Last week, this note was stuck to the door of a friend of mine who lives not far from Millbank Tower in Pimlico, on the North bank of the River Thames. You can see the video for yourself here: there’s no date imprint on the film, though it was uploaded on 29 June.
Initially it’s unclear whether the light itself is moving, or the camera, though towards the end the light does seem to move out of view behind Millbank. Jokes about beaming up Conservative party members aside, this is a classic, if unspectacular, UFO sighting.
I and some friends saw a similar light on the South coast of Cornwall at about midnight on 18 June: it was very bright, moving at a reasonable pace and about 1/3 the size of a 5 pence coin held at arm’s length.
I’m reasonably certain that this is the International Space Station coming into view on these clear summer nights. A comment on the Jodrell Bank site would bear out this identification: ‘I observed the ISS three times recently and was amazed as to how bright it has become.’
This handy guide from NASA tells you when the ISS will be in view over the UK, though it doesn’t provide data going back as far as last month. The only thing to do will be to pop out one night that you know it’s doing a flyby and compare it to this footage.
Happy UFO, or IFO, hunting!