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'UFO light' seen across North Wales not 'panic-buying aliens'

Daily Post 04/10/2021 Andrew Forgrave
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Panic-buying aliens were among the online quips after a strange cone-shaped light was seen in the night skies above north east Wales.

Scores of people witnessed the soundless light hovering overhead, descending slowly and, in some cases, "shooting off northwards".

Social media reports emanated across Wrexham, Denbighshire and Flintshire at locations from Llangollen to Penycae and Connahs Quay.

READ MORE: The strangest things spotted in the sky over North Wales - and how some remain a mystery

Although the mystery was quickly solved, the sightings were spectacular enough to prompt a few raised pulses.

“Strangest thing I have ever seen,” said Marie Marese Jones, from Llangollen.

“It was so big and moving slower than a comet. It was like it was landing – it went down behind the mountain. It was quite mesmerising.”

In Connah’s Quay one person saw the light at the same time as an aeroplane crossed the sky.

“It was just moving so fast,” she said.

“The other thing was brighter than anything I’d seen before. It was just bizarre!”

The strange light seen over the Wrexham countryside © Christina Povah The strange light seen over the Wrexham countryside

Given Berwyn’s reputation among UFO enthusiasts – the mountain range has long been associated with alien theories – last week’s night-sky lights suggested something more sinister.

“Space ship, deffo,” said one person.

“There were a few sightings years ago on the Berwyn mountain and by the castle too.”

The cone-shaped light was pictured 'slowly descending' near Castell Dinas Bran, Llangollen © Marie Marese Jones The cone-shaped light was pictured 'slowly descending' near Castell Dinas Bran, Llangollen

Another was keeping an open mind about the object seen over Llangollen.

“Lived in the hills about 15 miles north of there for 16 years,” he said.

“There is quite a long history of unexplained events witnessed by locals in Mid and North Wales, including the “Bala Triangle”, over the years.

“On several occasions in middle of night (I) saw huge unexplained silent light flashes, momentarily illuminating the entire landscape, and on one occasion across the valley an orb that started on the ground and later floated into the sky at 4am.”

Llangollen's sighting, on the periphery of an area renowned for UFO claims, prompted particular excitement © Marie Marese Jones Llangollen's sighting, on the periphery of an area renowned for UFO claims, prompted particular excitement

One person quipped that, if aliens were scouting out the area, they could be of some benefit.

“I hope they have brought some diesel with them,” he said.

The object was soon revealed to be an Atlas V rocket, carrying Nasa’s Landsat-9 satellite, which launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base, USA, just after 7pm last Monday.

Some two hours later it performed a reversing manoeuvre, releasing glowing clouds of vapour.

Usually these can’t be seen over Europe but clear skies last week offered a rare glimpse of the stellar spectacle.

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