Pulsating Orb of Light Captured Creeping Over Scotland [Video]

Pulsating Orb of Light Captured Creeping Over Scotland [Video]


On Saturday night around 11:00PM, Scottish UFO hunters with their eyes to the heavens noticed something a little weirder than your average hovering lights – they noticed a glowing orb with a pulse so bright it lit up the sky.

Yesterday morning SkywatcherScotland posted the video to their YouTube account, where they described seeing this “crazy object” as heading north by northwest in Midlothian, and quickly attached their nightvision monocle to the camera in order to capture the odd sight on video.

The short clip shows what appears to be a large glowing object moving quickly through the night sky, when suddenly the orb pulses so brightly that the resulting flash almost fills the screen. SWS kindly gives us a slow motion replay as well.


The question is, what exactly could the weird floating orb be? There is much speculation that the object is simply the flare from an iridium satellite, known for their highly reflective surfaces bouncing stray sunlight back to Earth. This could be a viable answer, but believers point to the fact that satellite monitors show no iridium flare activity in Midlothian, Scotland near that time frame.

You can check the video out below and decide for yourself, but SWS has already made up his mind, leaving this message to the visitors: “hello, we know you are watching..”

Let us know what you think of the video! Is it a secret government satellite off the radar? A visitor from outer space? Or something else entirely? Tweet us @WhoForted, share your thoughts on our Facebook page, or leave a comment below!


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  1. Larry Sessions

    04/08/2013 at 10:23 AM

    There are many satellites and bits of space debris that tumble and can rapidly change brightess levels, not just Iridiums. The fact that no Iridium passage from noted at that time and location is certainly not proof that it was not a satellite or debris. There is so little actual information here that it is impossible to make any kind of firm identification. Given that it was shot through a monocular of unknown magnification, I would say that clearly the best guess is that it was of a bit of tumbling debris, but no firm identification is possible. Speculating on any non-terrestrial spacecraft is not a position that is supportable by evidence, nor is speculation on it being a secret government craft. By the same token, they cannot be ruled out completely, but a far more likely explanation is just that it is tumbling space debris.

  2. Chew

    04/08/2013 at 2:24 PM

    Not all satellites that flare are Iridiums. This is the most likely candidate: http://heavens-above.com/passdetails.aspx?lat=55.831032&lng=-3.155508&loc=Unspecified&alt=0&tz=GMT&satid=24680&mjd=56388.8558159722
    It has the correct date and time and the direction of travel matches the video. They say it was moving north by northwest and in the video it was moving “up”. That means they filmed it when it was in the southern sky, which is where this satellite was at the time shown in the video. Click on the sky map near the 21:31 time tag and it will show the path the object followed relative to the local vertical, i.e. the same orientation of the camera.

  3. alanborky

    04/08/2013 at 3:01 PM

    I’m a little suspicious of this Greg because the closer we get the more the pixels round the main glowing object don’t break up into crude chaotic black and white blocks like the rest of the image but instead develop a sort of almost smudgey overlay appearance with comparatively little or no sign of pixelation at all.

  4. Frater Auxilior Arti

    04/08/2013 at 4:11 PM

    Ionized plasma. I’d bet on it.

  5. michael sargent

    04/08/2013 at 9:53 PM

    my mom and i saw a light similar to the video last night over bandera texas. we watched it and at one point the light got very bright thendimmed again . we watched till it disappered over the horizon.

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