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Theories shared on what mystery lights hovering over Menai Strait could have been


Theories have been shared about what mysterious lights spotted hovering over the Menai Strait could have been.

On Friday at about 8pm, Gavin Jones snapped an image of a strange collection of glowing orbs near the Menai Bridge.

The picture was taken as he was heading back to his car, following a trip to the Antelope Inn, on the Bangor side of the bridge.

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Gavin told North Wales Live: “When I took the pictures I didn’t see anything there, it wasn’t until a little while later when I looked at them that I spotted the strange lights.

“I took two pictures back to back and you can see them quite clearly in the first, but by the second they were all gone.”

The image seems to show a trail of lights streaking across the night sky, bunching at a central point before branching out.

“I thought it might be drones at first, but you would have been able to hear them,” said Gavin.



The mysterious lights spotted over the Menai Straits.
The mysterious lights spotted over the Menai Straits.

“Fireworks would have been louder as well, the only other thought was that they might be Chinese lanterns but that wouldn’t explain why they disappeared by the second picture, or why we couldn’t see them with the naked eye.

“We couldn’t really work out what it was.”

Some have suggested the glowing orbs could have been the result of passing satellites.

According to the Live World Map of Satellites, several satellites did pass over at around 8.15pm, although none of them followed the path of the lights in the photograph.

At this time there has been no other recorded sightings of any lights in the area.

However a number of other explanations, have now been put forward by North Wales Live readers.

One said: “It’s the street lights that are being reflected within the lens. Holding the phone/camera at a slightly different angle will make the effect disappear.”

Others agreed it could be an internal lens reflection, or “refraction from the lights on the run up to the bridge”.



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“If you look at the pattern of ‘strange’ lights & then look at the actual whole picture it shows a bright cluster to the left & line of fainter lights, now look at the picture, a cluster of bright lights on the left foreground with a line of fainter (street) lights behind, so in other words as already said it’s an internal lens reflection,” one said.

Another suggested they could be “Chinese lanterns,” claiming they witnessed the lights with four others. Chinese lanterns are currently banned on council owned land in Wales.

Others suggested said they could be “gulls or geese”.

There was also support for the satellite theory: “Looks like Starlink satellites,” one said.

“They’re put into orbit up to 60 at a time. For the first few days they orbit all together in a group until they space out.”

Other suggestions may have been more tongue in cheek with “Venus reflecting off a weather balloon” and “swamp gas” suggested and even “Boris trying to escape maybe”.

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