Saturday, December 31, 2011

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012

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Wishing you all a safe, prosperous and very
Happy New Year!


See you in 2012!

-Sunny & the LITS Team



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Flaming Object and Lights Over South Texas 12/30/2011


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I just received this report from a colleague in South Texas:

LITS Investigation
Date: 12/30/2011
Time: Between 05:15 and 05:55
Location:  West of Stockdale and Southeast of New Berlin
State: Texas
Shape:  Sphere, Fireball, Lights
Distance: Unknown

Report:
This morning I had a report of a silver sphere with fire on the bottom, moving across the sky above Stockdale.  It had a trail of fire behind it and disappeared. This happened a 5:15.

Later a report of red and blue lights in a predawn field that would be in the location of the object's landfall.. Were we expecting any falling space debris?

The red and blue lights were seen on the ground at the Y of FM 467 and FM 539. That would be just SE of New Berlin.


The flaming object was seen just west of Stockdale, from the Y of HWY 87 and HWY 97, with a trajectory of S to N.

Sky was clear, no clouds.

Time of flaming object sighting 5:15 a.m.

Time of lights on the ground-5:55 a.m.


In addition:  I spoke with the investigator by phone and was told that the object traversing the sky appeared to be a silver sphere, with bluish flames on the bottom and a flaming tail behind.  Then the object disappeared as it neared the vicinity where the blue and red lights were later seen in the field.

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Note: If anyone in the area of Stockdale and New Berlin, Texas observed this object, or anything unusual on the morning of Friday, December 30, 2011, please contact us. Thank you. -SW

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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Day, 2011- UFOs Sighted Around the U.S.

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UFOs can be seen on any given day of the year, somewhere in the U.S. and/or around the world.  However, I decided to focus mainly on Christmas Day, 2011, a day which yielded a number of UFO sighting around the U.S.

Here are a few December 25, 2011 UFO sighting reports submitted to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network).

These reports are unedited. -SW

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Ruidoso, New Mexico (See photo above) 

MUFON Case # 34316
Date:    2011-12-25
Time:   22:00
Status:    Assigned
City:    Ruidoso
State:    New Mexico
Shape:    Other
Distance: Unknown
Summary:  Lights Over Ruidoso

Report:
Last night my wife and I went to bed shortly before 10 PM. At 10, my wife got up and went to the window of our upstairs bedroom. She observed a glowing object in the southern sky. It faded out. I got up and went to the window and a second object appeared. It was about 40 degrees above the horizon, and it appeared to be moving from north to south. It was much larger than a star and its surface was covered with twinkling red/yellow/orange lights. It had an irregular outline. We watched this object for a couple of minutes, and then it also faded out. A third object then appeared. I got the camera and started getting dress to go on the downstairs south patio. The third light faded, and a fourth appeared. I went on the patio and took a nice picture of this object shortly before it faded.

We are near Holloman AFB, and we have seen the strings of orange flares which the Air Force uses. These were distinctly different. The picture shows two objects one above the other. They are connected by a fuzzy irregular tubular structure. I concede that the lower object could be a burning smoking fragment sloughed off of a main flare, but, if so, then it is like no flare that I have ever seen before. Also, these were close enough and bright enough that we should have seen the supporting parachute. I hope to see them again.

The camera is a Panasonic DMC-ZS3 in the Sports Scene Mode and 12X zoom.

Original Photo

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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

MUFON Case # 34310
Date:    2011-12-25
Time:   08:30
Status:    Assigned
City:    Valley Forge
State:    Pennsylvania
Shape:    Egg,Sphere
Distance: One mile or less
Summary:  UFO over Valley Forge National Park

Report:
My girlfriend and I were on our way to visit family Christmas morning. I was driving ? she was the passenger, and we were traveling South East on Route 23 through Valley Forge National Park. As we approached the intersection near the park's Visitor Center, I looked up (towards the Visitor Center and over the outer line defense of the park) and saw a shiny, reflective, almost chrome looking object in the sky. It was spherical, maybe egg-shaped and appeared to be stationary in the sky. It looked a little like an old bubble-style helicopter fuselage...but not. I asked my girlfriend jokingly if she wanted to bet if the object was an aircraft or a UFO. We watched the object for a few seconds. I had to keep an eye on the road since I was on a curving hill coming up on an intersection, but my girlfriend was watching the object while fumbling for her camera phone. Small tree tops obstructed my view for less than a second, and then the object was completely gone. I think it shot off in a North Western direction, but I cannot be sure. It was there one second and completely gone the next. My girlfriend was not able to get a shot off with her camera phone before the object took off/vanished. It should be noted that this sighting took place less than 2 miles from a Lockheed Martin facility.

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Mount Laurel, New Jersey

MUFON Case # 34331
Date:    2011-12-25
Time:   21:15
Status:    Assigned
City:    Mount Laurel
State:    New Jersey
Shape:    Disc,Fireball,Oval
Distance: 100 feet or less
Summary:  saw 7 lights following one another in a mostly straight line. flew across the sky for about 3-4 minutes and one by one disappeared as they had appeared one by one.

Report:
I was out on my front porch with my sister and it faces the north and east. I saw what at first assumed was a plane because i see them all of the time. I immediately noticed the object was a bright orange color that has no definite shape other than being smallish and round-oval. as soon as i noticed the color of the object, i then saw another similar object come into view right behind the first one. it all happened pretty quick, but i was saying to my sister as I'm trying to figure out exactly what it is I'm seeing, Kate, what the heck are those things? As I'm saying that another identical object comes into view behind the first two. Then another, then another, totaling 7 of these identical orange lights flying in a line, one after the next, moving in the direction of West to East. It seemed each one came out of nowhere to join the line. They made no sound as they moved across the sky in line formation, they didn't change colors or anything like that, they stayed orange. They were approximately 10-20 feet between each one. They flew across the sky and one by one disappeared as they flew up to what seemed like a higher altitude. We had called our whole family out to witness these lights and not one person could come up with an idea for what we saw. It was pretty incredible, strange and scary all at the same time. I think we will definitely remember this Christmas in my family!

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MUFON Case # 34333
Date:    2011-12-25
Time:   19:50
Status:    Assigned
City:    Belfry
State:    Kentucky
Shape:    Circle,Fireball,Sphere
Summary: Orange/Red Ball of light, Very Noticable in Night Sky

Report:
3 witnesses, Large Orange ball of light that came in a straight path, stopped and hovered, and then went in a 45 degree angle, then stopped and turned quickly in on 90 degree angle. Event was followed by 3 military planes going in the direction of the object.

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Overland Park, Kansas

MUFON Case # 34340

Date:    2011-12-25
Time:   22:30
Status:    Submitted
City:    Overland Park
State:    Kansas
Shape:    Unknown
Distance: Over one mile
Summary:  Innumerable lights moving north to south 10:30 PM 12-25-11 Overland Park KS area

Report:
At approximately 10:30 PM on 12-25-11 my son came running into the family room urging my wife and I to look out the back of our house which faces West. We looked out and saw innumerable lights off in the distance moving from North to South along a relatively straight path. We proceeded out onto the deck and continued to observe these lights. As they moved to the South, they then appeared to head more West and appeared to climb and then disappear rather rapidly one by one. As we looked to the North, more lights continued to appear. This was a constant stream that we saw for at least 10 minutes, lights disappearing into the sky to the South and West and more lights appearing from the North. I would estimate that several hundred of these objects passed by during this time all taking the same path before turning to the West and up into the sky and disappearing. I had grabbed my cell phone on the way out to the deck and tried to record the objects but the quality is not great. In fact, some of the objects which I could see with the naked eye did not appear on the camera screen while others did. I am attaching the video clip. There are some Christmas lights from a few nearby houses along the bottom of the screen, not to be confused with the moving lights which appear much smaller. We could not make out any sound from these objects.

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Sandpoint, Idaho

MUFON Case # 34345
Date:    2011-12-25
Status:    Submitted
City:    Sandpoint
State:    Idaho
Shape:    Sphere
Distance: 500 feet or less
Summary:  There were 5 other family member witnesses. Looked like a very large candle flame in a sphere, no sound slowly moving across the lower sky.

Report:
Five of us family members went outside for a smoke during our Christmas day dinner when one of us noticed what only can be desribed as a spherical candle flame moving silently across the sky. It was maybe the size of a car?, and close but moving slowly and no light change. It hovered briefly then continued. We saw it from a couple different angles as it moved and my son and nephew who are in their 20's said it looked like a mini hot air balloon, but we all concurred that was not the case as it moved in a straight line except for the occassional hovering. After it stopped and hovered for a second time it went in a 90* turn from a hover-stop and that's when we all looked at each other and really knew that was a UFO! I personally have had other encounters, but 2 of the others were totally non-believers of anything out of the ordinary and they were blown away by this. After it took off then it was gone and we went inside.

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Chandler, Arizona

MUFON Case # 34351
Date:    2011-12-25
Time:   20:30
Status:    Submitted
City:    Chandler
State:    Arizona
Shape:    Square/Rectagular
Distance: 500 feet or less
Summary:  Unknown craft appeared and flew over us.

Report:
At approximately 8:30 to 8:40 p.m. on Dec. 25, 2011, I was standing and looking out at the sky from my ground floor apartment patio, talking on the phone. I saw a light grey, roundish, filmy substance moving toward me from the southeast, traveling northwesterly. The substance appeared to be unsolid - possibly gaseous. I had absolutely no idea what it could be as I had never seen anything like that before in my life. It grew larger as it approached and then took the shape of a craft. It was an oblong, six-sided craft with rounded ends. I saw a dull light grey and metallic-looking craft - my husband saw gray and black. It moved slowly, perhaps no more than 20 mph and no less than 10 mph. It moved very smoothly and as it continued to approach I noticed two appendages protruding from the closest end to me. They appeared to be something like very long antenas pointed downward. I was describing what I saw to the person I was talking to on the phone. Then I yelled for my husband to come out and he saw it as well. The craft moved steadily and was completely silent. There were no exterior lights. The end farthest from me had windows and they seemed to contain one small golden light in each window. I think there were 4-6 windows. The craft flew over the parking lot and was approximately 300-500 ft. in altitude and approximately 300 ft. away from me at the closest point. It was hard to tell how high it was or how far away but it was very, very close. My husband said he wished he would have had a flashlight to shine on it because it probably would have reflected. My husband saw geometric shapes on the outside bottom of the craft. This was not writing, but black, wide lines that appeared to be more for functionality. My husband ran into the apartment and out the front door and out through the back parking lot to watch it. I went out the front door straight to the west. The craft soon went back to the original shape of a roundish, unsolid object. I saw the craft for about 30 seconds - my husband saw it for about 10 seconds. During and after the sighting I felt very peaceful and loving. During the sighting I was also very excited and all I could say was, "Oh my God!", over and over again. This sighting was in Chandler, AZ.

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Leahwood, Kansas

MUFON Case # 34357
Date:    2011-12-25
Time:   00:00
Status:    Submitted
City:    Leawood
State:    Kansas
Shape:    Unknown
Duration: 00:04:00
Distance: 500 feet or less
Summary:  two amber/orange lights moving towards us.

Report:
At midnight on Christmas, 12/25/2011, my son and I decided to take our dog for a walk. We were walking south in the 13000 block of Roe in Leawood, KS. when we spotted two amber/orange lights approaching approx 30 degrees in the sky, as if they were from an aircraft. We thought the color was odd for an approaching aircraft. The lights were fairly close together and horizontal from one another. They then grew a little further apart and then became vertical in their positioning with one another, as if the craft was in a 90 degree banking position. We thought that wasn't possible if it was an aircraft. The lights then moved next to one another and stopped and hovered for about 15 seconds. At this point they were about 30 degrees off the horizon and made no sound. It was eerily quiet. We were stopped in our tracks in awe wondering what in the world we were experiencing!! It was definately not an airplane! Initially we thought it was one craft with two lights, but now we believe the lights are on two separate craft. At this time of night there is no traffic on the street at all. All of a sudden the lead light starts to fade and appears to change direction to the south so the light disappears. Seconds later the second light does the same. Just at that moment one car (the only car we saw that night) headed south on Roe stops and the two occupants asked if we just saw what they saw. They were excited like us and we talked for approx 30 seconds. They couldn't believe what they saw as well and had no explanation for the sighting. We all thought that what we saw was crazy, unbelievable and incredible!! I contacted the local FOX affiliate the next morning and they advised me that there were no other reports of sightings on Christmas night.

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Delray Beach, Florida

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Video link


MUFON Case # 34306
Date:    2011-12-25
City: Delray Beach
State: Florida

Report:
Driving north I-95 between Woolbright and Atlantic Ave exits near Delray Beach, FL.

Saw bright lights moving slowly east to west over I-95. Thought why was a string of planes flying so low. Pulled over to shoulder and filmed them from car with cellphone.

Some flew out of sight and some had had lights go out.

Called my dad and mother who witnessed them from their home in Boynton Beach.

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Note:  The object in the photo for Case # 34316 could very well be a flare of some sort but just as stated by the witness, I don't see a parachute, or any means by which a flare would stay aloft.   I would expect to see at least a hint of light reflection in the photo.   You decide. -SW

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Venus And Crescent Moon Put On Show This Week

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Photo taken at my farm near Breckenridge, Texas. -SW

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On Monday, December 26, 2011, Venus and the crescent moon put on quite a display, with a cosmic alignment known as a conjunction.

If you were lucky enough to have clear skies during sunset, Venus and the crescent moon could be viewed shining brightly in the southwestern sky, with only 7 degrees between the two.


Jupiter is also clearly visible (in the eastern portion of the night sky) and can be seen with the unaided eye.  Jupiter and Venus will appear to come closer to each other until March 14, 2012, when they will pass each other at a range of about 3 degrees.  Be sure to take photos of the Venus/Jupiter conjunction.

If any of my readers took interesting photos of the Venus/Moon conjunction on 26 December, 2011, please send them to me. I will post the best ones and will do likewise with any March 14, 2012 Venus/Jupiter photos.

Mark your calendars, charge up those camera batteries and keep watching the skies! -SW

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Lights and Triangles Over North Central Texas, 2009

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Dublin sighting, February 5, 2009- String of Lights

*These reports and videos were recently submitted to MUFON. 

I have done an image capture of each video.  The reports are presented here "as is", with no corrections.


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String of Lights Over Dublin

Dublin, Texas
02/05/2009


On the night of Feb. 5, 2009 I went out to check the skies like I usually do. Directly above my house I saw 2 really big triangle light patterns. I started filming and was able to catch the second one disappearing. Then 7 lights in a row appeared and then disappeared. After that one light appeared and then was gone a few moments later. Towards the end of the sighting jets started appearing from everywhere. There were at least 12 jets out possibly more. No noise from the lights at all.

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Triangle Lights

June 22, 2009 Sighting of Triangle.


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06/22/2009


On June 22, 2009 at approximately 9:49 pm I went outside to check the skies like most nights. I noticed something bright in the sky, so I grabbed my camcorder and started filming. At first I could only see one slow strobing light because it was headed straight towards me. Then it made a fairly sharp turn to the left and that is when I could really see the triangle light pattern on this object. Of the three lights, only one was strobing. After I knew I had some clear footage of it, I stopped filming briefly to set up my tripod. It was already connected to my camcorder. I then resumed filming but by that time this object had really picked up its speed. I could not get a steady shot even with my tripod. It then got so far away I could not see it anymore. This object made no sound at all. Really strange!

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 [Note:  One can easily see that the triangle of lights are illuminating a an object (triangle), to which they are apparently attached.

As for the string of lights,  please note that the witness states the jets appeared  "after"  the  lights faded.  -SW]


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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Season's Greetings

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I do hope you all have a very Merry Christmas! 

There, I said it now and the PC police will probably come haul my butt away but I'll grab one more sip of the nog before I go...

Everyone please have a safe holiday and enjoy family and friends.  Eat lots of whatever your traditional Christmas Day fare is, have fun and then I will see you back here on Monday, December 27...  My kids are coming in for a visit!

Oh, and if you have time and won't be freezing to do it, keep an eye on the sky for me, will ya?  Thanks!  Forecasters are predicting a "White Christmas" here and with already freezing temps and cloudy skies, we might just get a snowflake or two.

From me and my family, to you and yours, Happy Holidays!

Best wishes,
Sunny Williams and family.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Science and Discovery News 12-23-2011

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WISE Says 'Merry Christmas' With a Nebulous Wreath: Big Pic

Discovery News

Dec. 23, 2011 -- NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) is getting into a festive mood this Christmas after imaging a beautiful nebula called Barnard 3, or IRAS Ring G159.6-18.5. Nicknamed the "Wreath Nebula" by mission scientists, Bernard 3 does have some familiarity with the green and red wreath hanging peacefully on your neighbor's door. But looks can be deceiving.

BIG PICS: WISE Sees Sky in New Light




From 1,000 light years away, this nebula looks peaceful and serene, but it is actually the site of savage stellar winds blasting from the central bright star called HD 278942. These blizzard-esque winds have shaped the warm dust into a wreath-like ring, while the luminous star is likely the only energy source causing the ring to glow in infrared wavelengths (green).

The central red glow is most likely metal-rich gases being heated by HD 278942 -- if you use your imagination, this could resemble the red bow in the center of the wreath.

After adding a sprinkling of stars around the ring -- or, as mission scientists call them "silver bells" -- and you get a positively festive cosmic scene.  Merry Christmas!


-by Ian O'Neill

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA


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More News:

Spectacular Photos: Astronaut Sees Dazzling Comet From Space Station

600-Million-Year-Old Microscopic Fossils Upend Evolution Theory

Russia: 1 Up, 1 Down for Soyuz Raises Doubts on Space Program

Related: Russia Botches Another Rocket Launch


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A personal account: Humming Sound and Being Immobilized

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Depiction of what I felt caused the humming sound in 2009. - SW

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November 2, 2009, near Breckenridge, Texas.
Time:  05:52
Duration:  Less than 10 minutes

I got up from bed and went to the bathroom. When I came back to bed, the clock on the nightstand read 5:52 a.m.

As soon as I got in bed, my dog started barking and crying. Suddenly the dog stopped and the cell phone by the bed was "activated",  then the clock radio near the cell phone started making a throbbing static noise, somewhat like a short burst of Morse code.  That finally stopped and then I began to hear a deep rumbling, "thrumming" sound.  At first it was very faint but grew louder and louder as it passed very slowly, directly over the house. 

The sound was much like the hydro electric generators at the powerhouse, where my spouse had worked for 20 years before retiring.  The only difference was that this humming sound was more subdued and I could feel it, as well as hear it.

There were no lights involved.  I don't recall seeing anything but I "envisioned" a dark, triangular-shaped craft moving slowly over my house.

I felt a pressure in my chest, like I was being pushed down into the bed and it actually felt like I was being scanned.  I wasn't paralyzed, my arms were free to move but I just couldn't get up.  I tried.  I also flung my arms, striking my husband's arm several times.

The object passed on over, I was released, the sound faded and I laid there knowing that I had just received a "passing visit".

My spouse said he was awake but all he remembers is the dog barking, also the cell phone and the radio making noise.  He never moved, though I desperately tried to rouse him, hitting his arm with mine and asking him, "Can you hear that?  Listen!  I can't move!  Wake up!"  I called his name to no avail.  As far as I could tell, he was unconscious.

As the humming sound receded, becoming more faint and indistinct, I immediately fell back to sleep.

I've experienced this at night, on two other occasions.  It has never occurred during sunlit hours.

I'd like to note, that the very next year a contact called me one evening, saying that a triangle UFO was seen being escorted by military helicopters, headed in my direction  from south to north.  I watched but never saw, nor heard this "aerial convoy".

Was it of extraterrestrial origin, or is it something that our military is using, hiding in 'plain sight'?

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Related cases:

Hutto, TX- Couple Hear Humming Sound Overhead

Triangular-shaped craft emits buzzing sound over a Stafford, VA home

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Triangular-shaped craft emits buzzing sound over a Stafford, VA home

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Two witnesses in Stafford, Virginia see a triangular UFO and hear a buzzing, crackling sound.

[Note: This report is edited.  Click on case number for original report.]

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MUFON Case # 34254
Date:    2011-12-22
Time:    05:00
City:    Fredericksburg / Stafford
State:    Virginia
Shape:    Triangle
Distance: 100 feet or less
Summary: Triangular Shaped Craft Over Stafford, VA

Report:
I was asleep and woke to a buzzing sound and snapping of static electricity in my room and around me. The buzzing sound seemed to be in the room with me. I looked at the clock and it as 5 am (12/22/2011) -- Stafford, VA. I went to the window and looked upward and saw a large dark triangular shaped craft slowly passing overhead in a South to Northern direction. There was a bright white light on each corner and the craft traveled with one point forward. A red blinking light could be seen on the bottom of the craft. The craft seemed to be making no noise whatsoever but creating a hum in my bedroom and lots of static electricity (my hair stood on end). I woke my mom and she looked out the window to see it hovering over the trees about 270 feet away (about 10' over the trees). I figure the width of it as it passed overhead and over the trees was about twice the size of the back (width of the homes behind my home) or about 120 ft.

I didn't get a photo though had my cell phone with me. I didn't have my video camera battery charged. But charging it now in case there is a repeat.

Odd thing. My dog, Boomer, a 125 lb yellow lab slept through this even though I was up and yelling at mom to take a look, etc. The dog never acts this way... very vigilant... but he kept quiet or stayed asleep.

I could do a sketch. So could my mom. I could map the path it took while in my view to a great degree of accuracy.

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Editor's Note:  I recall a similar incident, where some type of large craft moved over my home one evening, while my spouse and I were in bed.  As it did so,  it emitted a deep humming sound that was felt as much as heard. 

I'll save that for another post. - SW

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Oval Shaped Craft Emitting Beam Of Light Over Cleburne, Texas

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In Cleburne, Texas on December 19, 2011, while coming home from a shopping trip, a woman sees a beam of light emitting from an object in the sky. 

Unlike aircraft that are landing or taking off, the beam of light was reportedly pointed upwards into the night sky.


[Note: This report is edited.  Click on case number for original report. -SW]

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MUFON Case # 34256
Date:    2011-12-19
Time:    19:19 CST
Status:    Assigned
City:    Cleburne
State:    Texas
Shape:    Circle, Disc, Oval
Duration:    00:08:00
Distance:    Unknown
Summary:    Craft shining beam of light in night sky.

Report:
On December 19, 2011, while in the car with my husband I witnessed something I've never seen before. As we were returning from shopping late on that evening, it had already gotten pitch dark. It was a little after 7pm.

I was looking out the passenger window at the businesses as we passed by them, something caught my eye and I looked in the sky, above everything. I saw this thing that looked almost like a ball of light, it was shining a beam of light out of the top of it into the sky above it. The beam shown very high above it, probably 50-100ft above it. You could see it fade into nothingness. Like when you shine the beam of a flash light on a itch black night, you can see where the beam ends. That's how this was.

It was also about 25-50 ft. across.  A quick note I'm estimating here, I maybe way off not sure.

I tried to get my husband to see it but he wasn't able to for fear of wrecking. We drove about a block or two with it still doing this and staying stationary. I turned my head for a moment I believe to tell my husband something and once I turned my attention back this craft had turned off the beam of light. Now it just looked like a ball of light just no where near as bright.

I could now see one single red blinking light on it. I could sorta make out a shape even though it was dark. It was sorta ball/saucer-like shaped. Of course I'm sure the darkness didn't help me any in knowing the exact shape. During this whole time I was just kinda amazed and curious about it.

The road made a turn and I lost sight if it, then found it again. Only to lose it again and never find it again. Which I find very strange that something like that could just completely disappear with out a trace with all the light it was emitting.

The speed of the craft the whole time seemed very slow. So that's how I don't see it disappearing like that even I'd it did speed away.  At first it just hovered there while it shown the beam.

I've never seen anything like it. My first thought was it was a helicopter, but what doesn't make sense is the thing looking like a ball of light even after the beam of light. I mean I know helicopters can have search lights so you can't use that as a point to show it wasn't one.

I suppose you can be the judge of what you think it was. To me I'm unsure but it sure seemed strange for a helicopter.

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Moons Of Earth?

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Earth Must Have Another Moon, Say Astronomers

A study of the way our planet temporarily captures asteroids suggests that Earth should have at least one extra moon at any one time
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(Technologyreview.com) Back in 2006, the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona noticed that a mysterious body had begun orbiting the Earth. This object had a spectrum that was remarkably similar to the titanium white paint used on Saturn V rocket stages and, indeed, a number of rocket stages are known to orbit the Sun close to Earth.

But this was not an object of ours. Instead, 2006 RH120, as it became known, turned out to be a tiny asteroid just a few metres across--a natural satellite like the Moon. It was captured by Earth's gravity in September 2006 and orbited us until June 2007 when it wandered off into the Solar System in search of a more interesting neighbour.

2006 RH120 was the first reliably documented example of a temporary moon.

But there should be many more examples, say Mikael Granvik and buddies at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Today these guys say they have modelled the way the Earth-Moon system captures these objects to understand how frequently we can expect to have additional moons and how long they should stay in orbit.

The answer is straightforward to state. "At any given time, there should be at least one natural Earth satellite of 1-meter diameter orbiting the Earth," say Granvik and co. These objects should hang around for about 10 months and make about three revolutions of the planet. That means Earth ought to have a metre-sized moon right now.

This is of more than academic interest. NASA has repeatedly said it is interested in sending humans to a near Earth asteroid. What better than to kick off with one that is in orbit here?

Finding a suitable candidate will be tricky though. Asteroids that are likely to become temporary satellites in the near future will be small and therefore hard to see. What's more, they will be subject to many forces pushing and pulling them so that predicting when and if they will ever be captured will be next to impossible.

But improved monitoring might help spot them when they get here, which might allow a launch to be planned in advance. Granvik and co conclude: "The scientific potential of being able to first remotely characterize a meteoroid and then visit and bring it back to Earth would be unprecedented."

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Note:  What if some of those "moons" aren't asteroids at all? -SW

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

1978 UFO Sighting In Wyoming By Pilot And 100 Others

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A commercial pilot reports that in 1978, he, his wife and at least 100 travelers watched an extremely large object (over 1 mile in diameter), descended from orbit, land and 6-7 small objects exited and flew away at high speed.  Then the object flew back into space.

This report has been edited.  Click on case number for original report.

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MUFON Case # 34228
Date:    1978-07-08
Time:   19:30
City:    S.E. OF WIND RIVER CANYON
State:    Wyoming
Shape:    Fireball,Sphere
Duration: 00:30:00
Distance: Over one mile

Report:
While driving a semi truck hauling a Lowboy trailer w/caterpillar D-8 dozer in July 1978, about 7:30 MT time.  My wife noticed a star in sky at about 45 degrees inclination to the Northeast.  Looking to East I could see the moon well up and looking to the Southwest the sun was setting.  The sun was about 3/4 below horizon. 

When I looked back to the Northeast at my wife's exited urging, I saw to my amazement the star we had seen was now moving towards us and appeared to be growing larger.  The meteor, I thought was getting much bigger until it neared a small mountain directly in front of us, at about 5,000 ft. AGL/above ground level.

The object stopped and hovered for about 3- seconds, then landed on the side of the mountain.  I just mentioned, I'm assuming it landed but it could have been hovering behind the mountain.  It did not wobble at all.

This object was, I'm estimating, 5000-10,000 ft. in diameter, 1-2 miles.  I've never seen anything this large that was capable of moving under it's own power.

FYI, I am a licensed commercial pilot and used to be a certified flight instructor.  In 1988 I stopped flying, because I could only pass medical for private pilot, not commercial; my depth perception had deteriorated.  I'm 65 now as I write this, back to sitting.

After it appeared the large object had landed, nothing happened for about 2 minutes. Then about 6 very small silvery objects made one orbit around the large object and flew towards the Northwest, at what I would guess at mach 2+.

It's been many years since we saw this.  I've become dulled to the excitement, I felt this, what I now call a UFO.

If anyone would look at a NASA photo of the sun and it's corona, you would see an almost identical picture of what we saw that day.  I want to make sure it's understood that all this took place in full daylight, on a clear, almost cloudless day.

There were over 35 vehicles stopped with us on the north bound side of the road, with about 10 vehicles stopped on the south bound side.  There were 8 people that I talked to on my side of the highway, that took 8MM movies of all or part of this sighting.  I estimate that 100+ people witnessed this event.

When the object departed, it climbed about 5,000 ft, hovered for a few seconds, then accelerated back along it's approach path.  From it's hover position until it disappeared to space, took about 30 seconds.

FYI, this is the first time I've told anyone except for 3 or 4 friends and of course they didn't believe.

Oh yes, later the next day I called flight service and the FAA said they had no radar contact with any craft at that time of day, in that area.  The FAA would not tell me about any other reports.

This was a long time ago, so it may not be of much interest.

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Note:  I find it very interesting that so many people saw this and kept silent.  Who else is willing to come forward?  I'd love to see those videos! -SW

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

UFO Humor: Men in Black 3

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"I promised you the secrets of the universe, nothing more."

"Well, what other secrets are there?"



It looks like "J" (Will Smith, Men in Black III) and we the audience, are in for one heck of a time... jump.

I can't wait.

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Video link


Movie Release Date: May, 2012


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Sunday, December 18, 2011

UFO Encounter In Malheur National Forest

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Depiction of Disc UFO over pines by SW/LITS.

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A woman recalls a UFO sighting and possible abductions, as told to her by her aunt, who along with the aunt's husband and others, had a (1968?) encounter in the mountains of Malheur National Forest.

[This report contains minimal spelling corrections.  Click on case number for original report.]

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MUFON Case # 34067
Event Date: 1968-09-30
Time: 19:10 GMT
City:    Burns
State:    Oregon
Shape:      Other, Disc
Distance: 100 feet or less
Location: Mountain
Terrain:  Mountains
Visibility: Clear
Weather:  None
Summary:  wilderness of Oregon. Large saucer, very close, witnesses suffered memory loss.

Report:
I apologize that this is second hand, but my family member who experienced this never wished it reported. Now it can be. I hope that it might be associated with other events in the area about that time, providing added proof that something DID occur in the area of the Malheur National forest, NW of Burns Oregon at that time. The month is correct (Oct), the day could have been any day during deer season.

My Aunt, Uncle and a large group of friends were camped at Morgan Springs in the Malheur National forest. It was dark and the days hunt over. As usual everyone was around the fire. This was rugged country. I've been to this spot in the 70's and 80's. Very hard to find and to get there with vehicles. Theirs was the only group at that site.
Let me state that my Aunt was the national chairman of a prestigious real estate concern. Listed in Who's Who, very successful, logical and level headed.

She was walking around the group with a tray of snacks. She stated that it soundlessly glided into view just above the tree tops. These would be large Ponderosa pines. It stopped, hovering, not directly overhead but about 50 Feet away at a 45 degree angle, about 100 ft above the ground. About half the craft was visible, saucer shaped, she estimated it to be at least 100 ft wide, but I don't recall how thick it was.

Everyone freaked out, women screamed, men yelling, some went for their hunting rifles. She said it was so close and so obvious what it was, that nobody said anything like "what is it". Everyone knew. There were "windows", for lack of a better term. I don't recall if they were visible as it came into sight or not. I think she said they appeared after it stopped to hover. A yellow light was visible, apparently emanating from the crafts interior. She said the shapes of more than one humanoid body was visible and movement was easily discerned with the yellow back light. No features were seen as no light was directed in to the craft from the outside. She said that the movements were fluid, natural, but seemed uncharacteristic of normal human movement. Proportions were odd as well. She said they seemed to be curious about them, moving to get different looks into the campsite.

At this point, only a few seconds have passed. She was a camera buff and she dropped the tray and ran to the camping vehicle to get her 35mm. She had to load it and said she may have been inside the camper for 3 minutes max.

When she emerged, camera in hand, the entire group was still and calm. The craft gone. Some of those that hadn't left the fire area were again seated. A couple of the group that ran were slowly walking back. Two men with hunting rifles were stone still and seemed catatonic for another couple of minutes.

She asked what happened, where the saucer went, etc.

Slowly, she started to get responses, simple ones, like "what"? Soon, they regained their wits.

She was frantic, demanding answers... they all, including her husband, acted like she'd lost her mind. They had no explanation or memory of why some were away from the fire, holding guns or unable to recall the tray of snacks being dropped by her as she ran for her camera. She was incredulous, and being a strong willed, confident woman, she demanded answers and insisted her story was true and it was THEY who were daft. It got heated. Her husband, my uncle, finally felt embarrassed enough to demand her silence and in the coming days she agreed, at his request, to NEVER tell this story. To my knowledge, I am the only one she told.

obviously, she believes the metal skin of the camper protected her from whatever caused the memory loss to the others.
Her and my uncle are the greatest people I've ever known. I need no additional proof. I simply believe her. Hopefully, if any other events took place in that area, this will add weight to their accounts.

The biggest hole in my story is that I am unsure of the year. She told me this story in the early 70's I and can't recall how many years previously the event happened. Sorry about that.

Good luck with your efforts, hope we all get concrete proof one day soon.

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This Week's Science, Technology and Discovery News

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Photo and video capture furious activity in Milky Way nebula 2,000 light-years away

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(Space.com)  Just in time for the holidays, the Hubble Space Telescope has snapped a spectacular view of a star-forming region in our Milky Way galaxy that looks like a snow angel in deep space.

This region, called Sharples 2-106 (or S106 for short) is located nearly 2,000 light-years away in the direction of the constellation of Cygnus (The Swan). The nebula is found in a relatively isolated part of the Milky Way, researchers said.

The S106 nebula measures several light-years across, and contains vast clouds of gas that resemble outstretched wings amidst an hourglass shape. The light from the glowing gas is colored blue in this image. A video and photo of the "snow angel" based on Hubble's observations reveal a spectacular view of the cosmic sight.



Hubble's view captures furious activity in the nebula, with ridges and ripples of super-hot gas mixing with the cooler interstellar medium. A massive young star, called Infrared Source 4 or IRS 4, is responsible for this turbulence, scientists said.

Radiation from IRS 4 makes the lobes of gas glow bright blue in the image, as they stretch outward from the central star. Luminous red veins also appear throughout the nebula creating intricate patterns.

A ring of dust and gas around the star squeezes the expanding nebula into its apparent hourglass shape. Faint light from the central star reflects off tiny dust particles, making the surrounding environment glow, and revealing darker filaments of dust beneath the blue dust clouds, the researchers said.

Astronomers have studied S106 and found several hundred brown dwarfs, which are cool, failed stars. When the nebula is viewed in infrared wavelengths, more than 600 of these misfit stars appear, scientists said.

Brown dwarfs weigh less than a tenth of our sun, and because of this low mass, they are unable to trigger enough energy through nuclear fusion. These cosmic objects encompass the S106 nebula in a small cluster, the researchers said.

S106 was the 106th object to be cataloged by astronomer Stewart Sharpless in the 1950s, the researchers said.

The newly released image was taken by Hubble in February. The composite picture was created by stitching together two images taken in infrared light.

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Saturday, December 17, 2011

Witness Reports Odd Behavior In Dogs, Flash Of Light, Disc UFO And Missing Time

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Lithia Springs, Georgia- A police investigator reports that on May 15, 1995,  he and his dad noticed neighborhood dogs behaving oddly. 

Then father and son were knocked unconscious by a blinding flash of light, followed by seeing a disc-shaped UFO as it disappeared into a cloud.

They both soon realize they have experienced a lapse in Time
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Here is that report that has been edited for spelling.  Click on case number to see original report.

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MUFON Case # 34064
Date:    1995-05-15
City:    Lithia Springs
State:    Georgia
Shape:    Disc
Distance:    One mile or less
Summary:  Bright Light, strange k-9 activity, missing time line

On the night of the sighting, it was cool and nice outside. My step-mom was sitting in as bay window, with windows and blinds open, on our house watching TV in her and my dads room. My step-sister was sitting in the living room with the windows and the blinds open, both step-mom and step-sister letting the night air in. Both parties sitting next to open windows were on the same side of the sighting.

My father and I were located in my bedroom and were playing a video game. My blinds and window was also open due to the nice night. the air was cool and the skies were partly cloudy. As my dad and I were playing the game, we were disturbed by lots of neighborhood dogs barking and gathering in the street. The dogs were congregating near a light post located approximately 75 to 100 feet from my bedroom window and directly in front of the house. We paused the game and began watching the dogs. After a few minutes, my dad left the room and went to his room to retrieve a pair of binoculars to get a closer look at the dogs. I had a pair in my room and I retrieved mine as well. When my dad returned to my room, we turned the TV off to darken the room and began trying to focus on the pack of dogs.

The part of the whole ordeal seemed strange because some of the neighborhood dogs that were gathered would normaly not get along. We began to focus in on the dogs. We noticed the dogs were barking while looking up into the sky. We talked about why they might be behaving like this for a few moments then began to look towards the sky, to the right of the house, when all of the sudden a bright light from up above burst in through the window causing my father and I to fall backwards onto the floor.  Prior to the light, my dad and I were on our knees looking out the window. When we came to and regained our sight. We were laying on the floor next to each other. Now we both understand that our binoculars would have magnified the light, but I know the light was bright to begin with. I looked back out the window and caught a glimpse of a craft in the air that appeared to slowly floating away. The craft floated behind a cloud or into some type of fog and disappeared for good.

When we regained our composure, we went into the living room and said "did you see that" to my step sister. She stated "what are y'all talking about". We stated "the dogs and the bright light". She stated "no" and went back to watching TV. We left the living room and went to my dads room where my step-mother had been sitting in the bay window watching TV.  We asked her the same questions and she stated she had heard the dogs earlier but had not observed any type of flash or light.

My dad and I looked out the bay window real fast and realized that the dogs were gone. My dad and I went outside of the residence and walked to the neighbors house. The neighbor was outside working in and around his garage. We asked him if he had observed anything and he stated no. He did state that his dog had ran off earlier, but the dog had returned sometime earlier. After investigating the situation for sometime, my dad and I concluded that all the dogs that we had observed were back at their homes and that people had observed the dogs acting funny but had not observed the light.

The part of the incident that still puzzles my dad and I is the fact that what seemed to take a few seconds, like looking at the dogs, seeing the light and coming to on the floor had apparently taking some time because everyone stated they had observed and heard the dogs earlier but not recently when asked. We thought that the flash happened and a few seconds later we were up and asking about the incident. We don't remember the, as people stated "some time" went. The dogs had been home for "some time", we heard the dogs "earlier", we observed the dogs "earlier".  There is time missing and neither my dad or I remember what happened during the missing time.

P.S. I am an investigator at a local police department and this has puzzled my to this day.

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

1980: Cigar-shaped UFO Sighting In Maryland

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Depiction by SW/LITS

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A Maryland witness recalls a 1980 encounter with occupants of a cigar-shaped craft.

Was this possibly and abduction and the memories that remain are of the craft leaving?  The witness is left wondering if it was only a dream.

This report has been edited for clarity.  Click on case number for original report.

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MUFON Case # 34018
Date:    1980-06-01
Location: Baltimore County, Maryland
Shape:      Cigar
Duration:  00:15:00
Distance:   Unknown
Summary:  Sighting when I was a kid

Report:
Not real sure if it was a dream or it was real but it sure felt real and I have lived with it all my life.

We owned a farm in Baltimore County Md. on Rolling Rd. It was about 18 acres or so. The incident took place late at night not sure of the exact time but everyone was asleep in the house.

All that I can remember is that it was a very clear night, with a few white puffy clouds.  I was standing outside of the back of the house looking up, don't remember even going outside of the house. 

The memory starts with me looking up at, I guess what some would call a cigar shaped craft.  It looked grey on top and bottom, with windows that appeared to go around the center of the craft.  There was no lighting except where the windows were and that was just white continuous light that wrapped around the craft.

The craft was tipped to its side and a person was standing toward the front of the craft waving.  I remember that person looking just like we do, as far as human features and wearing a jump suit kind of clothing.

The whole incident didn't last long at all and as he was waving the craft leveled up and just casually drifted away and as that craft left, I looked up and seen high up in the sky several crafts going all kinds of speeds.  None were super fast, they were all cruising different moderate speeds.

After that I just went in and went back to sleep. Its a dream that has stayed with me since I was child. I don't know how I got outside.  I wasn't scared or nothing like that.  It actually was a very peaceful feeling.

I think it happened in the summer, because it was a very warm night out. I do remember going inside and just going to bed like nothing happened. It was a weird experience but a peaceful one.

(Name redacted)

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White Cigar-shaped Craft In Thundercloud Over Madison, Tennessee

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Depiction by SW/LITS

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A witness in Madison, Tennessee observes a cigar-shaped craft exit, the re-enter a thundercloud.

This report is unedited.

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MUFON Case # 34015
Date:    2011-09-15
Location: Madison, Tennessee
Shape:      Cigar
Distance: Unknown
Visibility: Partly Cloudy
Weather:  Heavy
Summary:  White cigar shaped craft

Report:
First seen over Gallatin Road near military cemetery. I was driving down Gallatin away from downtown and saw the object out of the corner of my eye. I slowed the car and watched the object come out of a thunderhead cloud, hover for a few seconds and then turn upside down and go back into the cloud.

The contrast of the white object against the black cloud made it stand out. I knew it was an oddity as soon as I saw it because of the maneuvers it made and the fact that it entered the storm cloud.

I was very shaken by the sighting and actually pulled off the road and called a friend to tell her exactly what happened. I felt nervous the rest of the night and had a hard time sleeping.

I saw what I believe is the same object about two or three weeks later in roughly the same area in the middle of the day. The sky was completely clear of clouds. I saw the object directly overhead and it had the same features (or lack of features) as described above. It flew overhead at what looked like a relatively normal rate of speed and then rapidly accelerated. It was gone so fast it looked like it disappeared into nothing.

I've had no other sightings since then.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

UFO-like Object Hauled On Flatbed Trailer Causes Stir


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Alien invasion? Strange object travels through Cowley County

Arkansas City Traveler- The unusual object traveling through Cowley County, which was the cause of much conversation Monday morning, was a U.S. Navy drone.

Hauled on a large flatbed truck along U.S. 77, area residents got a look at a 32-foot-wide, dull gray, wrapped apparatus shaped like a flying saucer and featuring flashing red lights.

Reports were that the object is a Navy drone, which — after wings are attached — will fly from aircraft carriers.

One clearance location of concern was the bridge north of Winfield, which only is 35 feet wide.

Local emergency management officers, along with members of the Arkansas City and Winfield police departments and Cowley County Sheriff's Department, were on hand to control traffic as the aircraft was transported through Cowley County to Maryland.

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OK, so it's a little suspicious but maybe it's identity is more apparent, once it's wings are attached? - SW

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