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Might you have seen something from another world, or something from this world unseen before? Researchers suggest that about 97 percent of all UFO sightings can be explained as simple misidentifications of natural phenomena, aircraft, balloons, normal things seen under abnormal conditions, and hoaxes. As you read any stories and watch any videos, make your own judgement and separate those from the real sightings.
Most people are quick to jump to conclusions when they see something in the sky that might not look normal to them. There are far too many UFO reports that are likely just planets, meteors, or some type of terrestrial craft. I believe that the people covering them up and feeding the disinformation enjoy this, it makes their job all the easier.
This page is here to offer some basic educational material to those who think they may have seen a UFO, to make them aware of typical anomalies and phenomena, etc. Don't let this dissuade you or anyone from reporting a possible sighting, but use it as a tool to help you figure out if the sighting is truly an unknown.
Below are a few things for you to compare your sighting to.
ASTRONOMICAL EVENTS- Meteors, Planets, and Stars are commonly mistaken for UFOs. The brightest planets and stars can easily look anomalous, especially when you are moving or there are moving clouds. The same can be said for meteors that race across the sky at high speed. Meteors almost always take a straight or slightly curved line, and rarely change direction and speed. The American Meteor Society (AMS) has a smartphone app that is helpful in tracking and taking reports on fireball sightings. There are also several night sky apps, including Stellarium available. These are helpful when watching the sky, and knowing whats currently going on up there. Below is a list of meteor showers and sample photos and videos of astronomical events.
TERRESTRIAL AIRCRAFT- People often mistake aircraft as UFOs due to the ways planes sometimes appear in the sky. As seen from the ground, lights from these can sometimes appear anomalous in the sky. Aircraft navigation lights required include a red navigation light located on the left wingtip leading edge, and a green light on the right wingtip leading edge. A white navigation light is as far aft as possible on the tail or each wing tip. High-intensity strobe lights are located on the aircraft to aid in collision avoidance. In civil aviation, pilots must keep navigation lights on from sunset to sunrise. There are also some strangely shaped aircraft that the military flies. FLIGHTRADAR24 is just one of the apps available to let you know if any passenger jets are in your area. Below are locations and colors of lights, as well as sample photos and videos of objects known to be aircraft.
SATELLITES- As of today, there are more than 3,700 manmade objects orbiting the earth. Sometimes these can be seen at night, and are often mistaken for UFOs. Stellarium and Heavens Above, are two apps to check out when trying to figure out whats moving above you when skywatching.
IRIDIUM FLARES- An Iridium Satellite is a relatively small satellite that provides spectacular visible reflective flares/glints to observers on the ground. They are nothing more than sun's reflection off of one of 66 active communication satellites owned by the Iridium company. The antennas of these are positioned in such a way that they can brilliantly reflect the sunlight, producing a brief spectacle in the night sky. Sometimes a flare can be so bright, it can even be seen during the day.
METEORLOGICAL EVENTS- Sometimes clouds and other weather systems can look like or give the impression of a UFO. If you see something moving take note of the wind, this will help to determine whether or not the object may be wind driven. Below are cloud samples.
CAMERA ANOMALIES- Pictures taken will sometimes show what you believe to be a UFO in the shot. This can be caused by glares and overexposure, as well as drag from a light when a camera is not held completely steady. Below are some examples. (Both images are of Jupiter, taken without a tripod, using a NIKON COOLPIX L810)
AIRPLANE AT NIGHT
Other things that can be mistaken for a UFO include, Skydiving Pyro Teams and manmade objects such as balloons, fireworks, lanterns, flares, remote controlled craft, insects, flying animals and hoaxes.
10 Things to do should you see a UFO
1. Remain calm. Protect yourself from any hazards, real or perceived. You will want to remember every detail.
2. Be objective. Not every UFO is extraterrestrial. Eliminate every other possibility (within your means) first. Only after that should you consider the possibility that what you saw might be a true UFO.
3. Use a camcorder or camera to record the event. Try to keep reference points in the field of view, as this will aid in analyzing the film. Be sure to steady your device. If you do not have a recording device, draw pictures of what you saw.
4. Record a description of the event. If you have an audio recorder do this as soon as possible, if not write down your observations immediately.
5. Get other witness observations. Make sure all of the witnesses write down what was seen as soon as possible.
6. Leave the area alone. If something was left behind, be careful to not disturb. Photograph the area around the site and note the exact position of everything. Take close up photos or video of the evidence before touching it.
7. Gauge the size. If the sighting is from a distance, what would it take to cover the object at an arms length? A quarter? Penny? Aspirin?
8. Gauge the distance. Try to judge the distance from you to the object, as well as it's altitude and speed. Was it across the street or was it over the next field? How long did it take to cross the sky? Your hands and fingers are a remarkably accurate (and convenient) measuring tool. When you hold your hand at arm's length, you can estimate angles like this.
9. Record any encounter. Should you encounter some type of extraterrestrial being associated with the craft, be prepared to protect yourself. From a safe distance, in a concealed position, photograph or record the being. If you are unable to safely do this, draw or write down a description as soon as it is safe to do so.
10. Report your experience. Immediately report the event to MUFON, or another investigating organization.
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