Filer's Files # 49 - 2014 - Mysterious Orange Orbs - National UFO Center
Interesting piece from 2014 on the history of orange orbs, except I couldn't find anything too specific as to dates in this article. There is a reference to Jacques Vallee, who found accounts of orange orbs dating back to the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Distinctions are made regarding types of orbs: spirit orbs, airplanes, chinese lanterns, etc.
I saw my orange orb -- which was most decidedly not a plane of any kind, nor lantern -- in was in the late 1970s. I say 1983. (Debate between myself and spouse concerning not only date, but location. Missing time, etc.)
So while mysterious and unanswered questions abound, it is clear my orange orb sighting occurred decades ago.