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By George Filer

MUFON Eastern Region Director
December 4, 2000

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Our Sun is continuing its severe eruptions of sun flares, coronal mass ejection's and gamma ray bursts that have been striking our Earth's magnetosphere. A series of large flashes, and unusual light activity in the Earth's atmosphere have been reported recently that may be related to this heavy solar activity. There is speculation that the Sun's eleven year solar cycle is much larger than normal and many scientists are extremely concerned due to escalating solar events. Last week, there were eight large solar events in rapid succession. This cycle appears unusually severe and may trigger comparatively bad weather here on Earth. Heavy solar activity often results in colder than normal temperatures, and heavy snow storms during the winter. New evidence suggests the Sun effects the Earth's weather to a much larger degree than we have realized. This solar activity also seems to effect the number of UFO sightings which have been lower the last few weeks.

Scientists at Armagh Observatory in Ireland claim a unique weather record could show that the Sun has been the main contributor to global warming over the past two centuries. The weather observations, made almost daily since 1795, comprise the longest climate archive available for a single site in Ireland. Dr. John Butler, the astronomer in charge said, "We can see global warming taking place over the past two centuries that suggests that changes in the Sun are at least partially responsible." What makes the data so useful is that the site of the observatory has not changed all that much in 200 years," said Dr. Butler. "Other weather stations have been engulfed by towns and cities that make the long-term reliability of their data questionable." "It's quite apparent from our data that global warming, of about a degree C, has been taking place for at least a hundred years. The Sun's activity affects the flux of cosmic rays, high-energy particles from deep space, that strike our atmosphere are likely the chief source of ionization that influences cloud formation. Thanks to BBC News Online.


NASA announced its going to make a major announcement about a new discovery on Mars. NASA claims this is the "most significant discovery yet" from the Mars Global Surveyor, which has been orbiting our neighboring planet since 1997. Michael Malin and Ken Edgett, who are in charge of the Mars Orbiter Camera that discovered evidence of recent water near the Martian surface last summer, will attend the news conference. Also to attend is Ken Nealson, the director of the Center for Life Detection at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. My guess is that the announcement is likely to reveal that NASA scientists have discovered ancient sea or lake beds on the surface of Mars that could once have harbored life, writes Jonathan Leake of BBC. The discovery is among the most significant concerning Mars so far, because such places are the most likely locations for fossils or other signs of past life. NASA will announce the discovery in this week's edition of "Science" with the suggestion that the next generation of Mars landings should be sent to such areas. A British group building a craft bound for Mars said it was already considering rerouting its vehicle, Beagle II, to land in the middle of one of the newly discovered sea beds. It is said to have sent back detailed pictures of rocks that could only have been created by sedimentation, in which particles sink to a sea bed and are compressed into rock. Thanks to BBC and NASA.'Recip.MemberID')

Editor's Note: There is also evidence on Mars for an ancient civilization that is remarkably similar to sites in Egypt and Mexico. During the Egyptian Israeli War we flew Austrian Peace keeping forces into Cairo frequently over flying the Pyramids at Giza. Later on vacation I also visited the mysterious Mexican City of Teotihuacan, where three distinctive pyramids dedicated to the Sun, the Moon, and to Quetzalcoatl exist. As a former intelligence officer I've had experience in analyzing aerial photographs and it is my opinion the similarities between the Mars Face, the pyramids, the Fort and City Mound in the Cydonia region are similar to the pyramid sites on Earth. Further, it is important to understand the Mars Cydonia site is located on the edge of what I feel was once an ancient lake or seas. Also, the ancient City Mound appears to have a trench or a moat and looks very similar to ancient mound sites on Earth. The pyramids and the Mars Face appear similar to the Sphinx and pyramids at Giza. The sites at all three locations have an ancient road or pathway connecting the various key structures. If the photographs were taken on Earth rather than on Mars it would be assumed we are looking at ancient ruins. These allegedly natural structures are strongly suggestive of a conscious design. I admit that any single structure could have been formed by natural forces, but this combination of structures would require an unbelievable coincidence of nature. This combination of structures strongly indicates to me this is the site of an ancient Martian City.


ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA -- Around 10:00 PM on November 19, 2000, the witness observed an object flying southeast overhead across a flight path to the Reagan National Airport only a few miles out side of the District of Columbia. The aircraft fly so low you are very accustomed to their sounds, different lighting, and even at times are able to read the company logos on the side of the aircraft. I looked up I saw blinking white then red then white again lights that were unfamiliar to any normal aircraft that we have seen. These lights formed a somewhat circular pattern and would alternate between the red and white in this clear pattern. This first caught my eye and as I observed if further it seemed to move in a pattern of front and back and then side to side but all the while moving forward, almost as if it was gliding or floating. I pointed this unusual sighting to my daughter and her friend (both honor students at George Washington University where I work. We then proceeded outside and watched as this light pattern and movement continued. As it moved closer and continued over the house, it was not close enough to determine the exact shape. We closely watched the light pattern that was circular and most definitely not our usual jet or helicopter. The object continued with a very exacting movement and light pattern when suddenly we saw another one meet with it and they both seemed to instantaneously disappear. What perplexes me is how something like this can fly across a flight path, so near to the district where it is heavily populated, and then toward the direction of the Pentagon and yet we have heard nothing about this on the news. I have to believe some of these pilots or our own radar would pick something this strange up. Thanks to Peter Davenport UFORC


NORTH MIAMI BEACH - At 6:42 PM, on November 28, 2000, the witness observed an object like a plate with an upside down cup in the top. The disk had yellow, white and red lights at the bottom. Some of the lights were steady and others were blinking at the top. The witness stated, "I just remember seeing something around the object, but not too close. They looked like stars to me, but they were following the object. There were at least three of these little things." I watched it thru a window. It was bright in some parts. The lights also had some kind of movement or perhaps the object itself had some kind of rotation. The disk was north of me and it was moving west, when I came out of the apartment to see it again, but it was gone. Although, I saw it for only 35 seconds I can still see it in my mind's eye. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


NEWARK -- Kenny Young reports that on November 29, 2000, a resident from the of Licking County alerted the Ohio State Highway Patrol that her 11-year old son at 5:45 PM observed an UFO. Her son rushed into the house shaking with tears in his eyes. His face was red and he was yelling: "Mom! I just saw a UFO!" This child does not tell stories and was clearly shook up. The mother looked outside to see for herself, but nothing was there. The son described a low-level object flying just above the trees that was a gray-colored UFO. It had eight bright green lights on the bottom with a red light in the center. The UFO was round and "big enough to put four cars" inside of it. The object made no sound and hovered stationary at an angle with the bottom toward her son, situated so that he could not see the top of it. She contacted the Ohio State Patrol office located at State Route 16 and County Road 40. Thanks to Kenny Young - U F O R e s e a r c h


FOUNTAIN CITY -- Jim Aho writes that he received this report from Timothy Dust on November 23, 2000, who indicates, "My brother, Jonathan Dust and I were both at our parents' rural cabin on Thanksgiving Day. After dinner around 6:25 PM, my brother and I decided to go outside on our 2nd floor deck for a breath of fresh air. We had an awesome view above the tree tops of the clear night sky. Looking around at the stars, I suddenly noticed a large "stationary" red and orange light, hovering a 100 feet above Canada Ridge that's a half mile away. My brother got a pair of high-powered binoculars to view it more clearly. It changed its position several times - up and down, left to right, then right to left, as if bobbing on the waves. The colors changed as well, from rosy red to orange to white with a tint of green and then back to red. At one point it looked as if it was leaving but returned, and then lowered itself down into the tree-line and proceeded to go back and forth until it disappeared into Eagle Valley. We both watched this "orb" for over 30 minutes. There was no sound. The craft at arm's length, was the size of a pencil eraser. Johnathan the brother says, "We were identifying several constellations when Timothy noticed a bright red light hovering over the ridge tree line by 100 feet. From my perspective it was a bright red light, it was not a plane (no associated green or white lights) because it held position. It moved like a settling leaf (back and forth) at one time like it was looking for something. The weather in that direction was overcast so it was not at a far distance. Thanks to Tim and Jonathan Dust and Jim Aho, the W-Files


PEORIA -- Two objects were seen over the downtown area on November 28, 2000. Each had four bright white lights on them. The first one condensed into one light and suddenly disappeared. The second one was in a wide V formation. It was very low to the ground. Too low to be an airplane. It almost looked like it was going to graze the tops of the Peoria buildings. Then it to condensed into one light and disappeared. The UFOs were against the orange glow of the city lights and were very easy to see. Normally, I would not report something like this but my wife is a skeptic and when she saw this she absolutely freaked. She encouraged me to report this so I did. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC

Editor's Note: Last January a similar craft was seen by four policemen in Southern Illinois. The Discovery Channel has been carrying this Illinois UFO Sighting Television Program in recent weeks and I encourage you to see the show. Drs. Bruce Cornet and Colm Kelleher are the stars of the show.


RIMROCK -- Rob Meyers went to the window in his living room at 7:18 PM, on December 1, 2000, and saw a strange light above his backyard. Rob said, "Come here and look at this." Dar looked and exclaimed, "That's an UFO!" She immediately ran out side saying, "Grab your camera, its a huge ship!" Rob grabbed his equipment and ran out to the creek and saw a huge UFO about 1000 feet off the ground. Rob started to video the UFO. That's when two ships appeared. Rob said, "It was not one, but two." It started to shine a beam of light down on the ground and started moving towards us. It stopped, and all of a sudden one ship blinked and disappeared. Rob continued to observe the craft. He came into the house and called a friend and asked him to go outside to see if he could also see the UFO. The friend also saw the craft and Rob again went outside and it was still there. Thanks to Ed Burdick and Rob Meyers


PHOENIX - November 28, 2000, I was in my backyard in north Phoenix around 7:00 PM, when I heard the rumble of a passing jetliner. As I looked up to see it a giant mass in the shape of a Flying Triangle with a deep red light on each point. As I watched the object I noticed all three lights would blink on an off together. I observed it traveling to the Northwest for about 10 seconds when the object began to lean to the left and began to rotate in a clockwise motion, still holding its northwest direction. I was able to watch it long enough to see it make a full rotation before disappearing behind some distant trees. The movements were so smooth and unwavering that it seemed unreal. The amazing thing of it all was the amount of air traffic that was in the area. I counted no less than 6 airplanes within my vision as all of this occurred. I see the commercial air traffic coming and going from Sky Harbor International airport in the North. The sight of this object from a small plane must have been intense. Thanks to Jason Ingraham.


BALLINA - On November 22, 2000, in broad daylight a metallic disk appeared from behind Mount Neiphin and traveled silently but at huge velocity across countryside in a "S"pattern before ascending vertically into clouds at 2:00 PM. The UFO was witnessed by at least five people including a Garda police officer, but it is likely that more may have seen it, although the area is sparsely populated. We wish to remain anonymous to avoid local ridicule, however we will help out if more witnesses come forward. I am a high school teacher and others are shop owner, electrician and a student. The UFO was about 20 meters in diameter. Thanks to NUFORC


EDINBURGH -- The eyewitness Nevel Bell writes, "I had my first UFO sighting on a clear Saturday night, November 25, 2000, at about 7:.15 PM while walking home. I saw what looked like a satellite moving through the eastern sky, as it's path was constant and straight. To the left of the satellite there was another. Perfectly normal I thought. Then it all started to get weird. The two moving objects started to move closer to each other, visibly picking up speed. Then they seemed to cross each other's path and they did this several times. I thought that they could have been fighter jets at high altitude as there was no sound. The two star like objects then arced across the sky at a tremendous speed, something I've never witnessed before. Then they dipped down and disappeared into the horizon. Now, I've work in radio and have investigated these sort of sighting in depth. During my work on that particular program, I became the worlds biggest skeptic! My logical explanation for my sighting is that the objects where in fact fighter jets at high altitude, or they really didn't exist. Has anyone seen anything like this? Gerry Far Shores Anomalous Phenomena Resource / Nevel Bell


Nick Balaskas, from the Physics and Astronomy Department at York University writes, regarding the fireball discussed in Filer's Files #47. Below is some information about fireballs taken from the 'Observer's Handbook 2001' published by The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, which I think you will find very useful. Some of the web sites mentioned below have reports from others who may have witnessed the same fireball or UFO. A fireball is defined as a meteor that is brighter than -4 in apparent magnitude that is as bright as or brighter than Venus. Exploding meteors or bolides often change direction while other meteors can seem to remain stationary in the sky for a very brief moment if they are falling directly at you. There are photographic examples of both. While looking through a telescope, I saw a rapidly moving point of light moving from left to right, then I saw what I thought was the same object now moving from right to left. When I looked at the sky through unaided eyes, I saw two satellites moving away from each other in opposite directions. If there happened to be a small patch of cloud in that region of the sky, I would probably have concluded that this satellite (or UFO) changed direction by about 180 degrees.

Many of these fireballs caught in NASA satellite film footage may not be real meteors. For example, visible charged particles moving in space could be attracted towards or away from the Shuttle and would exhibit a curved trajectory. There is no way to accurately determine real changes in altitude or distance of an object from a single observing point. Some objects may seem to zigzag back and forth while in fact they only really changed their heading by a couple of degrees at most. People see this all the time if they look towards a distant busy airport. Do not forget that there are many surprises in nature still waiting to be identified by science. It is only recently that we have discovered Red Sprites, Blue Jets and ELFS (huge saucer shaped atmospheric phenomena) associated with large thunderstorms. It was just announced that there is E.T. bacteria in our upper atmosphere. Ever since the Russian announced recently that fossils were discovered in their lunar samples, I would not be surprised if someone will also find proof that astronaut Musgrave's space snakes, which have been seen and photographed in Earth orbit, are real too!

I would like to share a story with you of a meteor-like event I witnessed but still cannot explain. After reading a passage in the Bible about life after death, I stepped outside my home and place of work high up in the Asir Mountains of Saudi Arabia. I looked up into the black night sky and wondered if indeed human life is eternal. I then saw a bright meteor streak across the sky. After it disappeared completely it brightened up again and continued streaking on further along in the sky in the same direction as before towards the ground. Although I attributed this unusual sighting to a special meteoroid composed of materials with different volatility's, as my eyes got adapted to the darkness I discovered that the entire sky was overcast with low clouds! I could not possibly have seen a meteor burning up in the sky between the ground and the cloud layers, especially one which was of such exceptionally long duration in time from start to finish. A possible flare or firing of a missile by our Yemenese neighbors also did not seem to be the answer since it originated from above. Spooked, I entered my home again, closed the door and wondered if this sighting was simply the answer from God to my question rather than just another unexplainable UFO sighting. The preferred method for submitting fireball reports is by completion of an electronic fireball reporting form at one of the following locations: Canada (only): United States (AMS): Thanks to Nick Balaskas

Editor's Note: Once I became very disgusted regarding God and UFOs while driving home, and said out loud, "If you are real give me a sign." I also got a bright light, meteor or UFO that almost smashed into my car's windshield. It scared me, but I know something is out there.


Bill Dungan Jr. writes, ":I was reading your Filer's Files #44 and find the possible reasons for the chem-trails interesting." I have some experience with SF-6, sulphur hexafluoride gas that is being sprayed on Salt Lake City by the Department of Energy's Chemical and Biological National Security program, whose goal is to develop systems the US can use to respond to attacks during the Winter Olympics. Sulphur hexafluoride is being released into the skies above Salt Lake City for these tests by aircraft. Monitoring and censoring equipment are tracking the chemical to determine wind patterns, temperature and moisture patterns and how air is mixed in lower and midlevels of the atmosphere. The Department of Defense's, Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) is also supporting this study. DTRA which is responsible for protecting the US and its allies from weapons of mass destruction, will use the information to assist police, fire and military personnel in the event of an attack involving nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.

When I retired from the US Air Force in 1988, I was an Airborne Radar Tech on E3 AWACS aircraft. The statement you made about it being "nontoxic " and " inert " was only partially correct. In radar systems, if there is an electrical arc through the gas a byproduct is a type of cyanide gas. SF-6 gas was used to pressurize the waveguides and high voltage system under a max. pressure of 15 psi. In the E-3's aft lower lobe (where the high voltage equipment is located) we were constantly on the alert for the "almond smell " of cyanide gas whenever we suspected any high voltage arcing. The positive pressure within the waveguides worked to keep contaminants from entering the guides and degrading the microwave signal used as the radar beam. Sensors in the waveguides constantly monitored the electrical conductivity of the gas which, without contaminants, would be infinity. Should enough contaminants get into the waveguides, the sensors would then show some amount of electrical conductivity which would "signal " the need to purge the guides and/or look for a serious degradation of the waveguide material. Contamination within the guides can produce electrical arcing. The arcing produces the cyanide gas. For the life of me, I cannot think of any plausible reason to spray this gas into the atmosphere unless it is mixed with some other material to act as a "protector " of that material against stray ions in the atmosphere. The reason I'm writing you about this is because lightning arcing through this stuff would be a large scale cyanide "generator " if the gas is in any large amount. Thanks to Bill Dunnage Jr.

Editor's Note: Ron Regehr informed me about the article in the Salt Lake Tribune regarding the DoE and the DoD plan to release sulphur hexafluoride into the skies above Salt Lake City, ostensibly in an effort to gather data to combat potential terrorism. The article claims SF6 is "non-toxic" and "inert." Ron Regehr says, "SF6 is a gas is now recognized as one of the world's worst greenhouse gases. Because of its high chemical stability, it remains in the upper atmosphere of the Earth much longer than carbon dioxide. In addition to it's debilitating effect on the upper atmosphere, it is potentially harmful to those with upper-respiratory problems." SALT LAKE TRIBUNE 10/21/00. by Brent Isralsen


Dr. Richard Haines announced the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP) is a research organization formed to study the Anomalous Aerial Phenomena Impact on Aviation Safety. NARCAP is a non-profit, scientific organization that will provide pilots and air traffic controllers with a special reporting facilities to improve US aviation safety. Ted Roe, NARCAP's executive director said, "Our center was developed to help enhance aviation safety by better understanding the nature and potential effects of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) upon ground and airborne systems, piloting, and cockpit/aircrew procedures." The center takes no position on the source or nature of such phenomena and prefers to let the data speak for themselves. "We provide a confidential, telephone and Internet-based reporting system for radar and air traffic controllers, and pilots to assist in documenting high quality, scientifically relevant data on UAP of many different kinds," Roe stated, Dr. Richard Haines, a retired NASA research scientist and NARCAP's chief scientist, explained why the new organization was formed. "We conducted a thorough, fifty-year review of pilot reports of UAP and found almost one hundred incidents that appeared to impact aviation safety either directly or indirectly. For instance, we found numerous instances of temporary or permanent disabling of one or more on-board electrical or magnetically controlled systems during close proximity to UAP. We found that many pilots changed their altitude and/or course to avoid a collision with nearby UAP - sometimes with passenger and crew injury - and we found cases of cockpit confusion during these intriguing close encounters. These reports suggest that an unexplained aerial phenomenon does exist and deserves serious scientific study, and that US aviation safety could be adversely affected by UAP under certain circumstances."

NARCAP has a flight simulation capability to assist the pilots in carrying out a flight re-construction. This capability helps us "tease out those small but important hidden details of an incident." Dr. Haines stated, "Based on a comprehensive review of past US pilot, radar operator, and controller reports, we believe there is a potential and ongoing threat to aviation safety posed by so-called anomalous aerial phenomena. In the same way that wind shear, lightning strikes, bird strikes, and other very low probability of occurrence events can influence aviation safety, so can some unidentified aerial phenomena. Pilots must be prepared to deal effectively with them. We would like to work with the nation's airlines to implement special pilot training classes directly related to coping with such close encounters." Dr. Haines stated that Federal Aviation authorities have taken wind shear very seriously, requiring special commercial pilot training. Yet UAP appear to occur with equal or greater frequency than does wind shear. UAP have caused transient and permanent effects on cockpit instruments basic to navigation and flight control, and UAP have also contributed to an increase in both pilot and air traffic controller workload due to their unexpected appearance and poorly understood characteristics that can lead to overreactions on the part of aviation personnel. "Unidentified Aerial Phenomena must not be disregarded any longer. US aviation officials should face the documented facts and then quietly but effectively introduce procedures and programs to help pilots and controllers cope more effectively. Our science community should also become involved in the serious study of UAP for the common good and we would like to collect the data they need," said Dr. Haines. Thanks to: TED ROE Phone: (831) 338 - 4783)

Editor's Note: It is my feeling that UAP may include missiles or unknown aircraft that may be responsible for many near misses and possible airline crashes. TWA Flight 800 and Egyptian Air Flight 900 crashes have many mysterious aspects that need further investigation. An organization like this is needed. Government agencies have so many political factors restraining them, they are often unable to react or release pertinent data.

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