There was so much exciting happening over the last week I don’t know where to begin. Things continued to light up in Arizona following the breaking story of last week, YouTube has just been exploding with similar sightings that followers of TWiUP have been used to seeing for months, but now with more examples. The crop circles have apparently ceased for the year, and there were two note worthy events from people who have had abduction experiences, the 50th anniversary of the Barney and Betty Hill story, and the death of Charles Hickson.
MUFON International Director Clifford Clift told Life's Little Mysteries that he's not sure what to make of the data at this point. It could be the start of something big, or it could merely be a computer glitch that accidentally counted some reports twice. Another possibility is that we're simply in the midst of a "UFO flap," one of many periodic increases in sightings over the years.
There are several reasons UFOs might appear in flaps, or clusters. One is that objects in the sky are usually seen by many people, especially when they appear over urban areas. UFOs typically don't hover close to Earth or in someone's back yard; instead, they are often sighted high in the sky — just far enough away so that we can't see details or get sharp photos.
Sightings have just about doubled from around 500 to over 1000 per month according to MUFON. The articles go on to discuss social and psychological reasons for the increase in sightings. Did they look into the idea that perhaps people are really seeing these things and they exist? Not so much.
So remember the “meteor” that was highlighted in last weeks TWiUP? Well it had a partner a day or so later, but this time it was a “weather balloon
KOAT channel 7, the ABC affiliate in
said that calls poured into their newsroom on Saturday evening from witnesses reporting a strange light in the sky. A similar light was spotted in the sky above Albuquerque, New Mexico early Sunday morning. Phoenix, Arizona
A routine weather balloon was initially offered by meteorologists as an explanation for the light in the sky. But the National Weather Service in
issued a statement Sunday morning to offer another explanation — a NASA-affiliated research balloon. The statement announced, “After further research we received confirmation from the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility that a launch did occur from Phoenix Fort Sumner, New Mexicolast night and was brought down over this morning.” Arizona
The National Weather Service statement offered the “research balloon” theory, but concluded “This may explain the sightings,” not offering a 100% conclusive identification for the strange light that appeared over
New Mexicoand . But pictures of the light do strongly resemble a research balloon, so that is most likely what it was. Arizona
Betty and Barney Hill were an American couple who claimed to have been abducted by extraterrestrials on September 19–20, 1961.Wiki Link
The couple's story, called the Hill Abduction, and occasionally the Zeta Reticuli Incident, was that they had been kidnapped for a short time by a UFO. Theirs was the first widely-publicized claim of alien abduction, adapted into the best-selling 1966 book The Interrupted Journey and the 1975 television movie The UFO Incident.
Its importance is such that many of Betty Hill's notes, tapes and other items have been placed in a permanent collection at the
, her alma mater. As of July 2011, the site of the alleged abduction is marked by a state historical marker Universityof New Hampshire
Charles E. Hickson, Sr., better known as Charlie Hickson, passed away in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, last Friday September 9 at the age of 80. A foreman at the now closed Walker Shipyard in
Pascagoula, which built U.S. Navy ships, Hickson is best remembered as the key protagonist of a famous UFO abduction incident in on the early night of October 11, 1973. He was then 42 years old and on that fateful night was fishing on the Pascagoula with his buddy Calvin Parker, a 19-year old welder at the yard. Little they knew that what they were about to experience would make them world famous. Pascagoula River
Both shipyard workers were captured by the entities and taken inside the craft. Charlie remembers being alone in a room where he was examined by some kind of “mechanical eye.” They were otherwise not harmed and some 20 minutes later found themselves back in the pier. After deliberating for a while, they decided to report the incident to Jackson County Sheriff Fred Diamond. The sheriff listened to their story but was initially skeptical (there was very little exposure to alien abduction stories back in 1973), so he put them in a room with a hidden recording device. Parker and Hickson didn’t know they were being recorded and the sheriff thought he might catch them lying, but instead the transcript of the recording released later showed the two men were really bewildered and totally disoriented by the experience
Open Minds link
Here's a compilation of the season of crop circles from England. As I said earlier they seem to have stopped for the season.
Oh a little non TWiUP news, but relevant to the idea that extra stellar flight might be possible. Guess what our eggheads over at CERN have discovered? A particle travelling faster than light.
GENEVA (AP) -- Scientists at the world's largest physics lab say they have clocked subatomic particles traveling faster than light, a feat that - if true - would break a fundamental pillar of science.
The readings have so astounded researchers that they are asking others to independently verify the measurements before claiming an actual discovery.
"This would be such a sensational discovery if it were true that one has to treat it extremely carefully," said John Ellis, a theoretical physicist at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, who was not involved in the experiment.
Nothing is supposed to move faster than light, at least according to Albert Einstein's special theory of relativity: The famous E (equals) mc2 equation. That stands for energy equals mass times the speed of light squared.
So much fun! Namaste friends see you next time.