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10 Possible Explanations For Sightings

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Wed, 14 May 2008 11:15:00 -0400
Archived: Wed, 14 May 2008 11:15:00 -0400
Subject: 10 Possible Explanations For Sightings

Source: Yahoo News UK & Ireland


May 14 2008

FACTBOX - Explanations For UFO Sightings

LONDON (Reuters) - Here are 10 possible explanations for UFO

1) Weather balloons - Gas-filled balloons that measure
conditions in the upper atmosphere to help forecasters.

2) Clouds - Saucer-shaped or "lenticular" clouds that form at
high altitudes have been confused with UFOs.

3) Meteors - Space debris can create a spectacular lightshow
when it burns through the Earth's atmosphere.

4) Civilian or military aircraft - Planes can look mysterious at
night or in certain light conditions.

5) Ball or bead lightning - Strange forms of lightning that are
rarely seen and are the subject of scientific debate.

6) Stars or planets - Heavenly bodies can be confused with UFOs.

7) Sundogs - Also called "mock suns", these are bright spots on
the solar halo that appear as balls of light in the sky.

8) Airships or advertising balloons - These can look like flying
saucers from some angles, especially at night.

9) Mirages - A natural phenomenon where cold or hot air bends
light rays to produce an image of a distant object in the sky.

10) Magnetic fields - A Ministry of Defence report said people
exposed to certain electrical or magnetic fields can suffer from
"vivid, but mainly incorrect" recurring memories.

The full MoD report of possible scientific explanations for UFO
is online at:


Source: Ministry of Defence; Reuters archives

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