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UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 579, Issue date, 09-16-13

Unknown Objects Appear in Photograph of Nebraska Sky
UFO Depiction
Published: 12:11 PM 9/14/2013

Lincoln, Nebraska - 09-10-13

The sky was in constant motion so I was taking pictures of the clouds rolling in. There were spots of showers coming down in the distance and bolts of lightning and then to the East it was clear blue sky.

I was on my patio in my backyard under the patio roof. I took 10 -15 pictures in about 15 - 20 minutes. I was trying to catch a picture of the lightning so I was trying different settings on my camera.

When it started to rain I went in, and did not look at he pictures until the next day.

That was when I noticed the one picture with the spaceship-looking disc in the sky.

Two of them were identical and the third was like it was behind a cloud and was not as distinct and the other two. I thought how did I not see them when I took the picture, yet they are plain as night and day in the picture.

Everyone I have showed the picture to believes the same thing, that they were spaceships from another planet. My theory is they were not visible to the naked eye and for some reason were picked up by the camera lens.

I am going to send you some of the other pictures I took too, so you can see how amazing the sky looked that evening.

Lincoln, Nebraska

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New York: Dog Day UFOs
UFO Depiction
Published: 5:43 AM 9/13/2013

By Cheryl Costa

There’s no denying it, 2013 has been a “hot year” for UFO sightings. Globally, the number of sightings is up 22 percent. Before 2012, worldwide sightings averaged about 4,500 a year.

Last year’s sightings tallied nearly 8,000. At the end of August, planetary sightings have totaled 4,181 this year.

New York is maintaining its average of about 3.5 percent of the world’s UFO sightings. UFO reports for the Empire State in August topped 42, out of 153 this year.

Let’s review some upstate reports for August.

2 Aug.: A Liverpool resident sighted a glowing sphere about 5 degrees above the western horizon, a little after sunset. A family member was called and observed the same object, which did not move across the sky westward like a star.

3 Aug.: About sunset, a man in Voorheesville sighted a bright glowing orange ball coming towards his house. He beckoned to his wife and son to join him outside. The three watched in astonishment as the object flew silently over ahead, moving eastward.

6 Aug.: Late at night, a young man in Utica observed a very bright multicolored object, just above the horizon. He called to two friends to witness this phenomenon. He reports that the object was diving and swooping at tremendous speed, changing colors as it did.

10 Aug.: In Alden, a man out walking his dog noticed moving toward him a bright pulsing red light in the southwest sky. The object silently flew directly overhead. What astounded the man was within a few minutes three more of these bright red objects flew overhead moving in the same direction.

10 Aug: In Ithaca, some folks out watching the Perseid meteor shower observed six to eight lights in the shape of a boomerang. The object with the lights blocked out the stars as it silently passed overhead at great speed, moving east to west.

12 Aug.: In Utica, at about 2:15 a.m., three workers went outside on a break. One of them noticed a reddish object with light blue lights rotating around it. They state that the object flew toward them, going in a circle around their position, then returned to its original position in the sky. Two more of these objects appeared and silently did similar maneuvers.

17 Aug.: A Syracuse resident observed a stationary object composed of a bright red and yellow cluster of blinking lights near Schiller Park. The reported object just hovered for about five minutes, then “… it winked out.”

20 Aug.: Near Binghamton, a hilltop resident reported seeing a bright white orb coming from the north and moving silently. It turned, stopped, hovered for a few seconds then took off eastward at great speed.

23 Aug: In Penn Yan, near dusk, a grandfather and teenage grandchild observed a glowing triangular object with seven lights around the triangle. The teenager was reported to be greatly upset by the sighting.

24 Aug.: In Elmira, about 8 p.m., a resident sighted two large bright reddish-orange spheres moving rapidly and silently in the western sky before they disappeared.

24 Aug.: In Bemus Point, on the shores of Chautauqua Lake, at about 8:30 p.m. a group of vacationers witnessed a large circular object that seemed to be rotating and changing color from white to red. The object is reported to have hovered for nearly an hour before slowly and silently moving out of sight.

24 Aug.: In Guilderland, an anonymous witness reports that at about 9:15 p.m., sighting two spherical, bright reddish-orange objects in the lower eastern sky. The first object came to a stop, waiting until the second object joined it. Then the two spheres began rising together very quickly and disappeared.

29 Aug.: In Auburn, a resident reported two formations of 10 semi-round UFOs heading south over Auburn at about 10:30 p.m. They were amber, silent and moving at great speed. A few minutes later, an even larger formation of 20 more of these objects passed over in the same approximate direction and speed as the first formation.

If you have a New York UFO sighting story to tell, I’d love to hear about it. All respondents’ names will be kept confidential. Email me at NYSkies@DragonLadyMedia.com

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Disc-shaped Object Seen over Tomball, Texas
UFO Depiction
Published: 2:42 PM 9/13/2013

Tomball, Texas - 09-07-13

Shape: Disc - Duration: 30 seconds

Disc Craft seen early in morning in Tomball, Texas.

I was pulling up to the stoplight at Bordeaux and Highway 249 and I was looking up about 30 degrees to the west and I could see a disk in the morning sky with a slight tilt to it traveling south.

There were only a couple of clouds in the air and some way off in the background. The disk appeared to be flying south for the next several seconds. I watched it as it slowed down and changed sizes like it was shrinking.

The light turned green and as I crossed 249 still heading west on Bordeaux it looked like it was the shape of a black ball, then there was a little white flash and it was gone.

I searched the sky and could not see where the disk (ball) had gone to. To give you an idea how big it was initially, if you held a quarter by a third at 3’ (arm’s length) this would be size of the initial craft.

I am not far from Hooks Airport, but this was not a jet, helicopter or plane. I am IT College Student, former professional trucker.

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UFO? Northern Minnesota Woman Takes Photo of Mysterious Object in Sky
UFO Depiction
Published: 11:47 AM 9/14/2013

By: Justin Glawe, Forum News Service

Allison Barta of rural Cass Lake, Minn., took this photo on Sept. 2, 2013. She said the object on the top left corner is not a lens flare, and that she spotted the saucer-shaped object with the naked eye.

It was in the sky, translucent, circular, disc-like and most certainly, positively and identifiably unidentifiable. It was also an object that was flying.

"For the moment, we were pretty dumbfounded," she said of her and her friend, Neil Peterson. "The two of us are watching it zoom across the sky, and I'm trying to get another picture of it, but I couldn't catch it."

The lone image she did capture, however, might be enough to whet the appetites of UFO enthusiasts, believers, identifiers, or whatever they prefer to be called.

The object is... something.

Barta was taking pictures of pelicans outside her rural Cass Lake home in northern Minnesota on Labor Day, Sept. 2. That's when she saw the saucer, which spanned the horizon in just a few seconds at an incredible speed, she said. The pelicans are in the photo. The object is, too.

"Was it a drone? Was it somebody who actually created something and they were flying it? Was it a real UFO from another planet?" she said. "It's not an aircraft known to this planet. I don't really know what it is."

Barta, a science teacher at the Bug O Nay Ge Shig school, has spent plenty of time looking at the sky. In fact, a few years back, she spent an entire summer gazing upward, mapping stellar bodies for a program called "Star Watch." She urged her students to do the same.

But in all those nights, there was never anything so obviously unidentifiable.

"I'm kind of thrilled I saw it," she said.

Barta is not concerned with the tinfoil-hat implications of walking around and showing off a picture of a UFO. She said the majority of people she's approached have expressed interest in viewing the photo.

"The reactions are amazing," Barta said. "There's only been very few people that just walked away and don't want to see it. I'm not standing there and going 'Oh, it's aliens.' But it's definitely not a lens flare, cause we saw it with the naked eye."

Barta considers herself fairly handy with a camera, but after initially catching the object in her lens, she couldn't catch up with it again. There is only the one shot. She compared it to winning the lottery.

"What are the chances of getting that picture?" she said. "You need to not be afraid to share, so I'm sharing it. We all live on this Earth and we should look out for each other."

Justin Glawe reports for the Bemidji Pioneer.

Minnesota UFO

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Archived Case of the Week

Glowing UFO, Physical Trace Event, Columbia, Missouri, 06-28-1973
Columbia, Missouri Case

Columbia, Missouri-June 28, 1973 0030 to 0105cst

Witnesses: James G. Richards, age 41

Animal Care Technician, University of Missouri

Vanea Richards, age 16 - daughter

Jamie Richards, age 3 - son


Provided by Don Semaneik, Columbia Regional Weather Bureau:

Sky-clear, visibility 20 miles+, Temperature 66 degrees, Wind Speed 5 knots at 290 degrees.


Moon - phase 7.4% rising at 0236. Single bright star in portion of sky - Capella - below horizon, rising at 0106.


July 9, 1973 - Ted & Ginger Phillips

July 14, 1973 - Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Ted & Ginger Phillips

July 28, 1973 - Ted & Ginger Phillips


1/2 mile SE of Columbia-NE1/4, SE 1/4, sec. 17, R. 12W, T.48N, Boone County, Missouri

SETTING: The witnesses live in a mobile home located outside the city limits of Columbia. The home is located at the end of a dead end lane about 1,000 feet N of State Road WW. The home is surrounded by scattered trees with the exception of the front yard, to the E. A house is located across the lane to the E and is occupied by an elderly lady who was asleep at the time of the observation.


Mrs. A.P., Directory Assistance Operator, Columbia

Mrs. L.M., Operator, Columbia

Mrs. H.S., Federal Aviation Administration, Columbia

The following information was gathered during three visits at the home of the James Richard’s family.

Portions of the report are taken directly from the taped interviews.

THE OBSERVATION: The event began as Vanea went into the kitchen ( located at N end of the mobile home ) to place a baby bottle in the refrigerator, which is located by the N window and that window was open at the time. Vanea heard a rather loud ( it could be heard over the record player in the living room ) thrashing sound in the direction of scattered trees some 80 feet N of the window. At this point she could see nothing in the dark, wooded area. As she listened at the window the sound seemed to be moving around a large tree .

As the sound persisted she became rather frightened and called to her father to come to the window. Mr. Richard’s and Jamie were sitting in the living room. Richards stated that as it was late, he was tired and was slow going to the window. Vanea ran to the screened porch at the front of the home and locked the outside screen door and the front door.

By this time Richards had reached the window and was looking from the left side of the window toward the N-NE. Vanea took up a position on the right side of the window and was looking toward the trees . As he watched, Mr. Richards noted two beams of light which were located at a point between a fence and the trees.

The light beams would have been about 50 feet from the window. The beams were tapered, wide at the top, about four feet wide, tapering to about two feet at the ground. They were some five feet apart at the top. The beams were bright and silver-white in color. He could not see any form above or behind the beams.

Suddenly, the beams disappeared, faded out rapidly, and a bright oval form was seen just above the original position of the beams.

Columbia, Missouri Case Richards and Vanea estimated the glowing form to be twelve to fifteen feet in diameter and very near the ground. The object was described as extremely bright ( Richards had to turn his eyes away briefly ) and silver-white in color.

The edges were fuzzy and no surface details were visible. The glow did not fade or brighten during the observation. The trees around the form, to the left and right, were quite visible in the glow. The area was “lit up bright as day.” No sound could be heard other than the thrashing noise in the trees and grass.

No other forms were seen. They noted that the trees were moving back and forth as though blown by a strong wind. ( wind speed was 5 knots-no storms in area ) Tree A showed a different motion... it was described by Vanea as a “tugging” motion. It seemed that something was pulling that one tree toward the ground.

Shortly after the form was visible the thrashing noise ceased. The tugging motion on tree A was still evident. Mr. Richards and Vanea heard a loud cracking sound and the tugging motion stopped. It was his tree which was damaged...the following morning a large limb was found broken at a point 17 feet above the ground.

The area was very quiet now: Richards moved to the various windows around the trailer. It was at this time that he noticed his dogs lying very still between the trailer and a shed nearby to the W. He told me the dogs were normally barking during the night at the various night animals in the area.

It seemed very strange to him that his dogs were not barking at all this noise and bright lights.(the dogs are large security animals and not easily frightened) Richards then went to the bedroom at the S end of the trailer to get his guns.

He brought the guns to the kitchen, removed several shells from a cabinet, loaded the guns and placed them on a deep freeze by the N window. He joined Vanea at the window once again and noted that the object was still there in the same position. The light from the glowing form illuminated trees as far away as 100 feet.

At this close position(about 50 feet) it was silver-white or aluminum in color, no other colors were visible. Mr. Richards said, It was real, real bright at the center, dull white at the edges, way beyond a normal light(such as an automobile headlight at the same distance) in brightness. Of the brightness vanea said, It was bright, but it didn’t hurt my eyes.

After the form had remained in this same position for several minutes Richards decided to call for help. The object suddenly began to move away toward the N, passing below tree limbs through an open area some 20 feet wide. It moved parallel to the ground until it reached the edge of a field and then raised slightly and hovered some 200 feet away from the house.

At this point it was not as bright and they could see it was silver-white at the center with a blue band of light and an orange glow extending around the outer edge. It was still low enough to be below a line of trees at the N edge of the field. When it was at this far point, Richards said,

The color, it was something to behold, I’m telling you, it was, really. The object moved about 10 degrees to the W, stopped briefly and moved back to its original position over the field. The motion was smooth and slow.

While the object was some distance away Richards dialed 113 for directory assistance. Mrs. A.P. took the call and later told me that Richards was very excited and seemed to be frightened as he described the event. He told her that he needed help and asked her to contact the police, the FBI, or anyone who could help him.

After about one minute she told him she would contact an operator and have her call him back. As he talked with Mrs. P., the house lights dimmed twice.

He hung up and returned to the window. While Richards and Vanea were watching the object, Mrs. P. contacted Mrs. L.M. and gave her the phone number. Mrs. M. immediately dialed the number, there was no busy signal, no ring-nothing-in her opinion, the Richards line was dead.

She tried dialing the number five times, pausing after the third try to contact Mrs.P. to be sure she had the right number. She did. After the fifth try(she stated it would have taken perhaps three minutes to dial five times, waiting briefly after each dial and contacting Mr. P. she did not get through.

During this time Richards was quite concerned as no one had called back, so he picked up the receiver to call out again. Over his end of the line he could hear no sound, no busy signal. He tried again and again, suddenly, as he recalls, Mrs. M. was on the line saying - Richards? and he answered-Jefferson City?

Richards then told Mrs. M. what had been happening and that he was frightened for his children.

Mrs. M. thought ( she could not be sure ) that she contacted the Richards home at about 0045. To her best recollection, he repeated his story over and over, pausing to ask Vane if it was still there and what it was doing.

Both operators felt that Richards was sober and telling the truth. After what seemed to be several minutes(she couldn’t be sure of the time line) Mrs. M. contacted the Flight Service Station ( FAA ) at the Columbia Regional Airport. Mrs. H.S. was on duty at the time, Mrs. S. stated that Richards sounded sincere and sober. He seemed to be frightened as he described the event.

After several minutes Mrs. S. told Richards that there had been another sighting on June 24th at Jefferson City. She then told him that she would contact the police for him and they hung up.

The object was again moving toward the home and Richards became very frightened. Richards stated, It came back and we had it, I’ll tell you. we didn’t know what to do, we both got kinda scared.

I said, what’s gonna happen? Something’s gonna happen here. This cold feeling came over me, I got speechless at this time. I just had this cold feeling when it came back that second time. I was just sure, like you almost feel that you were gonna get killed or something. Like death was at you, this was it. I didn’t know what to do, I just froze.

I just knew this was it and no one would come, no policemen. I was scared to go out the door, I wouldn’t have gone outside, no way.

Columbia, Missouri Case The object moved through the trees to a point near in the trees near its original position 50 feet away from the window. It remained there for an undetermined period of time. It suddenly moved away, through the trees toward the field. It move with a smooth, slow motion, no sound. Richards noted that the trees did not move during the second close approach and there was no thrashing sound.

As the object reached a point at the near edge of the field it raised slightly until it reached a point over the field some 200 feet away. it hovered and no motion could be seen.

It was still below the tree line to the N. The orange and blue bands could be seen again, it was silver-white at the center. The glow seemed to shrink, even though it was getting smaller the orange and blue bands were visible until it just disappeared by growing smaller and smaller.

It does not appear likely it was growing smaller because it was moving away into the distance as no motion could be seen and it would have hit the trees to the N had it flown away. After the glow had faded out the object was not seen again.

At about 0145 the police arrived, one young officer walked to the area with Richards and looked around briefly. He told Richards that there were some tracks but they looked like they were made by rabbits. Richards told him to forget the whole thing and he returned to the trailer, followed by the officer.

He told the officer if he thought they were rabbit tracks he should forget the whole thing. It is very possible the officer didn’t see the deep imprints. They did not see the broken limb at that time. Richards called the Flight Service Station after the object had disappeared and Mrs. S. stated that he seemed relieved that he could talk with someone about the event.

THE SITE: July 9, 1973... my wife and I interviewed the witnesses and investigated the area on our way to Chicago. Allen Hynek had invited us for a visit and to meet jazz drummer Buddy Rich ( I being a drummer and had mentioned to Allen that Buddy was my favorite on the planet ) Buddy had a sighting and had contacted Allen a week earlier and was playing in Chicago for a week.

I spent most of the time obtaining measurements and taking photographs of the site. The imprints and damage to trees is located in an area of scattered trees N of the trailer. A fence is located 25 feet from the window and the first imprint was found some 50.5 feet beyond the fence.

This seemed to be a series of imprints rather than just one. The imprints at this point number 4, they were 0.5 feet by 0.4 feet with a depth of 0.2 to 0.3 feet. This first set of imprints are 9.5 feet from a large broken tree limb. This limb is 0.4 feet in diameter and was still attached to the tree trunk.

It appeared to have been twisted and pulled toward the ground. The limb was broken at a point 16.5 feet above the ground. two smaller limbs, each 0.1 feet in diameter, located on the larger limb, were broken off.

A small limb 17.0 feet above the ground and extending from the tree trunk at the point of the break, shows signs of being rubbed. All the breaks are fresh. Leaves in the area above the path taken by the object to and from the field, but especially over the point where it had hovered are dying.

There are signs of heating three limbs on tree B had leaves that are brown, these are 25 to 35 feet above the ground. To the North of the first imprints ( along the objects reported path ) we found a complex series of imprints.

Columbia, Missouri Case It is difficult to determine a pattern as the object moved through this area four times, coming in an going out. Bob Gassaway, a reporter for the Columbia Tribune, visited the area the day after the sighting. He told me that he tried to make a heel mark by one of the imprints and although he weighs over 300 pounds, he could force his heel to a depth of only 1/2 inch.

As the imprints are generally 0.5 by 0.4 feet with a depth of 0.3 feet, we must assume a weight on each imprint much above 300 pounds ( rabbits? ). There were no marks in the field and no radiation could be detected. Plaster casts were taken and the imprints outlined with flour for photographs.

When we arrived in Chicago I processed the film at the Northwestern University darkroom. We described the event with the photographs and Buddy and Allen both planned to go back with us, Allen made it but Buddy couldn’t get around a schedule. Buddy and I discussed cases many times after this.

On July 14th we returned with J. Allen. The leaves were all quite dead & the limbs were barren over the area.

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