Unusual ‘white dots’ spotted in Utah skies after bright morning light show

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SALT LAKE CITY – Are you seeing unexplained “white dots” in the sky?

You’re not the only one.

Unexplained "white dots" in sky seen from Draper. - Austin Hacker

Unexplained “white dots” in sky seen from Draper. – Austin Hacker

The Fox 13 newsroom phones are lighting up with calls from viewers wondering what they are and where they came from.

We are working to confirm information with Utah officials and will update you as soon as we know.

This comes after a quick bright show of lights in the Utah sky early Thursday morning.

Do you have video or pictures of these “white dots?”

Send them to news@fox13now.com and you could see them on TV.

You can also send them to Fox 13 on Facebook and Twitter.

Video: Meteor or something more? Bright lights flash across Utah sky


  • Ken

    Someone needs to get some better cameras out there. Any “personal” camera isn’t going to have the optics and resolution to produce a good clear image when it’s zoomed in to maximum. That first picture, the one that looks like a round white disk, could actually be anything. At high zoom, the photo is going to be distorted beyond belief.

    For anyone not clear on this, try setting a pop can on any big, uniform surface (empty field, big parking lot, etc) and stand two hundred yards away and take a photo of it at full zoom. Take the resultant image to your friends and ask them to “identify” it without giving them any clues.

  • Nunya

    “I can’t believe I took a picture of some specks of dust and pollen in the air and Fox13 made a news story out of it.”

  • Richie

    probably some sort of light refraction / reaction from the meteor that passed allowing us to see those 3 stars momentarily ???

    • trevor

      That’s what I was thinking. Some sort of vapor clouds left from the meteor. And a few stars you could still see when the sun came up. Watch us have some crazy event within the next day or two. Earthquake or something. That would be interesting. But I doubt it will happen.

  • Bocc68

    “Swamp gas from a weather balloon was trapped in a thermal pocket and reflected the light from Venus”

  • Dave

    I watched as these were released over Draper from one of those low flying polluting contrail planes at about 12:30 this afternoon. I thought that they were drones at first but they stayed in the same position in the sky for about an hour while drifting slowly away and finally disappearing from view. Probably some type of balloon or blimp.

  • Gary

    I watched them from 1pm until 3pm, when i couldnt see them anymore. There was a 4th one that was aligned with the sun. They were mettalic and slowly moved east until it couldnt be seen anymore.

    • bob

      Or something similar. I don’t think NASA sends up 3 or 4 at a time like that. But the “dots” are clearly balloons.

      The meteor was unrelated.

  • Trish Ramirez

    Nobody will ever tell you the truth. They will make you feel stupid for asking questions. Welcome to ‘merica.

  • Average Joe

    :I saw three of them over Leadville, CO around 8:30 this morning. Slowly moving east and moving in relation to each other as well.

  • Lindsey

    Must be something that is being picked up radar, because they have been scrambling jets to chase them! I guess I’ll dig out my tinfoil hat again, cause it looks like ” they’re here!”

  • Granolos

    The shills here are just shocking. I photographed the exact same thing on Memorial day over Lake Tahoe. Motionless in the sky for over 12 hours. Explain that shills.

  • dave

    So crazzzy thing is on Friday these white dots positioned exactly like these ones were over Colorado Springs. Something strange ..

  • Trevor Bair

    We spotted something very similar here in Colorado a few weeks ago and were able to track the objects using the website FlightRadar24, where they were showing up as balloons at an altitude of over 60,000 feet MSL. Using the radar data and my recollection of the Google Loon Project, we put two and two together and recognized these balloons as belonging to Google. A reporter from the local newspaper confirmed with Google that there were Project Loon balloons in the area at the time. Here’s the article the from the Boulder news on the topic. http://www.dailycamera.com/longmont-news/ci_26555260/sky-gazers-spot-google-loon-balloon-over-longmont

  • David

    I saw one over Utah county about 1300 on Sunday. It was not a plane or blimp. There was not a cloud in the sky. It was small but shiningI thought it was some type weather baloon.

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