This article was first published in May 2020. To skip to the April 2021 update, click here.
One of our readers sent us a video she took late Wednesday night from her high floor apartment on 69th and Riverside Boulevard. She was facing the camera east towards Central Park, and noticed a strange light changing colors in the sky.
At various points in the video, the light appears to be purple, red, green and blue. It also seems to take different hues of each color.
Several other recent videos have displayed similar occurrences in NYC’s sky.
Here’s one which was posted on April 29, 2020:
And one from January 31, 2020:
UPDATE: APRIL 16, 2021
An April 2021 article in the NY Times took note of a serious rise in UFO sightings during 2020, with New York State seeing almost twice as many as were reported in 2019 (about 300 vs. 159, according to the Times). But those who study the strange flying objects attribute this increase, at least in part, to the coronavirus – and the extra free time it gave people. To look up.
Would the light patterns displayed in the videos above be considered “Unidentified Flying Objects”? They’re kind of just floating.
The article also notes that many City residents moved upstate, where there is less pollution making for clearer skies. But this obviously doesn’t explain the videos above.
About a quarter of last year’s national UFO sightings are said to have taken place during March and April, “when lockdowns were at their most strict.”
The Pentagon also declassified three videos last year, which may have caused people to open up to the idea of UFOs … and spend more time looking up.
Pentagon declassifies three previously leaked videos taken by U.S. Navy pilots that show ‘unidentified aerial phenomena,’ which some claim are UFOs pic.twitter.com/Yb7NYulgJ0
— Reuters (@Reuters) April 28, 2020
Whether you want to call it an “Unidentified Flying Object” or just a weird patch of oddly-colored sky, those strange lights are still here.
On April 15, 2021 at about 7pm, reader Lisa Martinelli took this video from her terrace on West 100th Street, looking south east across Central Park.
Anyone know what’s going on?
Northern lights, not too far North?
Looks like reflections from colored lighting on buildings, reflecting off clouds. Not uncommon, just usually not colored. We’ve seen this lots of times before in cloudy evenings but it’s more noticeable under certain atmospheric conditions.