- US MIDWEST
- --- Experts Say Flash Was a Meteor Dec.
13, 1997 By ( Associated Press) A mysterious flash of light that prompted
calls to authorities in four Midwestern states and led to a brief search
for an overdue plane was probably caused by a meteor, experts said. The
light -- described by many as a glowing orange or red was seen about 8
p.m. CST Friday across hundreds of miles, from Minnesota and Wisconsin
south into Iowa and northern Missouri. ``It was a good-sized red ball,''
said Wylie Peterson of Colfax, Wisconsin. ``It had a pretty good tail behind
it. It was too big to be a flare.'' A search was organized after a private
airplane was reported overdue at the Boyceville, Wis., airport. It was
suspended after doubts were raised about whether the plane was missing
and the meteor possibility was considered. Astronomy experts at the University
of Minnesota and Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, said the phenomenon
was best explained by a single meteor burning through the Earth's atmosphere.
December 13th, marks the peak of the annual Germinid meteor shower. Thanks
to:UFO Research http://home.fuse.net/task/
- Karen Heaster reports that on October
29 at 6:15 PM, three car loads of professional workers were going home
(north of Marietta, Ohio) when a 300 foot long object with portholes appeared
before them in front of a cloud. All three cars pulled off the road to
look at it. After 15 seconds it seemed to pull back into the cloud which
turned red. The cloud and object then disappeared. No further information
is available at this time. Thanks to: Ted.Spickler.B @bayer.com and the
American UFO Newsletter (Bob Teets, Headline Books, WV).
- Rob McConnell reports that on December
15, "I received a telephone call from a lady who lives near Wright
Patterson AFB. The lady told me that since 1994 she has witnessed, along
with some 20 neighbors, multiple UFO sightings and 2 craft landings."
(Prebles County, Ohio) The lady told me that she has called the Defense
Department, NORAD, the USAF and other US governmental agencies telling
her sighting stories - to which she has, allegedly, never received any
- The description of the crafts involved,
according to the witness, are very bright white with an outer rim of red.
In one case, she observed USAF jets attempting to intercept these UFOs.
In another incident, this lady also saw a craft emit a green beam. I will
have more information on this case, and will post it, along with a transcript
of the radio interview I will be doing with her this coming Saturday, December
20 on The 'X' Zone Radio Show. Sheriff Hayes of the Preble's County Sheriff
Office and the Register Herald in Eaton, Ohio have confirmed that the witness
called in and reported UFO activity. Specific dates of sightings include:
April 96, April 97, September 97. Thanks to Rob McConnell, Producer &
Host, of The 'X' Radio and TV Programs, www.x-chronciles.com
- NEW HAMPSHIRE
- MUFON investigator and Board member Carolyn
S. McNellis reports: On December 2, at 4:32 p.m. Eastern time, I spotted
a fireball approximately half the size of a ping pong ball at arm's length
with a two inch tail. While driving south on RT 12-A at the intersection
of Hwy 89 at W. Lebanon, NH, (the road parallels the Connecticut River,
NH's border with VT), I saw the object in the southwest sky. I concluded
that, because the sun was just going down, the object was picking up the
golden orange of the setting sun. That evening I questioned a local
astronomer-friend who said he had not heard of a meteor at that time, but
December was supposed to be full of meteor showers. I witnessed Hale-Bopp
in early spring and this was MUCH MUCH larger . If this was 1/2 the size
of a ping pong ball, Hale Bopp was the size of the head of a pin, and
needed binoculars to really be seen clearly. I watched this fireball
until the road took me into the woods. Seven minutes later, when I emerged
from the woods, it was not to be seen. It was an awe inspiring sight,
but one that made me hope it was headed elsewhere in space -- gloom and
doom warnings of what will happen "if" have certainly made an
impression on me!
- John Thompson, MUFON Georgia State Director
reports, I just got off the phone with a man who says that he saw a triangle-shaped
UFO. The sighting took place at 8:40 PM on December 5th, on Highway. 100,
two miles north of Franklin. The witness observed a formation of 5 white
to amber color large lights. A structured object would have made a triangle
about 50 feet in size. "The UFO flew to the southeast at 2000 feet
altitude or lower." He observed it for nearly 20 seconds before losing
sight of the UFO behind some pines. He said, the UFO flew slowly and made
no sound. The lights did not flash, and he is assuming they were on a structured
object that could not be see. The sky was clear, with little wind and the
UFO according to him was clearly close enough for him to have heard noise
if it had made any. He said he is certain it was not an airplane nor like
anything he has ever seen before. A check with the Heard County Sheriff's
Department and 911 revealed no other reports except "gunshots were
heard behind a nearby rock quarry." A call to LaGrange Calloway Airport
(15 miles to the southeast) showed that no planes fitting the description
of the alleged unknown object landed there on Friday night. An investigation
will be completed. Best Regards, John Thompson.
- On December 9th, a bright red, non-blinking
object, about five times as large as a bright star, hovered over the Reno
area for about an hour, from 5:15 PM to 6:15 PM Pacific time. Radio Station
KKOH (780AM) received lots of phone calls about the sighting. The Reno
Police Station said they received no calls. The Reno Airport said they
were watching the object, nothing on radar, and estimated its speeds same
as upper winds speeds. They ruled out a balloon because the object came
to complete stops, becoming stationary at times. The Desert Research
Institute, which releases balloons, reported nothing from them in the sky.
The Naval Air Station said they did not see the object, but had nothing
in the skies at that time. The object headed south at about 6:15 PM Pacific
time. The Reno Gazette-Journal ran a small notice of the sighting on the
second page of its second section today, 12/10/97. Thanks to Skywatch
and Doc in Phoenix
- On Wednesday, November 26, 1997, at 11:34
p.m., Pilar Olazabal was driving home with her friends, Juana Villalobos
Moreno and Carlos Iturbide Masana, in Punta Arenas, the southernmost city
in Chile, when the two women spied an oval shape that looked like it was
on fire. It illuminated the road in 300 meters in front of them. The strangest
part is that it was seen only by the two women and not by the man."
Juana dropped off her friend and started to drive back to her own apartment.
Ten minutes later, "on one of the main streets of Punta Arenas, she
saw a bright object behind her car," in the rear-view mirror. "It
was closing in very fast, at about 50 meters (165 feet) behind her and
20 meters (66 feet) off the ground. The UFO was oval in shape with red,
yellow, blue and green lights that rotated very fast. She stopped her car,
and the object flew over her car at 20 meters above, and she got a good
look at the UFO. It then accelerated at very high speed, heading for the
Strait of Magellan." The sighting was investigated by Bertran Cardenas
of Agrupacion de Investigaciones Ovniologicas (AION), Chile's foremost
UFO study group.
- On Tuesday, December 9, 1997, another
UFO was observed with binoculars "The UFO had the shape of a ring
of smoke with a ball in the middle. and then changed into a solid metallic
sphere. A video was taken and looks similar to the one filmed in Mexico
during a lunar eclipse.
- Rodrigo Fuenzalida (president of AION)
was being interviewed on Channel 4 with the Chilean Air Force Captain
Cristian Puebla who is an Aeronautics Engineer, Professor at the Air Force
Politechnical School and Coordinator of Space Projects. When the Captain
was asked about the UFO's registered over Chilean soil, he said the following
"Yes, these UFO's have appeared all over our country and by the way
they behave and maneuver I can only say that they are extraterrestrial
in origin. It is impossible that these UFO's are man- made". This
was said publicly on Channel 4 TV. Many other sighting have been reported
in the last few weeks with one landing in a military practice field near
Santiago. Thanks to Luis Sanchez (Thanks to Luis Sanchez Perry and UFO
Roundup #49 Joe Trainor Editor .
- On November 15, 1997, at about 4 p.m.,
two teenaged boys spotted a UFO over their hometown of Siracusa, a port
city in Sicily on the Golfo di Augusta, 224 kilometers (140 miles) southeast
of Palermo. Grabbing a 35mm camera, the boys shot several photos "of
an object of discoidal form" as it "moved about in an erratic
manner through the skies above Siracusa." The UFO also "periodically
halted in mid-air" from time to time. They described the object as
having the shiny reflective surface "of the glass of a window."
(See the Italian newspaper Giornale di Sicilia for November 30, 1997. Grazie
a Edoardo Russo e Antonio Rapulla per questo rapporto.) Thanks to UFO
Roundup, Joe Trainor editor.
- PACIFIC OCEAN
- Alfred J. Quiroz reports that while he
was Quartermaster of the Watch enroute from Midway Island to Guam in January
21, 1966, he saw five lights in a "V" formation heading west.
The objects were at a very high altitude and similar to the Echo satellite
of that period. After chewing out the lookouts for not reporting the UFO's
I logged in the sighting in the ship's log. The weather was clear and visibility
was 20 miles. The entire bridge observed the formation. We had no radar
contact. We assumed they were a flight of B-52's enroute to Guam. We contacted
Guam and several other bases that all denied having aircraft in our area.
As we observed the UFOs with 7 X 50 binoculars, the object executed a 90
degree turn, accelerated and sped off at an extremely high speed and disappeared
heading south. The disappearance was like a very fast fade out. The Officer
of the Deck lowered his binoculars and quietly exclaimed, "Gentlemen
I believe you call those ! UFOs." I logged in the sighting and the
maneuver. The ship's log mysteriously disappeared a few months later.
- There was another incident that occurred
while on daylight patrol in the Tonkin Gulf in March. The lookouts reported
a shiny object floating just below the surface ahead of the ship. The object
was a silver ball about 3-4 feet in diameter and it appeared to be heavy.
The Captain ordered the ship to stop and all equipment was turned off.
Officers hurriedly searched through manuals on Warsaw Pact mines and nothing
was found that matched what we were looking at 200 yards away. The Captain
called in a helicopter from the carrier we were operating with. It hovered
over the object and lowered a sonar boom. The pilot was on the loudspeaker
of the bridge so we were hearing his description of the object. Silver,
metallic sphere, no seams, marking or rivets, just an independent ball
floating just below the surface. At this point the pilot decided to have
his door gunner open fire on the object. I was trying to film all of this
with my 8mm movie camera. The distance was too much for my camera. The
pilot reported that the bullets were bouncing off. The pilot suddenly excited
yells "Whoa, that damn thing just took off!" Somebody yank that
thing down," the pilot exclaimed. Our captain immediately ordered
everything turned back on and General Quarters was sounded and we proceeded
to our ASW (Antisubmarine warfare) stations. We searched for 72 hours and
found nothing. I am curious if anyone else or ship reported an incident
like this one. Phone # 520-327-327, Tucson, AZ 85713. Thanks to ISUR and
- BOGOTA (Reuters) - A meteorite may have
triggered a fire that killed four small children in central Colombia.
Bogota's El Espectador newspaper quoted witnesses, including the children's
father and local firefighters, as saying "fireballs" had been
spotted raining down from the sky in the impoverished area of Huila province
where the children died in the house fire on Sunday evening. The children,
all under six, were alone in their ramshackle house when the fire broke
out. A hole, measuring about 10 inches in diameter, was discovered in the
zinc roof of the house, along with traces of a sulfur-like substance that
was being studied in a local laboratory. The hole in the roof had been
punched from the outside, Rojas said, adding that everything seemed to
indicate the children were the unwitting victims of a meteorite.
- Niels Bohr Institute in Denmark , announced
a big meteor impact has probably occurred in Southern Greenland at 61 25N,
44 26W on Tuesday, December 9th, 5:00 AM. The position is on the ice cap
approximately 50 kilometers NE of Narsarsuaq Airport. Based on fairly accurate
direction findings and the fact, that Danish and Norwegian trawlers were
situated on both sides of Southern Greenland it can be determined, that
the meteorite fell on land. Greenland saw the huge light in the early hours
of Tuesday morning last week. Observations of the satellite light track
from Nuuk indicates that the meteorite passed a bit south of Nuuk in a
southeasterly direction towards the mentioned impact site in Southern Greenland.
- The flashes observed in conjunction with
the meteorite were so bright as to turn night into daylight at a distance
of 100 kilometers and can be compared to the light of a nuclear explosion
in the atmosphere. However, we stress that there is no reason to believe
other than natural causes. During the day, the position will be over flown
by an ice reconnaissance plane, from the Ice Central in Narsarsuaq on its
planned flight from Kap Farvel to Nuuk. The event can in size probably
be compared to the Kap York meteorite, that in prehistoric time fell in
Melville Bay, Sassivik south of Thule. Findings from the meteorite consist
of a number of iron meteorites totaling 50 tons.
- UNITED KINGDOM
- Victor Kean has compiled the data on
the increasing high rate of Flying Triangles (FT) sightings over Southeastern
England. During July of 1997, there were 63 observed FT visits to the Nuclear
Power Station at Sizewell, Suffolk. Up from 61 sightings in May and 62
in June. The Bradwell, Essex Nuclear Power Station received 39 observed
visits in July also up from the 35 visits in May and 26 in June. The Dungeness,(Lydd),
Kent Nuclear Power Station (NPS)had 27 observed visits in July. This is
a slight downturn from 31 in June and 28 in May. There were no sightings
during July of the Grey FT with Amber or Orange lights.
- On July 3rd the Flying Triangle was seen
over the Bradwell NPS at 2340 hours and over both the Sizewell NPS and
the Dungeness NPS at 2345 hours some 94 miles apart suggesting that two
Flying Triangles were in 'operation' during that Working Period. The last
sighting of this was at 0155 hours at Sizewell. This was a remarkably short
Working Period of only 2 hours 15 minutes compared with the 'normal' 4
to 5 hours. Thanks to Victor Kean and the FT Group.
- The Pathfinder Robot uncovered evidence
that Mars was once warm, moist and more like Earth than its forbidding
surface might now suggest. The Martian plain was sculpted by liquid water
in the past that proves that the planet was once much warmer. John T.
Scholfield of the Jet Populsion Laboratory stated in an AP interview that
"There's nothing we found that would preclude life on early Mars."
Some rocks on Mars bore evidence that they were formed on a lake shore
or even under water.
- Reuters reports that a mishap that forced
the Mars Global Surveyor to make emergency flight changes has led to a
surprising wealth of data on the planet, including pictures of a dust storm
the size of the southern Atlantic. "This will affect all the incoming
data for the next two years," Arden Albee, chief scientist on the
project. "It gives us some very significant science that we couldn't
have gotten in the normal design. We come very close to the surface of
Mars, much closer than we would have." Global Surveyor arrived to
orbit Mars in September, almost unnoticed amid the fanfare surrounding
the Mars Pathfinder mission and hobbled by an equipment mishap. The problem
arose shortly after launch in November 1996, when one of the two arms holding
Surveyor's solar panels did not deploy properly. The problem forced Surveyor,
which is carrying an array of sensors and cameras to map and analyze Earth's
closest neighbor, to alter its orbit not to put too much pressure on the
arm. The flight change means the spacecraft must now fly backward and will
not reach its final intended position until March 1999, one year behind
schedule. Nevertheless, scientists said the new elliptical orbit, which
brings Surveyor to within 75 miles of the surface instead of the planned
250 miles, was giving its cameras an eyeful. "We have canyons which
are hardly named which are steeper and deeper than the Grand Canyon."
Albee, of the California Institute of Technology, said. "We'd never
have been gutsy enough to design the mission this way." The main
focus of scientific interest now is a huge dust storm that Surveyor has
tracked from its beginnings two weeks ago as a small disturbance toward
Mars' south pole. "It is currently about the size of the southern
Atlantic. We don't know if it will grow into a global dust storm,"
Albee said. Mike Malin, responsible for the cameras on Surveyor, said it
did not appear the storm would spread over the rest of the planet and that
was good, because there were plenty of other things to look at. Among
them were layers of rock that could suggest evidence of deposition by water
at some point in the planet's past and small depressions that Malin said
might be the empty beds of Martian ponds. "This would be the first
evidence that seems plausible of standing bodies of water on Mars,"
Malin said. Editors Note: Evidence is continuing to mount that intelligent
life once existed on Mars and a startling announcement by NASA is likely.
- Bob Beckwith, a MUFON scientist and engineer
sent me a letter stating in part: Magnetic levitation was first demonstrated
at Nottingham University by Dr. Peter Main on April 13, 1997. Main's experiment
was verified at the National High Magnetic Laboratory at Florida State
University on December 1, 1997. These landmark experiments far overshadow
the first experiments demonstrating the splitting of the atom...On December
7, 1997, American Computer Company released information about the "Transfer
Capacitor" obtained in 1947 from Roswell by IBM and AT&T, but
not recognized for 50 years as significant. Roswell as the origin of the
transistor in 1947 is now well documented. Other Roswell material was
distributed to industry in 1960.
- Pressure must be placed on the selected
recipients of 1947 material to release the material for further study by
the free scientific community. The use of nuclear energy will surely then
become obsolete and dangerous as the ultimate in pollution. Our scientific
eyes must be opened to the existence of the EBE's in our midst and the
vast new knowledge that they bring us. Bob Beckwith with Drew Craig have
written an exciting book called, HYPOTHESES, that outlines the future
technology being uncovered through the study of UFOs. Thanks to Bob Beckwith