Beachfront at night is always a good place and time to see unusual things in the sky. You stare into the east lit only by the moon and perhaps a few boat lights on the horizon. Most of us have no idea what we're actually seeing when we see what seems to be unusual.
But last night's viewing was something that made me jump.
As we sat on the deck of our beachfront condo, the other 3 with me had already shouted twice when they said they saw a light "pop on" in the sky then just "disappear". I was watching to see if it would repeat a 3rd time and it certainly did.
Out of a dark sky, a bright light--orange/red I would say--suddenly popped on slightly to our south. Very bright. Not a twinkle in the sky, but a clear strong light. Then, starting from left to right, it was as if other lights were turing on...1...2...3...4. And the procession of lights snaked south. Then a single light popped into the sky just to the main grouping's south and began to head toward the first set. They both rose slightly into the sky.
And then blinked away.
My iPhone is never far from my hand, but this was at the end of a full beach day and it had just run completely out of power so I couldn't get a video.
There were three ships of some kind on the horizon. They had bright white lights on them as they steamed first north, then back south.
Were the snaking lights in the sky some kind of flare? Something from the ships? The proverbial meteor flashing through? Certainly possible.
I had hoped others might report it and there would be some mention made on local TV, although so farI have seen no such report. But a google seach led me to some similar sitings in Myrtle Beach a year or 2 ago. The Youtube video in this post is very, very close to what we saw last night. Apparently these types of lights have been seen before.
I am neither a believer nor skeptic in these matters. Strange lights in the sky often have an easy explanation once you know it. On the other hand, Horatio, "there are more things....."