Witnesses Contact Local UFO Research Agency After July 29 Sightings

One Connecticut resident reportedly took a photo of an unusual light in the sky. What do you think about the photo? And did you see something strange in the skies on July 29?


Since a , other Connecticut residents are coming forth to share their experiences.

Jon Nowinski of the spoke with three witnesses and received photographic evidence [attached to this article] and five reports detailing a similar sight.

"What is most interesting has been that it appears these reports are not limited only to the Woodbury area, and similar observations were seen in the New Haven and Woodbridge area, which is approximately 30 miles south of Woodbury," Nowinski said in an e-mail to Woodbury-Middlebury Patch.

He said the people who saw the lights all reported the same time frame of between 9:30 and 11:15 p.m. Sunday, July 29.

"And the picture was actually taken in New Haven on Sunday but is what most witnesses from Woodbury described to us so we think it could be the same object," he told Patch via e-mail.


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"As it turns out, Woodbury wasn’t the only town that may have been visited that Sunday," according to the SGRA news section of the website. "Witnesses in New Haven, Bethany, Milford, and most recently Monroe, have come forward claiming to have seen very similar objects. Everyone seems to be describing the same object — an 'orb-like' objects, mostly appearing with a reddish light, and seeming to hover or move extremely slowly in the sky."

The following quotes are from e-mailed witness testimony of the sightings in Woodbury, said Nowinski, adding that the witnesses asked to remain anonymous but some gave permission to use their first names.

He said he spoke with the people on the phone first and then asked they send their experiences in e-mail form too.


"I definitely saw lights and an object in the sky last Sunday. I was looking northwest in my backyard and noticed a red, glowing, object fairly low in the sky. At first it didn't get my attention, but it was moving very slow — and to me seemed to stop and "hover" for a moment at a time, then continue. I watched it for approximately 15 minutes before I lost sight of it over trees. I don't think it could have been very high, but I did not hear any of the common noises associated with airplanes or helicopters. No engine sound, not even distant." — Gina P.

"What I saw looked like a single red and glowing object. It seemed to "pulse" at times, which was what originally caused me to watch it. I've seem many airplanes in the area, and they flash their lights — like strobes — but this was different. I went inside to tell my husband, and came back out a few moments later. The object was still in roughly the same spot, which was very odd to me as well. He even watched it for a while, and then tried to snap a few images on his cell phone, but each time it just looked like a blur. I guess phones aren't great for taking pictures of bright objects in the sky. After maybe about 10 minutes, the object seemed to just vanish. I didn't notice when, but we stopped watching it for a bit, and next time we looked up, it was gone." — Terry E.

"I saw a red object, close to the moon. That's what made me look at it. At first, I thought it was probably Mars — since I know sometimes it can appear close to the moon, but it was larger than I would have expected that to be. And it seemed to "bounce" back and forth. I mean, it wasn't quite hovering, but it was almost moving slightly to one side and the other. I did decide to look online to see if Mars was viewable near the moon (maybe you can check that further), but from what I found it isn't supposed to be that way this time of year." — John C.

"The thing I saw was definitely a solid object. I have flown private aircraft, and worked around and others, and I have seen all size of aircraft, but this was different. What I was looking at had a solid shape to it, but looked almost circular. I did manage to grab a pair of binoculars to take a closer look at it, but what was very unusual to me was that there didn't appear to be any other "lights" on it other than the bright, reddish, single light. If it were a plane, i would have seen navigation lights (as I'm sure you are familiar with). But this only had a reddish light, and this object didn't seem to move. I'm honestly not sure what happened or where it went, I stopped watching because of a call I needed to take, and when I looked back (maybe 5 minutes later) it was gone."


Monroe residents reported seeing unusual lights on July 29 too and three people left the following comments on :


"This is very interesting. I'm skeptical about UFOs but I do have to admit I saw something very similar to this on Saturday, July 28th between about 10:30 and 11:00 p.m. while driving along Pepper St. My view was intermittently blocked by trees, and once I got past the trees I couldn't see it anymore - gone! I've been wondering what it was I saw." —

"My kids also saw something over the elm street area around the same time." —

"I live on maplewood and I saw a bright orange light at the same time." —


Anyone who witnessed unusual lights in the skies may contact the SGRA by calling 203-987-SGRA, e-mailing sgra@sgra.org or using the Submit A Sighting Form.

The Smoking Gun Research Agency's goal is to foster more open discussions and public awareness of paranormal, metaphysical, and unexplained subjects, according to the SGRA website. Nowinski believes scientific methods and principals can be used to conduct research into those fields.


What do you think the unidentified flying object is in the photo? Tell us in the comments section.

Claudia Chapman August 08, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Sky lanterns? There are always plenty of sky lanterns launched on Independence Day and the weekend nearest to July 4th. The lanterns are usually red, golden or white. The photograph suggests a sky lantern.
Claudia Chapman August 08, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Southbury and Danbury have had their share of UFO sightings, including this one in the 1980s: http://www.ufocasebook.com/i84encounter.html
Jon Nowinski August 08, 2012 at 05:17 PM
We were actually able to rule out paper lanterns or sky lanterns in each of the instances. In this case, however, the reported activity of the object(s) witnessed were not consistent with paper lanterns.You are right though... they are commonly mistaken for unusual craft in the skies, however they are often easily identified if you know what to look out for.
Claudia Chapman August 08, 2012 at 05:24 PM
How did you rule them out? Just curious.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) August 08, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Thanks for sharing that link, Claudia - that was a good photo from the Southbury sighting. Jon, any thoughts on that sighting?
Jon Nowinski August 08, 2012 at 05:45 PM
That's a good question! Paper lanterns are actually quite consistent in the way they look, travel, and the manner in which they act while airborne. For example, being what they are, paper lanterns are subjected to wind currents for travel. It's very easy to check wind directions at times of reports, and if objects were observed traveling in different directions, it is something to consider. They also have very distinct ways in which they look in the sky, even from a distance. An untrained observer may not be able to pick that out right away, but in the way in which objects are described it can help rule paper lanterns out. A good way of doing that is the different colored lights observed. Paper lanterns are limited to the colors that can be used for their fuel, which as you mentioned are mostly red, yellow/gole, or white. The fuel used by paper lanterns also "flickers" like you'd expect a flame to, which is noticeable by observers. That's not to say that paper lanterns were not possibly the cause for some - specifically ones on the shoreline - which we are still currently investigating.
Jon Nowinski August 08, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Connecticut has a great UFO history to it. And those sightings which occurred in the mid-80s were very well documented. I was a witness to one when I was growing up in Greenwich, which I believe to have been part of that "wave" of sightings in the Hudson Valley. The objects during those sightings were seen by air traffic controllers, pilots, police officers, and other credible witnesses. Just as in many cases of multiple-sightings or "waves" of sightings, some of the objects were explained away, but no single explanation could be given for what everyone saw in that time frame.
Claudia Chapman August 08, 2012 at 05:52 PM
I did see the one in the 1980s which is discussed in the article. It looked like a big crescent with lanterns hanging off of it.
Claudia Chapman August 08, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Thanks for the explanation.
Karel Kolchak August 09, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Oh! I got a couple of those at home...only, they're bigger!


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