Those who had kept watching the skies were temporarily convinced UFOs had visited Waltham Forest. 

On Friday evening Jay Shrestha looked up into the night sky to see donut shaped lights forming a circle. 

The spectacle was captured on camera by Vishal Kugarjan, who exclaimed "what?" as the lights moved towards one another in unison and formed a bright, light ball. 

The phenomenon was also witnessed the following night by John Craig, a 65-year-old out walking his dog. 

He said: "At 9.30 pm on Saturday a dramatic event happened in the sky in the Finchingfield Avenue area of Woodford.

"Circular doughnut shaped lights gradually appeared in the sky in the formation of an oval.

"After becoming brighter they then dispersed by sweeping across the sky in a wave like fashion."

While the ethereal look and mysterious form of the lights caused great excitement to those that saw them, their origins are less unknown and resoundingly not trans-galatic. 

East London and West Essex Guardian Series:

In celebration of the start of the Borough of Culture, a 12-minute film called 'Into the Forest' was projected into the town hall accompanied by a cloud light show. 

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Nest by Marshmallow Laser Feast in collaboration with Erland Cooper in Lloyd Park, Walthamstow, for Waltham Forest’s Borough of Culture events. Photograph: Matt Alexander/PA

The film is part documentary, part art installation, and was made in collaboration with the award-winning musician Talvin Singh.

It features 1,000 video portraits of residents across the wider borough, highlighting life in Chingford, Walthamstow markets, Leyton Orient Football Club and in the borough’s Baptist churches, mosques and Hindu temples.