December 10th. Tuesday. 2019. 05:25. Near the city of Toulon, Var, France.
Diary, I woke up at 05:05 ready to begin a 13 hour shift at work. At 05:25, I went out onto my terrace to fetch my bicycle, where I paused briefly to look up at the sky. It was dark, cold, with patches of stars visible against heavy rain clouds moving in from the north, and with a brisk, north-easterly wind snapping at my face, I steeled myself for what I suspected would be a daunting ride ahead.
Then something caught my attention: in the lower part of the south-eastern sky, I saw seven bright stars in a perfect vertical line aiming down at the horizon. At first I believed it was Orion’s Belt – but the constellation of Orion is not visible in this part of the sky at this hour in December, and normally appears around 22.00 in the evening, plus, there are only three stars that form Orion’s Belt, and I was witnessing seven. What could they be? All at once, the seven stars began moving, descending, and I had to quickly reassess that what I was witnessing were not stars at all… they were moving lights in the sky.
The lights were considerably bigger and brighter than the usual stars you see. I was able to judge this by comparing them to the few stars in the surrounding area – though these were becoming fast swallowed by the clouds sweeping in from the north. What struck me most, however, is that the seven lights in their vertical trajectory were each descending to the horizon in perfect unison and at the same speed. Each light was of equal distance to the next and of the same size – with exception to the highest light which was smaller and at a slightly longer distance to the others.
The meteor addition
I watched those seven lights in their perfect line fall slowly to the horizon, somewhat mesmerised yet with a cool and analytical head. Then, in a moment of added spectacle, a meteor flashed through the centre of the formation and I was filled with wonder. The meteor came and went in a second, a white streak dashing across the sky, and in the next second I found myself making my ‘shooting star wish’ while at the same watching the inexplicable line of lights disappearing below the horizon. Seven lights became six, six became five, four, three… then the clouds passed across the trajectory and obstructed the final three lights, and I was met by darkness.
I could have easily raced back inside, grabbed my phone, raced back out, and made an attempt to video what I was seeing… but… if I had, I would have missed most of the spectacle (which only lasted about a minute, if that). Also, I would have been sure to miss that shooting star! In a way, I’m happy I got to see the spectacle with the naked eye, in real time, and didn’t miss a blink of it. In the absence of photo or video evidence, please accept my humble, hand-drawn effort at the top of the post.
What to do next?
This is not the first time I have witnessed lights in the sky, nor do I presume it will be the last. I’ll not declare the various objects I’ve seen to be space craft, saucers, extra-terrestrial observers, military craft, drones, Chinese lanterns, or anything else other than simply ‘lights in the sky’, but my senses are open enough to believe and feel that we, as humans, are not the only intelligent lifeforms to occupy and travel about space.
Dear readers, have you ever witnessed strange lights in the sky? It’s not something I usually talk about, least of all post about, but I thought in this case it would be good to document in words and illustrate what I saw.
I’ll leave you with some classic images of rockets, flying saucers and aliens. Why not? We all want to believe don’t we?
… she made an entire album inspired by strange lights in the sky. Bravo Kim for speaking out and getting creative!
Thanks for looking to the skies with us 🙂