A man walking his dog in his local par on a clear September evening in 2020, claims to have witnessed a fast moving light before stopping and shooting up into the sky.
DATE OF BIRTH
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO REPORT?
DESCRIBE THE WEATHER CONDITIONS.
WERE YOU NEAR ANY OF THESE?
WHEN DID YOUR ENCOUNTER HAPPEN?
23rd September 2020
APPROX TIME OF ENCOUNTER
DURATION OF ENCOUNTER APPROX
COUNTRY OF ENCOUNTER
LOCAL AREA OF ENCOUNTER Ballyclare
WHERE THERE ANY OTHER WITNESSES?
IN YOUR OWN WORDS, DESCRIBE WHAT YOU SAW.
I was walking through the park with my dog as I turned around I noticed I [sic] bright light in the sky moving to [sic] fast for a plane I watched it for about 30 seconds when it stopped and shot straight up in seconds I could see the light fade out really fast as it got higher. 100% not a plane or a star
I wish to remain anonymous.
The report is a little lacking in detail, such as colour of the light, direction of travel and approximated altitude (low, medium, high). Checking through historical data, the International Space Station was passing over the area at the time, and was visible between 21:30:41 and 21:33:32 (HH:MM:SS); a total duration of 2 minutes and 51 seconds.
Given this information and that it was stated to be clear that night, we can’t rule out the ISS entirely, but if the account of the light having stopped before shooting upwards is accurate, then other avenues will need exploring.
I will now email the witness for more detail on what they’ve seen to help us rule other elements out. Until such times, the case will be closed.
If anyone else throughout the country noticed this, please get in touch.
(Image for illustrative purposes only)