The photographs on this page were taken on April 26th 1996 by Rod Dickinson at Chibolton Observatory, the following account describes the conditions under which they were taken. This is the first time these photographs have been in a public forum:
I took this sequence of photographs on April 26 1996 at about 9.20pm over the Chibolton Observatory, Chibolton, Hampshire, England.
After a prearranged meeting with a friend close to the observatory we witnessed a luminous orb consisting of six smaller red lights arranged around a yellow/orange light, which appeared in the sky above and to the southwest of the observatory. It was twilight and the weather was fine with a clear sky and light wind.
The light moved slowly towards us passing above the dish of the observatory, it then banked and began to move North, allowing a clear view of the configuration of lights underneath it. It did not make any sort of sound. After a short distance it disappeared, as if the lights had been turned off. The whole sighting lasted a few minutes, as I had my camera with me I took a number of photographs in quick succession as the lights banked and moved North.
The photographs were taken on a 35mm SLR camera, using standard 100 ASA slide film. The exposure was at 1/60 of a second for all the photographs.
There have been several other sightings at Chibolton observatory in recent years.