I’ve been debating whether to write this post for a few days, but I thought it would be worth sharing no matter what kind of reservations I have.
On Tuesday night (actually, early Wednesday morning) I went out on my balcony to wind down before I retired for the night. Instead of relaxing, I spent the next 30 minutes in a very intense state: I watched two objects hover over Lake Ontario. I’m not saying I saw aliens, but whatever I saw were certainly not any kind of conventional aircrafts.
You can begin to snicker at any point, and I don’t blame you. I’m skeptical of most UFO accounts and there is usually a reasonable answer to whatever phenomena people witness. I did some searches and did find a video (posted above) that captures almost my exact same experience, though this video was filmed over six years ago.
My apartment has a fantastic view — I look west from the 24th floor of a building just west of the CNE. As I stood on my balcony, I noticed one, then two orange-yellowish objects floating over the lake. The main object glowed for 10 minutes, moving only slightly from side-to-side. It was about twice as bright as a bright star. The other object would appear out of thin air above the first object, increasing in its intensity. The first object would slowly fade away into the dark of the night. The second object would move into the same area as the first and hover for about 10 minutes. This dance repeated three times over a half hour period.
I have a decent telescope and brought it out for a better look at the objects. Through the lens, the objects seemed to be just balls of light. A specific spotlight was not apparent. I took a few photos but since the objects were so far away, and the sky was dark, I was only able to capture a very cliché image. Even through the lens I could see very little movement — just up and down and a little bit of side-to-side action, and very little depth.
I had first suspected the lights were the spotlights from Porter Airline planes coming into the island airport, but when I noticed that the objects weren’t getting any closer or further away, I ruled that out. Also, the orange-ish light being emitted was much different than the ones used on planes — it reminded me of fire, both in colour and how it flickered (on clear nights I can often see, without the aide of a telescope, the blazing fires across the lake from Hamilton’s steel plants). I’ve looked at planes at night through the telescope and I always see some kind of reflection or shadow of the plane. But the only reflection I saw was light from the objects bouncing off the calm lake. There were no blinking lights that are usually found on planes or helicopters. Just before the last sight of the objects, they both began to lose their light intensity. Through the telescope, I watched one of them slowly descend towards the lake. Within a few seconds, the lights disappeared entirely.
It looks like I have a very good conversation-starter for the next few weeks.