From: Geoff Blackmore <geoff_184.nul> Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 02:13:00 +1300 Archived: Tue, 11 Jan 2011 09:02:18 -0500 Subject: Did Aliens Share Our Skies With Santa? Source: Hawke's Bay Today - Napier, New Zealand http://tinyurl.com/6aa5q52 28th December 2010 Did Aliens Share Our Skies With Santa? Alistair Gray Mysterious lights floating over the Hawke's Bay sky on Boxing Day have put some residents on edge, fearing Napier could have been visited by Santa and aliens in a matter of days. Submitters to weatherwatch.co.nz described four floating lights moving slowly in the Napier sky, with three in a diamond formation and a fourth hanging slowly behind. Numerous reports have been made about the lights which were visible throughout Napier from about 9.50pm, with many saying they appeared to be moving south in a silent formation. Maraenui resident Alex Durbin said he believed the lights were an alien spacecraft. Mr Durbin said family members told him about the lights and he joined others watching them for about two to three minutes. "They definitely were not fireworks, definitely not planes," he said. "They were round, a purply pink colour and were spinning - I think they were some kind of craft, if you ask me." The lights came down quite low, with each appearing to be the size of a small car, before quickly disappearing into the night sky, Mr Durbin said. "My way of seeing it is they have flown up into the sky to wherever they have come from," he said. Reports of the lights have come from as far afield as Wanganui, Taranaki, Christchurch and Dunedin. The mysterious lights could not have been aeroplanes because the airport had closed that night at 9pm. Fraser Duncan, a graphics tutor from the Eastern Institute of Technology, managed to capture the lights on camera. During the 30 seconds he photographed the lights, Mr Duncan estimated that if they were 20km from the ground they would have covered about 10km in the length of time it took to take the picture - considerably faster than any modern military craft. "They were probably exceeding the speed of sound and they were travelling in formation," Mr Duncan said. However, he maintained they were not UFOs, saying: "I'm sceptical of little green men." When asked if any reports of UFO sightings had come in, Sergeant Ian Evans, of Napier police, said they could "neither confirm or deny", before simply saying "no". Weatherwatch.co.nz, however, offered a logical explanation for the lights in the sky. "We believe they are Chinese lanterns - these are often lit and set into the sky at the same time and travel with the wind - slowly, quietly with no noise," Weatherwatch said. ----- And a follow-up "opinion piece" in the same publication: ----- Roger Moroney: Lights in the sky or, dare we say it Hawke's Bay Today (Napier, New Zealand) ROGER MORONEY | 11th January 2011 I swear, I had only drained two little green soldiers when I spotted the fast-moving shapes in the sky. Remarkable. Only back in the country for a few hours and sitting in the comfortable evening warmth of the Bay ... having a quiet bottle of fizzy and catching up on the past eight days of newspapers. Among the stories which caught my eye was one about four moving lights which had been widely seen in the sky above the twin cities. They had appeared to have been in some sort of loose formation. One observer described them as substantial in size, which kind of ruled out suggestions they may have been Chinese lanterns ... the ones people light and send skyward. So, they were logged as unidentified. And they were flying. And they were objects. Unidentified flying objects. UFOs. Using the term 'UFO' is a whole lot different to simply saying 'some sort of lights in the sky'. If you tell someone you saw some sort of lights in the sky they'll go "oh". You tell them you saw a UFO and they'll likely say "oh, is that the time? I must be off". There's always been that wacko factor. The 'little green men' thing. Although there are little green men in my life, but they are made of glass and every second Tuesday I assemble them into a tight-knit battalion and leave them outside the gate to be collected, but that's by the by. So there I sat, my attention caught by two very high-flying objects which appeared sort of oblong in shape and moving very fast. By all means file me away in the tray marked "bananas" but I one hundred per cent watched them, whatever they were, clear and present, arcing overhead in the clear late afternoon light. They were disappearing fast when my son dashed out in response to my call to grab the binoculars. He too saw them but for only a second or two as they faded from sight. And that was that. Dark oblongs. High and fast? Any suggestions? All I could come up with was that perhaps they were not at a stratospheric altitude, that they were some species of large bird which flew higher than most. But whoa, they sure were moving quick. About three months ago a bloke I know, who I would best describe as reasonably open-minded but more aligned toward skepticism, told me quietly about a strange light he had seen out to the southeast one night. It appeared to be wedge shaped ... like a bright flying 'V'. He was bewildered by it, and otherwise preferred to keep the sighting to himself. "Could be anything", was about the only response I could muster. I like a good mystery, but not the sort which leaves you wondering where you left your wallet or parked the car. That's just annoying. But the truly unexplainable - that appeals to me. I would like to think there is something "out there" that can't be explained. Something going on. There probably isn't, but when you find yourself sitting back and watching two odd, fast-moving specks in the high sky you do begin to manufacture some wonderful doubts. It was the second time I'd seen something in the sky that didn't make sense. Five or six years ago, taking the rubbish out late at night, I spotted a fast-moving light. Nothing odd about that given there are on average five or six satellites or old rocket bodies crossing the skies above us every night. I've seen plenty. But this one did something odd. It simply changed direction in a sharp 90-degree turn and after three or four seconds just disappeared. My response? "Whatever." Because until an airship without wings or rotors lands up on the Napier beach and some little grey thing barely a metre tall gets out and asks for directions to proxima centauri, my metaphorical jury is definitely out. Bemused and slightly mystified, but nonetheless out. It was a funny old year for unidentified flying objects because governments started releasing documents and information which effectively revealed that their military departments figured something strange was happening "up there". They were taking it seriously. They probably still are. I daresay because they believe that whoever is the first to discover the secret to hyperspace propulsion and technology will be able to start and win what will surely be the last great war. So watch the skies. Some say the best time to spot the strangely strange is twilight - you get better low sun flash off a metallic object apparently. But if you spot the flash around 5pm don't get too excited ... that's the 4.20 Air New Zealand service from Wellington. --- Roger Moroney is an award-winning journalist for Hawke's Bay Today and observer of the slightly off-centre. Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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