- Skeptics Say UFOs Could Be Weather Balloons
- The "Sociedad Astronomica Urania" of the state
of Morelos explains the possible origin of the UFOs seen over Campeche.
- The Sociedad Astronomica Urania of the state of Morelos
said that the video presented by the Mexican Air Force could have a scientific
explanation if we consider that given the shape and displacement of the
14 objects filmed, these appear to be a group of weather balloons, such
as the thousands launched daily from universities, research centers or
- The astronomica society claimed that this type of obejct
is frequently confused by commercial or military pilots with UFOs given
the strong air currents that convey them and the lack of references which
would enable to determine their distance and size.
- Regarding the UFO video presented on television, the
society stated that more prosaic explanations could account for what was
recorded by pilots of the Mexican Air Force.
- Translation (C) 2004. Scott Corrales, IHU. Special thanks
to Ing. Marco Reynoso, Fundacion Cosmos
- Mexican UFO Sighting No Big Deal Says Analyst
- CTV.ca News Staff
- Mexico's Defence Department is confirming that images
of 11 unidentified flying objects were captured by Mexican air force pilots.
- But a Canadian space observer says that while the objects
are unidentified, one cannot go much further than that.
- "The question is what kind of object or objects
are these," Ivan Semeniuk of the Discovery Channel told CTV Newsnet.
- A videotape made available to the media Tuesday showed
bright objects, some like sharp points and others more like headlights,
- The images were taken March 5 by pilots using infrared
equipment. They were conducting an otherwise normal anti-drug trafficking
surveillance flight over the state of Campeche.
- Reports indicate the lights surrounded the plane. Only
three objects showed up on the aircraft's radar.
- "... We are looking at flashing lights and they
interview the pilot; he speaks about these things tracking along with him
and moving at extremely high speeds," Semeniuk said.
- "That is where the skepticism kicks in: No way to
know how far away these things are or in fact how fast they were moving."
- Semeniuk said the images aren't that different from the
debris of the Mir spacecraft returning to earth.
- Asked what test would have to be applied to determine
whether such a UFO flight was conducted by extra-terrestrial beings, Semeniuk
said there are two:
- "One is that there has to be no other explanation
and the second is that it has to be seen by large numbers of credible observers."
- With the Mexican sighting, there is only one point of
view, "so this doesn't come out any stronger than numerous other reports
that we have seen like this in the past," he said.