No Joke! Strange Lights in the Sky on Christmas Eve & the Ring Around the Moon

December 25, 2012 10:00 am · 82 comments


Santa, is that you?

Seriously, all joking aside, several Claycordians reported strange lights in the sky over Claycord on Christmas Eve.

One report, from an anonymous Claycordian, said the following….

Did anyone else report strange lights in the sky? I’m in turtle creek and I saw these. They were moving to the left and stayed in formation.

It was there long enough for me to stare at it, make a phone call, run in to get my brother, and he witnessed it too.

Anybody else?

Also, did everybody see that GIANT ring around the moon last night?

USS Enterprise December 25, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Faulty cloaking device, oops

Ccncord December 25, 2012 at 10:09 AM

They were up there Thursday night as well but a little closer

Anon December 25, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Doesn’t matter what it is. If you were all shown high resolution proof – you would deny that.
Merry Christmas

hi December 25, 2012 at 10:13 AM

i saw the exact same thing… i was at brentwood and driving back to concord and i didnt think anything about it…..

Subterfuge December 25, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Not sure about the lights, but the ring around the moon is no big deal. I have two of my own. I keep them locked away in a bedroom closet.

concordian December 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

I didn’t see the lights last night, BUT last thursday, I was leaving the 99 cent store and a big giant flying thing with a blue light a red light and two lights in the under carriage of this thing. It was completely silent and I was like WTF is That????? I go home and sure enough there are more, flying from Mt. Diablo, over my head, and then towards oakland. I saw like twenty of them and watched them for over two hours!!!! When one flew right over me, and it wasn’t that high in the sky, I kinda waited to get zapped!!!! lol…..really….but I didn’t get zapped. I was wondering if I was the only one that saw all these silent flying things, and they were big too. Not a word here on this site, not a word on tv, so I only told a couple of people about it.

So @ Concord, you saw them too THursday night, and man am I glad that someone beside me saw them! Now, what are they?????

marinemom December 25, 2012 at 10:38 AM

That was Santa in disguise

A believer December 25, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I for one, welcome our new alien overlords.

moon beam December 25, 2012 at 10:44 AM

The ring around the Moon is caused by the refraction of Moonlight (which of course is reflected sunlight) from ice crystals in the upper atmosphere. The shape of the ice crystals results in a focusing of the light into a ring. Since the ice crystals typically have the same shape, namely a hexagonal shape, the Moon ring is almost always the same size.

anon94523 December 25, 2012 at 10:54 AM

It’s the extraterrestrial santa invasion. They’ve come to abduct your milk and cookies.

Obviously December 25, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Don’t you people know anything? It was Santa, of course. He always flies with a few backup sleighs in case something goes wrong with his main sleigh.

Dorothy December 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM

I was busy driving but my granddaughter swears she saw them too.

Yeah, something took the eggnog and cookies too then left crumbs on the floor…

A ring around the moon means rain December 25, 2012 at 12:01 PM

My grandma always said so, and it’s proven true.

If you consider the light refraction explanation above, it makes sense, too.

Jorge December 25, 2012 at 12:08 PM

Too much Eggnog will do that to anybody ๐Ÿ™‚

Merry Christmas!!

haha December 25, 2012 at 12:26 PM

those damn aliens back at it again. “Im ready with my boomstick for them if they come near my crops again. Leave my corn alone!” just playing*

debbie December 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM

YES~! I was in Menlo Park and there was a giant ring around the moon…

anonymous December 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM

I saw a strange vehicle flying low over my house the other night. It did have unusual lights. I thought at first it must be a helicopter, but yeah, no noise.

Mr. John December 25, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Well, how do you expect all the rich people that took to space to avoid the Mayan apocalypse to get back to Earth?

Jill December 25, 2012 at 1:14 PM

An inch of bourbon will do that.

RP December 25, 2012 at 1:16 PM

I watched 3 orange globes moving in perfect formation, equally spaced and dead level. I was on a hill in Martinez and watched for about 5 minutes before they either burned out or finally disappeared into the clouds. Very powerful experience for me.

Saw them Thursday! December 25, 2012 at 1:19 PM

I saw them Thursday night too! Saw them best when I was waiting at the signal by back forty Texas BBQ. There were a few dotted around the sky but there was one light in particular right over back forty that was huge. I assumed it was done sort of helicopter hovering but it was not the kind that makes an orbit to hover because it stayed relatively awhile in one spot. Still wondering what those lights were!

KenInConcord December 25, 2012 at 1:55 PM

It’s aliens for a different solar system. Looking for inteligent life.

They came,

They looked,

They left!!!

Screwy Louie December 25, 2012 at 2:01 PM

I thought I felt probed friday morning

Lumper December 25, 2012 at 2:20 PM

The moving lights were balloons carrying candles ….

Idiots Among Us December 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM

They are hot air Sky Lanterns. They were being released from Memorial Hill around 8pm last night.

FINZ December 25, 2012 at 3:04 PM

We saw them last night too. It never mad a noise like a plane or helicopter. Strange!

Flapnt December 25, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Yes me and my son did saw those strange ring around the moon that is like a number 6 or 9. I was trying to take a picture of it but can’t get a clear shot if it.

anonymous December 25, 2012 at 4:38 PM

I don’t know what they were last night, but what I saw a few nights before is unlikely to be a weather balloon. It flew over my house, low and quiet, and was more or less airplane shaped, if airplane shaped means sort of stealth bomber shaped. ( Not saying it was that.) Two us watched it and talked about it.

Kim December 25, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Yes, seen in also in Boylston, Mass

Lily December 25, 2012 at 7:15 PM

We just saw them in Toronto, Canada!

Anastasia December 25, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Hi there, I saw these today over Toronto, Canada. My mom called and told me to look for them… It was pretty exciting and very very weird at the same time… Any explanation yet???

Native December 25, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Yes, those lights last week were like low flying helicopters and they were numerous. One seemed to have a search light and they were very quiet. Probably some covert military training. They were flying from Mt. Zion to Lime Ridge and no reports anywhere to be found.

ET December 25, 2012 at 7:44 PM

That was my ride home from Elliot’s house.

nytemuvr December 25, 2012 at 8:31 PM

I was taught as a kid that the bigger the ring around the moon was a way to tell how much/if it would rain or snow the next day….but that’s the way my family was, good at pulling legs.

Steve Miller December 25, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Did you see the lights As they fell all around you?
Did you hear the music? a Serenade from the stars…….

Anon-E-Cat December 25, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I thought I had seen something last night as I went out to my car to double check that it was locked. When I looked again it was gone. I wasn’t really sure if I DID see anything at all.

Big Al December 25, 2012 at 9:32 PM

It’s that darn magic dust again.

Drugs R Bad Mkay December 25, 2012 at 10:12 PM

You guys need to lay off that spiked eggnog and that LSD

Anon December 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Sighting committee looking for new Olive Garden location.

kiarfy December 25, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Magic can be powerful….or it could be in the eggnog ๐Ÿ™‚

Kyle December 25, 2012 at 10:59 PM

I live in Odessa TX and i see the giant ring around the moon as i type this

judaspriest December 25, 2012 at 11:34 PM

cornsnake laser beams

Art December 26, 2012 at 1:57 AM

All right, Beatrice, there was no alien. The flash of light you saw in the sky was not a UFO. Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus.

Randy Keel December 26, 2012 at 2:46 AM

Yes i saw the ring

Don't Censor Me Bro December 26, 2012 at 5:07 AM

A sky full of lighters… From “Tangled” (Rapunzel).

P-hill lovin December 26, 2012 at 5:27 AM

They were lumiers . Candles in huge balloons . Explanation done

Anon December 26, 2012 at 7:20 AM

Looks like those luminary bags/paper lanterns they release at special occasions.

Karen King December 26, 2012 at 8:02 AM

I saw the ring as well. I was visiting my daughter and girls in Memphis. I kept trying to get everyone to notice but they had other stuff on their mind. I am 57 yrs old and I have never seen anything like that! Glad to have found your post! ๐Ÿ™‚

Brenda December 26, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Hello, I live in cape breton, Nova Scotia and i saw the same lights December 25, 2012 around 7:30pm there were four lights it was a cloudy night and no other visable stars in the sky. We looked at the lights for about 3 minutes then they disappeared.

J. December 26, 2012 at 9:48 AM

@Anon-e-Cat: Your car was gone when you looked again?

Kirkwood December 26, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Donโ€™t forget that an approaching storm front is preceded by a south wind. This means that the landing direction of OAK and SFO runways are reversed. Aircraft from the east and south normally approach these airports along the Livermore valley and often depart eastbound over Concord. In bad weather those routes are reversed so folks see aircraft that are much lower, under low power and in unfamiliar places. That may or not explain lights in the sky.

It can be interesting at night on the Sunol grade looking east, you can often see a half dozen landing lights stacked up as aircraft approach single file.

kiarfy December 26, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I’ts hard not to admire these lights.

jtkatec December 26, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Okay, all these posts are creeping me out, especially since we’re now hearing from Nova Scotia.

CDR December 26, 2012 at 10:34 AM

@Kim – We saw them in Boylston, MA around 7:00pm as well. There were 15 lights flying overhead at least, just above the treetops. Neighbor standing in his yard said 8-10 had already flown overhead before I went outside. Totally silent, no engine noise or blinking lights – very odd sight.

mark December 26, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I saw a weird ring around the moon last night but honestly to me it seem like a blue planet in the back of it. el monte california. my brother in el paso texas saw the same ring n planet looking like object

John December 26, 2012 at 10:41 AM

My wife and I observed two of these orange lights/orbs here in Toronto, Canada last night. They were over Lake Ontario, just off the shore of the city. Both emitted very bright orange lights; both hovered over the lake for approximately four to five minutes before the lights faded and vanished. The second orb of orange light was right behind the first one. These were most definitely NOT flares, planes, or helicopters. These orange orbs have been witnessed by many people on both the Canadian side and the American side of Lake Ontario. I for one don’t belive we are alone in this vast universe. That said. I have no explanation for the source of these very strange and recurring orbs over the lake.

J. December 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Three Canadian men were traveling in the USA and happened to meet at a bar in NewYork City.

One man was from Toronto, one from Montreal and one from Nova Scotia.

They got acquainted and started talking about their problems with their wives.

The guy from Toronto began by saying: “I told my wife in no uncertain terms that from now on she would have to do her own cooking. Well – the first day after I told her, I saw nothing. The second day I saw nothing. But on the third day when I came home from work, the table was set, a wonderful dinner was prepared with wine and even dessert.”

Then the man from Montreal spoke up: “I sat moi wife down and tellsted her, dat from now on she hav’ to do her own shoppin’, also da cleanin’.r Da first day I sees nothin’. Da second day I sees nothin’. But on the turd day when I comes home, da whole house was spotless, and in the pantry da shelves were filled with da groceries.”

The fellow from Nova Scotia was married to a woman from Cape Breton. He sat up straight on the bar stool, pushed out his chest and said: “I gave my wife a stern look and told her, that from now on she would have to do the cooking, shopping and housecleaning.

Well – the first day I saw nothing. The second day I still saw nothing. But on the third day, I could see a little bit out of my left eye…”

Connie Dobbs December 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM

#54 I think it’s the coolest.
Hi, Canadians!

Sky Lantern December 26, 2012 at 12:11 PM

I bet you’d be sorry if it lands on some roof causing a fire. Or a grass fire. I guess this time of year the fire danger is low. Don’t try this at home kids!

Wow! LOL December 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

My husband and I let off the flying paper lanterns last week and we both said if people see these they are gonna TRIP OUT! They are very big. And as someone else just posted above they were letting some off on memorial hill that night at 8pm these pictures look EXACTLY like the ones I took our flying lanterns. Ours were pink orange and yellow. Table your imaginations away people. It’s no UFO! Lol

Nokeem December 26, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Saw the lights (more than a few times) and saw the rings (both nights); the nicest thing about 2012.

Sam December 26, 2012 at 5:41 PM

didnt see the christmas but saw them about a month ago flying over my house me and ny neighbors were like what is that they alao just disapeared

Duck December 26, 2012 at 5:57 PM

@ Jill…………yeah maybe in a coffee can ! lolololollolol

kiarfy December 26, 2012 at 6:18 PM

venusians, martians, plutonians, saturians what do you call those from jupiter? jupirians, jupiterians…………..

Anon December 26, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Those from Jupiter you call long-distance.

kiarfy December 26, 2012 at 7:16 PM

pertonians………a good name for them. Random thought are sometimes good for the soul.

kiarfy December 26, 2012 at 8:01 PM

lol…… yes it’s true; you call them by light-wave. ๐Ÿ™‚

J. December 26, 2012 at 8:41 PM

J. for Jovians.

tony December 26, 2012 at 8:48 PM

dec, 25 i was sober and i seen 8 red orbs travailing from massena y.n. area towards plattsberg n.y. or Montreal. they were in a straight line and were in pairs. they looked like they were exiting the atmosphere because the faded until they looked like a star and then disappear. after the first four i garbed my binoculars. with the binoculars i could see a bright red light inside a glowing red sphere. 2 or 3 min. after the last one disappeared three plains came from the Ottawa direction and looked like they were trying to follow them. 5min.after that three more came from the south/ plattsberg direction. i have never see plains travel from these directions before.

tony December 26, 2012 at 8:56 PM

forgot to mention that this happened at 730 p.m.

Starship December 27, 2012 at 1:39 PM
fairfield ca December 27, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I seen sum on christmas night around 10:00 10:30 there orange lights moving like they were wondering around then they disappears in the rainy clouds mind you no stars was showin cause of the heavy rain…but they show agin and they were movin as ifif they were playn in the sky with one another…and then they formedd this triangle shape as they moved north slowly. I kno travis air force base seen that but nobody made a report it. And 4 other people this qit me so i kno im not crazy.

Floridaman December 27, 2012 at 7:31 PM

Omg ppl i saw these lights too!! 1/27/12 @ 9:57 in lake worth fl!!! Zip code 33463! I recorded a video with my phone but for some reason the lights dont show as good as they were

Westley December 27, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Haha all of you act like UFO’s don’t exist…

Starship December 27, 2012 at 9:08 PM

UFO’s do exist–it is asinine to believe that of all of the planets in all of the universes, earth is the only one that could inhabit life. Makes no sense at all.

Live felon December 27, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Yeah saw ring too but more interesting was a red light hovering round real low and slow above some kids shooting fireworks and had a saucer shape that you could see from glare of the full moon it vanished in thin air then bout 15 min later made another pass except higherthis timeand went up instead of level and moved faster then again vanished ….johnsonville s.c. Then 10 min later 3 blinking even spaced lights were traveling at a height of normal air craft……smh still wonderin what this was…..seriously this was no plane

Leong MC December 29, 2012 at 1:01 AM

Saw the same ring at Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia on 24th Dec, Cristmas eve. So far any scientist got any explanation?

Laguna Bardwell December 29, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I’m in Digby, Nova Scotia, and I saw the same thing…I think? I was in a daze so I thought my mind was playing tricks on me but since other people have seen it…maybe I’m not crazy? Or maybe we’re all crazy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Anon-E-Cat December 31, 2012 at 9:29 PM

@J #51 – yep, that darn car disappears all the time when I’m not looking ๐Ÿ™‚

ls January 1, 2013 at 8:19 PM


I saw the same lights last night over hollister1 aournd 11:00 pm.. the closer I got to them one by one Vanished.. Did any one else saw them.


ls January 1, 2013 at 8:20 PM

I saw the same lights last night… 12-31-2012 around 11 pm the closer I got one by one vanished.

Dave January 6, 2013 at 3:29 PM

Sat. Jan 5th 2013 at 6:20 pm in Canton Ohio…my wife, her mother and I witnessed something very strang….at first I though it was a unique christmas lights display and as we got closer it was way to high in the sky for someones christmas displal. It was a formation that went from near ground level and up into the clouds. Probably more than 15 orange lights. All of sudden they started to move in unison and rose up into the clouds still in formation. We were in the car and as we approached the area where we first saw them the last few disappeared into the clouds right above us. sorry for the typos…

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