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By George Filer

MUFON Eastern Region Director
December 5, 2001

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UFOs have been reported in New Jersey, Maryland, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, United Kingdom, Spain, Norway, and Italy. Large areas of the Midwest and Europe report seeing slow moving bright streaks in the sky. Satellites continue to pick up uncorrelated targets each day that may include UFOs.


Astronomers observed flashes and explosions on the Moon during the 2001 Leonid meteor storm, indicating meteoroids were hitting the lunar surface. Like Earth, the Moon plowed through comet Tempel-Tuttle's debris field on November 18th," says Bill Cooke of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. But, unlike Earth, the Moon doesn't have an atmosphere where meteoroids harmlessly disintegrate." Instead, lunar Leonids hit the ground and explode. Using 8-inch telescopes equipped with video cameras, David Dunham in Maryland and Tony Cook in Virginia independently recorded the flash -- a double confirmation. "We estimate it was as least as bright as a 4th magnitude star." Flashes and lights on the Moon have been recorded for centuries. At least 6 Leonids hitting the Moon in 1999 caused explosions bright enough to be seen from Earth.

Reports of bright lunar Leonids two years ago puzzled many scientists. Their calculations suggested that a Leonid hitting the Moon would need to mass hundreds of kilograms to produce an explosion visible through backyard telescopes. Yet there was little evidence for such massive fragments in the Leonid debris stream. Hundred-kilogram meteoroids hitting Earth's atmosphere would produce sensational fireballs, brighter than any sky watchers actually saw. Jay Melosh, a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Lab teamed up with Ivan Nemtchinov, a Russian physicist skilled in computer simulations of thermonuclear explosions. "Leonid impacts aren't as potent as a nuclear warhead, but they are powerful. They hit the Moon traveling 72 km/s or 160,000 mph. The energy per unit mass in a Leonid strike is 10,000 times greater than a blast of TNT." Using computer programs designed to study bomb blasts, Melosh and Nemtchinov discovered that Leonids didn't have to be so massive to produce flashes. Impactors massing only 1 to 10 kg could do the job. because much of the ground within a few meters of the impact point would be vaporized, and a cloud of molten rock would billow out of a growing crater. "At first the cloud would be opaque and very hot, between 50,000 K and 100,000 K," explains Melosh. Milliseconds after the initial blast, the cloud would expand to a few meters in diameter and cool to 13,000 K. That's the critical moment," he says, "when the vapor becomes optically thin (transparent); then, all the photons rush out and we can see a flash of light from Earth." Thanks to Space Weather at


NEW BRUNSWICK -- The witness reports that, "While watching the Leonids meteor shower on November 18, 2001, I noticed a boomerang shaped object flying directly above me at 5:05 AM." It made no sound and had no lights. The surface appeared smooth, with no visible engine or tailfin. I couldn't make out the color, but it appeared flat or matte, possibly gray. The altitude of the object is difficult to gauge but based on the size, speed, and wingspan, from my perspective, it was larger than a 747, traveling 300 to 600 mph at under 10,000 feet. It looked like a giant boomerang, flat with a narrow fuselage/wings.


ANNAPOLIS -- The witness set his alarm for 4:30 AM on November 18, 2001, to meet some friends to watch the Leonid meteor shower. Going out on the balcony, I saw three meteoroids almost immediately. I excitedly phoned my friends and when I looked outside again, I saw two large luminous Flying Triangles over the houses and trees. Flying in formation they headed south. At first I related the illumination to the meteor shower, but when I looked directly at the objects an instinct kicked in that these were NOT shooting stars, and I was witnessing something incredible. I live a block and a half away from the Naval Academy and I am used to Navy flyovers, Blue Angels, etc. THIS WAS DIFFERENT. The Flying Triangles did not project light to the ground; they themselves were yellowish, white light. Their edges were not sharp; they were slightly rounded with the glow of the light. They appeared to be flying in formation - points facing down, close together, on a diagonal. Together, they were about the size of a half moon. Their movement was fluid and quick and they were SILENT. I was only able to watch the objects for 7 seconds and soon after they disappeared, I heard a boat horn sound twice quickly indicating they may have seen the same thing. I met my friends and told them I was sure I had seen UFOs. They reacted with friendly skepticism, but I saw the triangles again in the southeast corner of the sky. I sat up, pointed, and said, "Look!!! There they are!!!" One friend was able to see them much farther away. Just before they disappeared, one triangle broke out of formation and darted ahead. Thanks to Peter Davenport Director of the National Reporting Center


STATESBORO -- On November 17, 2001, three witnesses were outside to see if the reported meteor shower had begun. While looking off into the southern horizon, I noticed a green light at about 10:00 PM. At first it was a white light that slowly changed to a light green color. There were no Flashing lights or red lights, as associated with aircraft. In addition, the light stayed on a straight path, and was seen for miles. The light also was moving at a speed, which seemed out of the norm for local jet fighters. There was no sound with the object which made me think it might have been an "early meteor," but as the object continued into the distance, I noticed there was no dust trail as seen with meteor's. In addition, the object did not appear to be "Burning" or a "Fireball." The light continued into the distance until it became to small to see.

AUGUSTA -- On November 19, 2001, the witness reports seeing a chevron shaped object move from the north to south at 5:30 AM. Its movement caught my eye. It had a 'V' shaped bank of white lights the same color as the stars. The rear lights seemed to be offset a little. It had no aircraft type of lighting on it and made no sound. The lights were perfectly round, like domes. Could not see any shape but the v shape pattern of the lights. I have seen this type of object on many of the UFO shows. Thanks to NUFORC


SOUTH WEBSTER -- On November 15, 2001, the witness and a coworker saw burnt orange objects in the northeastern sky at 6:29 PM. Virtually the same object was also spotted on May 31. We first saw a single burnt orange light in the northern sky. It was there only about 20 seconds or so then went out. Then in about a minute it was visible slightly left of its first location. After about three minutes, we saw one, then two, and then three objects in the northwest. They had the same shape, color, and brightness. We were shocked because we thought we would never see this again. The sky was crystal clear and no moon was visible. Objects were about at 45 degree's from horizon. There were jets in the area but at a much higher altitude. Alternatively, so they seemed. No sounds were heard. I have been watching the sky since I was a small boy and I have never saw anything like this. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


RIBOLT -- On November 15, 2001, at 5:55 PM a MUFON member reports seeing a very bright orange light with what appeared to be four refraction lines radiating from it, similar to the headlight of an airliner. A second, identical, light appeared to the left and slightly up from the first. It appeared as if two planes were in extreme proximity to each other. We stopped the truck (expecting to see a plane crash) and I opened the truck door and looked right at the two lights and then saw four to six more identical lights appear in succession to the left and below the second light, almost evenly spaced and forming a semi circle as the last one or two lights appeared heading back to the right. The light positions remained static, with no change or movement, and the lights remained steady with no flickering. As I grabbed my camera, all of the lights disappeared. The lights were much bigger and brighter than any star and we saw several airplanes as we continued our trip and none of the plane lights remotely resembled what we saw. A friend said she saw similar lights at her farm in the far southeastern part of this county about a month ago and she was relieved that we saw what we did. There was no sound.
RINGGOLD ((NUFORC Note: Please see report from Ringgold, OH, for same date, and same approximate time.


OTTER LAKE, FOSTORIA -- Heather Power's reported to Skywatch International that she was in her living room on December 3, 2001, when her daughter ran out of her room and said. "Mom its back." I went to the bay window at 6:45 PM, and I spotted it almost immediately. It was a bright light hovering high in the sky, but different from a star. I grabbed my binoculars and was astounded, because it was brighter than all the stars that were out. This is the second sighting of this kind. My daughter and I saw something similar about a month ago, so we decided to keep watching, hoping to see it again. Our house is on a bare hill on 4 acres, with a large bay window facing south. There is open field around our house, and few trees, it is ideal to view the night sky. I viewed this object hovering for about 3 minutes. It appeared to be cross shaped, with the center being the brightest. As I was watching it taking mental notes, it appeared, and at that instant, other duller (not as bright) objects began to appear and disappear all around the area the first one had been. My daughter is 13 years old, and she is somewhat afraid when we see these lights. Thanks to Bill Hamilton of Skywatch International


MAPLEWOOD -- The witness reports he saw five figures in a formation soar on November 19, 2001. They were bronze in color, and elliptical in shape. Their sides came to a point, rather than just rounded. All looked to be the same size. The formation they were flying was similar to a Less Than sign (<). They were traveling towards the southeast at 11:45 PM and being a pilot myself, I would guestemate around 40,000 feet. The sky was clear. I watched them from about a 60-degree sky position from my right side, to about a 30-degree sky position on my left side. They flew virtually overhead. I saw no other lights, nothing flashing, just the steady bronze color. I heard no sounds from them, but at that altitude you probably wouldn't. There were no trailing streams of light coming from them. I know the Leonid Meteor shower has been going on, but with meteor showers, the light goes extremely fast, has a trail of light, and is generally really bright. These lights could not be meteors. There is not a great amount of military aircraft around here. The objects I saw were traveling three times as fast as an airliner in cruise. I'm not sure how fast our military aircraft can go, but it was impressive whatever it was. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


On Saturday night, December 1st, around 10:15 PM CST, a sensational fireball glided over at least seven states in the US Midwest. Airline pilots and passengers had a terrific view, while automobile traffic stopped. Emergency phone lines were jammed. There were about eight slow-moving fiery yellow objects moving across the night sky. Police and television stations from Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, reported seeing the streaks in the sky.

Sam Sherman the President of Independent International Pictures saw the CNN broadcast video of the streaks of brilliant light moving across the sky from Nebraska to Texas. He and several people who observed the video felt their was more than debris breaking up and there was also a slow moving craft of some sort visible among the 30 balls of light. NORAD announced that moving from the southwest to northeast pieces of a Proton rocket had disintegrated in Earth's atmosphere. NORAD has had a sudden increase in the number of uncorrelated targets reaching one hundred a day. Correlated targets are those contained in NORAD Computer Data Banks. Uncorrelated are essentially unknown objects in space. Video of the objects shown on CNN seemed to move too slowly to be pieces of a Soviet SL-12 Proton Rocket. If UFOs are entering our airspace it is obvious that they might try to time their entry with that of legitimate space debris. There have been numerous sightings of green streaking objects entering our atmosphere since 1947. The Russian Sputnik, the first satellite in space did not go into orbit until ten years later. Kansas and Oklahoma witnesses reported seeing four long streaks of light moving across the sky creating sparks as they entered the atmosphere. UFOs frequently observed from the Space Shuttle do not create sparks like the space debris that creates tremendous heat and pressures.

EDINBURGH -- The United Kingdom's Astronomy Technology Centre says a Proton Rocket was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakstan at 18:04 UT on December 1st. An 800 kg metal casing from the fourth stage of the rocket was on its third orbit around Earth when it burned up in the atmosphere over southern England and France at about 22:35 UT."
The National Space Development Agency of Japan has announced, the Fuyo No. 1, satellite could fall onto any part of the planet. The 340 kg satellite will most likely enter the Earths atmosphere on December 4, 2001. Thanks to Sam Sherman of Independent International Pictures. Look for their label on DVDs/


PORTLAND -- The witness was driving home when he saw two objects just after sunset on November 19, 2001. At first, they appeared to be airplanes, although they seemed to be joined together and form one large hovering craft. The witness estimated they were flying at 2000 feet altitude as they passed at 5:15 PM. Then, after about ten minutes, they split again. One advanced northward, and the other remained in a hover mode, perhaps advancing slightly northward. The witness state, "I then saw a very small light leave the remaining craft, and it fluttered downward erratically, kind of like a spark. As I arrived home, this second craft advanced forward again, and I noticed it was shaped somewhat like a plane, but all the lighting was white and steady. There were no blinking red and greens that are normally seen on the wing and tail sections of a plane." As I watched it slowly move northward, it appeared not to have a body or shape. It was as if lights were arrayed on an invisible craft. Thanks to Peter Davenport NUFORC


BEDHAMPTON -- Hello Jeff, Saturday, November 24, 2001, was a special day when the residents received a daylight visit from a UFO and the event was fortunately videotaped by Anthony Woods, local resident and sky watcher. Mr. Woods has been involved in UFO sightings for a long time, experiencing what seems to be an exciting, personal interaction with these unknown objects. On November 24, 2001, the sun suddenly broke through the clouds, and local resident Anthony Woods was waiting for after several days of rain and bad weather. But he was not preparing himself to work in his garden. Instead, he grabbed his video camera and went outside to await the possible appearance of a so many times before, when he had followed his unique ability to sense the coming presence of an enigmatic visitor. I met Anthony Woods some weeks before as a result of several fortunate circumstances. He contacted me, interested in the UFO from the Mexican UFO Wave. He wanted to make some comparisons between two strange-shaped UFOs videotaped by himself on August 9 and September 22, 2001, in Bedhampton. He showed me the videos and asked if I knew of similar UFOs from Mexico. When I saw both videos I was quite impressed at the strange shapes, especially the one from August 9 - something truly unprecedented, which I have never seen before. This unknown object exhibited amazing polymorphic shape changes during its behavior... which permits one to instantly discard the possibility of misidentifying this craft as any known aircraft, bird, or balloon.

Anthony recorded superb daylight footage with his video camera, clearly capturing the structural details of the UFO's body. The footage is almost 6 minutes long and during this period the UFO remained almost static in the sky, rotating on its axis in a vertical manner, at low altitude. Definitely, the most intriguing feature of this craft is its polymorphism - changing its shape - continuously while doing maneuvers that defy the known physics laws. Anthony videotaped this UFO above his parents' home. After several minutes the object flew away at a steady speed. The September 22 footage presents a barrel-shaped UFO, also rotating and reflecting the sunlight on its left side. That morning, Anthony was in his home when he "felt" that sensation and went outside and encountered the visitor directly above his garden. An interesting feature of the footage is the presence of a large bird (possibly a crow) that appeared to circle the hovering object to take a closer look before retreating. Reviewing the video, Anthony pointed out to me another interesting detail on both videos (August 9 and September 22). He noticed that both objects appear to show, in some of the frames, 'spikes', or 'hairs' sticking out. He thought that maybe it was just some type of distortion but I replied that maybe those were the so-called "Angel Hair" filaments of thin, spider web-like transparent fibers discovered after some UFO sightings - a phenomenon well-known in Ufology. Thanks to Santiago Yturria Photos and complete story at


CANTILLANA, SEVILLE PROVINCE -- On December 4, 2001, Jose B.S. was driving his vehicle on Highway 116, past kilometer 12 heading toward Mairena del Alcor at 10:58 AM, when he noticed of an oval-shaped object. He says, it was similar to a lipstick, and white in color. The object followed a westerly trajectory and plummeted in mid-flight before flying horizontally again, stopping, ascending and disappearing toward the West at high speed. The distance was about ten kilometers away. The witness places the object over a town called Cantillana and was almost able to cover it with his thumb. We can therefore estimate a relative size similar to that of the full moon or larger.

As an anecdotal note, the witness points out that toward 10:30 a.m., jet airplanes flew low over Seville Airport. Logically, all this data is being analyzed, but given the urgency of the subject, the SIB calls upon the international UFO community to aid in determining any concomittant sighting. On the other hand, we welcome any information from friends in the province of Seville. Thanks to Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology. Translation (C) 2001. Special thanks to Antonio Salinas, Director, Dept. of Ufology/Exobiology, S.I.B.


The Italian Center for UFO Studies (CISU) reports that there were numerous UFO sightings this summer in Italy. Giuseppe Stilo has disseminated a preliminary list of reports of the Italian wave of sightings. More than 67 sightings were recorded by August 1st and many others had been observed. Meanwhile, the number of incidents reported by the mass media has been diminishing (55 newspaper clippings gathered by Eco della Stampa during the month of July, compared with 86 in June). The sightings were widespread throughout the Italian Peninsula; with a slight lead in the northern regions. Nocturnal lights prevail; but in July, there occurred 11 daylight objects, 8 close encounters, and 3 cases captured on videotape. There were 62 sightings in June.

PADUA -- The Monselice Case occurred on the evening of August 3, 2001, at about 11:15 PM, two women sitting on a bench in a square observed an enormous four-sided object descend from the sky. It made no noise and stopped a few meters above the ground directly over the witnesses. The object, measuring side-on approximately 10 meters in length, had rounded edges and many lights. At the structure's center, there was a ring of intense light, with a little red light in the middle. One of the women fled in terror, hid behind a small statue of the Madonna, while the other remained paralyzed on the bench. Suddenly, she rose and took a few steps forward, until she was directly beneath the object: She gestured strangely with her arms and made some noises. Her friend continued to call to her screaming and finally convinced her friend to join her behind the statue. After a few seconds, the strange metallic platform, with a kind of "muffled noise," eventually split up into three parts which then shot away at an incredible speed. Two luminous discs in one direction, one multicolored one in the other. Their screams caught the attention of another woman who caught sight only of the two frightened witnesses. A third witness, who was 500 meters away, saw a "stupendous and intensely colored" square-shaped object, which she stopped to watch for its "extremely beautiful colors: white, red, yellow and green." The two protagonists of the story remained greatly unsettled from their experience: one of them didn't manage to sleep at night for a week or more, remained in a state of shock and speechless. An inquest was conducted by the Carabinieri, and the case was picked up by various Ufologists who issued varied and contrasting statements. The Pordenonese Antonio Chiumiento affirmed that it had to do with an extraterrestrial object which was going to attempt to abduct one of the two women. Instead, The International UFO Center maintained that the cause likely was a top-secret American airplane. The Venice contingent of the National UFO Center finally reported its detection of a slight trace of radioactivity at the spot, leading to alarm among the population and the intervention of the Regional Environmental Protection Agency, which alternately refuted the presence of any radioactivity. Il Gazzettino, Padua edition and Il Mattino di Padova, 17-30 August; UfoItalia, 23-30 August; collaboration by Roberto Labanti, Matteo Leone, Alessandro Luè, Dario Paganini and Gildo Personè.]


HESSDALEN -- The Italian Mission Returns Home After four weeks, the Italian mission came to an end on 22 August in the Hessdalen Valley of Norway, where sightings of strange lights in the sky have occurred repeatedly for twenty years. The expedition, conducted in collaboration with the National Council of Research Activities, had the goal of acquiring optical and electromagnetic data on the phenomenon. CNR was led by the astrophysicist Massimo Teodorani; and was organized and financed (for the second consecutive year) by the Italian Committee for Project Hessdalen, a group created in Bologna last year for this specific aim and coordinated by Renzo Cabassi. The unfavorable atmospheric conditions notwithstanding, various video and photographic captures of the phenomenon were acquired this year. Photometric and spectroscopic techniques were put to the test. The data gathered will be analyzed and interpreted and finally summarized in a preliminary technical article to be published in the future on the CIPH Website (


The UFO world has been reverberating for weeks after the September airing on National TV Channel 2 documentary, "OVNIs, le secret American,", the work of the French journalist French Vincent Gielly, who during two years of investigating has interviewed numerous experts, viewed archives and consulted documents around the globe. The clamor also derives from the fact that the documentary was preview-broadcast exclusively to the French Senate last 24 April, arousing a certain interest in the objective and historic piece. The documentary is actually modeled after the life of the astronomer/Ufologist Dr. Joseph Allen Hynek. Among the Ufologists interviewed (Americans, overall), there are some of the most notable names on the American scene. Already arousing particular interest is news of the inclusion of a French counter-espionage official who is actively involved with the subject of UFOs. The program has already garnered positive reviews from numerous newspapers on the other side of the Alps, and followers hope that this signals a turnabout in the way that television handles the subject in their country. Thanks to Edoardo Russo and the Italian Center for UFO Studies at 10121 Turin, Italy and

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