Volume 1 No. 19
May 21st 2002
Editor: Anthony James
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SETI PROJECT TURNS DOWN ALIEN HELP
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Extraterrestrial Search "Going Just Fine" Without Extraterrestrial Interference
Berkeley, Cal. (SatireWire.com) - Scientists for SETI@home, the worldwide project that uses millions of personal computers to aid in the search for extraterrestrial life, said today they have recently rejected several offers of technical assistance from aliens, arguing that bringing in outside help would be cheating.
"We told the Martians this week the same thing we told the Jupiterians last week and those whatever-they-weres from Antares last month: 'Thanks but no thanks,'" said SETI@home technical director Dr. Karl Webber. "This is really an Earth-based project, so it wouldn't be right to go off-world for help. And frankly, I think we're perfectly capable of finding extraterrestrial life on our own."
Extraterrestrials from several planets, most recently Mars, have volunteered to join the SETI@home network, said Webber. The network, believed to be the largest distributed computing project in history, runs a screensaver program on personal computers that analyzes data from the Arecibo Radio Telescope in Puerto Rico. The data is then sent to SETI scientists to see if the telescope has detected signals that could indicate the existence of life elsewhere in the Universe.
Since May of 1999, more than 3 million volunteers have downloaded the SETI@home screensaver, but the project has so fair failed to yield the proverbial Eureka. Webber insists, however, that the program is making real progress, which could be threatened by outside interference.
"In building SETI@home, we have brought together peoples from disparate nations for a common purpose," he said. "You start letting outsiders get involved, and you could destroy that sense of universal community we've achieved."
SETI@home chief physicist Dr. Quentin Leetes, meanwhile, conceded his opposition was more personal. The Antareans, for instance, offered assistance with new search parameters and invited scientists to an intergalactic scientific conference on Priasma BK VII, an M-Class planet in the Betelgeuse system. But Leetes said the aliens were both arrogant and pushy.
"Honestly, the way they waltzed in here - or transported, really, but whatever - you'd think they were God's gift to extraterrestrial exploration," Leetes said. "And they start throwing out these crazy ideas, like we shouldn't search for signals in the 1.4 GHz helium spectrum but should look in the hydrogen spectrum. We were like, 'Yeah, right, what planet are you from?"
As for the Priasma VII conference, "That was mostly a scheduling conflict," Leetes added. "There was a NASA conference in Vegas that same week that we'd already signed up for."
UFOLOGY THRIVES IN CUBA
"An intense wave of unidentified flying object (UFO) activity has been taking place on the island of Cuba in recent years."
"In late April 2002, U.S. researcher Mike Birds, following a visit to the island, was able to verify that UFO activity in Cuba is much more intense than is currently known. During his latest visit, he was able to interview five researchers in Havana, who disclosed information about the intense wave of activity over the Caribbean island."
"Birds relates that he was able to see a video entitled OVNIs sobre Cuba (UFOs over Cuba) by researcher Octavo Cortazar, which shows clear and broad evidence of their presence over Cuban territory. Likewise, researchers gave him (Birds) a 300-page book entitled Signs which discusses the rich listing of UFO sightings in Cuba throughout the years."
"Perhaps one of the most spectacular Cuban cases involved peasant Adolfo Zarate, who witnessed the appearance of a UFO and its landing 60 meters (200 feet) away."
"The device landed, and someone who looked like a Christian (human being--S.C.) wearing something like a gas mask and dressed in camo (camoflauge colors--J.T.) came out. The ship was also camoflauged, grass-colored. It was raining heavily. He got down and inspected the craft. He then leaned against a door and spoke to someone in the cockpit. I think he was collecting some rice shoots or ripping out a malanga (yam--J.T.) plant. After (the occupant was) climbing up a ladder, the thing let out a gout of blue fire. The only thing I felt was the pressure of the air expelled through its exhaust.'"
"It was the size of a touring machine (school bus-- J.T.) I don't know if it was made of wood or iron or if it was made of air. But it lacked wings and propellors and was noiseless. It looked like a flattened egg. A turtle that had landed on two legs, like shock absorbers. The pilot's face could not be seen, but he resembled a normal man. I didn't notice him bearing weapons,' he (Zarate) told the Sunday newspaper Juventud Rebelde de Cuba." (Muchas gracias a Scott Corrales, Daniel Munoz y Yohanan Diaz para esa historia.)
AERIAL TRIANGLES OF HIGH STRANGENESS
May 2, 2002 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
After my Earthfiles and Coast radio reports about a large and slow moving triangle of star-like objects above Dover, Arkansas (USA) on April 14, I received hundreds of e-mails about other people's sightings of baffling aerial triangles. Since satellites are characterized by steady forward motion and are not capable of abrupt turns or circling on themselves, I offer the following excerpts from several interviews about triangle sightings of high strangeness which cannot be explained by known human satellites.
Interviews Jeremy Larson, Tile Mason, West Jordan, Utah: "The date, I know the year was 1989 and it was late spring, early summer. I was in the back of a truck and looking up in the sky. Some motion caught my eye and I kind of looked in the direction of the movement and saw three lights which were in a very distinct triangular pattern. They were very symmetrical, like a perfect triangle, just three lights. And they would spin. When this object would move, it would either spin in a clockwise direction. Then it would stop just motionless. And it would hold there for a few seconds and then spin again in the opposite direction. And every time it would start moving, it would spin one way and then it would spin the other way. And it could stop just on a dime.
I would say it shifted from clockwise to counter-clockwise probably three times in each direction, so it moved a total of six times. After one of these spins, I could tell, it didn't just fade out. It actually moved off, hard to tell what direction, but it just zipped off. Just gone."
Crystal Durdel, Office Manager, Chenoa, Illinois: "Back in 1974, I would have been about 11 and my sister who is five years younger than I am would have been about 6 years old. We had an old farm house and we slept up in the attic that had been remodeled for bedrooms and there were twin beds on either side of the window. When we would look out, there would be the lights. They would be off in the distance looking like a star. They would twinkle as a star. But they were usually in threes and they seemed to move in different formations. They would come apart and it would be a triangle. And then, they would chase each other. And what I mean by chase is that one would follow the other. It wouldn't be like one would zoom off and two would go right after. It would be like a formation where one would follow another in line, one following one following the other and so on.
So, they would be at first in a triangle pattern and then the triangle pattern would come apart into a line?
Yes, at times. And they would just follow each other. Then they would do more circular things. That's why we called it playing because it just looked like they were chasing each other around, like you would do a may pole or tree when you are kids. And they were moving very quickly.
Did you ever call your parents and ask them to look out the window when you were watching these stars move?
We were supposed to be in bed! (laughs) No, because then we probably would have been told, 'Why are you still up?' I'm not sure what's out there. Obviously something was out there doing that. I believe it was an intelligence source, whatever it was."
David Conley, Hazardous Waste Safety Associate, West Des Moines, Iowa: "The third week of June in 1966, I was 11 years old. I went out leaning against the car watching the night sky and was there about 10 minutes before I seen what looked like a star, but it didn't twinkle. It was a white light. It was coming from the west traveling east. And it took about 2 minutes to travel from the horizon to directly overhead and it stopped, which kind of surprised me. I wasn't expecting it to stop.
And as I kind of glanced towards the northeast, I seen another star, or satellite, that seemed to be moving. Same brightness, but it was moving faster than the first one had. It took it approximately one minute to come directly overhead and stopped just east of that same satellite, the first one I had seen.
Which now you wonder what it is because you thought it was a satellite, but it stopped above you.
Yeah, and now I've got two that stopped and one is side by side, each side by side anyway. And the second star, or satellite, or whatever, started to rotate, or revolve around the other one in a counter-clockwise manner. And that lasted maybe two to three minutes. And it continued to do this circling around and then stopped at the same, on the east side of the first point of light. And it sat there for a minute or so. And then it went back in the same direction that it came from, from the northeast, about the same speed it came originally.
I watched it until it was out of sight which took about a minute. Then I looked back at the other star or light that was up there and it sat there for maybe two or three more minutes and then it started to slowly proceed in the same direction that it had come from in the west. And I watched it until it got out of sight."
Barry Boone, Retired, Ash Fork, Arizona:
"About ten years ago in 1992, I was living in Scottsdale when I took a drive up to my cabin in northern Arizona. I was on Hwy 89 about 20 miles south of Ash Fork. It was about 3 o'clock in the morning. My friend and I were going deer hunting and we were driving down the road and all of a sudden I got a feeling like I was swerving off the road, or veering off the road. And I gripped the steering wheel and I was going straight. It was a really weird feeling, I don't know how to describe.
But all of a sudden I realized I was going straight, but the sky in front of me - there were three stars in a triangle moving off to my right. They moved off to my right out of my vision and I was kind of quiet for a second. My buddy asked me if I saw it and I was very relieved to see that he saw it, too, and it was quite exciting and exhilarating.
So what you are saying is that it's almost as if a section of the sky moved right in front of you?
That's exactly what it was. It was something in front of me that moved sideways. They looked like they were connected and they just moved to the right until I couldn't see them anymore because of the window. They moved from the north, straight in front of me was north, and they moved to my right which was east.
But it was somehow disorienting to your mind and made you feel like you were swerving, but the sky was moving?
Right. Kind of like when you stop at a stoplight and the car next to you moves and you press harder on the brake because you think you are moving, you know? But it wasn't me. I was going straight down the road. It was a pretty, really weird."
Retired real estate salesman from Ashland, Oregon who wishes to remain anonymous: "It was approximately 1972. I was 20 years old and living in San Francisco. I was sitting on a hillside overlooking the city just watching the lights and stars and so forth. It was quite late at night. Eventually I was laying on my back looking at the stars.
And suddenly saw a small section, a triangular-shaped section of the sky move, basically. The only way I can describe it is that a triangular shaped section of the sky. The stars all moved at once. It was a group of stars of different magnitudes. There were probably three or four good sized stars, plus several much lighter (smaller) stars. And it moved off slowly towards the south. And at the time I was just flabbergasted.
What really impressed me about my experience is that although I was very sure it was a very angular, triangular shape to it, there wasn't like anything obvious - like, there wasn't a star at each point or something like that about it that gave me that sense. It definitely had the feeling of a section of the sky moving and yet, I am very sure it was very triangular in shape."
MICHAEL JACKSON WANTS TO DO A REAL MOONWALK
We always thought Michael Jackson was just visiting this planet. Sure enough, he's hatching a plan to moonwalk on the moon. Hoping to beat 'N Sync singer Lance Bass and Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler into space, His Gloveliness has turned for advice to pal Uri Geller.
The spoon-bending psychic tells us that when Jackson heard Bass wanted to join a Russian Soyuz mission, he decided to aim even higher. "How can I get to the Moon?" Geller recalls Jackson asking him. Geller says he consulted Apollo 14 moonwalker Edgar Mitchell, who suggested Jackson starts by talking to the Russians about buying a $20 million seat aboard a rocket to the International Space Station.
Coming up with that money could keep 'Jacko' anchored to Earth, if you believe reports about Jackson's cash-flow problems. But Geller says that Jackson is already preparing. "We are training Michael now to have that certain mind power to be able to complete such a task", says Geller. "We do visualizations, affirmations, contemplations" --whatever that means. "I told him he would have to do it all the way," added Geller. "He said, Yes, yes, lets do it.' ...He is a very powerful person, and athletic. His heartbeat at rest is like a runner's, 42 beats per minute."
While the Neverland Space program develops, UFO authoority Michael Luckman and his Cosmic Majority are courting Jackson to take part in the "Out of This World Concert," a one day festival that will broadcast music into outer space. Luckman, who is wooing "UFO-friandly stars like David Bowie, Yoko Ono and funketeer George Clinton for next years event, says: "Michael told me last year that he believes in aliens." Luckman suspects that one of the goals of Jackson's lunar plan is to make contact with extraterrestials. He might even run into a long lost relative.
Sacramento Bee June 26, 1947
PILOT REPORTS SEEING MYSTERY 'AIRCRAFT' OVER COAST RANGE
PENDELTON (Ore) June 26.-(AP)-
Nine shiny objects flying at 1200 miles per hour over the Coast Range of Western Washington - that is what pilot Kenneth Arnold of Boise, Ida., reported he saw while on a routine flight over the mountains. He stuck to his story while fellow pilots openly scoffed at his report and experts said they had no explanation as to what the "objects" could be. "It seems impossible, but there it is," Arnold insisted.
Calls Them Aircraft
He said they were bright, saucer like objects-he called them "aircraft"-flying at 10,00 feet altitude. A flash of reflected sunshine brought them to his attention, he asserted, and for a second he was stunned by their "incredible" speed. He said he rolled down the window of his plane, thinking it might have caused the reflection, but he still saw them with the window down.
They flew with a peculiar dipping motion, "like a fish flipping in the sun," he said, and "they were extremely shiny, and when they caught the sun right it nearly blinded me."
He reported they were about 25 to 30 miles away when first sighted flying north. He glanced at his instrument clock and timed them between Mount Adams and Mount Rainier, a distance of 47 miles. It took 1:42 minutes, Arnold reported, added that after he landed, he got out a map and by triangulation figured the speed of the "objects" at 1200 miles per hour.
"I might have missed a second or two in my timing, but the speed still would be near 1,200 miles per hour," he asserted.
In Portland, the state senior Civil Aeronautics Administration Inspector, Edward Leach, said he doubted "that anything would be traveling that fast."
Size of Transport Plane
Arnold also said a DC4 was flying in the vicinity and he estimated that the "objects" were about the same size as the four engined passenger ships, although the "objects" did not have wings. "One thing that struck me," he said, "was that they were flying so low. Ten thousand feet is very low for anything going at that speed."
He reported that they appeared to fly almost as if they were fastened together-if one dipped the others did too.
Note- And so it begins. Kenneth Arnold's sighting quickly swept the country and coined the term "flying saucer." Although Arnold later said that the objects didn't "look like" flying saucers, but there movements mimicked saucers skipping over water, the term stuck never-the-less. This was the "beginning" of UFOlogy as we know it today.
THE SUN (UK National Newspaper) Thursday May 16th 2002
R.A.F. LEARN TO SPOT 'ALIENS'
New RAF (Royal Air Force) pilots are being taught how to spot and reports UFO's. Cadets at the RAF College in Cranwell, Linconshire, are shown video footage of a 1990 sighting. Tornado pilots watched a cigar-shaped object for six minutes near the Dutch border.
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NATIONAL MEDIA SIDESTEPS UFO's
There was a big subculture buzz in Washington, D.C., a year ago this week when a group called the Disclosure Project launched a bid to end government secrecy surrounding unidentified flying objects. The goal: Open congressional hearings. The hook was to invite 20 witnesses, some bolstered with government documents, with testimony so compelling the media couldn't possibly freeze it out.
No doubt, some of the panelists who showed up at the National Press Club offered detailed glimpses into the national-security ramifications of the phenomenon. Retired Air Force Capt. Bob Salas, for instance, revealed how UFOs had knocked 10 Minuteman nukes off-line at their Strategic Air Command silos in Montana in 1967. Former Federal Aviation Administration chief of Accidents and Investigations John Callahan showcased photocopies of incident reports seized by the CIA concerning a half-hour jetliner/UFO encounter off Alaska in 1986.
The ensuing failure of the national media to respond came as no surprise to a couple of journalists who've spent years monitoring these dynamics. What most Americans fail to understand, contend Terry Hansen and Patrick Huyghe, is that when it comes to national security issues, the facade of big-media outfits as combative public watchdogs has always been fragile. Throw UFOs into the mix and that facade becomes a myth.
From the World War II-era recruitment of Scripps-Howard executive editor John Sorrels and publishing magnate John Knight by the U.S. Office of Censorship to The New York Times' quashing its own field reports about the 1954 CIA coup in Guatemala, Hansen's The Missing Times: News Media Complicity in the UFO Cover-up chronicles repeated patterns of sometimes avid collusion with conventional covert operations. That such duplicity should extend to UFOs shouldn't be terribly surprising, and yet, it is.
Take, for instance, a correspondence discovered at the Smithsonian Institution in 1997 between former members of the CIA-sponsored Robertson Panel. Formed in 1953 to marginalize UFOs after a vexing volume of reports began receiving media attention, the panel recommended smearing witnesses as a way to stanch the flow.
In 1966, shortly after a "CBS Reports" investigation on UFOs portrayed witnesses as delusional or unreliable, Robertson panelist Thorton Page wrote former group secretary Fred Durant that he "helped organize the CBS TV show around the Robertson Panel conclusions." The host of that show: Walter Cronkite, aka The Most Trusted Man In America.
From his home in Bainbridge Island, Wash., Hansen says formulaic thinking still permeates the old-guard media. "Th(e Disclosure Project) was a remarkable story, with men at a high level breaking their security oaths," Hansen says. "Local and regional media around the country treated it as a straightforward item, but the national networks, PBS, they virtually ignored it.
"This story could be covered right now. '60 Minutes' could blow the lid off it by interviewing retired airline pilots who aren't afraid to talk about incidents and near-misses. But the major media is waiting for the green light from the White House or the Pentagon."
However, Patrick Huyghe, author of The Swamp Gas Times: My Two Decades on the UFO Beat, says news-gatherers may eventually have to confront the phenomenon, whether they want to or not. He cites the July 15 UFO reports near Carteret, N.J., as a potential scenario.
Shortly after midnight, FAA radar at nearby Newark International Airport began tracking more than a dozen airborne lights that appeared to fly in shifting formations. Motorists on the New Jersey Turnpike pulled over to watch the air show; more than 100 witnesses were identified. A Freedom of Information Act request by the National Institute for Discovery Science in Las Vegas discovered none of the objects on the radar scopes had transponders.
"Now, imagine if something like that had happened over a major metropolitan area two months later, after 9/11, when we were all on a heightened state of alert," says Huyghe from his home in New York. "At least during the Cold War, the Soviets never struck us on American soil. The terrorists have demonstrated their capacity to do just that. When we have another Carteret-type incident, can the media afford to throw it off and say, 'Oh, it's just UFOs'? I don't think so."
Even in that event, Hansen suspects the security apparatus would remain intractable: "It may just come down to the fact that they don't know what's going on, that maybe this is happening and they can't do anything about it. But that's an unacceptable public position when you're trying to project an image of being in control. We found out on Sept. 11 they're not." http://www.floridatoday.com/!NEWSROOM/columnstoryA18534A.htm
Date: March 15, 2002 12:00AM
SHEBOYGAN WISCONSIN USA (Witness requested to remain anonymous)
I was outside at work for a break when I saw an object at very low altitude travelling from the south to the north over the city of sheboygan. I didn't think nothing of it but I didn't hear a sound and there was a bright light on front the was shining on the ground in a sweeping motion. It was around midnight and the light then disappeared and then there was 3 large flashes of light to the east of our building and the power went out. I called the police department and they stated that power was out in a 6 block area of where I work and more widespread to the north of the city. They had no idea why power was interrupted. I then called the sheriff's department and the supervisor told me that a deputy spotted the object but could not identify it. The sheriffs department called the airports in Milwaukee, Green Bay and Sheboygan County and no one there could say if it was a plane in the area. The sheriff's official also told me that they had received several calls about the same low flying object. This occurrence was also observed by 5 other co workers who also could not figure out if the object was an airplane or not.
Thanks Jenny & John Hoppe. http://www.ufowisconsin.com
AUSTIN TEXAS USA
The observer states, "I was headed for work on April 10, 2002, and was dropping off my trash at the dumpster and looked up and saw a Silver Sphere just hovering 4:35 PM. It never moved and just hung there motionless in the clear blue sky. At first I thought it was a balloon but it never drifted with the wind. The clouds were moving by it but it never changed position. I watched it for about 5 minutes curious at what it was and even looked for someone else around to show it to but of course no one was there. What struck me, as being unusual is it was a breezy day but it had no effect on it moving with the wind. I had to continue on to work so I never got to see it leave. It was shiny and looked silver to me because it did have a glare off it. It basically looked like a Silver Ball hanging in the air.
Thanks to George Filer www.nationalufocenter.com.
Article in 'The Bath Chronicle', 17th April 2002. "In the same week that saw Star Wars playing at the ABC Beau Nash Cinema, some Bath residents had a close encounter of a far less fictional nature." According to the Bath and West Evening Chronicle, An unidentified flying object moving from Bristol towards Radstock was seen by at least ten people. Now the Ministry of Defence is investigating the incident. And what's more, witnesses saw the object break up and explode. Among people who saw the object was Wessex Newspapers librarian Mr. Geoff Tarling, who said, "It was like a huge rocket moving across the sky and then the tail broke off into three pieces and it disappeared," said Mr Tarling. "It looked as big as a fairly large high flying aircraft. It was not moving fast enough to be a meteorite or a shooting star." Other witnesses agreed with Mr Tarling's account. "Mr Tyle and his wife saw an extremely large, brilliant white light and traveling parallel to the ground. At first I thought that it was a shooting star, but I've never seen one that big before." A Defence Ministry spokesman said, "We are looking into it, as we always do when an object is seen near military establishments. Otherwise we don't bother about UFO's".
On Tuesday, April 30, 2002, "Demetrio Feria, accompanied by another witness, observed the maneuvers of a discoidal UFO in the vicinity of Mexico City's international airport. According to the report, produced by ufologist Carlos Clemente, director of Grupo de los Vigilantes, the UFO was seen travelling at an altitude slightly lower than the airport's normal approach corridor but within the outer marker. The UFO flew from the west to the north over the metropolitan area. The UFO presented itself in an ovoid form and was the color of silver with a black shadow on its lower portion. At the last minute, the UFO suffenly changed its direction of flight, veering towards the east, noticeably speeding up and losing itself in the haze of the horizon." See NotiOVNI for May 5, 2002. Muchas gracias a Daniel Munoz para esas informaciones.) Thanks to Joseph Trainor http://ufoinfo.com
Argentina has experienced a sharp upsurge in UFO activity. Sightings include reports in Salta province, (450 miles) northwest of Buenos Aires, the national capital. Three motorcyclists from Cachi (Cachi is located 90 miles west-southwest of Salta) who were driving along National Highway 33 informed El Tribuno that they had witnessed a fantastic sight.
The bikers stated: "We saw an enormous cigar-shaped unidentified flying object (UFO) measuring some 100 meters (330 feet) in length." Martin Oliver, Ruben Chihan and Antonio Rodo, young bikers well-known throughout the area, claimed that their experience occurred on Wednesday, May 1, 2002 as they headed back to the capital Salta. "We want our names to be included because for a long time we've been hearing similar stories from fellow residents who, out of a sense of shame or sheer cowardice, do not want their names printed in the newspaper," stated the sportsmen.
"We were finishing the Tin Tin stretch when we saw a strange light from the east, in the vicinity of Payogasta. We halted our ride when we saw an enormous cylinder measuring some 100 meters in length, shining like a mirror in the reflected light of the setting sun. It was shaped like a giant cigarette and flew slowly some 200 meters (660 feet) from the ground. We couldn't believe it, but it was real. It made no noise whatsoever and appeared to be made of a material similar to polished steel,' the cyclists reported. Suddenly, it stopped and remained suspended in mid-air. A few seconds later, it began flying at an astonishing speed and lost itself in space."
A few things to relate here. Firstly, you will notice the name change -- we are now the UFO RESEARCH ORGANISATION, rather than using the old site name of ETcontact.com or UFOzone. Our new URL is http://UFOresearch.org Maybe you could change this on the bottom of your next newsletter, replacing the UFOzone address? Many thanks in advance.
I have attached 2 pictures of the Nottinghamshire UFO, (2002-05-05), which I e-mailed you about on May 10. These images were taken with a 'Digital Sony Cybershot 1.3 mega pixels' camera, and have have been enlarged. The brightness and contrast has also been enhanced. A friend of mine, Cliff Smith, reviews Editor of the magazine "Digital Photography Made Easy" has analysed these images. If you are interested, the full case file is at: http://uforesearch.org/sightings/report.php?ID=37 Cliff Smith has also done an analysis of the Wales UFO photo, which I passed to you a while back and which you have included in two newsletters. His analysis is as follows:
Investigator: Cliff Smith
E-mail: Contact through UFOresearch.org May 13, 2002
Cliff Smith, reviews editor of "Digital Photography Made Easy" has analysed the images and put forth the following hypotheses:
I'm familiar with the Fujifilm MX-1200 used to take this picture, and from what I know about it, and general photography, I can make some suggestions. Firstly, I think we can rule out light reflection inside the lens, AKA 'lens flare'. The object has a higher apparent colour temperature and greater luminosity than the spotlight on the eave of the house, while a lens flare would normally have the same colour temperature and lower luminosity. Furthermore it is in the wrong place to be a lens flare. The MX-1200 produces a final image of 1280 x 960 pixels, which is the size of this image, in other words this is a full-frame image. A lens flare would typically appear diametrically opposite the house light on a line connecting it with the center of the image.
The original image from the MX-1200 would have typically been around 650KB, while the image posted here is only 56.2KB. The image as presented has been subjected to JPEG compression, which has resulted in the formation of 8x8-pixel square artefacts over the entire image and a loss of over 85% of the primary image data. I ran an artefact-removal routine (Image Enhance in Paint Shop Pro 7.04) and this restored some crispness (see below). As you can see, the 'contrail' is more pronounced in this version, but it is still impossible to see whether or not it is connected with the luminescent object. However if it was a contrail, and the object was a plane reflecting the last rays of the setting sun, wouldn't the contrail be illuminated also? Similarly, a rocket exhaust would also illuminate its smoke trail. It may simply be a background cloud formation.
The witness stated that the camera was set to automatic and that the flash was on, and that he took several pictures. Since the flash would fire at maximum intensity when taking a shot under these conditions, it would take several seconds for it to recharge before another shot could be taken. Even so, if the object had been a distant aeroplane we would expect it to appear in more than one frame. Also, as Chris Oliver stated in his analysis, an object this bright in the sky would have been noticed by the witness. However, he states that he saw nothing until he viewed the image on his computer.
I've come across images like this before, and heard that same disclaimer. I believe what we have here is another manifestation of the same camera problem that causes the infamous "Energy Orb" pictures. A small object close to the camera, unseen both before and after the photo was taken, has been illuminated by the full-power flash, appearing in the final image as a bright spot. The built-in flash on the MX-1200 has an effective range of only about 3 metres, insufficient to illuminate the house, but quite able to light up what we see here. This would also explain the high colour temperature of the object, since camera flashguns attempt to simulate daylight. Given the location and time of the evening, and the apparent shape of the object, I think our prime suspect may be a moth.
Many thanks to Mr Cliff Smith for kindly analysing this image.
The full file can be seen at:
Site Editor, http://UFOresearch.org editor@UFOresearch.org
UFO Research Organisation. The UFO Zone -- Keeping Our Eyes On The Skies!
In a message dated 5/8/2002 6:15:22 AM Pacific Daylight Time, email@example.com writes:
Go back to some old books like those written by Ivan Sanderson. Many reports of UFOs emerging and submerging into the ocean. We also had sightings a few years ago off the Palos Verdes peninsula where UFOs were seen traveling under water.
Here is an excerpt from Chapter 10 in my book "Alien Magic"
"What secrets lurk in ocean depths? Are there alien forms of intelligent life that occupy the vast volumes of water that constitute our oceans, seas, and lakes? The largest of our oceans, the Pacific, covers 64,000,000 square miles and reaches a depth of 36,198 feet, a depth that no ray of sunlight ever reaches. Could these depths hide alien submarine bases?
Underwater UFOs have been sighted on many occasions lifting out of their submerged depths and taking to the air. In an article entitled "UFOs - at 450 Fathoms," UFO Reporter Ed Hyde told of the sighting made by Dr. R. J. Villela, a Brazilian scientist, who saw a UFO smash through an estimated 40 feet of ice at the South Pole and soar into the sky at amazing speed.
It was author and researcher Dr. Ivan T. Sanderson who suggested that aliens could remain undetected by building their bases beneath the world's oceans. Dr. Sanderson found that by actual count, over 50 percent of the UFO sightings had occurred over, coming from, or plunging into or coming out of water. This includes oceans, seas, lakes, and reservoirs. Of the oceanic UFOs (some term them USOs or Unidentified Submersible Objects), one was tracked by the U.S. Navy near Puerto Rico in 1963. Of course many of these objects have been tracked over Puerto Rico since that time. On a training maneuver, a sonar operator detected a sub aqueous object traveling at over 150 knots! The technicians tracked this object for four days and it maneuvered down to the incredible depth of 27,000 feet. Submarines of 1963 could not dive further than a fraction over a mile into the ocean deeps. What kind of submersible could withstand the tremendous ocean pressures? And how could it overcome the tremendous resistance of water moving at such incredible speeds?
(Note: We now know that may use a process called supercavitation)
Many witnesses have reported huge cigar-shaped vehicles emerging from the oceanic hydrospaces of earth to take to the sky. In 1965, such an event was logged in the records of the Norwegian ship T.T. Jawesta on the 6th of July and in the log of an Argentinian ship, the Naviero off the coast of Brazil on July 20, 1967. The officers and crew could see a shining object in the sea no more that 50 feet away from the Starboard side. It was cigar-shaped and about 110 feet in length and emitted a powerful blue and white glow. It ran silently and without wake through the water. There was no periscope or conning tower or any protruding parts to this mysterious submarine. It paced the Naviero for 15 minutes, then suddenly dived and passed beneath the ship and vanished rapidly into the great depths.
For years witnesses have seen many types of UFOs cruising off the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California. UFOs have actually been seen to come out of the water in the San Pedro Channel. In the early seventies, my friend Jim was on the boat returning from Santa Catalina Island to San Pedro Harbor when he spotted a low, flying disk cruise silently over the channel boat. The craft was so close he could make out every detail of its structure including the four hemispherical pods on its underside.
Strange blue-green lights have been seen in the water since 1989. In 1989, and again in 1990, witnesses have seen as many as 20 events an hour. One large light appeared to be as much as 100 feet in diameter. This large light spawned babies no larger than 10 to 12 feet in length. These lights were seen to move swiftly under the ocean's surface some 500 to 1,000 feet from the coastline in Abalone Cove. The hypothesis that these may be luminescent fish is discounted by a local marine biologist. These lights were too large and too swift to be fish. One of the lights was reported to have emerged from the water.
In 1992 a sea kayaker viewed an amazing sight off the Palos Verdes Peninsula. He was four or five miles off the Peninsula when a waterspout suddenly formed some hundreds of yards ahead of his kayak. As he observed this spout, the forward motion of the funnel stopped, the curtain of light mist surrounding the waterspout disappeared and a rotating column of what seemed to be solid ice appeared. As the sun reflected off the rotating mass of ice crystals, it appeared to be a sight of extraordinary beauty. The height of the ice column was estimated at 100 to 150 feet. When the ice column collapsed back into the ocean, it created a whirlpool. After this amazing event, the kayaker paddled over to examine floating fragments of ice and found specimens of fish embedded in the frozen pieces.
The site of these phenomenal occurrences is near the old Marineland Park which closed in 1987. Snoopers believe that the Park is now a Naval Experimental Marine Biology Lab. Access to the Park is now restricted and many "no trespassing" signs are posted around fenced areas."
This book is now out-of-print but I may republish it later this year.
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