At 11:45 PM Akhtar pointed out a red light west of Lake Oyungen. Andreas thought that he had seen the light one minute earlier, but at the time he was convinced that it was the rear light of a car. When Akhtar caught sight of it, he came to the same conclusion. The light was travelling westward away from Bravo, and at a rather high speed. Akhtar then studied the light through the 200 mm lens of his camera.
He saw that the light changed colour from red to yellow, and came towards Bravo at a very high speed. Akhtar explains that the light source seemed to be very big, it covered completely his field of vision through the camera lens, and he was completely blinded. When the object shifted from red to yellow Akhtar started to shoot with his camera. Click here to see the pictures.
The light moved back and forth over Lake Oyungen before it disappeared in the south, that is, it moved "in behind Morkvollhogda" as seen from our point of view. Immediately after the light had disappeared "behind Morkvollhogda", the western part of Lake Oyongen was illuminated as by an enormous spotlight. The line between the light circle and the dark surroundings was well defined. "The spotlight" was not in sight, but it seemed like the light was emitted from a point behind Morkvollhogda where the light ball had just disappeared. In the middle of Lake Oyongen there is an island (Storholmen). This island was not visible in the dark, but as "the spotlight was turned on", we could clearly see the whole island, even details such as trees. This was also the case for the western shore of Lake Oyongen. "The spotlight" searched the western part of the lake, while it "was turned on and off". The light was enormously intense.
The next part of the observation was by Akhtar Issak alone, as he studied the dark surface of the lake through his camera: a light circle formed on the lake, between the island Storholmen and the southwestern shore. The light was bluish, like the light of burning gas, but not so intense. It resembled more the northern light that is often seen in this part of the country, but far from lightening the sky, this light seemed to be emitted from a submerged source of energy. Both Andreas and Akhtar checked the sky for northern lights, but it was heavily clouded, and no reflection from the sky was visible on the lake. The "submerged" light slowly vanished. Akhtar tried to shoot some photos of the phenomenon, but the light was to faint to expose the film.
Both Andreas and Akhtar noticed that while "the spotlight" was illuminating Lake Oyongen, and only then, some small, compact fog "globes" came drifting from the lake towards them, wrapping up the camp for approx. one minute as they passed by.
Both the members of the Bravo crew experienced this last observation over Lake Oyongen as dramatic and frightening.
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