Mysterious Lights Baffle Onlookers

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(June 5) – Clusters of orange lights that have been illuminating the night sky across Britain and Holland are baffling onlookers, the Daily Mail reported Thursday.

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Paul Slight, Caters News / ZUMA Press

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These strange clusters of orange lights have been baffling onlookers across Britain. Witnesses have said the UFOs dart in between one another in perfect formation. These cell phone images were snapped by an onlooker in Birmingham, England, last week.

There are different explanations for the lights, which one man said he captured on his cell phone. An ex-military official told the Daily Mail that the lights were dropped by jets to simulate the path of a missile in order to test the warship’s radar systems. But a woman in Lincoln, England — where some lights were spotted — said they were nothing more than Chinese lanterns that had been set off at her wedding reception.
Still others said the glowing orbs are an armada of invading UFOs, a theory that elicits scoffs from some experts.
One man who saw the lights on May 27 described them this way:
“They were traveling 15 at a time and every six minutes more seemed to be coming over the horizon. They were not planes. They were not balloons. Each one was the size of a building,” said guesthouse owner Auberon Hedgecoe of Huntingdon, England.
The sightings even prompted military officials to check their logs for aircraft activity. But an air force spokesman for a nearby base said it was closed when the last activity was sighted.

ILAN Science Team / Space.com

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Some UFO sightings may be due to a natural phenomenon known as sprites, like this one shown above in February. “Lightning from [a] thunderstorm excites the electric field above, producing a flash of light called a sprite,” said geophysicist Colin Price. Click through the gallery to see objects sometimes mistaken for a close encounter.
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