Powerful Solar Flares And
Increased UFO Sightings
George A. Filer
Director, Mutual UFO Network Eastern
MUFON Skywatch Investigations
Filer's Files #16

On Easter Sunday, April 15, 2001, the sun erupted in one of the most powerful solar flares ever with a X14-class explosion climaxing a two-week wave of the largest X-class flares. The source of the explosion is near sunspot group 9415 on the western limb, so the blast was directed mostly away from Earth which is lucky for us. The sun flare was nearly as powerful as one in 1989 that triggered the collapse of a power grid in Canada -- no such calamities are expected this time. A moderate radiation storm is in progress as a cloud of electrified, magnetic gas moves towards Earth. The activity comes from a huge sunspot over a dozen times larger than the surface area of the Earth. Visit Space Strong solar activity is expected to continue and there is speculation that large UFO motherships may move into the Earth's atmosphere or under the water for protection. Our astronauts were surrounded by water tanks aboard our space station to help protect them from radiation hazards in space.
INCREASED UFO ACTIVITY in Connecticut, Virginia, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, California, Alaska, Portugal and Australia. There are a regular series of sightings of UFOs emerging from bodies of water and splashing down into them. Frequently, lights and other activity are observed and recently reports from the former Soviet Union have been released indicating alien activity under water.
HAMDEN - The witness returned from shopping on March 20, 2001, when her eight-year-old son, who was in the car, pointed up to a large bullet-shaped object at 4:00 P.M. We got out of the car to watch a thick stream of pinkish smoke or (gas) rise vertically on the horizon. A few seconds later we saw a large bullet-shaped flying object. It was very shiny and silver with one circular ring around it's middle. The craft started to rise vertically. We had great difficulty in not paying attention to it. I did not seek the attention of any other people in the lot. It flew to altitude and then flew horizontally to the left of us. There were no flashing lights or sounds to be heard. We then got in the car to follow as best we could in the direction it was headed. We traveled approximately one-tenth of a mile to see only a grayish line of smoke or gas in the sky. Peter Davenport spoke with this witness, and found her story rather interesting. We do not know what she saw, but the case is now in the hands of MUFON/CT. for investigation.
HAMDEN -- Two hours later, at 6:00 P.M., another Hamden woman reported that her son heard a very loud propeller sound over their house. "He ran to the bay window," where, "he said he saw a large missile-shaped object." The object was hovering just above the treeline. He was quite certain that, "the object was oblong, with two lights shining in an alternating fashion, one blue, the other red." "The object was green and black."
HARTFORD - Two days later, on March 22, 2001, at 4:30 A.M., a couple living on a residential street in, the state capital of Connecticut, "were awakened by a light that lit up the entire house. This lasted for a minute, then suddenly they heard a whooshing sound, and it was all over." Thanks to Peter B. Davenport of the National UFO Reporting Center. <A HREF=""NUFORC</A <A HREF=""NUFORC</A <A HREF=""National Reporting Center</A
KANSAS SIGHTING -- MUFON investigator Troy Carm writes, "While doing the play-by-play on air broadcast for the Madison Square Garden Network Tuesday, April 10th, 2001, commentators Al Trautwig and Ken Singleton related an encounter they had last year." While commenting on the planes flying through the sky over Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, Ken Singelton commented to Al Trautwig that those lights looked like the lights they saw last traveling on I-70 to Kansas City after a series in Chicago. Trautwig then commented that those (airplane) lights are nothing like the ones they saw fly overhead. He continued on saying that they had seen plenty of planes and helicopters flying at night, but those lights were nothing like it. Singleton commented that what ever they were they remained unidentified, to which Trautwig responded, as most UFO sightings are! Wanting to have this comment on tape, I recorded the MSG replay from 1 a.m. to 3 a.m., but, as the comment was made during a non-exciting time in the baseball action, it was edited out on the rebroadcast, presumably to make the 3 hour game fit into a 2 hour time slot. Thanks to Carmen McLaren FI MUFON Troy, NY
SPRINGFIELD -- I'm writing to report a sighting of an unusual craft on March 23, 2001. At about 8:40 p.m., I drove to a nearby gas station from my home to get a pack of cigarettes. As I was driving back home I noticed a very large craft of some kind flying relatively low in the sky. It was about the size of an audio tape long-wise, at arm's length. I saw two lights, at first thinking that is was two airplanes flying side by side in unison. Then I realized it was one large object when I saw a small red light beside the far right light. As the object went out of view behind some trees, I followed in my car for about a minute and caught a better look from the rear. It was three lights in a line with the small red light just a bit lower to the right. As I watched the object trying to see if there was any discernible shape to it, I noticed that there was absolutely no noise coming from it. I live in an area between Reagan National and Dulles International Airport and am familiar with the types of planes ad helicopters that fly in this area. For any plane to have been that size in my field of view, it would have been making a recognizable deep rumble sound. This object was higher up in the sky and was bigger that anything I have ever seen fly anywhere. It seemed to glide though the sky heading south when it went out of view. I was surprised that nobody else saw this in my area given its large population. Whatever it was, I think it was intended for people to see it since it was so large and flying so low. Thanks to Peter Davenport Director <A HREF=""NUFORC</A FLORIDA GULF OF MEXICO UFOs
DESTIN -- This happened a while back when I was shark fishing late one night about two miles off the East jetty, when I saw a small greenish-colored light on the horizon. At first I thought it was the running light on another boat, but it was coming close in to the shore at a pretty good rate of speed. When it was about a mile out from me parallel to the shore, it suddenly just stopped and stayed in one spot. After a few minutes, it suddenly shot straight up into the air faster than I have ever seen anything move. It shot up 2000 feet and just stopped again. I went to get my camera out of the cabin but when I came back I did not see it. I looked all around and saw it again on the opposite side of the boat about a mile away. It was hovering at 50 feet or so. There is no way a plane can travel that fast and that far in only 15 seconds. I watched for half an hour as it seemed to play leap frog with me. It would shoot up and over me back and forth from one side to the other. Some times it moved so fast that the light would look like a blur moving across the sky.
I spent a lot of time commercial fishing and some of the things we saw out over the Gulf were downright weird. I asked my father if he knew what they were and all he said was, "I hope that Eglin Air Force Base is testing something." I saw something similar about 100 miles off the coast one January night at 3:00 AM, I was up in the bridge of my dad's boat when I saw the light. I looked at the radar to see if it was a boat on the horizon. There was a small blip on the screen that disappeared from the radar and reappeared behind us. I looked out the cabin door and there was the light behind us that played leap frog for about 30 minutes before it disappeared. Numerous times fishing out there we saw lights in the sky doing strange things. Thanks to WalterClwalter1
CANTON -- The witness was casually observing starlit night sky outside while at work on March 24, 2001. He observed 3 or 4 airplanes in night sky at 8:50 P.M. A regional airport is five minutes from my observation point. I observed two faintly visible, white, dim, non-blinking lights moving to the East northeast at what I thought was an impossible rate of speed for even a military jet. It was a fairly long object with one dim, non-blinking light forward and one dim, non-blinking light at the rear. No wing lights were visible although between front and rear lights a very slight dim, white illumination seemed barely noticeable along the edges of its body. The object was at about 60 degrees from my vantage point and covered about two-thirds of the sky within five seconds or so. Suddenly the object slowed down so very rapidly it barely seemed possible. It seemed to just "coast" slowly for a second and it then just vanished. Although sounds from the nearby airplanes could be heard, when the object I saw darted across the sky, I thought I could hear a faint, steady sound like a hum of some sort, but unlike that of an airplane or jet engine. Thanks to Peter Davenport Director. <A HREF=""NUFORC</A <A HREF=""NUFORC</A
GALESBURG -- Jane S. Derry writes, "I thought I was imagining things until I read last weeks Filer's Files about the house shaking in Taylorville and the man seeing a Flying Triangle over his home on March 22, 2001. This triangular object also had lights on the bottom of it and red lights along the back of it. I was watching TV with my son on March 23rd, and all of a sudden the house sort of shook, ONCE. It was really strange. There was a rather muffled thud, and it was gone. I asked if Matt felt that, and he looked at me oddly, like how could he not! The dogs looked around worriedly, but didn't move. And then there was nothing. I guess I should have gone outside, but they have been here before! I live in Galesburg about 200 WSW of Chicago and 125 miles from Taylorsville. Thanks to Jane S. Derry,
GRANITE BAY -- While driving home on March 24, 2001, we saw a very white bright point of light up in the sky, and realized that it was coming towards us. The object had seven or eight blinking lights on the side. As we got closer at 1:24 A.M., it became apparent that it was either close to the ground or very large. There were seven lights on the front in a chevron formation. An eighth white, blinking light was in the back, located two inches from the front most light in the front. The front lights were various sizes of circles with a red light at the "nose" of the object. The size of the circles were in no apparent order, but were symmetrical in placement, i.e., a medium was across from a medium, and a large light was across from a large light. Once the object moved over the road, it slowed down to a nearly complete stop and shot out what looked like a faint spot light on the shoulder of the road at an angle of about 45 degrees from either the center or one side of the chevron. After the spotlight went out, the craft sped up, crossed the road diagonally, and continued to move away from us. I phoned my friend to tell him to get outside and see if he could get a look. Thirty seconds later I spotted another object shaped like a classic saucer. Sort of cigar, but more saucer-shaped. It was moving over a field in the distance, complete with blinking lights. It stopped and started and followed the first object. My friend thinks it was a helicopter, but I haven't seen helicopters with that many lights. I was very excited yelling into the phone. I couldn't shut up about it, while my friend didn't say much. I kept asking him if he had seen, "That first one," shoot out the spotlight, and he would say, "yea, he thought so." Thanks to <A HREF=""NUFORC </A
SEWARD -- Michael Harman writes that, "If you are interested in seeing Flying Triangles, then Seward, Alaska is the place to be. It is a virtual hotspot for UFO activity. My contact is seeing black triangles flying over his home every night after 2:00 A.M. He views them from his bedroom window using a standard pair of binoculars and can easily see the triangular shape. What are they and where are they coming from? If there is anyone from Skywatch or MUFON in the area who could investigate it would be appreciated. I need more people to observe the ongoing activity. Thanks to Whitley Strieber &
QUEENSLAND -- A woman rancher saw a glowing red UFO land in a paddock close to Beenliegh and Redland Bay Road near Logan, the night of March 28, 2001. According to the Logan, newspaper, "Dogs barked, birds squawked and horses bolted when a mysterious bright object streaked across Logan's night sky, shining red light over a rural property at 11:30 p.m." "Seeing the silent red UFO has frightened and mystified property owner Tashma Hosking Who said she heard it hit the ground minutes later after it disappeared over a hill." "But her search of the area the next day found nothing." Thanks to Diane Harrison of the Australian UFO Research Network.
AMARES -- J. M. Mariojouls writes that RTPi, Portuguese International Television reported on April 10, that the small village of São Vicente do Bico in North Portugal was awaked by a strange phenomenon. On March 18th, at 4:05 AM, witnesses said, "It was like a big earthquake, we jumped through the windows to get out of the house," Another saw the whole phenomenon from outside: "the sky was like daylight, everything was lit like during the day, but it was a strange light, like fluorescent, with a bit blue/purple. It lasted for about three minutes and then it all joined into a small light ball, like the moon. It floated for four seconds and then it disappeared. I don't know how to explain the way it disappears but it was very strange. After the ball disappeared, there was an explosion, and the ground shook very hard." Thanks to JM Mariojouls SI France
Researcher Paul Stonehill writes that there are numerous Soviet accounts of strange objects beneath the surface of the sea. In the summer of 1982, Mark Shteynberg, along with Lt. Colonel Gennady Zverev, were conducting periodic training of the reconnaissance divers ("frogmen") of the Turkestan and Central Asian military regions. The training exercises had been taking place at the Issik Kul Lake, a deep-water lake in the Transiliysk Ala Tau area. Quite unexpectedly the officers were paid a visit by Major-General V. Demyanko, commander of the Military Diver Service of the Engineer Forces of the Ministry of Defense. He arrived to inform the local officers of an extraordinary event the had occurred during exercises in Siberia. Frogmen had encountered mysterious underwater swimmers, very human-like, but huge in size (almost three meters in height)! The swimmers were clad in tight-fitting silvery suits, despite icy-cold water temperatures. At the depth of fifty meters, these "swimmers" were not wearing aqualungs, but sphere-like helmets concealing their heads.
Alarmed by these encounters the local military commander decided to capture one of the creatures. With that purpose in mind, a special group of seven Soviet frogmen chased one of the str ENCOUNTERS: ange swimmers. As the Soviet frogman tried to cover the creature with a net, the entire group was thrown out of the deep waters to the surface by a powerful force. The frogmen were in danger of dying because they needed decompression stops to equalize the pressure in their bodies. All of the members of the ill-fated expedition were stricken by decompression sickness known as the Caisson disease. The only remedial treatment available was to place them in a decompression pressure chamber. Unfortunately, the closest one could handle only two persons. Four frogmen were put in the chamber and three perished, and the rest became invalids.
The Major General rushed to Issik Kul to warn against similar "devil-may-care" actions. Although the Issik Kul Lake is more shallow than the Baikal Lake, both lakes contained similar mysterious creatures. A short time later, the Turkmenistan Military received an order from the Commander-in-Chief of the Land Forces. The order consisted of detailed analysis of the Baikal Lake events. The documents contained bulletins from Engineer Forces listing appearances of underwater creatures in numerous lakes, giant discs and spheres coming in and out of the lakes, and powerful lights emanating from the deep, etc. The documents were highly classified and were used, "to prevent unnecessary encounters." Shteynberg served near the Sarez Lake in the Pamir Mountains. The lake was roughly a kilometer and a half deep. Sophisticated radar "tracking" of US SDI satellites was conducted in this area. The radar repeatedly tracked disc like objects diving and submerging into Sarez Lake, later they surfaced and lifted off.
The Russian Ufology Research Center's files contain similar statements of Naval officers and intelligence operatives. The most interesting information will be published in the new book, co-authored by Paul Stonehill and Philip Mantle.
The secret files of the Soviet Navy contain much valuable information on UFO sightings. Soviet military researchers are quite thorough. Mr. Krapiva, attended lectures by Soviet submariners who reported contact with high speed underwater objects picked up on Soviet sonar. Hdroacoustics technicians were, "hearing" (at great depths) strange "targets". Their submarines were actually being chased by other "submarines." The pursuers changed their speed at will -- speeds that were much faster than any other similar vessel in the world. Lieutenant-Commander Oleg Sokolov informed his students that while he was on duty during his submarine's navigation, he had observed through a periscope the ascent of a strange object through the water and "Take off," during the 1960s.
Professor Korsakov of the Odessa University reported Soviet officers from Sevastopol Naval Base had observed and photographed a UFO ascend from behind a battle cruiser in the Black Sea in the 1950s. In August 1965, a crew of the steamship RADUGA, while navigating in the Red Sea, saw a fiery sphere dash out from under the water. As the sphere emerged from the sea it created a gigantic pillar of water as it ascended upwards. The pillar collapsed some moments later. The sphere was sixty meters in diameter, and hovered 150 meters above the ship illuminating the sea. In December 1977, not far from South Georgia Island the crew of the fishing trawler, VASILY KISELEV, observed a doughnut-shaped object rising out of the sea. Its diameter was between 300 and 500 meters causing the trawler's radar to stop operating. The object hovered over the area for three hours, and then suddenly disappeared.
In June of 1984, seaman Alexander G. Globa, from the Soviet tanker GORI was in the Mediterranean, twenty miles from the Straight of Gibraltar. At 16:00, Globa was on duty. With him was Second-in-Command S. Bolotov. They were standing watch at 1600 hours when both men observed a strange polychromatic object. When the object was astern, it stopped suddenly. S. Bolotov was agog, shaking his binoculars and shouting: "It is a flying saucer, a real saucer, my God, hurry, hurry, look!" Globa looked through his own binoculars and saw, at a distance over the stern, a flattened out looking that looked like an upside-down frying pan). The UFO was gleaming with a grayish metallic shine.
The lower portion of the craft had a precise round shape of about twenty meters. Around the lower portion of it, Globa also observed "waves" of protuberances on the outside plating. The base of the object's body consisted of two semi-discs, the smaller being on top; they slowly revolved in opposing directions. At the circumference of the lower disc Globa saw numerous shining, bright, bead-like lights. The bottom portion of the UFO appeared completely even and smooth, it's color that of a yolk, and in the middle of it Globa discerned a round nucleus-like stain. At the edge of the UFO's bottom, which was easily visible, was something that looked like a pipe. It glowed with an unnaturally bright, rosy color, like a neon lamp. The top of the middle disc was crowned by a triangular-shaped something. It seemed that it moved in the same direction as the lower disc, but at a much slower pace.
Suddenly, the UFO jumped up several times, as if moved by an invisible wave. Many lights illuminated it's bottom portion. The crew of GORI tried to attract the object's attention using a signal projector. By that time, Captain Sokolovky was on the desk with his men. He and his Second-in-Command were watching the object intensely. However, the UFO's attention was distracted by another ship, approaching at the port side. It was an Arab dry cargo ship, on it's way to Greece. The Arabs confirmed that the object hovered over their ship. A minute and a half later the object changed it's flight's trajectory, listed to the right, gained speed and ascended rapidly. The Soviet seamen observed that when it rose through the clouds, appearing and disappearing again, it would occasional shine in the sun's rays. The craft then flared up, like a spark, and was gone instantly. Published in Zagadki Sfinksa magazine (Issue # 3, 1992) Odessa. Thanks to Paul Stonehill.
Science Editor Jim Wilson of Popular Mechanics Magazine has written another great article about UFOs. I feel it is an article you should not miss. The cover page of Popular Mechanics headline reads: WHEN UFOs LAND. It goes on to say on page 64, Startling Physical Evidence They Can't Explain Away. Jim writes, "At long last, scientists have their hands on the proof skeptics say does not exist." In headlines it says, "Most professional scientists never bother to look at the evidence. Dogmatic dismissals are taken at face value." Jim has data on French government landings and samples of the Ubatuba debris. Thanks Jim for a fair article about UFOs . It's very refreshing to see a major magazine handle the UFO situation fairly. This issue is worth buying to show your friends.
David E. Twichell writes, "The ancient astronaut and Biblical UFO hypotheses are not new. However, no one seems to want to take the matter to the next logical step. If Ezekiel's, "wheel within a wheel," and Moses', "pillar of fire and cloud," were forerunners of today's UFOs, then the Star of Bethlehem and the brilliant cloud to which Jesus ascended must be treated in the same vein. When Biblical descriptions of anomalous aerial phenomena are overlaid on that of modern-day UFO reports, the picture seems to meld as one. Once the evidence has been presented, the reader is led to a conclusion that is at best convincing and at least thought provoking. Are you willing to risk having your world view shaken? Read the preface free at:
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Jeff Challender has prepared a new tape of various UFOs that were caught on recent Shuttle video footage. Jeff has over a hour-long tape of UFOs shot in space. Jeff spends hundreds of hours watching the shuttle broadcasts from space and is now an expert on NASA missions and even those onboard the shuttle are unlikely to see what Jeff does. Using Jeff's directions, you will be able to learn the difference between space junk, ice crystals and real UFOs. I feel confident we could go into a court of law and convince any jury that there are UFOs moving at high speed around the Earth. Send $25 to: Jeff Challender 2768 Mendel Way - Sacramento, California 95833-2011
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