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Strange lights over Singapore

By Murray Bourne, 07 Jan 2007

We were having dinner down near Sentosa Island at an al fresco restaurant tonight, and we saw the strangest green lights streaking across the sky. It was just after 8:00pm, and the lights were traveling south, over the eastern part of Singapore.

At first I thought it was a military jet since it was going very fast. The light it was giving off was a neon-like light green, and the strangest thing was that no noise accompanied it. It was difficult to ascertain the altitude, but it went behind some clouds after a while and my (very rough) estimate for altitude would be 8 to 10,000 feet.

I expect that it was just a comet, but it was very strange, since the outline was roughly an aircraft-like delta shape.

See the 10 Comments below.

10 Comments on “Strange lights over Singapore”

  1. preetam says:

    yes, i saw it too and saw some parts of it break apart and fall down

  2. Murray says:

    Thanks, Jimmy for the time correction.

    A bungled weapon launch - coming from the north? Hmmm... that raises a lot of interesting possibilities.

    But it was probably a meteorite.

  3. jimmy mun says:

    The time was closer to 7.40pm, but I agree it was on the east side of the island travelling south. (Some said it travelled east to west, which I believe is totally wrong.) I also agree that it was obscured by clouds from time to time, so it was pretty high up, and given the height, it was definitely travelling faster than a commercial jetliner, and much closer to a supersonic military jet, without the sonic boom.

    I disagree about the delta shape part though. It looked more like a round ball to me, and like what Preetam said, with parts falling off.

    Now that you brought up the military, I am beginning to believe that it could be a bungled weapon launch.

  4. osix says:

    while doing a search this came up ..
    seem like some years ago in 2002 something similar had happen

    here what i quote

    " An unusual green fireball appeared over the island nation of Singapore on the night of Friday, March 29, 2002.

    Muhammad Zailan Bin Mohd Zain, a self-described "aircraft spotter," was driving west on the East Coast Parkway from Changi International Airport to downtown Singapore at 9 p.m. Then, as he looked to his left out the window, he saw an unusual green light approaching from the south.

    "I wish to share my experience," Muhammad reported, "On March 29, 2002, I was travelling on the ECP to my home from Changi after my aircraft sighting activities. I saw something streak past in the night sky above my head."

    "At first I thought the flying object was an RSAF (Royal Singapore Air Force--J.T.) aircraft undertaking night training. Upon closer look, it looked like a streaking meteorite, but it was green in colour. I was shocked when I spotted the flying object. The flying object eventually plummeted into the sea off the East Coast beach. I am still not sure what the flying object was. It was truly an unidentified flying object." (Email Form Report) "

    it had been quote from this site

  5. Lee S C says:

    Based on the article in the Economist Jan 20 2007, what we saw was probably Comet McNaught. This comet was first spotted by Robert McNaught in August 7 2006.

    B Lee

  6. Murray says:

    Thanks, Lee, but I don't think it was Comet McNaught. According to the picture on (search for Jan 7 2007), that comet was nothing more than a bright dot - too far out to be the lights we saw.

  7. cuz I can? says:

    or you might be interested in some science.. mind you this is not algore scientificalness behind manmadeglobalwarming, but the other science that embraces logic as opposed to consensus:

  8. Sonny says:

    I'm canadian close to Montreal. A few years ago i was on the road around 9 p.m.
    I saw on my far left, a fast green light past over the trees fast. It seems to be a fireworks but there's no house around!?
    Maybe a meteorite or military plane or some!!??

    Probably nothing in common but maybe more than we thought!!!!

  9. lee says:

    Its the laser lights from the show "sounds of the sea" at sentosa island. do a you tube search.

  10. Isaac says:

    I was fishing in Pasir Ris Farmway when I saw a green ball with a trail of white light in the sky. It is definitely not a shooting star as the speed of it was slow.. I only caught a 2 second glimpse of it when my view got blocked by some trees.. I wonder what it could be.. The time was around 3AM, 4th January 2015..

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