I write this article under protest because to be dead honest I think it is utterly unfounded. There is a flurry of interest over at our local online news outlet, News24, about a UFO sighting in Pretoria on two consecutive nights last week.
The eye witness describes her experience as follows:
Van der Spuy for the first time saw the UFO on Wednesday night shortly after sunset in the western sky.
“I couldn’t make out the shape of the object because the three lights were too bright, but it almost had a heart shape because there were two lights on top, a blue light on the left and an emerald green light directly next to it, on the right side, with a big bright white light underneath it which shone straight down,”
Right, we have three bright lights low on the horizon and this creates MASSIVE debate about
whether or not aliens exist (and some rather amusing comments about the drug taking habits of people in Booysens).
The article also describes the behavior of the three lights:
According to her (Van der Spuy), the UFO hung in the air for two hours without moving and then, at about 20:30, slowly started moving down, diagonally to the left and still down, disappearing behind the horizon.
On Thursday night, the UFO again appeared shortly after sunset and at 20:30 again started moving down before disappearing.
Unfortunately there does not seem to be a single picture or video of the stationery object hovering in the sky for many hours on two separate evenings. The description above does not
match the configuration of visible planets in the sky during this period and the South African Air
Force and Johannesburg Planetarium have no explanation. Therefore, IT’S A UFO!
The behavior of the object suggests (to me, at least) that this might be some kind of balloon or blimp. Until we have more evidence to examine I think we can consign this one to the “embarrassingly banal” file and move on.