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The Out There section collects stories about strange events from all over the internet.
Videos and some other stories are graded:
A--Probably true, B--Likely true, C--Likely false, D--Probably false.

Stories are not researched by Unknowncountry.com staff before posting and video evaluations are based on experienced observation, not video analysis.

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.
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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.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

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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.

Friday, April 5, 2013

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

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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

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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.
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Sunday, March 31, 2013

This report from Loren Coleman says that Indonesian rangers are seeing large numbers of very small people, under two feet, in an isolated area of the Way Kangas National Park in Sumatra. These people may be the legendary Orang Pendek, said to still live on Sumatra.
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Friday, March 29, 2013

Laredo, Texas UFO researchers are finding a significant number of unexplained objects in local skies, but it's not because of UFO reports being received from the public, but rather because they are part of a growing movement in the research community: the go out with good equipment and obtain UFO data on their own. This is perhaps the next wave in UFO research. It is getting much easier to do, as UFOs become more common and seemingly more willing to appear on demand.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The most viewed record in the FBI's UFO files is a memo written by Guy Hottel on March 22, 1950 stating that three flying disks had crashed in New Mexico and bodies similar to human but three feet tall had been recovered from them. The FBI has been silent on the memo since its release in 2011, but has now stated on its blog that it does not prove the existence of UFOs and was never followed up.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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On January 28, a bolide, or large meteor, streaked across the US Northeast. Now, on March 25, another similar meteor has been seen from Maine to Florida. In neither case did the objects cause any damage, but they may be part of an unknown shower of large meteors which has been affecting Earth, which includes the large Russian meteor of February 15, which exploded in the atmosphere with the force of 50 Hiroshima sized bombs.

While some effort has been made to identify asteroids that may be dangerous to Earth at some point, these objects are not asteroids and cannot be tracked as they approach our planet. There is no way of knowing how many more may be out there, or when or where they will strike. Large meteors such as the one that struck in Russia are extremely rare. This was only the second such strike in a hundred years.

Friday, March 22, 2013

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The dramatic photograph from Whidbey Island Washington is unlikely to be sky lanterns. The video is far less clear and, were it the only record, would suggest a lantern. However, that does not appear to be the case in this situation.
This appears to be some sort of a cloud, but the witnesses claim that it was moving at such high speed that they didn't see it while the photo was being taken. So, obviously, no ordinary cloud.
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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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Unexplained booms and shaking incidents disturbed residents of southern New Jersey on March 19 and 20. The US Geologic Survey says that it didn't detect any earthquakes, and military officials said that their activities could not explain the incidents.

To keep up with this ongoing story, go to Linda Moulton Howe's Earthfiles.com.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

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This piece of hoax video is very nicely done--although the darkness and the low resolution 'highway camera' covered some of the glitches in the animation. Still, it's a nice job, although the actors aren't going to be winning any awards.
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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Residents of Ocala, Florida are observing large numbers of helicopters seemingly accompanying unknown planes, but neither civil nor military authorities can identify the aircraft, which have been seen a number of times on recent nights. This is reminiscent of the 'ghost planes' phenomenon that haunted Norway in the 1930s, and of the 1980 Cash-Landrum case near Houston, where a large number of military helicopters were seen accompanying a flaming triangle device. Witnesses to that event received catastrophic radiation doses. A search party in the Norwegian case was sent looking for the ghost planes and never returned.

Let's hope the Ocala case remains benign.

(The photo on the linked page is a stock photo. It's not intended to be a photo of the mystery aircraft.)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

There has been a UFO wave ongoing in Scotland for months, and now some good photos have emerged. Basically, the wave consists of witnesses seeing unexplained lights. The image here suggests an object that was moving extremely quickly.

Friday, March 8, 2013

South Africa would appear to be no exception to the rule that UFO sightings are increasing worldwide. What is unusual, though, is that the story would travel as far as the Washington Times.
Considering the location, your Out There editor has to wonder if this might not be a cloaked US spy plane of some sort. 
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

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One of our best photography experts has weighed in on the side of this being a light on a boat. Here is his comment:

"Just measure the distance between the leading edge of the top light in the first and second pix. Let that distance equal 4.5 seconds. Then measure the length of the top light's streak. That will tell you the shutter speed. Assuming Crowe is right about the frame rate, the  shutter speed seems just about right for a night exposure with a Canon 5D. And given that lens's field of view, 8kph (max legal boat speed in that situation) works out just about right with a margin of error of, say, +/- 50%, max."

"If the object had been moving at 80kph either he'd have missed it completely or  a single streak would have covered the full width of one frame, and one frame only."

"None of this has anything to do with camera-subject distance. It's mainly a matter of field of view (i.e., how wide or narrow the lens was zoomed) relative to the lateral speed of the boat."

In your Out There editor's opinion, this case is closed--darn it!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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This footage could be any number of things besides a genuine unidentified object, but it's clear that the videographers saw it as something strange. For more information, click here.

Monday, March 4, 2013

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This object appeared in Northern Italy recently. The video was posted on March 3, 2013. They have done enough work on the photograph to make it clear that it isn't a bird or a plane, and probably not a known object at all. (As always seems to be the case, the added music track is a grave mistake, but watch it with the sound muted and it's quite interesting.)
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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Within two weeks, substantial meteors have now been reported from Russia, the US and New Zealand. This one came down Sunday in Queenstown, and was large enough to be seen during the day. Clearly, it was not as large as the Russian meteor, but nevertheless, it's unusual for so many significant meteors to appear over such a short time. There is no known large meteor shower due until April, when the Lyrids are expected to appear. Do these meteors pose a danger? So far, one of them has caused significant damage and injuries from its shock wave, but there is no way to determine if any others as large or larger are heading toward Earth.

Monday, February 25, 2013

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Your cynical (and oft burned) Out There editor cannot say for certain that this nighttime video is an unknown object. And the sound of an approaching helicopter suggests that something odd was taking place in the skies over an unidentified location. There is a Fox 13 chiron on the video. The problem is, none of the three Fox 13 stations in the US, in Salt Lake City, Seattle, Memphis or Tampa Bay, appear to use this particular chiron. So, is this a hoax? It's an interesting video, but until the chiron is identified the verdict has to remain: possible hoax.
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Friday, February 22, 2013

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This clip from a webcam watching the Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City reveals a fast moving cigar-shaped object similar to one that apparently entered the volcano in October of last year. That video was dismissed by some experts as a hoax, but we saw it as possibly an authentic unknown. This new video reinforces that view. To see our October story, click here.

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mystery booms were heard in and around Columbia, South Carolina yesterday afternoon. No source was identified. There was nothing in the air making sonic booms, and no earthquakes took place. These explosive sounds are being heard all over the United States, in many different communities.

An Unknowncountry.com reader also reported seeing strange lights in Florence, SC, last night. "There were 3 bright lights really close together hovering and then they began to flash and then they went off but after that there was a smaller red light."

If you have a report of unusual phenomena to offer us, please post it on our Sightings and Encounters page. All personal information remains confidential. To go to the page, click here.

Follow the continuing story of the booms and other mysteries at Linda Moulton Howe's Earthfiles.com.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

This report has just been received by Unknowncountry.com. We are getting many such reports in, of large lighted objects that hover low and then dart away.

"Royal Oak Michigan
Details of Encounter: Giant circle of light in the sky appears while we were waiting at a red light, then zooms away faster than anything Either of us have ever seen. We both confirmed with each what had taken place because it was so abnormal."

To report a sighting or encounter, click here.
I'm stumped, just like the author of this article. Are these solar arrays, some sort of agricultural system, or what? If you have certain knowledge of what they are, post a comment below. Or just an idea--post away!
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Monday, February 18, 2013

On Sunday night, Feb. 17, 2013 at about 9:35 pm, my wife and I were watching TV when all of a sudden a huge, bright light came in through our window. It was so big and so close I thought an airplane was coming into our house. It just appeared out of nowhere. It didn't move across from one window to the next. It was like, not there one minute then just there!! I asked my wife if she saw that and headed for the door to go out and get a better look. We both saw something that was brightly lit with multicolored lights and it was kind of just rotating in the sky. The outer ring is what was lit and kind of reminded me of a hula hoop. That's what was rotating. It started to moved away slowly then started to pick up speed. As it moved away it didn't move in a straight line. It was kind of circling as it moved. Hard to describe but I know for a fact it wasn't an airplane. It was close enough that we could see that and besides, airplanes just don't move like that.

We stood there in the cold trying to figure out what the hell it was. After about a minute and a half to two minutes later, four very strange helicopters came across the sky moving in the direction the object had gone. They were the weirdest helicopters I had ever seen because they were all black with almost no lighting. And the weirdest thing about them was they made absolutely no noise. If we hadn't already been watching the sky we would have never seen them. They were flying in a two by two formation. Almost like a V shape.

After they had passed we noticed a big orange orb just hanging in the sky behind where the helicopters had come from. My wife at first thought it was a planet we were seeing because the sky was so clear at that moment. While we were looking at it, it just blinked out. It didn't go behind a cloud and it didn't fade. One moment it was there, the next it was gone.

We came inside to see if there were any special news reports and checked Facebook to see if anyone else was reporting this but there wasn't. My wife and I went back outside so she could smoke a cigarette because she was a little shaken up.

That's when we saw two bright white lights that look like stars but bigger chase each other across the sky for about 20 seconds and then they just stopped dead in their tracks and just hung there. The lead one was blinking intermittently. They stayed motionless for over 20 minutes. Clouds started to roll in and covered them as well as the moon. When the clouds finally cleared away and we could see again, they were gone.

Neither of us had been drinking, we don't use drugs, and we aren't crazy. This has really freaked my wife out and she was scared the rest of the night. I've had an experience similar to this before and think its just amazing. If there are any other reports of this that you hear of in the coming days or weeks in our area please let us know.

As we were going to bed I realized the first time I saw strange lights in the sky was about 6 years ago. It was also in mid-late February on a cold clear night. I stood in my backyard about 20 mins from where we live now, and watched about 5 or 6 bright lights chasing each other back and forth across the sky for about 5-10 minutes. This was later at night. Between 11:30pm & midnight eastern time. It was the first time I ever saw anything like that and the feeling I got watching it was indescribable. Nobody really took me seriously until last night. My wife definitely believes now.

Editor's Note: This report was received in the reporting area on this website. If you have a report, send it to us by clicking "Report Sighting or Encounter" on our masthead, or clicking here. Reports are posted without witness identifying information.

The helicopters the witnesses saw may have been stealth modified Sikorsky UH-60 or another, classified model. The UH-60 is both radar and sound stealthed, and was used on the Osama bin Laden raid.

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Friday, February 15, 2013

The strange object pictured here was seen ascending over a bird sanctuary in England at 5:25 PM local time Wednesday. The object has an appearance uncannily similar to a ghost rocket that was photographed over Newfoundland on January 25, 2010. Despite an exhaustive investigation by Canadian authorities, the mystery of the rocket was never solved. Our best guess: this one won't be, either. The photos are genuine. For our story on the Canadian object, click here.


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Monday, February 11, 2013

An Unknowncountry.com reader sends this description of orange lights south of Kingman Arizone on Route 93, between 9 and 10PM February 7. The description of the operations suggests that these were not sky lanterns, but genuine unknowns:

Saw a bright orange light n the sky, seemed pretty big, thought it could be like a tower on a hill but the light sort of...retracted, like faded away and then suddenly appeared to the right. And then another orange light appeared.

They were big and glowing and we could see little tiny white lights that sort of looked like they came from the orange light of at least near it, they sort of zipped around, almost insect like, darting away from the orange balls of light and then back.

One of the orange lights appeared to shoot straight down towards the earth and then vanished, like it didn't hit, it just shot down and then the light retracted away. It was a good 20 minutes to a half hour of activity in the sky.

We pulled our truck over to a safe spot to watch. The orange lights were more obvious and dramatic but watching closely the little specks of white lghts were actually zipping arond the sky a lot more, swinging back and turning and....just so weird.
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