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UFO Sighting Report


December, 25, 2005


Kaya, Burkina Faso


3 (or 4) bright orange lights moved from north to south leaving a silvery trail behind. There was no sound. Since the object(s) was (were) at a distance of over 50 km, they must have been huge.

Date Reported:

1/8/2006 12:05:07 AM

Comments about the image(s): Drawing by the witness. Note: the brightness and place of the stars are fictional. They are just drawn to convey the general view.

Sighting Time: 

18.48 GMT



No. of Witnesses: 



between 30 and 60 seconds

Appearance / Description of Object(s)

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Size of Object(s)

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Distance to Object(s) & Altitude

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Description of Area / Surroundings

Dry sahel area, far away from any larger town

Full Description & Details

UFO sighting

Date : 25 december 2005

Time : approx. 18.48 GMT

Place : Near Kaya, Burkina Faso, GPS reading 13°17’50” N 0°38’52” W

Sighted by 3 adults, camping in the wild.

Description :

3 (or 4 ?) bright orange lights (no blinking) that seemed to be regularly spaced (equilateral triangle ?) moved rather low over the eastern horizon in a north-south direction along a slightly descending trajectory. The lights themselves left no individual trails. However, the group of lights left a long, faintly visible, silvery trail behind. No sound was heard.

The height of the object over the horizon was estimated at approx. 20°, it covered an estimated 45° horizontally in about 30 seconds.

The next day, we spoke with people in Dori (about 50 km east of where our sighting was done), who confirmed exactly what we had seen. They had ALSO sighted the object in the eastern sky, thus we have seen a phenomenon that was at a distance of MORE than 50 km ! (the very eastern part of Burkina Faso or Niger). This would account for a HUGE object, or several objects moving at the same speed.

Several days later, we met two Canadians working for a gold mine near Yalgo (same region). They were also very excited by their sighting. They and several employees had seen the same phenomenon : sole difference : they claimed to have seen many more lights (about 20).

Since I am not a believer in little green men in flying saucers, I am looking for a rational explanation. My tentative one : sveral objects moving at the same speed. Was there a natural phenomenon at that time (meteorite, comet...) ? Or did a large satellite or space station disintegrate in the upper atmosphere at that moment ?

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

my only explanation would be a disintegrating satellite

Witness Background

Marine biologist, male, 59 years old

Views on UFOs, before and after sighting

I am a trained scientist (biology) and although impressed by what I saw, am looking for a rational explanation

Other Comments

please give any feedback on what you know abiout this UFO

Reported Sighting? 



Steven Weinberg

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