to be a chinese lantern. Warm summer evening with good visibility and some high cloud cover, and spotted by six of us, not too inebriated! Almost overhead but slightly to the north.

Date Reported:

12/25/2012 1:24:21 PM

Sighting Time: 

9.30 pm (dark sky)



No. of Witnesses: 

6 adults


Approx. 5 minutes

Appearance / Description of Object(s)

Description as above. Objects were absolutely identical. Extremely bright but orange & circular shape. Silence of transit rules out planes, helicopters etc. At first on spotting I thought the first object was a rocket / firework, but the duration, silence and trajectory ruled this out. The second identical object soon after made it seem uncanny.

Size of Object(s)

About the size of a very large meteor. Too high to give estimate of actual size. No trail visible.

Distance to Object(s) & Altitude

See above (most of us thought it was approx. 10000 - 15000 ft high)

Description of Area / Surroundings

Urban residential suburb, no special features or mountains nearby

Full Description & Details

Happened at about 9.30 pm on Christmas eve in Linkside, Port Elizabeth.

Transition time of each object about 3 minutes. Very steady relentless speed, no deviations.

We cannot explain these objects rationally.

Looked through binoculars and one of us took a cellphone video - result not too clear (unzoomed).

Can sighting be explained as any conventional man-made or natural object?

No (see above)

Witness Background

Engineering / technical / university education

Views on UFOs, before and after sighting

I was skeptical although many years ago my wife and I saw several inexplicable objects over Cape Town, moving weirdly. Others also mainly skeptics. One of us thought it was chinese lanterns but others of us disagree strongly.

Reported Sighting? 



Louis Marais

Your Location: 

Port Elizabeth RSA