|Occurred : 6/5/2012 21:35 (Entered as : 06/05/12 21:35)
Reported: 6/5/2012 8:44:01 PM 20:44
Location: Alpharetta, GA
|About a dozen silent pulsating reddish-orange orbs in the sky
When we first noticed them, there were between 8 and 12 pulsating reddish-orange lights in the sky, moving slowly and silently to the northwest.
The pulsation from brightest to dimmest did not seem to have an particular pattern. Some would pulsate once per 3 seconds and others would seem to stay bright, making them all seem to have their own brightness at any given time. This could be due to cloud obscuration, but the sky was clear, for the most part, in the direction I was looking. The lights appeared to gain in elevation, as well.
Then the lights began "winking out" a few at a time, and before I was able to get my video camera going, there were only three left, and they quickly disappeared. I managed to capture the three remaining lights on my video camera, just before they disappeared...about 30 seconds of footage.
((NUFORC NOTE: Please see video posted to the NUFORC homepage, taken by witness. We express our gratitude to the witness for sharing the video.
((ADDENDUM FROM WITNESS))
I did some research on the wind data for the time period of my sighting. I checked several stations in the general area and they all reported minimal wind (between 0 and 4 mph), all in an easterly direction, during that time period. Most of the graphs looked like the image I've attached, named "winds_06_05_2012.jpg". The jet stream image I've attached also indicates this easterly direction. I've attached the closest data point to the hour in which I reported the sighting (adjusted for UTC timezone). However, the data for the hours before and after showed pretty much the same thing: the wind was minimal (between 0 and 60 knots), going in the same easterly direction.
From the video, you can tell there was not much wind where I was standing. I am pretty sure the direction in which my camera was pointing was almost due south (I will validate this with a compass, as soon as I find one). From the video, using the tree top as a static reference, you can see the lights moving to my right. This would indicate the lights were moving, at least to some degree, to the west (against the direction of the wind). I hope this helps.