From: "Skywatch International" <SKYWATCH> To: "(list #1)" Date: Fri, 26 Dec 1997 07:32:54 +0000 Fwd Date: Sat, 27 Dec 1997 00:54:09 -0500 Subject: Skywatch: Filer's Files #51 Filer's Files #51 MUFON Skywatch Investigations From George A. Filer: MUFON Eastern Director, Dec. 25 Majorstar@aol.com (609) 654-0020 UFO sightings are down sharply in December indicating crews are enjoying the holidays. NEW HAMPSHIRE: Case 97/11/3: MUFON Investigators Frank Coviello Jr. and Sandra Black were departing from her home in Stewartstown on 3 November at approximately 9:00 p.m.. They noticed a large star above the horizon, that they thought at first was the star Antares. Then, the object blacked out and appeared a little to the right in a ruby red in color. Susan ran to get binoculars so they could get a closer look. Both witnesses then saw the object rise and move closer to them. They also noticed very unusual lightning light up the night sky. It was a strange mixture of lights resembling a mix of Northern lights and regular lightning. When the sky glowed white, Frank was able to see that the UFO was triangle shaped with the corners angled off. There was a red light on top of the craft and three white strobing lights along the center. Frank also noticed two "projectiles" emitted from the object. The first went up on a sharp angle and then descended. The second projectile went across the horizon at an faster rate compared with a nearby jet plane. Frank and Susan watched the UFO for 10 minutes. The Manchester Union Leader of Friday, December 5, 1997, reported on a couple who spotted a very bright light moving from the south toward Hooksett. One of the witnesses said, "You could bundle five airplanes together and it wouldn't come close to that much light." The sighting lasted about a minute. Bright lights were observed for two days over Hookset, on 3 and 4 December. One woman watched the lights hover and suddenly take off. There were two independent sightings of the same object. PENNSYLVANIA TWO NEW UFO SIGHTINGS On Tuesday, December 16, 1997, at 8:00 p.m., Kevin L. spotted a large triangular UFO in the skies above his hometown of Allison Park, Pennsylvania on the William Flinn Highway (Route 8) just north of Pittsburgh. "My best description of color would be a dark classical gray," Kevin reported. "There were six large lights on the outer rim of the object. The two lights at the point of the (triangular) objet were red, while the others on the corners were white. The lights on the object were not very bright compared to what you see on aircraft--they looked more like a glow. "The object was in constant motion. It basically looked like a great granite slab crossing the sky. My best guess was that the object was at 5,000 feet. "I looked at it through a pair of binoculars that were 7 x 35mm and rated for a view area of 578 feet at 1,000 yards. The object took up about one-half of the view of the binoculars at full magnification." Kevin estimated that the UFO approached Allison Park from the east at about 70 degrees above the horizon. The object then "headed off in a northwesterly direction. This is an unusual route for air traffic. The Pittsburgh airport is 25 miles southwest of my house. When I first saw the object, it was already one- quarter of the way across (the sky) from the horizon. I could see it clearly for about one minute, after that it was too small to see any real details." As the UFO left, Kevin estimated that it was headed for the Franklin Park section of Pittsburgh and nearby Marshall township. (E-mail Interview) On December 2, 1997, at 11:33 p.m., Brian C. was driving west on Interstate Highway 76, the Schuylkill Expressway, just west of Philadelphia. As his car approached the West Manayunk exit (Belmont Avenue-), he noticed "a green light with my peripheral vision to the right of my car out the passenger side window. My initial reaction was that I thought it was a helicopter. Air traffic copters often fly up the Schuykill River for their reports. Almost as quickly, I realized how fast it was moving, because it shot straight up the river parallel to the highway and no more than 300 feet in altitude." "The whole incident took no more than five seconds," Brian added. "There was no tracer following, no smoke or trail of any kind...It could not have been a meteor because it was so low and flew straight across at a consistent height." (Many thanks to Tim Hagemeister of NACOMM and UFO Roundup Vol 2, # 49 12/21/97 Editor: Joseph Trainor for this report.) GREENLAND Last week we reported that a giant meteor lit up a large area of the Atlantic Ocean around Greenland on December 9, 1997, at 5:15 a.m. Fishermen aboard the motor vessels Halton Trawl and Regina C. cruising off the eastern coast of Greenland heard a faint rumbling sound. Looking west, they spied "a giant flash split the darkness." The bright flash was also seen by fishermen aboard the Timmarut, a Danish motor trawler moored in Greenland's Julianehaab Bay. "The glow lit up the whole ice cap," Jens P., one of the fishermen, said. A parking lot surveillance camera in Nuuk, the Danish territory's capital on Greenland's west coast, "also recorded a brief illumination at that time." Scientific analysis of the data indicates, " the flash was so huge that we have good reason to believe that this was a giant meteor," said Bjoern Franck Jorgenson of the Tycho Brahe Planetarium in Copenhagen, Denmark. "Jorgenson said it was probably a 'one-piece, solid meteor' that exploded. Most meteors travel at more than 7,400 miles per hour and explode or break up as they enter the atmosphere," the Reuters report noted. Scientists at the Niels Bohr Institute at the University of Copenhagen and the Tycho Brahe Planetarium estimated that the meteor struck the Greenland ice cap at a point 50 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Narsarsuaq airport. The meteor "can be compared to the Kap York meteorite," which fell in "Melville Bay, Sassivik, south of Thule." "The flashes observed with the meteorite were so bright as to turn night into day at a distance of 100 kilometers and can be compared to the light of a nuclear explosion in the atmosphere. However, we stress that there is no reason to believe (the flashes) were other than natural causes." The institute reported a strange discrepancy in the incident, however. The "meteor" crashed no later than 5:15 a.m. Greenland time or 8:15 a.m. UTC time. Yet, six minutes later, at 8:21 a.m. UTC, a "seismic disturbance," attributed to the meteor, was recorded at Svalbard, Norway. Two minutes later, at 8:23 a.m. UTC, a second "shock wave" was recorded by the seismic detectors at Finmarca, Norway. The readings were announced by the Norwegian Seismic Agency at Kjeller. Similar readings were taken in Finland and Germany. Yet, according to the Institute, there were no readings of a "shock wave" or "seismic disturbance" at Danmarkshavn and Sonder Stromfjord, Greenland only 380 miles (608 kilometers) west of the meteor strike zone. Although grounded by a severe blizzard on Monday, December 11, planes of the Danish Air Force continued their search for the meteor crater. It has not yet been found. (Many thanks to the Geophysical Dept. at the Niels Bohr Institute and the Tycho Brahe Planetarium for the news release.) UNITED KINGDOM Miles Johnston, BUFORA sent the following report: On Monday, December 8, 1997, at 1415 hours, a British Midland 737 flying from London Heathrow to Belfast International, had a 2,000 foot long, cigar shaped UFO maneuver 150 miles off its starboard wing. It was a very long, black, thin vehicle,. with a very bright white tip. It moved at all times very slowly, but was of considerable size. Relative width to length ratio about 20:1. Seen almost on the horizon, approximately at the same height as the aircraft (33,000). Aircraft position, approximately over Liverpool. Object was seen directly at right angle to its course. This would position the UFO approximately over Yorkshire. The object was observed by a passenger on the plane, for 15 minutes. The aircraft was flying due North west, from London to Belfast, Northern Ireland. Conditions:- Heavy thick cloud base, below the aircraft would have made sighting of this object from the ground impossible. The aircraft was 60-% along its usual flight path, when it made a very unusual climb seemingly to avoid the object which was initially moving in a potentially interception course. However the object maintained its position, over Yorkshire area, and steered a slow course in and around that region. After 15 minutes the object simply flew in an easterly direction, into very high cloud. over that region. At all times the object was visible in bright clear sunlight, high above the low level cloud base. Thanks to Miles Johnston, BUFORA. Editor's Note: Significant sightings of large mother ships are frequently followed by numerous UFO reports. WASHINGTON The Associated Press on December 16, 1997, announced that most Americans believe there is life on other planets. Most of those who think that way say life out there probably is more intelligent than anything down here on Earth. Scientists promoting the effort to detect signals from outer space were quick to cheer. Marist Institute conducted the Public Opinion Poll. "I'm happy to hear that the mainstream and I have similar views," said Paul Horowitz, a professor of physics at Harvard who directs a project that operates a 250-million-channel receiver listening for signals from space. "It could be that the American people are taking two and two and coming up with four," said Brian Welch, a spokesman for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The telephone survey of 935 adults asked, "Do you think there is intelligent life on other planets?" Sixty percent of the respondents said yes; 40 percent said no. Marist researchers then asked those who said yes if they thought life on other planets was "more, less, or about as intelligent as human life on Earth." The aliens came out ahead, with 47 percent of those who believe in life on other plants saying they thought extraterrestrial life was more intelligent, 13 percent said less intelligent and 40 percent said it was about the same. By a margin of 86 to 14, people said they thought galactic neighbors are friendly rather than hostile. Despite the positive expectation of otherworldly life, the survey found Americans divided on spending for the space program. Forty-seven percent said the government was spending too much, 43 percent said funding was about right and 10 percent said it was too low. Asked if they thought the space program was a good investment, 45 percent said yes and 55 percent said the money would be better spent on other programs. The survey was conducted October 5-7, and the results had a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points. Broken down by age, people from 18 through 60 were strongly supportive of the idea of life on other planets. But people older than 60 rejected the idea by a margin of 67 to 33. "The subject has moved a lot in just the last couple of years, said Louis Friedman, executive director of the Planetary Society, whose 100,000 members are strong advocates of continuing research into the possibility of life in outer space. Horowitz said researchers are "riding along on this wave of technological innovation." He said that his project listens on 250million channels simultaneously. The first serious search for signals from space was in 1960 and had just one channel, he said. Thanks to John Thompson, GA State Director. NORAD: NORAD reports tracking Santa on Christmas. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado. (AFNS) -- For 40 years, American and Canadian personnel in the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) have followed Santa Claus on Christmas Eve as he delivered gifts to the children of North America and the world. The children of Canada and the United States of America once again were able to get progress reports telling them of Santa's flight path from the North Pole to their countries. Using ground-based radars and satellites in space, NORAD scanned the skies of northern Canada and Alaska and detected Santa taking off from his North Pole workshop. He took off a few minutes earlier this year and delivered toys to the children in Japan and China and worked across the world in the various time zones. He works at a fantastic pace spending only a few seconds at each house. Numerous children called the NORAD Command Post receiving data on Santa's progress on Christmas Eve through each time zone. (719) 474-1110. The tradition of tracking Santa Claus started in 1955 with continental Air Defense Command, headquartered in Colorado Springs. A misprint in a local store's newspaper advertisement resulted in children calling in to the commander in chief's "Hot Line." The line was flooded with calls so the director of operations, Col. Harry Shoup, decided to respond to the children's queries. The staff jumped in and handled all the calls as they came in. The duty crew drew a picture of Santa and his reindeer-drawn sleigh on its display of North America, and a tradition was born. The calls are answered by volunteers who work in various work centers in Cheyenne Mountain and NORAD headquarters. These civilian and military people answer all calls with a personalized report, thus adding a human dimension to the program. Thanks to Skywatch and AFNS Colorado Springs, Colorado For all our On-line friends: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Regards, George and Janet Filer _________________________________________________________________ ___________ SKYWATCH INTERNATIONAL Administrative: 4757 E. Greenway Rd. 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