Sunday, October 24, 2010

Unmanned Hot Air Balloon Over Belfast Ireland (Chinese Lantern)

Date: October 24, 2010
Time: Approx: 7:30 p.m.

As reported last night 23rd October 2 sightings of a then strange object in the sky over Belfast, coming out of the west and altering course overhead to a southerly direction before disappearing. Tonight 24th October, a similar object was observed moving from north to south. At ground level there did not seem to be any noticeable wind, yet it seemed to moving at a fair rate of knots.

This time I was able to view it through a pair of 10x50 binos. What I saw was an unmanned Hot Air balloon. I could see the burner.

The time was about 19.30 and it would be hard to give a size as I could not estimate its altitude, but it was a very bright object in the dark sky which appeared to be much higher than aircraft using our local airports.

If you have seen anything like this in the same area please be kind enough to contact Brian Vike at: with the details of your sighting. All personal information is kept confidential. website:

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