Volume 1 No. 18
7th May 2002
Editor: Anthony James
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ARGENTINA MUTILATED ANIMALS AND NOCTURNAL LIGHTS
A few days ago strange lights appeared in the night skies over Saliquelló, Province of Buenos Aires, and in the morning cattle ranchers of the area found three mutilated bovines showing signs of having undergone a surgical intervention with unusual implements. A veterinarian told local media that the incisions "are strange ones in which some sort of heating element appears to have been used." The news was broadcast at the national level on Saturday through Cronica TV, which took images from the local cable access channel, showing images of the animals and a technician named Daniel, who analysed one of the cases, providing details on the strange event. According to the televised report, the animals were found by the owners of rural premises near Salliquelo, a small city located some 80 miles east of the Pampan locality of Anchorena, after "strange lights" were reported in the sky. These bovine deaths were attested to by local police. A veterinarian inspected the abnormal carcasses, "They present strange cuts, as though resulting from an intense heat source. The skin is burned along the edges of the cuts, and the absence of blood in veins, muscles and ligaments is simply desiccated." He said, "It's as though you were cutting a piece of paper with a hot wire--the edges become dry, scorched and thinner. Furthermore, all traces of blood vanished. We only found some coagulated remains in the heart."
Daniel told the Saliquello TV that unusual cuts can be seen in the animals' bodies and heads. "One of them shows a perfectly straight cut on one mandible. Furthermore, its tongue is missing along with most of the alimentary tract, larynx, pharynx and saliva glands. The outer ear is completely missing. Another curious incision appears on the body (ribs and abdomen) which is teardrop-shaped through which genitalia was extracted," he explained. "It is a strange circumstance since there are no signs that the animal put up a fight, nor is their any evidence of scorched pastureland. I'm not saying that this is the handiwork of alien beings, but it's a strange circumstance nonetheless. Even the other animals refuse to come close to the dead ones, and curiosity is a characteristic element of bovines," he concluded. Intense bright lights were filmed over Argentina on April 18, 2002, by Ricardo e d'angelo. Thanks to Diario La Arena (La Pampa, Argentina) April 29, Translation (C) 2002. Institute of Hispanic Ufology. Special thanks to Gloria Coluchi. communities.latam.msn.com/glaucoart/intensaesferaovnivedsobrepalermoyaledaos18402.msnw
APOLLO 10 GETS GLIMPSE OF AN EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL MONOLITH IN SPACE
LATER A SECRET MILITARY SPACE SHUTTLE RETRIEVES THE SPACE BEACON
By Richard Boylan, Ph.D.
The following information was disclosed to me by a reliable confidential informant, who previously worked on contract for the national Security Agency, and maintains connections within the Intelligence community. This informant, whom I shall call"Jesse", has over 40 years of notes from a very close relative, who served as CIA liaison to the National Security Council on UFO/ET matters. This information has been confirmed by a second source, Dr. Michael Wolfe of the National Security Council's unacknowledged subcommittee, the MJ-12 Special Studies group. I have talked with Dr. Wolfe about the notes' author, Jesse's relative. Dr. Wolfe said that the CIA official "was like an uncle to me".
The reports that follow are thus not "leaks", but rather based on planned releases of information. These releases are part of a public Acclimation Program, an official through unacknowledged U.S. Government policy of "processed release of information", as Dr. Wolfe described it.
According to "Jesse", in 1969, the Apollo 10 astronauts Stafford, Cernan and Young were the first to film an extraterrestrial space beacon, dubbed The Monolith, somewhat like, but smaller than the one in Arthur C. Clarke's book/movie "2001". They were not however, the first astronauts to spot this ET beacon. The Monolith was first sighted by Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space in 1961. He was followed into space that same year by American astronaut Alan Shepard, who also sighted the beacon. Apollo 10 went to it and filmed it from every angle. The Monolith acted like a communication beacon. Jesse said, "It sort of acts like the message receiver in the movie "Contact". It had a message on it, in addition to a map of the extraterrestrial civilisation which placed it there, and how to get to them".
The Apollo 10 astronauts brought back the message captured on film. The Monolith's energy affected Apollo 10's instrumentation, so that's its crew almost didn't get back. As soon as the film Apollo 10 took came back to Earth, those Intelligence compartments which deal with UFO's were busy poring over information from the Monolith.
The government then used an early secret military space shuttle to go and get the Monolith itself. This covert military spacecraft flew years before the first "official" NASA Shuttle's public flights in 1981. The spaceplane is operated by a secret military astronaut program out of Vandemburg Air Force Base, California, among other locations. The second flight mission of this unacknowledged military shuttle retrieved the Monolith, and bought it back to Earth in 1972 for study.
After being retrieved, the Monolith was then transferred to a secret research facility. Scientific analysis of the Monolith was conducted at this domed underwater facility located north of Abaco, the northernmost of the Bahamas Islands. RCA Corporation is in charge of that experimentation research, Jesse says. Jesse stated, "They did it underwater, after they saw people dropping like flies. They figured that there would be better containment ( of the Monolith's suspected cosmic energy emanations ) underwater". He noted that the space beacon 'has a sound to it, like it talks. It also gives of a light show". Dr. Michael Wolfe shed additional light on the beacons. "They are 'postcards from the rim'. They emit both light and tone signals, sending a mathematical language. There may be five or more ET civilisations involved in setting up these beacons."
Among the scientists who worked on it were famed astronomer Dr. Carl Sagen, U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command General William Stubblebine, (ret.), National Security Council consultant Dr. Michael Wolfe, and a former division head of the CIA. Everyone who had prolonged close physical contact with the Monolith got cancer, Jesse says. "And those who tried to dissect it (the Monolith) died there right on the spot." The CIA Counter-Intelligence official and Dr. Wolfe got colon cancer. The CIA man required surgery, but Dr. Wolfe's cancer went into spontaneous remission. Dr. Sagen eventually died of his cancer.
Jesse feels that there are many more space beacons out in space, acting as 'postcards'. "I'm sure Mother Russia had one."
Jesse also revealed a 1973 for gravity control, used by the military to construct antigravity aerospace vehicles. (A) He disclosed that noted quantum physicist Jack Sarfatti was in a position to be familiar with this gravity formula used by the government. Jesse observed, "With regard to Sarfatti, as I can determine it (from the notes) , he was on site doing work on the relationship between downed UFO's and back-engineering, to the degree that he assisted in the gravity make-up formulae."
Jesse added that Sarfatti noticed that the captured UFO's field propulsion guidance was focused on the ET pilot. "The UFO pilot console had the hand placement with micro holes and light-emitting senses (sensors) to feel the impulse of the sudden hand movement; hence it (pilot and UFO) became as one. The driver always feels the outer skin's 'road feel', so it (the UFO) can handle better than a Corvette at 125 mph in fifth gear in the big curve." Jesse added, "Then again, Sarfatti has these(formula) numbers...he can attest to the numbers and even affirm that anti-gravity field propulsion is in use today! Matter of fact, the formulae even tell a story of the skin associated between flyer and craft." They (the ET pilots) think (a command)...and go. Sort of like...point-click and ship! Boom...you're there."
The RAND Corporation (a CIA think tank) holds the key to the (gravity-control) formula." Jesse revealed, "Our Navy even set up the United Earth Space Navel forces. I believe this group to be in existence today."
U.S. Government's old gravity-control formula:
[a] phi(x) =<Olphi(x) 10 > + &phi(x), where <0lphi(x)10> is the vacuum expectation value, and m2^<0lphi(x)10>^2 represents the particle's density of the ground stae in the non-relativistic limit. The action of this field in the presence of gravity is...intrinsic gravitational cosmological constant Lambda/8piG receives a contribution (1/2) m2^<0lphi(x)10>^2
CAPE CANAVERAL NEW IMAX SPACE STATION ALPHA TOUR
KENNEDY SPACE CENTRE
Yesterday, my wife and I visited the new Space Station now being built. Tom Cruise narrated the new IMAX in 3-D show that makes you feel like you are in space and captures the everyday life of astronauts as they work, swim, eat, and sleep in microgravity. We enjoyed the new show that even has an alien in it. The alien is a plastic representation of a gray being floating inside the Space Station. I was surprised to see how large and developed the station is and the camaraderie between Russian and US astronauts. There were virtually no night shots and no anomalies in space, although they showed a clear shot of ice. The 3-D effect was interesting, and many shots brought the astronauts or part of the craft right up to you, so you felt you could reach out and touch it. One astronaut threw an orange right at the audience, that seemed to bounce off my shoulder. Frankly, I like the standard IMAX presentations best, since nothing seemed very clear to me. We also took the grand tour of Cape Kennedy, which is well worth seeing. The flights of Apollo to the moon were spectacular, but there was almost no photos or video of the moon. I touched a moon rock, talked to an astronaut, but I wonder why close ups of the moon were shown on 20 inch TV screens. That part was very disappointing, I wanted to see the moon on a big screen.
What surprised me was the gigantic size of the NASA complex and buildings, but even more amazing off to the north you could view the Air Force facilities that are even larger. The size of the facilities makes me wonder what advanced systems are being developed? The Air Force recently announced they plan on building a manoeuvrable space plane. General Ed Eberhart, head of US Space Command says, "The military is looking into building a spacecraft that could drop bombs from space, fix orbiting satellites and give better pictures of the battlefield. The Pentagon has military satellites that provide navigation, communication, weather, reconnaissance and missile warning information, all considered key to US interests, but none of them has weapons. Back during the Eisenhower Administration the X-15 flew into lower space some fifty miles high. It seems reasonable to assume we have something flying in space now. I should also mention the B-52 Bomber first flew fifty years ago this month.
Thanks to George A. Filer and Filer's Files No 17 2002 www.nationalufocenter.com
A UFO Landmark, Texas 1897
The state of Texas has always been called the "big state." This expression applies to many things, but is especially true regarding "tall tales." I have heard them all of my life, and sometimes it is difficult to separate truth from fiction. Such is the case with one story that comes from the small town of Aurora. The town's history book labels the community as "the town that almost wasn't," and that expression is probably applicable to the legend of a spaceship crashing into a windmill, and the burial of a small alien creature found in the aftermath. This event has become the most important news story to ever come out of this Texas city. Aurora was designated a "historical site" by the State of Texas because of the spaceship legend.
The year was 1897, and this was the year of the "great airships" reports in the United States. As the story goes, it was on April 19, 1897, that a slow moving space ship crashed into a windmill, bursting into pieces. As the debris was searched through, supposedly the body of a small alien was discovered. Originally the alien pilot was dubbed the "Martian pilot." Some of the debris also revealed material sketched with a type of hieroglyphic. The town folk gave the poor little creature a proper burial in the local cemetery. This incident, whether true or not, has had just enough publicity to stay afloat for over 100 years. It was made into a movie, "The Aurora Encounter" in 1986, starring Jack Elam. The news of the crash spread quickly, even for that time period. A newspaper article of the event still exists, written by E. E. Haydon, reporter for the Dallas Morning News. Below is the original article:
About 6 o'clock this morning the early risers of Aurora were astonished at the sudden appearance of the airship which has been sailing around the country. It was travelling due north and much nearer the earth than before. Evidently some of the machinery was out of order, for it was making a speed of only ten or twelve miles an hour, and gradually settling toward the earth. It sailed over the public square and when it reached the north part of town, it collided with the tower of Judge Proctor's windmill and went into pieces with a terrific explosion, scattering debris over several acres of ground, wrecking the windmill and water tank and destroying the judge's flower garden. The pilot of the ship is supposed to have been the only one aboard and, while his remains were badly disfigured, enough of the original has been picked up to show that he was not an inhabitant of this world.
The story never gained a lot of exposure at the time, but held on until it was commented on by UPI on May 24, 1973:
"Aurora, Tex. -- (UPI) -- A grave in a small north Texas cemetery contains the body of an 1897 astronaut who was 'not an inhabitant of this world,' according to the International UFO Bureau. The group, which investigates unidentified flying objects, has already initiated legal proceedings to exhume the body and will go to court if necessary to open the grave, director Hayden Hewes said Wednesday."
"After checking the grave with metal detectors and gathering facts for three months, we are certain as we can be at this point [that] he was the pilot of a UFO which reportedly exploded atop a well on Judge J.S. Proctor's place, April 19, 1897," Hewes said. "He was not an inhabitant of this world."
The legend was back in the news! Only a couple of days later, UPI followed up the first report with another from Aurora. They had located a living witness to the event. A ninety-one-year-old who had been a girl of fifteen in Aurora at the time of the reported incident was quoted. "I had all but forgotten the incident until it appeared in the newspapers recently." She said her parents had actually been to the crash sight, but had not allowed her to accompany them for fear of what might be in the debris. She recalled that the remains of the pilot, "a small man," had been buried in the Aurora cemetery, validating the other legends. by: B.J. Booth.
BAKERSFIELD ? (CALIFORNIA?) USA
On March 29, 2002, two witnesses reported seeing a Flying Triangle at 9:30 PM, with three bright lights on front. The witness reports, "My girlfriend and I were travelling south on I-5 about one hour north of Bakersfield. I was in the passenger seat and noticed what appeared to be a plane coming towards us on the east side of the freeway. As it came closer it made a sharp turn north flying very low lighting up the ground beneath it. When it became very visible, it was shaped similar to a Flying Triangle but it didn't appear tall enough for a human to be in side. It then would pull up at about 80 degree angle wobbling a little as if slightly out of control, and made a slow very sharp U-turn heading down and along the ground repeating the same thing over and over again until we lost sight of it. Just as we were losing site a police car went speeding in the direction of the object.
SALEM OREGON USA
Three witnesses were travelling on Kuebler Road on March 29, 2002, at 7:20 PM when they noticed bright headlights in the distance that did not appear to be moving. The witness states, "My girlfriend myself and a friend started watching this craft. When we got to Sunnyview, it was right there not moving, but sitting in the air quietly. The craft was a triangular shape, but the front was kind of cut off, so it would not really complete a triangle form. It had really bright lights at each corner. About a quarter of a mile up the road it turned left on Walker Road, when we approached to the other side of the field, it took off never accelerating just one instant speed. The back was a little different. At each end of the craft it had bright lights. Along the sides of the craft it had a light that had a different rhythm to it. It blinked different from anything I have seen.
BONSALL MOOR, DERBYSHIRE UK
A new possible UFO alert in the Derbyshire hotspot of Bonsall Moor has been sounded. Radio enthusiast Ron Gaunt said he was talking on a long-wave radio at the top of Bonsall Moor when a bright blue light shone down on his Ford Focus. Mr Gaunt, a former radio operator in the Royal Engineers, said that sheep in a nearby field were startled by the eerie light. And he noticed interference on the radio waves as the light bathed the hilltop for nearly two minutes just before 3am on April 7.
The 71-year-old, from Darley Dale, explained what was happening to radio friend Barbara Whyman, who was 40 miles away in Sheffield. "He asked if I had a fault on my radio equipment. I thought my plug must have worked loose, but it was fine," said Mrs Whyman. Mr Gaunt was so shaken that he decided to leave the moor a few minutes later, rather than transmit until dawn as he usually does. He said: "It was a very clear and frosty night and suddenly it was like broad daylight. It left me feeling rather dizzy."
On returning to his home, Mr Gaunt tested his radio equipment only to find there was nothing wrong with it. He passed on details to Derbyshire police, who said their helicopter was not in the area at the time. Although the moor is crossed by power cables, East Midlands Electricity said no problems had been logged. Police said there were no other reports of blue lights on the moor, a regular scene of UFO hunts. Dated: 24 April 2002
Residents in a Chinese city contacted local media to report UFOs hovering in the sky. The four UFOs surrounded by a bright yellow light were spotted flying over Beijing. They were reportedly flying at a height of 10 kilometres and moving in pairs.
The Shanghai Star quotes the Beijing Times as saying they appeared on Monday evening for around an hour. However, the Beijing Planetarium says it has not been proved that UFOs exist. Lan Songzhu, engineer of Xinglong Observation Station of Beijing Astronomical Observatory, says there have been more than 10,000 recorded UFO sightings in the last 100 years. He says about 95% of these sightings have been shown to be related to astronomy, the atmosphere or the global magnetic field.
Story filed: Thursday 25th April 2002
I read with interest the details of UFO sighting in Nottingham on the BBC web page. Maybe you will be able to help me?
On Thursday 25th April at around 9pm I was outside on our back garden in Teversal, North Notts. when we saw what we thought was a low flying aircraft. I would guess the size to be similar to a B757. I have worked at many airfields and my immediate observations were that the aircraft was brightly lit with bright white lights at each wing tip and at the nose and rear. These lights which formed a square (diamond) shape were constantly on whilst a cluster of lights (including a red light) flashed at the centre of the square. We were unable to make out the shape of the craft but it sounded very much like a conventional jet (low rumbling noise etc.)
The low altitude and illumination were certainly strange. We then noticed 3 other identical aircraft moving parallel and at the same speed as the one above us. I would guess that the first and third aircraft were separated by about 1 mile and the second craft was in the middle of the two. All three were initially flying from west to east but shortly after passing us they all turned south at the same time (they may have even eventually turned through 180 degrees and returned towards the west)
A colleague of wife's also noticed the lights in Huthwaite whilst driving home from work. She too thought they looked unusual. I cannot confess to having any strange, out of this world experience, but it definitively was unusual, can you help?
UFOs WERE SEEN OVER AIR FORCE NUCLEAR WEAPONS FACILITIES
The Disclosure Project reports that several military and intelligence witnesses who were members of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and other nuclear specialists have come forward with testimony proving that UFOs are real and appear to be concerned about our nuclear weapons. The Project has obtained the firsthand testimony of several such insiders whose documents and corroborating testimony proves that UFOs have monitored sensitive nuclear facilities since at least the 1950s. While the UFOs were not hostile, it was made clear that they were very concerned about human weapons of mass destruction. On one occasion, UFOs over a SAC Nuclear launch area took more than a dozen intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) off line.
Lt. Colonel Dwynne Arneson: US Air Force,.ret. states,: "I was the top-secret control officer at Malmstom AFB for the 20th Air Division. I happened to see a message that came through my communications center. It said...that 'A UFO was seen near missile silos'...and it was hovering. It said that the crew going on duty and the crew coming off duty all saw the UFO just hovering in mid-air. It was a metallic circular object and from what I understand, the missiles were all shut down. What I mean by 'missiles going down' is that they went dead. And something turned those missiles off, so they couldn't be put back in a mode for launching." Captain Robert Salas: SAC Missile Launch Officer [1964-1971]: "The UFO incident happened on the morning of March 16, 1967, at Oscar Flight one of five launch control facilities assigned to the 490th Strategic Missile Squadron. I received a call from my topside security guard...and he said that he and some of the guards had been observing some strange lights flying around the site and the launch control facility. I said, you mean UFO? He said, well, he didn't know what they were but they were lights and were flying around. They were not airplanes; they were not helicopters, they weren't making any noise... [A little later] our missiles started shutting down one by one. By shutting down, I mean they went into a "no-go" condition meaning they could not be launched. These weapons were Minuteman One missiles and were of course nuclear-tipped warhead missiles...this incident was of extreme concern to SAC headquarters because they couldn't explain it."
Colonel Ross Dedrickson: US Air Force/Atomic Energy Commission, ret.): "After retiring from the Air Force I joined the Boeing company and was responsible for accounting for all of the nuclear fleet of Minuteman missiles. In this incident they actually photographed the UFO following the missile as it climbed into space and, shining a beam on it, neutralised the missile. I also learned of a number of incidents such as a couple of nuclear weapons sent into space were destroyed by the Extraterrestrials. Our government sent a nuclear weapon for explosion on the moon's surface...[And] the ETs destroyed the weapon as it went toward the moon. [Apparently] the idea of any explosion in space by any Earth government was not acceptable to the Extraterrestrial, and that has been demonstrated over and over."
Professor Robert Jacobs: Lt. USAF 1369th Photo Squadron: "...we were testing ballistic missiles that were to deliver nuclear weapons on target...my duty [was] to supervise the instrumentation photography of every missile that went down in that western test range...and into the frame came something else. It flew into the frame and shot a beam of light at the warhead. Now, remember, all this stuff was flying at several thousand miles an hour, so this thing fires a beam of light at the warhead, hits it,… The warhead tumbles out of space. The object, the points of light that we saw, the warhead and so forth, were travelling through subspace about sixty miles straight up, and they were going somewhere in the neighbourhood of eleven to fourteen thousand miles an hour, when this thing caught up to them, flew in, flew around them, and flew back out."
Mr. Harland Bentley: "I have been in a graduate program for nuclear engineering…and have been working contracts since 1963: NASA, Department of Energy, and several other electronics firms in the DC area. I was at a facility in California….doing classified work…which I can't say too much about…..Our astronauts were doing a loop around the moon in 1967 or 1968…I heard them say they had a bogey [term used to denote UFOs]…it was another type of ship. There were portals that they could see into. They could see beings of some sort. They did not describe these beings, they just took photographs. They just said it was a saucer shaped craft. Then they said, 'There they go,' and they [the bogey] went out of sight almost immediately." The Disclosure Project, a non-profit research and public interest group, has identified hundreds of military, intelligence, government and corporate witnesses. See: http://www.DisclosureProject.org. Thanks to Bruce-Knapp firstname.lastname@example.org.
George Filer stated: "I have met or talked to many of the witnesses who have impressive UFO knowledge that they obtained while working for the government. Very few UFO investigators have the first hand knowledge these witnesses possess".
Thanks to the Disclosure Project and George Filer of Filers Files #17-2002
I'm a Portuguese UFO enthusiast who likes to keep himself informed regularly about the latest sightings, theories and other matters concerning the possibility of existence of extraterrestrial life and the nature of UFO's. As such, I write (to) you to congratulate you on the excellent quality of your fortnightly compilation, to inform you that at least one person in this country reads it regularly, and to encourage you to keep up the good work you've been showing along the past months.
Hoping that it will be useful to you, I'm submitting the translation for a Portuguese sighting which, as far as I know, hasn't reached any other international UFO digest. The original story was posted in http://planeta.clix.pt/ovnimania/ and confirmed by CNIFO, a local UFO research group.
Turmoil in Alfena
September 10th, 1990, 9:30AM, Alfena, (Alfena is located 275 kilometres North of Lisbon). Valongo, Portugal (near Oporto). A group of children was playing marbles in front of Café Ferreira. Suddenly, the group and other passers-by were surprised by a seemingly metallic object hovering over a nearby football field construction site. The object had a round shape, with 5 apparent "legs", and an apparent diameter of 1 to 3 meters, moving alternately fast and slow, reaching the height of a 3rd floor.
Panic spread. Finding that the object was preparing to land near the football field, workers started throwing stones at it. The object reacted, stopping in mid-air for some time. Witnesses were horrified, mothers yelled at their children not to get closer, but other people couldn't contain their curiosity. About 25 to 30 people witnessed the object, one of them describing it as a "long-legged turtle".
The children who were in front of the Café ran to call Manuel Moura, an amateur photographer. Moura ran to his house to get his equipment. When he got back, the object was still stand still in the air, as the workers were still throwing rocks at it. He managed to take 4 photos of the object. After that, the object moved away at enormous speed in the direction of Santo Tirso and Paços de Ferreira, and disappeared. In total, the object was visible for about 50 minutes.
That night, horror was still in the minds of the people of Alfena. Most of them couldn't sleep, afraid of the object coming back. It did not.
Manuel Moura's photos were sent by CNIFO (National Comission for UFO Phenomena Research, a local UFO research group) to photographic specialists at INETI (National Institute for Engineering and Industrial Technology, a state-owned institute). After photograph analysis, investigators admitted not finding any trace of fraud in the photos, and that the object was not identifiable. They were then sent to Dr. Richard Haines, vision expert and NASA consultant, who was not able to reach any conclusions about the photos. An exhaustive investigation was made by CNIFO, using resources from the CIA, Pentagon, NORAD, the Toulouse National Center for Studies, and the European Space Agency, without any conclusive results. Only French ufologist and scientist for the Astrophysics Institute at the French CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) Pierre Guérin proposed that the object could by a RPV (Remote Piloted Vehicle). This theory didn't seem very plausible, since similar objects have been sighted in France (1954) and Germany (1989).
Here is one of the photos:
I hope this is useful to you!
João Ricardo Rocha
MSST (Ministério da Segurança Social e do Trabalho) IIES (Instituto de Informática e Estatística da Solidariedade) USI (Unidade de Sistemas de Informação) NBD (Núcleo de Bases de Dados)
Av. Prof. Dr. Cavaco Silva, nº17
Edifício Ciência I - Taguspark
2780-920 Porto Salvo
Thanks to João Ricardo Rocha
I have spent a considerable amount of time studying this image with various enhancements and with regret must report that in my opinion this is not a UFO. (Fig: 1. Original photo. Ed).
Fig 1 (Reduced in size by 50% on the UFOINFO site)
Firstly I would say that if there was a light source in the sky and it was as bright as this picture depicts it to be I don't see how the person taking the picture could fail to notice it.
If you draw a circle around the two light sources with the light source in the sky just inside the outer edge of the circle and set the light source on the house to be more or less central in the circle. Imagine this circle to be your camera lens - in this case I believe a 35mm. Allowing for the offset of reflection caused by the curvature of a 35mm lens the light in the sky appears more or less where you would expect it too. I would not be surprised that if given the similar lighting conditions and the same camera if we could not recreate this scene again.
So in conclusion unless there are independent witnesses to confirm the sighting in the location, I would say this no more than a reflection caused by the refraction of light from elsewhere in the picture.
(Reply from Anthony James follows)
Hi there Chris,
Thank you for your comments, It's nice to know there are others out there who really examine the picture's. I totally understand your analysis but disagree with your conclusion. I have been taking photographs for over 20 years now, including professional wedding photography for nearly six years. I finished my photography work last year due to pressure with my full time job getting in the way.
Firstly, I must point out that there have been many times when photographs have been taken and a 'UFO' has appeared on the print, although it wasn't seen at the time when the picture was taken. (I did this myself in Gulf Breeze in 1994 in daylight). This includes night-time picture's as well as daylight picture's. We must also remember that the light is just a tiny speck on the photo, and would have looked smaller looking through the camera's viewfinder. This could explain why the camera man missed the light. The camera was a new digital camera which the photographer was unfamiliar with, although I don't think much would change when looking through the lens.
I don't believe that the 'airborne light is a reflection from the house light, as the house has two spotlights (Fig 2) with a beam from each one shining down. There is only one beam from the airborne light (Fig 3). Also, Fig: 3 and Fig: 4 after enhancement, shows what appears to be a trail made by the airborne 'light', again this was not in any way associated with the house lights.
I also understand what you mean about light 'bouncing' around in the camera's lens. I took the house lights and enhanced these further (Fig 5) to match what would be the 'UFO'. I turned the house lights upside down and then turned the picture backwards to match the 'UFO'. I totally agree with you that the airborne lights virtually match up with the house security lights, and given that, would accept your explanation. However, this does not explain the beam of light from the 'UFO' at a steeper angle compared to the house lights beams at a wider angle. As for the 'smokey' looking trail, I believe this is from the airborne object. As for this being a UFO, then this is one in the true sense of the word. However, and I'm sure you'll agree, this does not make it an alien spacecraft. Anthony James (Ed).
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"For many years I have lived with a secret, in a secrecy imposed on all specialists and astronauts. I can now reveal that every day, in the USA, our radar instruments capture objects of form and composition unknown to us. And there are thousands of witness reports and a quantity of documents to prove this, but nobody wants to make them public. Why? Because the authorities are afraid that people may think of some kind of horrible invaders. So the password still is: We have to avoid panic by all means."
Colonel L. Gordon Cooper, Mercury 9, Gemini-5 Astronaut, addressing a UN panel discussion on UFOs and ETs in New York in 1985.
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