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New Hampshire witness describes UFO as ‘circle of lights’

A New Hampshire witness stopped at a traffic light at Peverly and Middle roads in Portsmouth December 1, 2014, reported watching “a very large circle of white lights just to the northeast,” according to testimony in Case 61782 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

“It was approximately at the 10 o’clock position,” the witness stated. “Light cloud cover approximately 15,000 feet above ground. Lights very visible through the clouds. Lights did not rotate, however, there was another light that rotated around the stationary lights counter clockwise that gave the appearance of movement, but the circle of lights did not move.”

The witness described the lights.

“The circle of lights at times had a pinkish, light bluish hue, but were predominantly white. Maybe the pink-blue color was the result of the cloud cover.”

The witness could not make out the shape of the object. Pictured: Portsmouth, NH, near the intersection of Peverly and Middle roads. (Credit: Google)
The witness could not make out the shape of the object. Pictured: Portsmouth, NH, near the intersection of Peverly and Middle roads. (Credit: Google)

The witness watched the lights for a full minute.

“It stayed in the same place with the bigger light just rotating around the circle of stationary light. I kept trying to see if there was a craft there, but could not make out any shape of a craft as this was just above the cloud cover. My first thought is that whoever it was must have thought they were hiding above the cloud, but the lights were clearly visible.”

The light changed to green and the witness moved forward.

“I pulled off Middle Road at the Portsmouth Plains Ball Field to continue watching the lights, but they were gone. I drove slowly scanning the sky for the lights, but they were gone.”

The witness tried to come up with a reasonable explanation for the lights.

“The area is very, very close to Pease Jet Port where there are a variety of aircraft, helicopters, passenger planes, Air Force refuelers, etc. I thought perhaps the circle was associated with a helicopter, but it was far, far too large for a helicopter. Planes take off and land all the time there and I would estimate a normal size passenger plane would fit into the circle of lights. It was very large. I did notice that the jet port did not have their runway lights flashing – just normal runway lights. The area it was hovering over was I-95.”

The witness provided one illustration that shows the location of the object.

Witness illustration of the event site from December 1, 2014. (Credit: MUFON)
Witness illustration of the event site from December 1, 2014. (Credit: MUFON)

Portsmouth is a city in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, population 21,233. New Hampshire has a current UFO Alert Rating of 2 with a higher than average number of recent reports nationally. New Hampshire had 4 UFO reports that occurred during October 2014 – calculated at 3.03 sightings per million population.

The UFO Alert Rating System is based on five levels – 1 through 5 – where states with 4.01 or higher reports per million residents are rated an Alert 1; 3.01 – 4.0 reports are an Alert 2; 2.51 – 3.0 are an Alert 3; 2.01 – 2.5 are an Alert 4; and those states with 2.0 or lower are rated an Alert 5.

Please remember that most UFO sighting can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

Roger Marsh

Roger Marsh is a UFO writer and content developer. He is Director of Communications for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) where he manages media contact, rights and permissions, and content development for television, film, documentary, radio, print and stage. Roger is a MUFON case researcher for History channel’s “Hangar 1: The UFO Files.” He is editor of the monthly international MUFON UFO Journal, executive producer of the weekly “MUFON UFO Traffic Report” radio show; serves as the MUFON webmaster; reporter for the daily “UFO Traffic Report” in web and audio formats; and publisher of the “MUFON Books” imprint. He is the author of Sacred Dialogue, editor of Silent Invasion, and co-editor of Ron Paul Speaks. Roger was featured in the 2015 season premiere episode of Destination America's "Monsters & Mysteries in America." Roger and his wife, Joyce, live in Scottdale, Pennsylvania, restoring a 1910 Pennsylvania four-square.

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  1. How come no one sends me the facts of the sightings in Dover and portamouth also Rochester Nh.

  2. Sighting Date: Tuesday, April 14, 2015
    Location: Dover, NH
    Time: 10:20 (or so) p.m.

    Starry cloudless night, looking North toward Polaris, ‘glimmer’ of light caught my attention to my right (East), looking there was nothing to see but starry background … no solid aircraft lights, or sound … then the ‘glimmer’ again moving East > West. The ‘glimmer’ was a discernible ‘lensing distortion’ effect as if looking ‘through’ the object refracting the starlight behind it. I anticipated where it would be ahead of the its trajectory, and sure enough it passed over the spot. About the size of a quarter at arm’s length, altitude approximately that of a small prop plane, couple thousand feet, maybe. So apparent (dumb luck I caught it at all) I said ‘GOTCHA!’ and lost it as it continued E > W over Dover NH toward Rochester. Pease AF base East of me in Portsmouth. Pretty cool. Thanks.

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