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UFO Sightings In Waikato Skies

From: Geoff Blackmore <geoff_184.nul>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011 01:53:30 +1200
Archived: Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:38:14 -0400
Subject: UFO Sightings In Waikato Skies

Source: Waikato Times - NZ



UFO Sightings In Waikato Skies
By Ben Stanley

Strange lights have been illuminating Waikato skies and  some
residents are pinning it on UFO activity. But astronomers say
more mundane meteors or man-made objects are to blame.

North Hamilton man Adrian Kilpatrick is convinced he and his
wife Kathryn saw a unidentified flying object above his
Woodridge home last Saturday night.

When he first saw it, at around 6.30pm, Mr Kilpatrick, a long-
time believer in UFOs, thought it was a light plane coming into

"But then it looked like the plane was on fire, like the engines
were glowing orange," he said, adding that the object's absolute
silence had made him wonder further of its origins.

He estimated the object was flying around the height a small
aircraft might fly and appeared less than two kilometres north
of their house.

It moved towards Hamilton from Ngaruawahia, before changing
direction and zipping towards Morrinsville.

Mr Kilpatrick estimated it was visible for about  three minutes.

"The people who are skeptical about UFOs haven't seen one yet.
They are real," the Hamilton businessman said.

Suli Laomakei and Kelly Dixon have seen something too. The pair,
employees at Te Rapa's Prolife Foods, were outside taking a
cigarette break at around 11pm when they saw a "light the size
of the moon" moving quickly across the night sky on March 29.

"It was very bright when it moved. Everything below it lit up,"
Ms Laomakei said. "It was huge, and looked like it had flames
coming out of it."

Ms Laomakei, who estimated the object was only around 100m off
the ground, said she was not a believer in UFOs before the
sighting, but the strange light had her scratching her head.
"Something was travelling through the sky that night," she said.

Hawera residents have also reported a flaming ball zig-zagging
through the sky on Tuesday night. through the night sky.

Auckland Stardome Observatory astronomer Dr Grant Christie said
a meteor entered the atmosphere over New Zealand around 11pm on
the night of March 29, lighting up the night sky.

Dr Christie estimated the fireball to be travelling around 30
and 80km above the earth, describing as one of the brightest
observed fireballs above New Zealand since 1999.

As for Mr Kilpatrick's travelling light? Observatory
spokesperson Gina Dellabarca said it was likely caused by the
International Space Station (ISS), which is currently manned by
six people and orbiting around 350 km above Earth.with the last
pass at around 6pm yesterday. It is expected over New Zealand
again this Saturday at about 6.30pm.

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