Authentic Alien Artifact: Why is a Smithsonian-linked Museum Showing "Bits" of UFOs?
Published: 2:56 PM 3/27/2012
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
National Atomic Testing Museum touts an exhibit of 'authentic alien artifacts'
A Smithsonian-associated museum is displaying an item it says is an 'authentic alien artifact' from a 1986 alleged UFO crash in Russia.
The National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas unveiled an exhibit titled Area 51: Myth or Reality, which presents historical records of the U.S. military site that has long been called the most secret place on Earth.
Among the items is a series of small bits of debris from an incident known as the Russian Roswell.
The Smithsonian-associated museum displays historical records of Area 51, the U.S. military site that has long been called the most secret place on Earth.
A clear glass case displays glassy spheres that are debris from a red sphere that streaked over the Russian mining town of bits of metal in vials that streaked over the town of Dalnegorsk and crashed into Mount Izvestkovayaon January 29 1986.
The exhibits description of the debris reads: 'Three Soviet academic centers and 11 research institutes analyzed the objects from this UFO crash. The distance between atoms is different from ordinary iron. Radar cannot be reflected from the material.'
'Elements in the material may disappear and new ones appear after heating. One piece disappeared completely in front of four witnesses. The core of the material is composed of a substance with anti-gravitational properties.'
The debris was given to Las Vegas TV reporter George Knapp, who was the first American to visit the Russian crash site in 1990.
Located 80 miles north of Las Vegas, Area 51 was used by the military to test spy planes like the U2 and A-12 during the 1950s and 60s.
Now the exhibit examines the long-held belief that the military tested captured alien aircraft at the site as well as the remains of extraterrestrials that reportedly crashed outside of Roswell, New Mexico in 1947.
'The CIA declassified most of the records on Area 51 up through the late ’60s and early ’70s,' Allan Palmer, the museum's CEO and executive director, told The Huffington Post.
'Now we know a lot more about it and can present some of the really true stories that happened out there,' he added. 'And we feel a bit of an obligation to tell the larger story about the public’s perception of Area 51, which runs right into aliens, UFOs and extraterrestrial time travel, and those kind of things.'
Conspiracy theorists have claimed for decades that the U.S. military used Area 51 to examine captured UFOs and extraterrestrials.
The exhibit also examines artifacts from an incident commonly referred to as the Russian Roswell
'There had been bits and pieces in aviation publications about the possibility of something really weird flying around there, but nobody had done any serious reporting about it,' journalist George Knapp of KLAS-TV, who in 1989 broke the story about alleged alien sightings at Area 51, told The Huffington Post.
The Las Vegas exhibit also examines artifacts from an incident commonly referred to as the Russian Roswell.
In 1986 a strange-looking sphere crashed into Mount Izvestkovaya in Dalnegorsk, Russia.
Several Russian scientists sampled debris from the crash site in the days following the incident.
Knapp, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, was the first American to travel to the Russian crash site, where he was given several samples of debris.
That debris is now part of the museum exhibit.
'We’ve often heard the argument from the naysayers that there’s nothing to study, no evidence,' said Knapp.
'This famous case happened in Russia where scientists went to the scene of a very dramatic incident and collected samples, and they gave me some of them!' he added.
What Was That Light in the Sky over the Front Range?
Published: 7:56 AM 3/31/2012
HIGHLANDS RANCH - Suha and Mike Owens took video Wednesday night from their home in Highlands Ranch. It shows a light in the sky that appears to change colors, and it moves left and right, up and down.
"Is it somebody's toy or is it a UFO?" Suha Owens says in the video.
9NEWS received several calls and emails Wednesday around 8:45 p.m. from viewers, all reporting a bright light in the western sky.
9NEWS spoke with Chris Peterson, a researcher at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and Cloudbait Observatory, about the light.
Peterson looked at Owens' video. He says what they captured was most likely a reflective balloon blowing around or possibly a helicopter or some other aircraft.
Peterson says what the Owens saw was not the same as other reports he received. From several cameras, he captured a meteor passing over the Grand Junction-Delta area around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday.
The meteor came relatively close to Earth, about 30 miles above the ground. Peterson says it only lit up the sky for a few seconds, unlike the Owens' video, and the meteor was likely the size of a golf ball.
From the Front Range looking west, it looked large, but the view from the Western Slope, he says, was even better.
"I do have witness reports from people out there, and they saw something much more impressive than what the Front Range people saw," Peterson said. "They saw it light up the whole sky with multiple colors and glaringly bright; a really spectacular event because it was right over their heads."
Peterson says that in a single night, 10 to 15 meteors fall over Colorado.
I was on the phone and walked outside when I noticed a blue ring of light in the clouds. On further inspection, it was clear that the ring had equally spaced balls of blue light.
After getting a few photos and for a minute or so the objects and the ring increased luminosity substantially.
That did not last very long and after 20 minutes total, it had faded away and I went back inside. About 10 minutes later, my father told me that it was back.
I went outside and observed the same ring like formation and more glowing spots in the clouds much higher than the initial ring.
Within a minute or so another ring much higher above it had formed. This ring appeared to be made up of 6 separate balls of light which seemed to be moving slowly and steadily in altitude and direction formed a semi-circle.
Then 3 lights moved more east and the other 3 went west creating a gap and their positions appeared in tandem forming a ( ) pattern.
All this time the original ring had reappeared and over the next few hours would dim out then randomly gain illuminosity.
Sometimes there would be no change and appear to "hover" for up to 20 minutes before dimming or changing into unidentifiable formations.
During form changes the light was too dim to effectively be caught on my camera. I walked a few blocks to get a better view, and after a couple hours the objects seemed to form a pattern resembling a parachute with beams that went below my sight due to tree cover.
All colors were either blue or blue with a hint of white. The beams of light appeared to be gathered at a central ground point. This lasted about 10 minutes.
The objects did not seem to me to be farther away but were dim during this time. My first reaction was "did I just get duped by an elaborate light setup?"
I found this unlikely as this was the only period during which any illumination went towards the ground. There was a mild cloud cover.
A short, light rain began after witnessing the initial "ring" and stopped before the event ended. The lights appeared to move much higher in elevation and some would move farther outward from view.
There was always a noticeable central ring of at least 6-12 clearly separate orbs. Very shortly before the parachute formation with "beams," I watched a lower flying dual jet aircraft heading straight towards the objects parallel to me but the same trajectory.
The aircraft got close enough for me to think "this is about to be interesting," when it made an immediate 180 for several seconds, made a right turn flying for a minute or so, then another right turn.
This aircraft clearly gave a wide berth to the objects. Sometime between 3:30 - 3:39 the "ring" formation faded away completely.
Prior to this even when no orbs were visible and the ring had significantly faded out, the area of the clouds where it had been stayed obviously illuminated to some degree.
The maximum time between the "fading" before a "fade in" was no longer than 15 minutes. My camera was insufficient to reliably capture anything other than when it formed in a ring as any other activities reduced their illumination below the capability of my camera.
There are a couple pictures that were able to capture the beginning of formation changing, albeit they are not that great.
My wife, daughter and I were traveling east-bound on interstate 40 at approximately 2:30 PM Wednesday, March 20, 2012 about 10 miles west of Ludlow.
I was driving and noticed off to the right (south of interstate), a cloud that was rapidly expanding and blowing off giant trails of hot burning debris all over the desert.
The cloud seemed to be about 500-1000 feet above the desert floor, stationary and literally exploding in mid-air.
The cloud did not have a tragectory of any sort that we could tell, nor were there any vehicles, military apparatus, fire, or other human activity to explain the event.
My Wife filmed the event as we traveled past and we have incredible footage. Pictures were also taken as we drove by. The only discernable object around the area was a bright, white orb about the size of a large beach ball.
It was intermittently in and out of the area surrounding the exploding white cloud. After viewing the footage, we did find that an orb was captured in one of the several videos we took.
As we continued east we took more pictures, and notes as to mile markers on the freeway and to get some scale of the event we just witnessed.
The cloud continued to expand to over a mile-wide over the mountains as we drove away. We cannot make out what was behind, or rather inside the cloud at all. It was as if something massive was exploding in another dimension, and spilling into ours.
On the 20th January 1988, whilst driving on the Eyre Highway, Nullarbor, Australia, Faye Knowles, her 3 sons, and the family dog, were traveling towards South Australia to visit some relatives.
As they were driving along, they suddenly saw a strange light ahead of them. It was pale yellow and seemed to be zigzagging around. The object then shot straight towards the Knowles family and hovered right in front of the car.
They described the object as looking like an egg in an egg cup.
After swerving and zigzagging themselves to try and get clear of the object, they suddenly realized that the object was now hovering directly above their car.
The Knowles family could hear a high-pitched humming sound as the car was being tossed from side to side by apparently very strong winds.
During this time they also noticed a terrible smell of electrical burning, and the car was filling up with a strange grey mist.
All of a sudden they realized that the car was no longer touching the surface of the road. It seemed to be hovering a few meters up.
After a short while the car crashed back down to earth and crashed off the edge of the highway. Inside the car there was a fine sprinkling of powder, and the strange electrical burning smell.
They reported the incident to both police and UFO investigators, who took samples of the grey powder. The powder contained chemicals very similar to those that NASA uses to coat the surface of the space shuttle.
One theory put forward was that they had been engulfed in a fierce and very unusual form of electrically charged tornado.