UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 578, Issue date, 09-09-13
Strange Crosses in the Skies Have Been Reported all Over the World
Published: 8:00 AM 9/6/2013
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Lawrence, Georgia - 09-01-13
At first, I only saw 1 and what caught my eyes was the color and shape. It was in a shape of a cross and thicker in the middle and bright orange in color and moving very slowly without any sounds.
As I got closer to my house, I cleared some of the trees and noticed that it had come to a complete stop. I didn’t see any blinking lights.
As I got in front of my house, I had a clear sight and noticed a 2nd object exactly the same. The first object had come to a complete stop and the 2nd identical looking object approached very slowly.
I ran into the house to get my cell phone to get a picture and ran to the backyard that gave a complete unobstructed view of where both objects were.
That was less than 20 seconds and they were no longer there. I ran to the front of the house and did not see or hear anything.
North Manchester, England - 12-22-09
The majority of sightings that are reported to the group typically describe spherical, disc-shaped or triangular objects.
However, sometimes objects of a more unusual shape are also reported. This report covers one such sighting by a highly credible witness – a 49 year old retire police constable named Ian Sawyer. Ian lives in Blackley, North Manchester, and used to be part of the South Yorkshire police force.
Several days before Christmas 2009, he had a very unusual sighting which prompted him to get in touch with BUFOG.
It was 8.38 pm on the evening of 22nd December 2009, and a very clear, still and cold night. There was very little cloud cover and the stars and moon were fully visible.
It had been snowing earlier in the day; there was about 3 inches of snow covering the ground. Ian was sitting in his lounge at the computer and having an internet chat with a friend on Yahoo Messenger.
The lounge window runs directly behind his computer. The view from the window overlooks the old Booth Hall Children’s Hospital site on Charlestown Road.
Suddenly an orange glowing light caught his eye, and he glanced out of the window to see where it was coming from. He immediately caught sight of a very strange, large glowing object in the night sky.
The object was the shape of a widened crucifix lying sideways, and was glowing a fiery orange color. At first Ian assumed it was an airplane on fire, but then realized it couldn’t be due to its shape and size.
It had very defined straight edges and appeared as a single solid object. Ian estimates it was 3 or 4 times the size of a jumbo jet.
He believed it was situated over a wooded area in the local vicinity, and at least a couple of thousand feet high. The object was moving extremely fast, hundreds of miles an hour, faster than a military jet would fly at. It was on a level flight path heading to the North in the direction of Middleton.
When Ian first sighted the object it was about a 3rd of the way across the view from his lounge window. Due to the speed of the object it was only a couple of seconds before he had completely lost sight of it off to the left of the window.
He immediately thought about grabbing his camera, but then remembered that the batteries were flat. Because the object was moving so fast, it is unlikely he would have had time to photograph it anyway.
He moved to the right to get a different view through the window, but the object had completely vanished from sight.
NOTE: NUFORC currently has 237 reports of cross-shaped UFO on file. One of the more interesting cases on record was the Devon Flying Cross.
When I started to look over the reports, I was amazed at the number of the cross-shaped UFOs that have been reported. Most of the UFOs were white or orange in color... some would morph in another shape (mostly a cigar or cylinder).
There have been a very high number of orange and orange-red orbs recently seen worldwide.
source & references:
graphic - www.ufocasebook.com
Are UFOs Real?
Published: 2:11 PM 9/4/2013
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If a UFO cannot be explained would you suspend disbelief?
by ocjim, (statist)
Could you even imagine an airship originating from another world – autonomous, or maybe flown or guided by an alien creature?
Even our Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly called drones, you probably haven’t seen, unless you live in Pakistan, Somalia, or Yemen -- not a welcome sight, I’m sure.
Even if seen, our – and by "our" I mean Earthling — drones are a little different in that their technology doesn’t set them apart from the known.
But if we’ve seen an otherworldly craft, it sets us on a path of disbelief immediately. Why? Because the phenomena of its appearance and its performance put it in a separate realm.
All our experiences point to noisy craft in our skies, mostly with jet engines and some with propellers. An unidentified flying object (UFO) is unidentifiable because it is noiseless. It hovers, drifts, zips, zigzags, radically turns, or disappears in a flash of speed or stealth – a scenario not in our conventional realm of experience.
Popular media sources tend to discourage giving credence to such sightings. Government obfuscates. Neighbors poke fun. Family gets embarrassed. Consequently, we go along!
Social circumstances debunk the unconventional. You are ostracized. Your children are mocked and bullied. Let’s face it. We are social creatures who depend on others for our livelihood and our needs. We don’t tend to defy convention. We might speak maverick but we are herds.
For example, after 9/11 most of us suspended independent thought and followed our fellow citizens, our media, and our country to fight an unjustified war.
Let’s face it. If you quietly concede that tens of thousands of sane people, including astronauts, pilots, police, and presidents, have actually seen UFOs – let’s just limit it to alien craft and not ET — exercise your logic a little more. Unless you believe there are hidden alien bases on Earth or somewhere out in space in our own solar system, ask yourself where they (by "they" I mean craft, occupied or not) came from and how they got here.
Now would you not concede – since we’ve gotten this far – that such visitors would have to travel many light years (one light year is six trillion miles), the trip taking years at light-speed. Our science and scientists say that we can’t travel beyond the speed of light.
If we believe this, then this rule applies to others with much further advanced science and technology. Therefore a round trip from, let’s say Gliese 581G, some 20 light years away, would take over 50 years, assuming they could travel around .8 the speed of light.
When such aliens get here, do they hang around Earth and our solar system for a few years before they return to children who now look more like parents after aging 50 years while they age five, for example? If they experience our technology, are they weightless for 40 years, body deteriorated beyond repair?
I would say no to all of these questions. That is the point. Anyone who can travel light years to investigate our civilization will have a technology our science fiction writers can only speculate about, not even totally imagine. For all of us, pertinent questions will arise.
Can they render their crafts massless? Can they break our speed limit of light-speed? Can they create gravity on their space ships? Can they render their spacecrafts invisible — even themselves? Can they contract space (warp space)?
We are slowly emerging out of the cloud of superstition and ignorance that our forbears experienced. We are beginning to understand – perhaps not visualize – that the context of a truly advanced world is beyond our own context.
Our religions create fantasies that fill in the details of a realm our feeble minds cannot imagine in order to explain the unknown.
Rather than embrace and try to understand the unknown, do we scoff at it and scorn those who give it credence.
Is that where we are in our advanced civilization?
source & references:
graphic - www.ufocasebook.com
Bright Object Emits Beams Across Idaho Skies
Published: 5:57 PM 9/6/2013
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Coolin, Idaho - 08-10-13
Shape: Sphere - Duration: 2 minutes
Round bright object in night sky emitted light beams across the sky three times. The beams lasted for one to two seconds.
On the evening of Saturday, August 10, 2013, my wife and I spotted a round, bright white light object travelling across the sky. The time was approximately 10:00 pm to 10:30 pm.
The object was moving south. We were camping at Lion Head camp ground on the north end of Priest Lake in Coolin, Idaho, when we spotted the object.
At the time, we were gazing into the sky watching shooting stars, meteorites, and other marvels of the sky. When I noticed the bright object, I had my wife look at it because I knew there was something unusual about it. In fact, I said, "There, look! A UFO."
The object was travelling at a higher speed than any plane I've seen before and there were no blinking lights or any other alternative explanation. It was simply an unidentified flying object.
While my wife still doubted what she was looking at, the object shot a beam of light, perhaps a laser, the width of the object, all the way across the sky, miles in length, to a point we could not see due to trees blocking our view.
The beam of light lasted for approximately a second or two. I said, "Whoa! Did you see that?!?" And my wife did! The object shot the beam of light the same direction two more times, but to two different locations across the sky.
We continued to watch the object move across the sky hoping to see more unexplainable displays from the object, but more campers showed up with their car shining its headlights near our direction, which distracted us from watching the object much longer.
That same night, I witnessed various objects moving across the sky that would sometimes disappear while watching. Some may say that I saw satellites.
However, the objects moved way too fast to be satellites. I've seen satellites move across the sky, and these objects appeared to move 10 times as fast.
I've seen UFOs before, but for some reason I feel this sense of apprehension to talk about what I've witnessed. I even felt apprehensive about reporting what my wife and I saw. She doesn't even talk about it.
However, I found this UFO reporting site online and I feel it is alright to share what I witnessed when so many other people have witnessed various unidentified objects as well.
source & references:
graphic - www.ufocasebook.com
Weird UFO Causes Emotional Reaction in New Jersey
Published: 7:57 AM 9/6/2013
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Somerdale, New Jersey - 09-01-13
I couldn't sleep, so I suggested to my boyfriend that we go out and look at the sky. I live in a heavily light-polluted area, so getting a good look at the stars is a rare occurrence.
With few clouds and the moon out of view, for once, there were a fair amount of visible stars. We grabbed a blanket, set it up on my front lawn, and fixed our eyes on a stationary star above us in attempt to see some shooting stars.
After about 20 minutes of laying and staring we both witnessed an extremely bright, circular object appear right before our eyes.
It looked kind of like a star, in that it was white-blue in color and the same spherical shape; however, it seemed much closer and was brighter than anything I have ever witnessed in the night sky.
I immediately felt emotional, sitting up and beginning to cry for unknown reasons. It only lasted for a second or two before fading out and disappearing completely, without moving from its original location.
After seeing this, we were both confused and shocked. We began to rule out what it couldn't be, and were left with no explanation as to what it was.
After a few minutes (5-10) of frenzied ideas, while still staring at the sky, the light returned -- this time slightly above our heads and behind us, but bright enough so as soon as it appeared we were both fixated on it.
It behaved exactly as it did the first time, eliciting the same emotional reaction, and faded out just as quickly. I have been interested in the possibilities that the night sky holds for some time, and have spent plenty of time staring up -- in my area and other more secluded regions where the stars are plentiful and easily seen, but I have never seen anything like this before.
This was brighter any star, plane, or satellite I have ever seen and too perfectly circular to be just an iridium flare.
This case is under investigation by Ken Pfeifer of MUFON New Jersey
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Thanks to Ken Pfeifer
graphic - www.ufocasebook.com
Archived Case of the Week
British Charter Jet Encounters 'Battleship Size' UFO - Pilot, Crew In Shock
A British charter jet has had a close encounter with a UFO said to be "the size of a battleship."
The shocked pilot and crew of a Debonair BAe146 plane reported being buzzed by "a long cylindrical object" as they flew over the North Sea.
Three other pilots have also independently logged seeing the bright object 58 miles off the coast of Denmark.
Last night the Civil Aviation Authority confirmed a comprehensive report of the pilot's sighting had been received.
The report says the captain and crew first became aware of the object after the underside of the plane was immersed in "an incandescent light."
A CAA spokeswoman said: "The captain reported seeing an unnatural bright light below his aircraft while flying at 28,000 ft. The area below him was illuminated for about 10 seconds by incandescent light and it was certainly not a light from another plane.
"Three other aircraft saw it moving at a high speed or static. However, air traffic control were informed and they confirmed that there were no other planes in the vicinity.
"Then, five minutes later, there was a brief radar return from a spot 75 miles away. We believe there was no danger involved."
The Luton-based 96-seater plane was flying company executives from Linkoping, Sweden, to Humberside airport. A spokesman for Debonair, which runs cut-price flights throughout Europe, said chief executive Franco Mancassola had been informed that a "great red light in the sky" had been spotted near one of the company's planes.
At one stage, the report says, the object came to an abrupt halt before accelerating past the airliner at thousands of miles an hour.
A CAA source says the object was tracked by a military radar station in Yorkshire after it entered UK air space.
A spokesman for the 6,000 member British Pilots Association said: "We get reports of this nature from our members, but they are few and far between.
"In the past 10 years or so I would say there have been around six cases of UFOs being sighted.
"Many pilots are reluctant to make such claims because it tends to lay them open to ridicule. So when they do go as far as making a report we do expect it to be given credence."
A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence insisted there were no military aircraft in the area adding: "We saw nothing." © Express Newspapers Ltd
By Simon Bird
Daily Express (UK)
From Mark Hall
The Mirror - London
From Gerry Lovell
A passenger jet's crew have reported a close encounter with an unidentified flying object.
They said that they noticed an "incandescent" light below their Debonair BAe 146 as it headed over the North Sea from Sweden to Humberside.
Then, they added, a long cylindrical silver-coloured object the size of a battleship flew alongside. The British plane's shocked captain saw what seemed to be rows of square portholes on the UFO before it vanished at "enormous speed."
The crew told the Defence Ministry about their sighting. An RAF radar station tracked the object, which was seen from three other planes.