This weekend, we present one of the most exciting and memorable stories in the history of the program. On October 18, 2012, amateur astronomer Allen Epling in Kentucky took video of a cylindrical object that was at an altitude of 50,000 to 100,000 feet. Almost at once the object was dismissed as a child’s toy balloon, a lie that raced around the media at breakneck speed. BUT, what nobody knew until this program, professional pilot and photographer Bill Richards saw and photographed the same or an identical object over upstate New York less that 48 hours later.
Here, Linda Moulton Howe interviews BOTH the astronomer and the pilot, who provide detailed descriptions of what must have been an enormous object that remained stationary in the sky for hours in both cases. The fact that it remained stationary at such a high altitude means that it was absolutely not a balloon, because it was in the path of the jet stream which flows at speeds of 100 to 400 miles an hour.
The photo reproduced here was taken by Bill Richards. The idea that this lighted object, at least hundreds of feet long, standing absolutely still in the jet stream and, as Richards reports, perpendicular to the earth, would be a child’s balloon is a silly mistake or an intentional lie.
See more of Bill’s photos and Allen Epling’s video and read the whole story on Earthfiles.com. (The story will be available on Earthfiles late Friday, 11/02/12.)
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