In late-August 1990, only weeks before the official unification of East and West Germany followingThe lights had, in fact, been appearing since the first days in August, usually hovering over the waters of the Baltic. These lights would suddenly display movement not of any known aircraft. They turned with a razor-sharp precision and their speed was much faster than a plane or a helicopter. They would often appear for several minutes at a time before vanishing from sight. Several weeks later, however, they appeared much further near land. And what’s more, they were visible for a lot longer than a few minutes.

Witnesses For Miles Around

The strange spherical lights appeared in the early evening, around 8:30 pm on the 24th August. The sky had a burnt, golden orange tint to it as the Sun bid farewell until the following day. Residents would witness the events in their hundreds in Greifswald, Rostock, and Neubrandenburg. Other witnesses would include residents on the Isle of Ruegen, and the Isle of Usedom. Many would manage to snap photographs of the other-worldly display. Some would even capture video footage. That something was clearly visible that evening over East Germany is without doubt.  A school field trip was taking place that week on the Isle of Ruegen. There were forty schoolboys and several teachers who all viewed the cosmic show from their accommodation for the thirty-minute duration. They would report that objects were in a Y-formation much the same as other witnesses. However, perhaps because of their vantage point, they were able to tell that the lights appeared to be individual components as they moved freely of each other, although they stayed within the boundaries of the formation.

Another witness, Mrs. Vinogradova, along with her husband would witness the events from the second floor of their Greifswald home. The pair were at first disturbed by the sounds of a commotion from children in the street below. So noisy were they, that Mrs. Vinogradova went to the window to see what the fuss was about. In front of their house, around fifty people – a mixture of adults and children – stood looking upwards at the sky. She followed the group’s gaze and soon saw for herself the “two luminous groups of lights” overhead. She would call her husband who saw them also. They too would report the lights moved independently of each other. the fall of the Soviet Union and the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, came a sighting over Greifswald, a city in the former East German territories near the Baltic Sea.