SEVERAL Maryborough residents have come forward this week with similar reports of UFO sightings above the city.
Described as “bright orange lights twice the size of evening stars”, the flying objects were spotted last Thursday night.
Peta Duggan and her partner were travelling along Kent St in Newtown at 8.30pm when they say they saw five orange lights.
“I looked up and saw what I thought was a pole with orange lights.
"Then I realised there were no poles with orange lights around there and slowed the car down to get a better look.
“We saw five lights in the sky, three fairly close together and two further down to the horizon.
“They started to move and spread out. One of the lights fizzled out – it was like a fire ember – and the rest disappeared out of sight.”
Ms Duggan said the orange lights were silent.
“What we thought was strange was that they weren't really glowing like shining lights, but more like orange, round embers.”
Ms Duggan said while her partner tried to film the spectacle with his mobile phone, the lights did not show up on the footage.
Newtown resident Noel reported seeing a similar scene in the sky on Thursday night.
“There was a bright orange light about twice the size of an evening star,” he said.
“It was travelling south-east to north-west and on two occasions it sparked.”
Sarah, another Newtown resident, saw two orange lights.
“They were really big and looked like they were travelling with the wind.
“One fizzled out and the other kept travelling upwards.”
After some consideration, Sarah said she believed the lights could have been lanterns released by residents celebrating the Chinese New Year.
The Chinese often release paper lanterns to celebrate the new year – but the lunar new year was February 3.
Ms Duggan said she wondered whether the lights had anything to do with the space shuttle Discovery, which was launched in Florida on Thursday.
“I've never seen such a strange colour and movement in the sky before,” Ms Duggan said.
“I'm very curious whether anyone else saw this orange display and what it was,” she said.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT
- There is an average 70,000 UFO sightings reported worldwide each year, an average of 192 a day
- The first photograph of a UFO was taken in 1883 by an astronomer in Mexico
- No UFO has ever been tracked on radar entering the Earth's atmosphere