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Strange light spotted hovering in night sky

By This is Cornwall  |  Posted: September 24, 2009

The mysterious object spotted in the night sky above Newton St Cyres by amateur astronomer Lee Betts late on Monday

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COULD this image provide evidence of extraterrestrial life?

The strange light was seen hovering for more than an hour over houses in Exeter.

Amateur astronomer Lee Betts, 29, believes it could be visitors from outer space – or that the sighting is at least unexplained.

Mr Betts took the photographs with the help of his telescope in the bedroom of his home in Newton St Cyres.

He saw the red cigar-shaped object hovering around 1,000ft off the ground four miles away, towards Thorverton, late on Monday night.

"I couldn't believe it at first," he said.

"The shape was about 100ft long and there were four lights coming from it initially.

"I saw it at the back of my house, which faces Thorverton, so I got my telescope set up and magnified the image 20 times and then took this picture. All this happened at around 8.45pm and it was still there an hour later.

"I've never seen anything like this before – it's unexplained.

"The shape moved slowly across the skyline and as I looked through my telescope it seemed to pivot on its central axis. It was very strange.

"It then sort of rolled around and a bright light appeared at one end of the shape.

Then, without warning, a sudden flash of light like a shooting star went across the sky."

Mr Batten, who lives with his fiancée, said he was pleased with the outcome of his photographs.

"The shape was about four miles away in the direction of Thorverton Hills," he said.

"I have been an amateur astronomer for the past three years and sightings like this are all new to me.

"Luckily, I could magnify my telescope which enabled me to take this picture with some accuracy."

He said the sky was different to normal on Monday.

"Clouds were illuminated for some reason and when I told my brother what I had seen he said the sky was also strange over Bristol where he lives," he said.

A police spokesman said they had not received any reports of sightings of a UFO in Devon.

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    Shane, Exeter  |  September 30 2009, 11:06AM

    I seen an orange light flying through the air last night at about 8pm. I first seen it out of the window then went into the garden and it wasnt making any noise so it couldnt have been a helicopter or plane. Did anybody else see anything????

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    mrs slee, Braunton  |  September 27 2009, 11:36AM

    we left a friends house friday evening and were shocked by a really low light above where we were walking.we stopped and watched it for a good five minutes, i tried to take a photo on my phone but didnt do it quick enough as we were too busy watching it.It was very bright was it a lantern or ufo?

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    charlie, elberton, ga, USA  |  September 26 2009, 1:13AM

    I heard that it was sewage lost or dumped in orbit by the last shuttle flight > I have observed this light several times during the last 2 weeks

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    stan, UK  |  September 24 2009, 7:59PM

    looks like to shuttle come in through the atmosphere to land to me and it did land a few days ago.

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    henry blince, devon  |  September 24 2009, 4:49PM

    nah, stupidity.

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    henry blince, devon  |  September 24 2009, 12:47PM

    "or that the sighting is at least unexplained". Nobody's explained it, of course it's unexplained. If people continue not to explain it it'll remain unexplained and half-witted idiots the world over will be able to use to prove aliens exist forever. Aliens? Sheesh ...

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    PhoneHome, Devon  |  September 24 2009, 11:57AM

    An airship maybe...?