‘UFO’ with ‘flashing lights’ spotted darting above ocean for five minutes

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Bright lights spotted "ping-ponging" across the South Australian skyline are believed to be a so-called UFO.

The phenomenon spotted on September 7 went on for 5 minutes on the south coast, near the border with Victoria.

The UFO Hunters website said: "Flashing light moving rapidly over the ocean sighted by me and my partner accelerated quickly to the left then hovered random flashes of light getting bright.

"Then dim it ping-ponged back and forth up and down and then hovered while slowly fading out saw red white and blue colours checked flight radar and nothing was in the air near what we were looking at very interesting!"

There have been several similar reports earlier this year of strange lights in the sky above the continent.

One report from 9News said that strange lights spotted over the over early morning skies in Melbourne back in April left residents believing they had encountered a fleet of unidentified objects.

A witness told the site: "I saw the lights up in the sky and then another one came, then another one came, then another one came, and I was like, 'what the hell's going on here?'

"So I walked out to the front of my house and I looked back to where they were coming from, and there was a whole string of them, it looked like someone had unravelled Christmas lights and put them in the sky."

In another report from the Launceston Examiner in May, a witness from Tasmania claimed to see lights flashing white and green for several minutes before turning out in the sky high above the tree line.

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However, scientists have offered an explanation for these sightings as they claim what residents are seeing are satellites returning to Earth.

"They're small in comparison to things such as the International Space Station, but there are so many of them that they cause extra problems for astronomers," Perry Vlahos from the Astronomical Society of Victoria told 9News.

"They ruin photographs of the night's sky and they add to light pollution. In fact, astronomers refer to them as vermin of the sky.

"Atmospheric drag will make them re-enter the atmosphere in a few years time and they'll burn up harmlessly in the upper atmosphere."

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