The Nugget, Canada
Sat, 29 Dec 2012 07:55 CST
© The Nugget, Canada
It could have been space junk, a meteor shower or something else flying across Trout Lake earlier this week that caught the attention of several people.
Dave Palangio was entertaining guests on Christmas Eve when he saw several yellowish-orange lights over top Trout Lake.
His guests at his Lakeside Drive home saw them too.
"I said 'turn off the lights', then I grabbed my camera and shot through the living room glass," Palangio said.
"It was really mysterious. The lights were travelling in a single file and then changed directions and went into a formation travelling east to west across Trout Lake," he said.
"We kept our eyes on the skies, but there was nothing else."
Palangio said it lasted about a minute and then the lights faded out.
He said the lights came from the east around Redbridge, however Palangio said he couldn't tell how high they were."
Palangio, a retired North Bay Nugget photographer, believes it was fallen space junk.
"I suspect it was orbiting decay or a satellite breakup," he said Friday.
There could be several possible explanations, however Palangio is ruling out one possible cause.
"It wasn't fireworks," he said, adding he has photographed fireworks displays numerous times and know what they sound and look like.
"Fireworks usually explode and they didn't. There was no spark."
Palangio said the lights resembled something similar to tracer bullets, but they were moving way too slowly.
He reported the sighting to Canadian Forces Base North Bay and was asked to send the pictures he took.
The pictures were also sent to Transport Canada for examination.
Canadian Forces Base North Bay and Transport Canada didn't respond to The Nugget by press time.
Meanwhile, Eric Blais is also wondering about the cause of several white light beams in the West Ferris area Thursday night.
He said he was headed out on his balcony when he saw the beams.
"They went from the sky to the ground and I know they weren't spotlights."