Last night I went to the beach for sunset and took some photos of the islands and the sky as it turned orange and then pink. The moon was almost full and there was a lot of light left in the sky though where I was it was almost dark, the mountains blocking the sun.
Everyone that was on the beach started walking toward the parking lot and I noticed a bright light above me to the left. Hmm. Strange. It was white light – not yellow or orange. It didn’t seem to be focused at all as the intensity of the light never changed. It wasn’t clearly defined either. I’m guessing it was a circle – as the intensity around the object seemed to be the same too. It just looked like a floating white circle.
The light was bright. I’d guess 30 times more bright than the brightest star. It was brighter than the moon, though the diameter of the object was, at its closest point about 1/5th the size of the almost full moon at 6:30pm.
The light was moving. My first thought was – plane. A plane has white lights. There was no noise and the light never changed in intensity so I ruled out plane. Likewise, helicopter – which would have been heard, and which doesn’t have a light hanging off the bottom (usually) with intensity that doesn’t change. Though – I guess if it were high enough – like 5km high or something like that – and the props were impossible to hear – it could have been one. I’ve never seen a helicopter with a light hanging off the bottom. If it were a spotlight – as in a search and rescue helicopter I think I would have seen the beam focused downward of such a bright spotlight. There was no beam. The air was humid and thick – I think a beam would have been apparent. I’m sure it would have.
The light moved from about an 11:00 position the entire way across the horizon in about 90 seconds.
It didn’t seem to be moving fast when it was directly overhead, but faster than a jet would at 30,000 feet. Much faster than that. It wasn’t moving nearly as fast as a shooting star, just very slowly and on the same line. It didn’t change line. I held my hand on my head and lined up a finger on it to see how it moved in relation to my hand. It moved in a straight line. Though, just looking at it without this aid – I thought it was zigging around a little bit. Perhaps an illusion.
I watched as it went from 11oclock position to 1 oclock position. There were some low level clouds and I tried to guess how high it was. I could still see the white light clearly through these low level clouds. I’m guessing the object was anywhere from 2km to 20km vertically though it’s a weak guess. There just was no real way to get a handle on the height.
I looked around to see if anyone else was staring – but people were so far from me – about 60 meters and it was so dark by the time I looked down out ofthe sky that I could just make out the outlines of bodies – not see what they were looking at.
Soon the light passed under the moon and behind some clouds that were very far off in the western sky. It went behind those clouds too, but disappeared when it did so.
I’ve pretty much ruled out airplane, helicopter, hot air balloon, weather balloon, those lanterns Thais make out of plastic or paper bags that gave me a scare one time as I saw about 25 of them in the 11pm night sky by my mansion. I wouldn’t say “missile” because the light was so pure white. Would a missile have a yellowish flame? I’ve seen the afterburners on F-4 phantoms and F-15 fighters while in the Air Force – the light was nothing like that – with a trail pointing away from where it was moving forward.
Slow moving shooting star? Is there such a thing?
Ball lightening? I’ve heard that it moves erratically – this was smooth and bright and silent.
Oh – the photo has NOTHING to do with the UFO sighting except that I saw these on the way home and had to have a photo.
Photo of the group that saw the floating alien – and the debunking of it (scroll down on this linked page) >
March 22, 2006 Patong Beach, Thailand UFO Report >
Cha Am, April 2004 Sighting UFOs in Sky >
Oct 22, 2004 – Patong Beach Lights in Sky >
Oct, 2001 – Chiang Mai UFOs >
I can’t load either of these videos on my slow connection, but maybe you can?
9 Mar 2007, UFO in Krabi Skies >