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Daily UFO Headlines 8/14/2017

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Florida couple claim to witness speedy UFO zig-zagging through the night sky


A couple in Ormond by the Sea, Florida reports that they saw a bright object flying “zig-zaggy” through the sky at a high rate of speed. The sighting took place last night as they were watching the stars from their backyard. The husband says he was a military brat and served 14 years in the U.S. Army, but he says he has never seen anything like it.

Ormond by the Sea in relation to Orland and Tampa. Ormond by the Sea is at the location of the red marker. (Credit: Google Maps)

Ormond by the Sea in relation to Orland and Tampa. Ormond by the Sea is at the location of the red marker. (Credit: Google Maps)

The witnesses posted their account of the UFO sighting today in the reporting database of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), along with a drawing demonstrating the path the object flew.

Ormond by the Sea skyline as seen from the top of the Granada Bridge in Ormond Beach, Florida. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Gamweb)

Ormond by the Sea skyline as seen from the top of the Granada Bridge in Ormond Beach, Florida. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Gamweb)

Here is the witness statement, verbatim:

My wife and I were outside, in the backyard, looking at the stars, because the sky was unusually clear. We had been observing the stars and constellations for approx. five minutes when the object appeared, suddenly, out of the west, headed east out over the ocean there is this extremely fast, at extremely high altitude, brightly (white) lit object that transits the sky in less than ten seconds… stops… remained motionless for a few seconds, then flew southwest back inland making erratic movements, kind of jittery and zig-zaggy, then abruptly stopped again and remained motionless. The speed was incredible.The object then flew south/southwest until it was lost in the illumination (glow) of the city lights of Daytona Beach. 

I was an Air Force brat, and a veteran of 14 yrs military service in the US Army, and have seen all types of high performance military aircraft flying… this was not a plane or satellite. 

Never seen anything remotely this fast. It made erratic changes in direction, and complete stops with no perceptible slowing. 

I’m actually a very rational person. A highly trained and experienced observer. I’ve seen the ISS, space shuttle, fighters fueling from tankers, high performance aircraft, and numerous satellites over the years… never anything like this. At first we were excited, as we thought it was a satellite, then our feelings turned to awe as we watched it perform incredible maneuvers, radically changing direct, coming to abrupt stops, all from very high rates of speed. 

Bright single points of light moving erratically in the night sky are often reported. Satellites can often be seen at night, especially in the hours just after sunset. However, satellites are not very fast, and just fly in a straight line. What this couple saw is anyone’s guess. Let us know in the comments below if you think you know what they might have seen.

Witness drawing of erratic movement of UFO. (Credit: MUFON)

Witness drawing of erratic movement of UFO. (Credit: MUFON)

The vast majority of UFO sightings turn out to be mundane objects, but once in awhile there are sightings that are much more difficult to explain. MUFON conducts investigations on sightings submitted to their website, and if they share their conclusions, we will let you all know. Meanwhile, others will likely chime in and we will try to keep you up to date with any discoveries. Please feel free to share your thoughts on the object in the comments below.

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Daily UFO Headlines 8/9/2017

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Daily UFO Headlines 8/7/2017

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Slow moving triangle reported over California

A California witness at La Mesa reported watching a triangle-shaped object silently moving overhead with white lights at its three points, according to testimony in Case 85310 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness first thought the object was a jet landing. Pictured: Wetherly Street in La Mesa, California. (Credit: Google)

The witness first thought the object was a jet landing. Pictured: Wetherly Street in La Mesa, California. (Credit: Google)

The witness was returning home from a dinner in La Mesa at 9:40 p.m. on July 20, 2017, when the incident began.

“My transportation van was in the shop for servicing and I was using a motorized wheelchair,” the witness stated. “My daughter and son-in-law accompanied me in my daughter’s truck and were playing leapfrog to make sure that I had no difficulty because of the darkness. There were no streetlights in the area. I was using a strobe headlamp so that oncoming vehicles could see me.”

There was no sound coming from the craft. Pictured: Wetherly Street in La Mesa, California. (Credit: Google)

There was no sound coming from the craft. Pictured: Wetherly Street in La Mesa, California. (Credit: Google)

The witness then noticed lights in the sky.

“As I turned from Highwood Street onto Wetherly Street, I became aware of the flashing white light approximately 50 yards behind and above me and there was absolutely no sound. I live in the area within the flight path of commercial aircraft approaching landing at Lindbergh Field in San Diego.”

The witness at first thought the lights were landing lights of a commercial jet, but noticed there were no navigation lights; just three, white lights blinking at the same time. I assumed they were navigation lights, but the craft was too low to have been a commercial aircraft and the was no sound. I am quite familiar with jet engine, helicopter, and reciprocating engine sound and noise.”

The witness could see white lights at the object’s three points. Pictured: Wetherly Street in La Mesa, California. (Credit: Google)

The witness could see white lights at the object’s three points. Pictured: Wetherly Street in La Mesa, California. (Credit: Google)

Because there was no sound, the witness took notice.

“There were no sound of any kind, human, animal or any type of aircraft. The craft was now directly overhead, but it was so dark I could not make out any shape except for the three lights which appeared to be at the points of a triangle. The craft was moving only slightly faster than I. I increased my speed as much as possible and continued up Wetherly Street. The craft continued above me and moved slightly faster. I estimate I was moving in about 5 to 8 mph.”

The witness then stopped a second time to listen for any sounds.

“There were none. As I approach my driveway, my daughter had moved her car onto the driveway and she and her husband got out. I have a motion sensor light in the driveway which came on at that point. In a normal voice, I asked my son-in-law and my daughter if they had heard anything. They both said no. Everything was silent in the craft and it continued in an easterly direction and disappeared behind some trees in my neighbor’s yard. I called the La Mesa police who were unable to verify any sightings by their personnel.”

La Mesa is a city in Southern California, located 9 miles east of downtown San Diego in San Diego County, population 57,065. California MUFON Field Investigator Gary Buzel is investigating. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

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UFO Sighted Over Metro-East Three Times

UFO Sighted Over Metro-East Three Times

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     You don’t have to travel to New Mexico to see unbelievable things.

By www.bnd.com
7-25-17

The three UFO sightings examined in this story occurred in Southern Illinois.

In a July 2017 interview, Melvern Noll described the object that he saw on January 5, 2000, in Highland. “I thought it was a bright star,” Noll said.

Then, it came down from the sky and Noll realized that it was something else. “To me, it looked like a two-story house. It was the size of a football field,” Noll said.

“It was two different floors. It had big windows — three on the lower deck and three on the top deck. Way up on top, there was like a penthouse with a dim light in it. Underneath, it had red lights in a diamond shape,” Noll said.

It flew very close to where Noll was standing. “If somebody had looked out one of the windows, I could have seen it,” Noll said. No one did.

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Congressman Ford was Inundated with Demands for a UFO Investigation

Letter From Congressman Gerald Ford To Robert Barrow 5-13-1968

Don’t Stop with the USS Gerald R. Ford

     Over the weekend President Trump commissioned a brand new aircraft carrier, the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford, a massive, electronics-drenched sea vessel intended to ascend the heights of national and international security (though, as in other instances of digital technology, we hasten to estimate its electronics at a street value of only $1.50, should an electromagnetic pulsation device from either near or far destroy vulnerable instrumentation — but we prefer to hope that exceptional EMP shielding will be effective. . .just in case).
Robert Barrow
By Robert Barrow
The UFO Chronicles
7-25-17

The ceremony and ship itself serve as a fine tribute to President Ford’s career, but if government authorities could somehow be imbued with a curious desire to honor Ford’s memory to the max, they would re-initiate a scientific investigation of the UFO issue.

With more science and less government, if you know what I mean.

My 1968 letter from Ford, shown here (extracted from an article I wrote for what turned out to be the final issue of Argosy UFO magazine back in the seventies), represents a time when then-House Minority Leader Ford was inundated with demands for an investigation, as UFO reports poured in, not only from his home state of Michigan, but from across the country as well.

As press releases and TV interviews portraying Ford as nothing less than insistent upon a serious UFO inquiry saturated the national media, public interest eventually culminated in congressional hearings which led — unfortunately — to the inadequate and, dare we suggest, fraudulent government-funded Colorado University UFO project headed up by the late Dr. Edward U. Condon. Indeed, Mr. Ford’s suspicions turned out to be justified, and Look Magazine’s bombshell revelations about negative project conclusions intended, despite scientific evidence suggesting otherwise, proved accurate.

Then again, the roughly $300,000 dollars appropriated for the study were far from adequate for the scope of actions required.

If the United States government really wants to honor President Gerald Ford, a new UFO investigation, this time properly funded, should be considered.

A phenomenon observed time and again to put commercial and military aircraft passengers and personnel in danger during close encounters; a scientific enigma which repeatedly exhibits an apparent ability to produce electromagnetic-like effects on aircraft, automobiles and power grids; and a confounding mystery observed to leave behind instrumentation, radar, photographic, and ground indentation effects and other evidential traces remains wanting, crying out for a truly scientific inquiry.

Of all the congressional representatives who ever called for UFO studies, Ford was the most vocal. Forging ahead with a fair scientific project having no connection whatsoever to the sloppiness and dishonesty of the ill-fated Colorado project could be as important to a new scientific golden age as the U.S.S. Gerald R. Ford should be to national defense.

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Cloverdale UAP Project: Investigating the “Spooklights” UFO phenomenon in Alabama

Most ufologists are keenly aware of the frequent reports of what people often refer to as “orbs” which lacks much clarity. The term is often used to describe objects that turn out to be everything from Chinese lanterns, to ball plasma, and even navigation lights on aircraft. The term is also used to describe lens flares created from pointing cameras towards a bright light source, an out of focus light, and is also a dust particle that floats in front of a camera with a bright light seen in ghost investigations.

There exists another class of objects that science has yet to fully explain which seem to be a naturally recurring phenomena that are seen in certain geographic areas with increased frequencies (almost nightly) than the objects previously mentioned. In 1973, Piedmont, Missouri experienced a rash of sightings of luminous phenomena and documented by Dr. Harley Rutledge in his book, Project Identification. Dr. Rutledge had a team conduct a field study over a period of years, capturing scientific data, video and photographic evidence in the hopes of learning more about its nature. His summary report of these lights are consistent with other observations in other areas.

Spooklights Book CoverMissouri was not the only location that experienced this phenomena in 1973. In Cloverdale, Alabama, a small town located in the northwestern part of Alabama, similar lights were being seen almost nightly and appeared to be balls of luminous lights of varying colors. Residents saw these objects so frequently that they just ignore them – “it’s those dang lights again”. The Cloverdale phenomena continues to appear even today. Wyatt Cox, a former native of the area, now residing in South Carolina has documented and classified many hundreds of sightings that him a friend observed in his book, Spooklights, The Amazing Cloverdale, Alabama Spooklight Mystery.

Wyatt has done an excellent job in creating a classification system for the variations seen (e.g., colors tend to be blue, yellow/orange, white). The lights vary in size, speed and duration based on the colors noted. White lights are generally seen during warmer months, where yellow/orange lights tend to be seen during cooler months (October through April). The Spooklights, now referred to as “Earthlights” by Wyatt, tend to be 8 foot in diameter (the blue and white ones are 2-4 feet in diameter), travel in straight line paths (east to west or reversed), and can be at ground level and rise to altitudes of several thousand feet. They move at 20 mph, but can also stop and then proceed in their path. The lights can go out and then come back on as they proceed on their path and they generally disappear by fading out.

Wyatt Cox

Wyatt Cox

Every serious UFO researcher and field investigator needs to get a copy of the books mentioned here along with the works of William Corliss on Luminous Phenomena. Corliss has done an excellent job of categorizing, referencing and even illustrating the myriads of types of luminous phenomena observed on the earth. Both Corliss as well as Cox see these objects as naturally occurring phenomena, not alien spacecraft. They are very similar to the lights in Hessdalen, Norway, the Marfa Lights, the Paulding Lights, Crossett Lights, Gurdon Lights and dozens of other areas around the globe and it this author’s opinion that it can explain a vast number of UFO sightings even outside of these geographic areas reported by witnesses as “orbs”.

One of many time-lapsed photos of an Earthlight.

One of many time-lapsed photos of an Earthlight.

Similar to the field study conducted by Dr. Rutledge, a scientific field investigation is being planned for the Cloverdale area this fall. We are seeking to secure the best equipment possible (spectroscopes, gravimeters, magnetometers, cameras capturing images in multiple parts of the EM spectrum, and other data collection tools) along with trained users of that equipment to see what we can learn. Plans include the possible use of a drone to see if we can get close-ups of the lights, equipped with sensors. The outcome will be to deliver a report on our findings and sharing our data collected. We have already begun collecting geological data, earthquake zone data, and weather data for the area.

For further information or interest in the study, please contact this author by writing him at ufoxprt@gmail.com.

 

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Witness allegedly captures military UFO chase video

A California witness at Landers reported that a group of people at a UFO conference watched and videotaped a military jet “chasing” two lights sources that may have been two independent objects, according to testimony in Case 84123 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

Witness illustration. (Credit: MUFON)

The sighting occurred about 10 p.m. on May 21, 2017, at the conference in Joshua Tree, CA, that included one participant shooting video with night vision goggles.

“Luckily one of my participants caught this and many of our other sightings (from all three nights no less), with his black-and-white night vision video camera,” the witness stated. “His additional footage of some of the other incredible sightings will be posted at a future date once they are compiled.”

The witness described the event.

“At just before 10 p.m. (did not note exact time), some of my participants and I saw a large, amber-colored light low to the horizon just behind Giant Rock from where my whole group of about 50-plus people were gathered and using 15 pair of night vision goggles. A contingency of about 20 of us ran to get a better view of it. To the naked eye it appeared to be a large, orangish (amber) light, that, quoting some of the 20 people; ‘flew like a bumble bee.’”

Image from witness video allegedly showing a UFO on left and military aircraft on right. (Credit: MUFON)

Image from witness video allegedly showing a UFO on left and military aircraft on right. (Credit: MUFON)

One of the guests had a good look.

“One guest came running with a pair of the goggles in hand and got a good look at it. She said that through the goggles it looked like ‘a large diamond-shaped UFO.’ She drew a picture of it, attached here. This object then flew behind a small hill right behind the entire Sky Watch larger group. As those of us who ran off walked back to join the others, three military jets flew over in the direction of the object now gone from sight behind the hill. Some of us commented that if they were following it, meaning the jets, they were a few minutes too late.”

The group then heard the sound of a low flying jet from behind the hill.

“Suddenly clearing the top of the hill and right over our heads, came a very fast military jet chasing a faster, large, red-glowing light. The military jet had both red and white blinking strobe lights and glowing afterburners and was very loud as it flew directly above our heads. The large red light had no blinking lights and no sound at all. It became clear to all 50-plus witnesses, this was no jet. Those folks present who looked with the aid of the goggles said they were seeing either two lights, or one object with two light sources on it.”

Image from witness video shows UFO. (Credit: MUFON)

Image from witness video shows UFO. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness reviewed the video.

“After extensive review of the footage, I am nearly certain it shows two UFOs (fast moving lights), flying in perfect, locked tandem with one another. It appears you can see stars between them in the background, suggesting that these are two separate objects. As is usually the case, this footage, while incredible, does not do the sighting justice. The video is in black-and-white night vision, not full-color, naked-eye vision, and does not have any sound, so you are unable to hear the palatable excitement of 50-plus witnesses screaming and cheering.”

California MUFON Chief Investigator Earl Grey Anderson is investigating. Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

 

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Witness in Ontario photographs “rectangular box-shaped” UFO

A witness in the town of Hamilton in Ontario, Canada can not identify a strange object photographed on July 11, 2017 from an apartment balcony. The witness described the object as “rectangular box-shaped,” and says the object hovered slowly overhead and at one point changed direction.

Witness photograph. (Credit: MUFON)

Witness photograph. Click image to see full-size. (Credit: MUFON)

The witness submitted the report to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) earlier today, along with several pictures the witness took from the witness’ apartment balcony.

The witness claims to have spotted that object at about 4:15 pm. The witness described the object’s movement as “floating” or “sailing” overhead. When it got closer to the witness, the object changed direction. The witness said the object was about the size of a small vehicle, such as a Mini Cooper.

“It looked like a large, rectangular, metallic box,” explained the witness. “How it was airborne, and how it remained so, completely puzzled and mystified me.”

The witness titled the report: “Unidentifiable, 3D rectangular box-shaped object drifting very smoothly over the city.”

Witness image cropped. Click to see full sized . (Credit: MUFON)

Witness image cropped. Click image to see full-size. (Credit: MUFON)

Here is the complete report, verbatim:

On July 11, 2017 at approximately 16:15 – 16:20 hrs., I witnessed an unidentifiable flying/floating object sailing over my area (East Hamilton, Ontario), from my apartment balcony. My balcony faces N/E, toward the bay of Lake Ontario. I stepped out to take a look at the construction crew tearing down an old high school across the road from my building, and to check on the current temperature, when this object caught my eye, drifting at first in my direction (fully south), coming from the north area of the city, closer to the lake. It was fairly large, and I estimated it to be almost the size of an Austin Mini Cooper car. It looked solid/3D, and was rectangular and box-like in shape. The colour was a dark grey, but parts of it appeared to be a lighter grey. It changed direction as it approached my area, turning left, and heading toward the town of Stoney Creek (south-east/east). My neighbourhood is on the border of Stoney Creek, and this object floated away over that town and out of sight. I captured a few photos of it with my mobile phone, but by the time I went into my apartment to get my phone and returned to the balcony with it, the object had moved further away, so the photos don’t show it very well. I had no idea what this object was when I first noticed it, or when it sailed past my location. It looked like a large, rectangular, metallic box. How it was airborne, and how it remained so, completely puzzled and mystified me. I was talking on my house phone (cordless handset) with a friend while all of this was going on, and I remember just laughing slightly when I first saw it, telling her, “Holy CRAP… there’s a UFO heading this way, and by that, I mean an unidentifiable flying object.” Then after it started to turn toward the east I said, “Well, now there’s a large metallic, rectanglar box just sailing past this neighborhood… gonna grab my phone and take some photos.” So I stepped inside, grabbed the phone, and took about a half-dozen photos, before it sailed too far away. I don’t know how to describe my feelings at the time, really… nothing extraordinary, because I had no idea what this object could be. I was just really puzzled/curious, more than anything, because I couldn’t figure out what it was. I’m still wondering about it, and would love to hear if anyone else happened to witness it too, and may have some idea of what it could be?!

The images do show a rectangular-shaped object in the sky. The slow movement would usually indicate something floating in the sky, such as a balloon, and party balloons do come in all shapes and sizes. Balloons do not often seem to make a change in directions, but it is possible if the wind changes direction. However, it is not immediately apparent what the object is.

Close-up of object in witness image. Click to see full-sized image. (Credit: MUFON)

Close-up of object in witness image. (Credit: MUFON)

Incidentally, we recently posted a UFO report from nearby Toronto from July 2, 2017.

Map of Hamilton. (Credit: MUFON)

Map of Hamilton. (Credit: MUFON)

The vast majority of UFO sightings turn out to be mundane objects, but once in awhile there are sightings that are much more difficult to explain. MUFON conducts investigations on sightings submitted to their website, and if they share their conclusions, we will let you all know. Meanwhile, others will likely chime in and we will try to keep you up to date with any discoveries. Please feel free to share your thoughts on the object in the comments below.

 

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