Bright lights bewilder

NICCI MCDOUGALL
Last updated 22:45 13/03/2014

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Some Invercargill residents were left wondering tonight after seeing ‘‘dots of light’’ in the sky.

Grasmere resident Campbell Henderson said he and his mother had seen about eight dots of light in the sky to the north-east of the city about 9pm. The lights were all moving south at the same pace.

The ‘‘dots of light’’ were orange  and brighter than stars.

The lights whittled away before disappearing, he said.

Another Invercargill resident was in Windsor when she seen three red-to-orange ‘‘flickery lights’’ in the sky  about the same time.

Alex Crackett said the lights were ‘‘dancing around each other’’.

About 20 minutes later she noticed another light but in a different spot, she said.

Lloyd Esler, author of The Story of Astronomy in Southland, said he was unsure what the lights were.

However, they could have either been a spacecraft that had re-entered the atmosphere and broken up or a meteorite that had broken up.

‘‘It’s very normal to see something like this,’’ he said.

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