Out There

April 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

We have received this report from a UC reader in the Punjab. It appears to be an orb sighting, but as the witness points out, it could be something else. Your thoughts and reports are welcome in the comments section below. We have a readership in India and across Asia, so if anyone else in those areas in particular has seen anything like this recently, let us know. The motion described doesn't rule out a sky lantern moving on a steady breeze, but it is also possible that this was an unknown.

"Dear All, it was very surprising night. Some of our family members were sleeping but my younger daughter and mother suddenly woke up ( may be  for drinking water), and my daughter saw a red colored glowing ball of light, and she woke me up.  I observed that it was not a holicoper , not a airplane as there was no sound, but it was continuousely running in a horizontal motion at a continuous speed. We observed this for 7-10 minutes.

"Initially I thought that it may a lantern tied to kite or a glowing balloon but these two things either stay still or or disappear into the sky. They do not move horizontally."

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A photographer in Perth, Australia has joined the growing number of people who have discovered that taking an interest in UFOs results in a response. After getting a new camera and watching the skies, he has taken what appear to be some good daylight UFO photos. Perhaps, rather than some sort of official disclosure, a worldwide increase in interest is going to work in both directions, until, in the end, we take these unknown objects for granted.
2 comments

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Unknowncountry received this well described witness report of what seems clearly to have been an unknown object over Seattle at 5:30 PM on April 26.

"Details of Encounter: I was on my deck and witnessed a ball of light rising into the air over the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. It was a sunny afternoon. At first I thought it was a Mylar balloon, but then it stopped and descended rapidly in a very straight path. It stopped and rose again in a straight line, then descended a short distance and stopped. At that point it moved to the west and stopped, moved to the east and stopped, then moved back to the area where it had been moving vertically and stopped. Each time it stopped it stayed completely motionless for a few seconds. When it moved laterally its motion was slightly wobbly. This all happened in about a minute. It would be difficult to say what its altitude was, but I don't think it rose more than 1500-2000 feet. As I watched, it came south toward me and stopped. It stood completely still in the sky for about two minutes. I decided to get my phone to take a video and went into the house for less than ten seconds. When I got back outside it was gone. I wish I had seen how it disappeared. It was definitely not a plane, helicopter, balloon, or lantern."

Did you see this object, or have a close encounter or sighting? Deposit your report on Unknowncountry.com. Click here.

UC subscribers can comment on all our stories!

Express your thoughts and contribute your information about this story. Subscribers may comment on all Unknowncountry.com stories. To join today, click here.

4 comments
See video
George van Tassel was an early contactee who believed that he had received technical information about UFO propulsion. Using this information as the basis for his plans, he built a structure now called the Integratron in the Mojave Desert. He was unable to finish it, but it remains in the desert, a monument to a remarkable dream. This rare interview with van Tassel offers fascinating insight into his ideas, so of which contains provocative echoes of modern propulsion technology.
3 comments
See video
George van Tassel was an early contactee who believed that he had received technical information about UFO propulsion. Using this information as the basis for his plans, he built a structure now called the Integratron in the Mojave Desert. He was unable to finish it, but it remains in the desert, a monument to a remarkable dream. This rare interview with van Tassel offers fascinating insight into his ideas, so of which contains provocative echoes of modern propulsion technology.
1 comment
The story sourced here from Australia describes a witness who saw her first UFO in 1997, and has since seen many. The belief among close encounter witnesses has been, 'if you notice UFOs, they will notice you,' but it could also be that people are being sensitized to noticing these generally fast moving and small objects in the sky. Daylight UFOs are usually easily distinguishable from planes, but it can be surprisingly easy to mistake and insect or a bird for a UFO, especially if the creature is closer than it appears. On the other hand, sightings of small, high-flying disks, such as are reported in this case, cannot be explained as known objects.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

See video
The story of Robbert van den Broeke is one of the great enigmas of paranormal research. A great deal of the phenomena he reports, often leaving strong evidence in the form of crop formations near his home in Holland, photographs, and multiple witness observations, is verified. In this video, members of his family describe their own experiences with the phenomena he has been witnessing and reporting for years.
3 comments

Friday, April 19, 2013

See video
This UFO video from Arizona appears to be a triangle UFO, with which Out There readers are very familiar. Of course, it could be a delta winged aircraft of some sort. It's hard to see until the third version of the clip, running at 0.65 of normal speed. Probable unknown.
8 comments

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A skywatcher in New South Wales seems to be getting watched back by the objects he is seeing. Alf Preston of New South Wales reports that he has been seeing UFOs, most recently while observing Venus through his telescope. For once, they can't be dismissed as Venus because they were seen beside it at the same time.

This is a good reminder that people who actively seek UFO sightings are often rewarded these days. But it takes not only persistence, but luck. Mr. Preston clearly has both. Unfortunately, what he doesn't have are pictures. Hopefully, he'll get a camera and get out there with it!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

See video
Our first expert has said the following:

The tracking miss at 1:32 bothers me. This looks poorly tracked where as the rest is very acceptable.

Not sure but I think it is a fake.

Our second expert says this:

What looks like a tracking error at 1:32 actually appears to be a shift in the shooter's perspective. He steps to the right, which momentarily changes the relationship between the camera, the tree, the bushes, the houses, and the lights in the sky. This move is preceded by a very natural-looking jiggle of the camera.

So on the level of tracking, and of the realistic appearance of the overexposed (blooming) orbs as they are obscured by various foreground objects (which would be pretty damn laborious and time-consuming to fake, though certainly doable), I'll give this video high marks.

To be clear, this vid COULD be real.

It COULD also have been very carefully made and then deliberately degraded to hide the seams. Some of my doubts are fueled by the following:

- A YouTube description utterly devoid of useful information.

- No audio. This would make some sense, because if a hoaxer hasn't planned out all the "ooh" and "ahh" moments in advance, said hoaxer would then have to produce a credible soundtrack, which may or may not be within the scope of his technical repertoire. .. and which, as we've seen before, is extremely difficult to fake. Being a whizbang with the visuals is one thing, but creating a technically and psychologically convincing soundtrack is quite another.

- These orbs appeared in just the right spot (between the houses) to be seen by the shooter, and continue to appear in the right spot each time. They're perfectly framed for the camera, and they conveniently change direction to remain between the houses as viewed from the shooter's perspective.

- Said shooter seems to have had zero curiosity about these thingies once they went behind the bushes. One would think that, at least following the final orb he'd have attempted to zip around in front of those neighboring houses to see if he could catch a  further glimpse of these things.

- And finally, Cork is a big city, yet so far no independent reports have surfaced.

I went to the YouTube page of the guy who was named as the source (Natkis Ireland) and saw the unstabilized version of the video. No detailed info there, except that he says he has a better camera but claims he wasn't able to deploy it quickly enough so he used his cellphone. He sounds like a sober chap, and his YouTube home page isn't full of other UFO videos, though he does subscribe to an ET page that seems a little iffy to me. (http://www.youtube.com/user/1967sander).

I can find no evidence that he personally possesses the skills to have faked this video. On the other hand, a skilled confederate might have been involved.

Our third expert says:

I'm going to come down hard off the fence and cry "foul". This event, if real, would surely have drawn not only media coverage, but also other videos from different locations (how much footage was there of the meteorite?). It's a big city, it's not dark, they keep on coming ( a bit like a big lantern release would) and as Dan says, very conveniently emerging from the gap between the houses.

Your Out There editor's opinion:


Two of our experts don't rule out the possibility that these lights are unknowns. The third feels sure the video is a hoax. I think that this could have been made by releasing sky lanterns, then opening the shutter of the camera to make them appear extremely bright. However, there is no way to make a final determination with this video. Possible unknown.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

An Australian amateur astronomer with a good camera caught this image of an unusual object he videotaped in the night sky outside of his home in Karoonda, Australia on April 9 at about 9:30 PM. The object is in focus for only a few seconds in the video, and the screen shot here shows one of those moments. As this is a screenshot taken from a video of something that is clearly in the sky, it is not a light fixture. It is not a star or passing plane. The object is an unknown.
2 comments

Sunday, April 14, 2013

See video
This video from April 14, 2013, is hard to evaluate, but the videographer, who could, of course, see more with the naked eye, appears convinced that it's one of the Lake Erie UFOs, and we are getting reports from others that orbs are being seen over the lake nightly.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Five witnesses at Louisiana university observed a glowing object circle their campus at low altitude several times on April 12, 2013.

This description of an orb circling a campus in Louisiana, corroborated by a number of witnesses, is unlikely to have been a sky lantern. It would appear to be a genuine unknown. Many of our readers equate orbs with the souls of the dead, including Whitley Strieber, who has reported experiences that suggest this connection.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Yet another unusual object has appeared in imagery from NASA's SOHO system. This is an enormous 'angel' that seems to be hanging in space near the sun. However, that isn't what it is at all. Here is our expert's opinion:

SOME BACKGROUND EXPLANATION:

"Video dropouts" from satellites went out with the analog age, at least 20-30 years ago. All transmissions are now digital, which means any missing data is automatically re-sent before the final picture is reconstructed on the receiving end.  The fact that you never see typographical errors in email (other than what the writer overlooked) is based on the same strategy.

What we're seeing in these images originated in the imaging sensor. How do we know this?

- First of all, because digital images are formed out of a matrix of pixels (dots) arranged in a grid -- like a windowscreen. So anything that aligns itself exactly with that grid is astronomically unlikely to be actually shaped that way.

- Secondly, because SOHO uses the type of sensor in which excessively bright pixels can bleed into adjacent ones, creating a line where there should be only a dot. You used to see this on television a lot, where a news camera was pointed at a streetlight at night and you saw a vertical streak extending above and below the light. (In these SOHO images, the streaking goes left-right.)

THE BOTTOM LINE:

My guess is that what created these "angels" are micrometeorites in the earth's atmosphere, moving roughly from top to bottom in these images. As the objects start to burn at full brightness they saturate and overload the sensor, creating the wider lines we see as "wings." Then as the brightness diminishes, the lines narrow, and finally at the bottom we see the "tails" in something like their actual reddish color.  Another possibility could be cosmic-ray hits on the sensor, but for various reasons I think that's less likely.

For a very different opinion go to Share Magazine press release (PDF)

Who does your Out There editor believe? I think our expert has nailed it.
1 comment
This very typical witness account of an enormous triangle reminds us that the UFO phenomenon is constant and ongoing. There is no reason to doubt the witness. Unfortunately, there were no images made, and as the sighting took place at around three in the morning, there is also no corroboration.

Did you see it, or something else you can't explain? Let us know, we're interested! Click here to file a report.

Friday, April 5, 2013

See video
This may be a genuine unknown, and if so, it is an excellent UFO photo, reminiscent of the images taken by Ed Walters in Gulf Breeze Florida in the 1990s. There is a possibility also that it is some sort of hot-air balloon, which is suggested by the flickering flame in the base, and its slow trajectory of descent.
The UFO pictured in the video embedded in the linked story is an unusual color (blue) and does not have the appearance of a characteristic night video of a star or passing airplane. It is an unknown. Further suggesting that some sort of unusual activity was taking place in the sky over Morehouse Parish, Louisiana on the night of April 2nd is this comment posted on the local news stations website, in response to the initial report and video:

"This article verifies that I was not the only one that saw a unidentified flying object Monday night. My friend and I were leaving dinner and noticed two women paying close attention to the night sky outside of Cormier's. We didn't stop but did wonder could they possibly see something such as a UFO? (we are both believers of phenomenons such as extra terrestrials.) we continued on and sort of forgot about what we had just seen. Once we got to Forsythe Ext. I noticed a circular object going fairly slow about 17,000 ft. above us. What caught my attention was the fact that there were no running lights,which are required for all aircrafts by law.We pulled to the shoulder and I tried to record with my phone,but it was too high up. There was a strip of lights over the back of the object and it was headed over the direction of River Oaks high school. As we followed it, we lost it during traffic. Now, I see this article. Wow! Something was surely up there!"

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

See video
This video shows a very fast moving object rising from right to left out of the right corner of the frame. At 40 seconds, the poster provides a slow motion repeat of the image that shows the object clearly. It is not a bird or plane, and does not appear to be a photoshopped. Probable unknown from South Texas, which is in the midst of a UFO flap.

Monday, April 1, 2013

See video
This video posted on YouTube by truck driver Ronnie Dawson of Coleman Texas shows clips of a UFO that he took with a phone camera. This appears to be a credible case, and we are investigating further.
3 comments
Subscribe to Unknowncountry sign up now