- MUFON State Section Director Bruce Tilden
and Assistant State Director, Mark Cashman report a hovering UFO was observed
around 9:00 PM on April 18 or 19, 1998. The witness was driving to Middletown
when he drove slowly past the Mount Higby Reservoir and saw the UFO from
three observation points. (Latitude 41.538515N Longitude -72.722789W.)
He also provided a sketch of the object. The investigators will be revisiting
the witness and the site for site photographs and a reenactment. Based
on the initial information, my calculations indicate that the object was
at an approximate altitude of about 50 feet above the reservoir, at an
approximate distance of 500 feet. The UFO was a 100 feet across. The
object was hovering over the water near some pine trees and its reflection
was observed in the water. There were three lights in a triangle formation,
which were very bright point sources that do not seem to have cast light
on the nearby trees. The lights were slightly bluish white, closer to
fluorescent light than halogen. No scintillation was observed, but some
halation may have been present due to the brightness. The object was twisted
such that the closest point was skewed slightly to the west. The witness
did not see the object in front of any background objects at any position.
Therefore it remains possible that these were three lights in formation
rather than an object. No thickness was discerned. The witness did observe
the lights through trees from the third reference point, which is about
30 feet higher than the other two locations. The triangulation indicates
that the object or formation was close to or over the west shore of the
reservoir. The observation between locations one and two may have been
about a half minute. No engine interference was noted. The object turned
out its lights or was obscured shortly after the witness passed the third
observation point. The witness constructed a model of the object by tearing
paper into a triangle and demonstrating the orientation of the object with
the model. He seems to be stable, courteous, intelligent, and cooperative.
His mother indicates that the witness was shaking and would not immediately
enter the house after his sighting. The investigation is continuing. Thanks
to Mark Cashman, creator of The Temporal Doorway at http://www.geocities.com/~mcashman
- A 21 year old male witness living in
Comer and physics major at the University of Georgia, senior year reports
a UFO sighting. The witness was interviewed two days after his April 25,
1998, sighting. He stated, he was at home on 25 April when his 15 year
old brother came inside about 11:50 PM and stated there was an unusual
light hovering on the distant horizon. The witness being an amateur astronomer
in conjunction with his physics major then checked sky charts for bright
celestial objects and found none. He continued outside with some 7X35 binoculars
and located a fuzzy dull red line object in the southern horizon. It was
brighter or more focused in the middle, and fuzzy toward the edges. It
was horizontal, and about as long as an aspirin is wide when held at arm's
length. He watched it for ten minutes. The UFO suddenly moved about 45
degrees to the SE at an incredible speed, then hovered there for about
a minute. The UFO quickly returned its initial southern position. He
was unable to identify the object and returned inside, leaving his brother
to continue the observation. The total sighting was for 30 minutes. Follow-up
investigation into this matter continues. Thanks to ISUR Board member
- Information was received on 29 April
regarding a gigantic UFO that slowly overflew Marietta Georgia in 1959,
ten years before MUFON's existence. This event was observed by hundreds
of citizens and reported to the air traffic controller at the adjacent
Dobbins AFB and to the local newspapers. The reporting witness is a retired
long distance telephone operator and life long Marietta area resident.
She stated that she was driving south on Fairground Street near downtown
at about 10:30 PM. As she approached Lawrence Street she indicated that
it could not have been more than 300 to 400 feet in altitude and was almost
right over them and slightly to the front. She indicated that she and
her aunt looked right up at its bottom side as it passed. She described
it as being about the size of a football field, egg shaped, no protuberances
on its surface, and glowing a silver color about the same intensity and
shade as the full moon. The witness was raised a mile from Dobbins Air
Force Base and the Lockheed Georgia Company and this was nothing like she
had ever observed. The object passed directly overhead. She phoned the
Dobbins tower about 30 minutes later and was told that their phones were
"burning up" with citizens' reports of the craft. One of the
newspapers ran headlines about the UFO the next day. Thanks to Chief Sheets,
GA State MUFON Director.
- After eight weeks of blissful relief,
the livestock surgeons appear to have returned to the San Luis Valley,
located in south central Colorado. Junne and Virgil Walkley were returning
home when they happened upon a "mutilated cow" that appeared
to be dropped on a fence line twelve miles east of Alamosa, CO. The animal
had apparently been dead for three or four days. It was lying on its back
directly on an old fence line that extended north-to-south, on the western
edge of the San Luis Valley Ranch Estates. The Walkley's are subscribers
to the Mysterious Valley Report, and avid skywatchers. The mandible flesh
and hide had been removed cleanly from around the lower teeth, up and around
the jaw, and back under the lower jaw around to the lower teeth. The rear
end and lower internal organs had been reamed by coyotes and scavenging
birds. At this time, the owner of the animal has not been established
and no report has been made to authorities. A thorough investigation of
the crime-scene was unable to locate any further clues as to the identity
of the perpetrators. This makes seven cases in a perfect crescent-line
along the Alamosa River. Thanks to Christopher O'Brien, CAUS/Skywatch,
- NEW MEXICO
- ISUR Sighting: Matt G. Radley reports
he saw a UFO between 8:30 PM and 11:00 PM on April 27, 1998. He first
noticed a light west of Portales that did not move for a long time. It
had white, red, and blue colors that caused him to notice its presence.
It didn't move and then it suddenly disappeared. It then appeared northwest
of the original location. A second light appeared at the original spot.
He tried to get a movie camera picture but could not. The UFO appeared
spherical in shape and stayed in one place, but appeared to move in circles.
Six persons in my family saw the UFO. The witnesses gave their phone
number: 505-356-2894 and address at 2140 Pojoaque Court Portales, NM 88130.
Portales- email@example.com Thanks to John Thompson and ISUR.
- On May 2, 1998, at 5:40 PM a silver gray
disc was observed hovering 100 meters overhead a family. It was near dusk
on Saturday, when a family visiting the remote Tarra-Bluga National Park
in Victoria sighted and heard a silver gray disc. The UFO hovered 100
meters overhead for about four minutes before taking off. The UFO had
a large dome on top and three oval-shaped bulbuls or ball like protrusions
underneath. The craft was about the size of 3 or 4 cars. The object emitted
a low frequency buzz or hum that could only be heard while directly underneath.
The investigation continues. Thanks to Ross Dowe Australian UFO Hotline
- On October 11, 1997, several million
Australians observed extremely bright fluorescent lime green illumination
across the skies. These illuminations have been observed in other parts
of the world such as Mexico and the United States. Ross Dowe National
UFO Hotline in Melbourne received well over 1000 telephone calls from Australian
residents of the eastern states of New South Wales and Queensland. The
sun was setting in the sky at 18:12 to 18:14 hours when the lime green
illumination crossed from SW to NE in 8 to 10 seconds. The light was said
to be an "enormous light" like a semitrailer in the skies, and
it flew with a very long illuminated green tail. As this light descended
it got much larger. As the illumination dipped down some 25 degrees below
it's initial high altitude it appeared to break into two main lights.
Some observers saw nine lights in a trail. The initial single light exploded
into a huge fireworks display as it approached ground level with literally
thousands of lights exploding out in all directions before cascading downwards
in an umbrella shape. Some exploded pieces reportedly spiraled downwards
leaving dark brown smoke trails.
- A crop-duster pilot operating near Warwick
in southern Queensland spent 10 valuable last light minutes searching for
glowing objects on the ground -- after seeing many GLOWING PLASMA balls
fly past his wing and over a nearby hill and apparently rain down to ground
level around him. He could find no evidence that anything had hit the
ground and/or survived the fall, but the explosion was apparently near
Warwick. The "objects" flight and its low altitude explosion
left a huge sound trail that reverberated around in the clouds and sky
for some five minutes as an intense shuddering noise. Cracks and booms
with rolling thunder were heard from as far south as Sydney. Editor's Note:
It appears these large plasma displays are becoming more common in our
skies. A scientist who has contacted me, believes these displays may be
the result of electrical plasma forming around chemical particles or pollution
in the highest reaches of our atmosphere. During my numerous flights across
the oceans, I noted the tremendous energy surrounding Aurora Borealis in
the upper atmosphere. It is possible our immense electrical output and
our polluted skies are causing this energy to form around these particles.
Another possibility is that high performance craft entering our atmosphere
is causing these plasmas to form.
- SRI LANKA
- May 3rd, Sunday Times article by Chris
Kamalendran reports: "Bandarawela, Diyatalawa and surrounding areas
are all agog and sky-gazing, partly in fear and partly in fascination,
after several people reported seeing a glittering unidentified flying object
(UFO) coming in, landing and going off during the past few days. According
to the principal of Adikaram Primary School in Bandarawela, several school
boys and teachers had told him they had seen the UFO. Grade Five student
Harsha Ellawellagedera said he had seen the object around 6:30 a.m., on
Thursday while several others reported they had seen it at different times.
If school boys might be prone to some imagination, then the District Medical
Officer of Diyatalawa, Kamani Pushpakumara, would contradict the skeptics.
She said she had seen a UFO flying over her garden a few days ago. Frightened
by it, she ran into the house and told her husband to close the door.
A driver in the area is also reported he had seen a UFO. Investigations
are continuing with space science students likely to join hundreds of
long-weekend holiday makers in the resort towns to discover more about
the extraordinary scenes in the sky. Thanks to Asoka Liyanage at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and Suntimes http://www.lacnet.org/suntimes/980503/frontm.html#LABEL1.
- FIRST DESCRIPTION OF UFO IS
USUALLY THE BEST
- When investigating a UFO report, I suggest
that you tape or carefully write down the description provided by the witness.
The witnesses first description of the event is likely to be the best because
everything else repeated will, by human fallibility, tend to be corrupted.
Each telling tends to bring in minute exaggerations that geometrically
enlarge with each repeat. Very similar to the children's game of "telephone"
or software that loses minute fragments of files each time it is stored
and transferred. The first over-all description of an object will be based
upon their life experience, educational attainments and personal experience
of the witness in relating the familiar with what they actually saw or
experienced. When the story is repeated the witness will tend to make
changes. This is normally not an attempt to lie. They are essentially
changing their internal view to understand something that is beyond their
comprehension. With the opportunity to analyze and refocus they may turn
a light into a craft, in order to make it easier for them to discuss.
They are attempting to over come their fear or confusion about an uncomfortable
experience. So they make the description into something they can manage
and control. It is self preservation or positioning. They may try to
read the reactions of the investigator to obtain tips on what is expected.
Therefore, it is best to be very noncommittal. The investigator can transfer
his belief systems to the witness. This is commonly called transference
and is a common psychological propensity of all human beings. The researcher
if on the scene, will unconsciously begin to add or remove from the actuality
of the event and witness statement by their own belief systems, etc. This
is usually done unconsciously, but has immediate consequence. Later, when
many days, weeks, months or years pass and researchers review or analyze
the aspects of the case, the tendency to argue semantics of facts rather
than the scenario itself becomes a lesson in futility. To avoid this the
experienced and knowledgeable researcher will maintain that the first description,
relating of events, etc., are the "closest" truth. Children
are often good witnesses if you do not lead them with your own belief system.
When you begin to question and dig deeper for more complex facts, the
child will subtly begin to tell the you what you want to hear. Consequently,
the most knowledgeable investigator will take the first description as
the true fact in total and analyze based upon that description of the object
or event. When a witness is giving his story, just listen until they've
finished. Then you are probably closest to the real truth. Thanks to
La Fem Nikita.