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#8-1999
By George Filer

MUFON Eastern Region Director
February 25, 1999

George Filer: Majorstar@verizon.net
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THERE IS A SHARP INCREASE IN SIGHTINGS WORLDWIDE IN 1999.

Sightings of UFOs were sharply down between December 20, 1998, and January 6, 1999. Although some fire balls and lights were observed, structured UFOs were last seen heading south along the Australia coast presumed to be headed for Antarctica in late December. It's now summer in the Southern Hemisphere. During January, the sightings seemed to pick up in Australia and spread north. Numerous sightings have been reported in February.

CONNECTICUT

NEW HAVEN -- Ryan John Devlin reports that on February 13, 1999, at 9:34 PM I was with my family at a park called West Rock. I was walking and looking up at the stars and saw lights in the sky that looked weird. The park is on a little mountain. I told everybody to lookup and we saw some very strange lights, that made some strange patterns in the sky. 203-932-3528, 100 Tuthill St. West Haven CT. Thanks to ISUR and John Thompson.

NEW YORK

SHERBURNE -- Two witnesses, a teenage boy and his mother, witnessed an unusual object on January 23, 1999, at 8:00 PM. A short distance from our house, my mother and I witnessed an oval/diamond shaped object surrounded by a misty pink light that 'flashed.' It was hovering about 40 feet above Knapp Road. We watched it continue in that direction until it disappeared. My grandparents who live next door told us that they heard a sound as if someone was blowing into a bottle. Our family has also witnessed two other sightings during October in the past two years. Both sightings were three yellow, oval/diamond shaped objects in the eastern sky around 9:30 PM. The high speed objects moved separately and sporadically for three hours. Thanks to: lclark@ibm.net Larry Clark, http://www.nymufon.org

NEW JERSEY

RUNNEMEDE – MUFON field investigator Evelyn Gaulson reports that on February 15, 1999, at about 8:45 PM, Mary Ann spotted a strange object in the sky. Mary Ann noticed a large object about 60 feet above the ground. It had iridescent lighting like a prism would display. She could see pink, mauve and yellow and other colors in the light. It was a long tube that would move sideways and then forward. The tube would hover for a while and then more sideways again making a very high-pitched hum. Her daughter came outside and Mary Ann asked her what she saw? The daughter said it looked like a long cigar. They watched for 5 minutes before it flew off sideways and suddenly disappeared. After the tube left they noticed a funny odor that smelled very sweet almost like vanilla. Thanks to Evelyn Galson.

VIRGINIA

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY -- Rick Atristain, MUFON State Director reports that five UFOs were sighted on February 10, 1999, at around 7:15 PM. The witnesses stated: "My two teenage children and myself were driving on a two-lane back road that goes past the Federal Reformatory." Approximately 20 feet above the tree line, we sighted a lighted object hovering above the trees. It was encircled in white pulsing, rotating lights, with a single larger light on the bottom. Suddenly, four other smaller lighted objects lined up in a line beside the larger one. As we turned a curve and our car beams shone in that direction, the smaller objects suddenly disappeared one by one. Then the larger object moved about 1/2 mile distance in about three seconds. First, it was above the trees, then momentarily it was on the other side of the reformatory. We watched for four minutes. They made no noise. The areas that surround the prison are flat lands (Ft. Lee Military Base). On one side is the Appomattox River and on the other is Route 295. We often observe military planes, including experimental aircraft. However these did not look similar. Thanks to Rick Atristain.

GEORGIA

This month, Venus and Jupiter have been approaching one another in the sky and will seem to almost merge on 23 February. Being low on the horizon, and depending on the weather, a lens like effect can take place, making them seem to do all sorts of tricks.

ACKWORTH -- On February 22, 1999, at about 8:00 PM witnesses saw two lights on the western horizon, one over the other, but separated. He indicated that they changed colors from green to yellow to white, and would alternate in going from the size of a pearl held at arm's length to the size of a quarter. They also changed in magnitude. He watched for about 10 minutes and said they appeared to be hovering, but he noticed the lights of about 5 aircraft flying nearby. Investigators this may be a classic case of celestial objects being mistaken for a UFO. It may be that the approaching cloud front containing ice crystals and possibly temperature inversions could have influenced the appearance of these celestial bodies. I say this MAY be the planets, but the case needs further investigation. Thanks to Tom Sheets.

FLORIDA

MIAMI – State Section Director Mary Margaret Zimmer reports that the witness Dr. H. noticed a round platinum-like object flying at 7:30 PM on February 3, 1999. The UFO was flying just above the houses at approximately 30 mph. It had a dome with a bright flashing light on top. A rim extended from the body and above the rim. There were smaller lights and the object was flat on the bottom. It flew with the front part tilted slightly higher that the back. The closest the object came to the witness was about 200 feet based on the width of the road. She felt the height of the abject was 90 feet or less based on the height of the tower at the Falls Shopping center, and the height of a red balloon tethered to an apartment complex. Dr. H. followed the object heading north in her car for about ten minutes. Although, her window was down she could hear no sound. The object appeared larger than a car. Upon returning home she summoned her son. From their upstairs window they saw a bright light moving slowly toward the north. Margaret Zimmer made an excellent drawing of the craft. It appears to be similar to the type photographed over Gulf Breeze, Florida. Dr. H felt awe and elation at seeing the craft. She contacted the FAA, police, Channel 10 and 23 in Miami. The FAA suggested she call the National UFO Reporting Center and Good Year Blimp in Pompano. No blimps were flying that night. Thanks to Peter Davenport's National UFO Reporting Center for his notification and to Margaret Zimmer.

Editors Note: The witnesses seem of high quality and took responsible action to find an explanation for their sighting.

OHIO

A letter from Anna who believes she was abducted aboard a UFO. The outside of the craft had a spring to it like rubber and the door was a foot square and appeared black. No matter how big you were you were able to get through the door and floated to the bottom. There was a cylinder or tank about a foot by 10 feet filled with something that looked like clouds. There were two tall objects beside them that looked like a workshop grinder on the top. When moving the craft seemed to be held up on its outer circumference. Also there was no air currents such as bumps from gusts of wind. The upper part or the dome was covered in colored {red, blue, etc.} chips. Below at one section were molded seats that one's knee would not fit into. In the center was a chair shaped like a question mark. The one arm rest had control panels that looked like pastel colored push pins, but were flat. When the panel was touched the colored dome emitted something and then the dome lost its color and turned to white and gray. The chips looked like crystals. Electricity was produced. In the outer circumference of the craft there were seats with small pads. I heard metal like a hatch opening and then the craft became unbearably cold. Thanks to Donna Trumbull Co. Ohio.

MUFON WESTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY CONFERENCE

On April 24, Bowling Green, Kentucky MUFON presents the Giants in UFOLOGY: Speakers are John Carpenter on abduction research, Stanton Friedman on Roswell, Ted Phillips on physical trace cases, and Dr. Roger Scott the Director of the Hardin Planetarium and Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Western Kentucky University. For more information contact Kentucky MUFON at ufoarch@gte.net or 502 769-6458 Thanks to Scott Voight .

COLORADO AND NEW MEXICO

SAN LUIS VALLEY -- UFO activity has increased dramatically. - On Jan 26, 1999 at 8:15 to 8:32 PM, seven witnesses" saw a large UFO near La Veta. Two witnesses claim they were less than a 1/4 mile from the "600 foot" craft that was "hovering" over small lake located on a golf course. The first witness, a woman, had walked outside as she and her husband were closing up shop and were startled to see what she initially thought was "a 747 landing." Immediately she realized it was not moving. The unconventional-looking craft appeared to have wings and bright lights in the front. It was described as translucent-looking and was accompanied by a low humming sound. Initially structure was not visible. Then, after summoning her husband, they both observed "orange-colored portholes" appear on the side. They watched as the object shot a probe-like beam or tube downward toward the lake.

TAOS COUNTY -- On January 22, 1999, at 10:45 PM motorists traveling north on NM 522 in separate cars, 9 miles south of the Colorado and New Mexico border, had separate unusual experiences. Brad Sleep, a UNM college student was following his girlfriend, Sarah Fisher when he witnessed what appeared to be a large meteor descending straight down toward the ground. The object was white colored and had a short tail. After descending quickly for a couple of seconds, the object abruptly stopped, changed color to a reddish white and hovered for almost a minute at about 37,000 feet. Sleep pulled over to the side of the highway. Sarah, who did not observe the UFO continued on. He climbed out of his pickup truck as the object began a series of 14 lateral figure-eight's that took about 3 seconds to complete. Then the object headed to the SE toward Taos. The craft had a roar similar to a jet plane but had a reverberating hum that was different. Sarah, proceeded "about a mile" up the road from where Brad stopped, when she saw a strange car that was all lit up on the sides by light that wasn't supposed to be there." When the lit-up car passed several small objects rained down on the driver side of her windshield.

SAN ANTONIO MOUNTAIN – On February 4, 1999, the KRZA transmitter goes down for five days. At 9:45 PM in Saguache County two witnesses driving south on Highway 17 saw a brilliant orb of white light hovering around 200 feet above the ground. During the 40 second sighting a retired career Air Force officer noted the object shot a beam of light at the ground.

SAN LUIS VALLEY -- On February 9, 1999, Chris and another witness observed a fast moving unblinking dull-orange orb travel southeast at 9:55 PM. The object was below 5,000 feet in altitude and was 3 times the size of Venus. It covered a 100 miles in 3 minutes.

SAGUACHE COUNTY -- February 13, 1999, at 3:05 PM two witnesses observed an erratically moving silver reflection three times--each time for several seconds. The object seemed to be below 2,000 feet and made sharp twisting turns. It looked like "a fishing lure in the sky." The second witness was able to focus a pair of binoculars on the object and described it as being "kind of rectangular-looking, but with no wings." Twelve minutes later, four fighters buzzed this area headed north.

WESTCLIFFE --On February 21, 1999, a pilot and another witness report two jet fighters flying east at 50,000 feet in altitude at 10:15 AM. Pacing the second jet was an object that seemed about 10,000 feet below the jets. This object was rounded and was reflecting a goldish color. The jets left contrails the third object did not. The pilot was puzzled by how fast all three craft were traveling. "They were definitely flying faster than the speed of sound." Thanks to Christopher O'Brien tmv@pop.amigo.net Christopher reports his new book Enter The Valley (St. Martin's Paperbacks ISBN 0-312- 96835-3 has been published.

JULESBURG -- On February 13, 1999, Scott Luft reported he had a UFO sighting at 4:15 AM. I am a security guard for a local hog farm operation in N.E. Colorado. I was coming up a county road going north to check one of our barns. I was about eight miles southeast of Julesburg. There are allot of tower beacons flashing in our area, but this did not flash. I noticed a very bright star in the North sky among a large amount of stars visible. When I saw the light I did not remember seeing a star there 20 seconds ago. I stopped and got out my binoculars. As I watched the object the light started to glow brighter and brighter. Then the object proceeded to "take off" going north. It made a dip towards the ground and then made an upward arch and was gone at tremendous speed. --Thanks to Jerry Clark and Scott Luft http://www.nymufon.org 970-474-2107 12 West 4th Street Julesburg 80737 scottl@henge.com

CALIFORNIA

MOJAVE -- Peter Davenport reported numerous sightings on February 22, 1999, on the Art Bell radio show. Witnesses reported citing a glowing green fireball going southwest at 8:30 PM. As the object slowed the color changed and a triangular shaped craft was observed. Editors Note: We have reports that a new X-60 triangle shaped craft that has VTOL capabilities may be flying in this area. The craft is the size of 737 commercial aircraft and still in its test phase. The craft may be hypersonic reaching speeds above mach 5.

ASTEROIDS GETTING TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT

WASHINGTON -- A dangerous asteroid whizzed by Earth on February 24, 1999. Similar near misses are expected March 2, 18, 26 and April 1. Astronomers are discovering potential killer asteroids at a record pace. The public's flirtation last year with fear of menacing space rocks -- fueled by two fictionalized movies and one widely reported threat -- has faded. But astronomers scanning the sky with new technology are finding more asteroids than ever. There are almost weekly additions to science's official list of potentially hazardous asteroids. In 1998, scientists found 55 of the would-be killers -- more than in the previous six years combined. Now the all-time list is at 163 and growing. None of these rocks is expected to hit Earth directly. But they are dangerously close. `This afternoon, a half-mile-wide asteroid discovered in January will whiz by Earth at a distance of 3.4 million miles. On Feb. 4, a 30-foot-wide rock came incredibly close to Earth. It was only 632,000 miles away. The biggest reason that astronomers are finding more of these near-miss asteroids is the redirection of Air Force technology from tracking killer satellites to spotting killer rocks. Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory, a federally funded national security research center outside Boston, changed the asteroid tracking world last March when it began using Air Force technology to scan the sky with a telescope based in New Mexico. The lab's program, called LINEAR, has found 38 of the last 59 asteroids. `We have it down to a point where we're in a groove,'' LINEAR chief Grant Stokes said. But even as new threats are being found much more frequently than before, "We're way behind,'' said Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near Earth Object program. That's because last year, NASA set a goal of finding most potential asteroid threats within 10 years. Asteroids are considered a threat if they are bigger than half a mile wide and are going to come within five million miles of Earth. Astronomers guess there are 2,000 such asteroids out there, and so far they have found about 8 percent of them. "If you were going to find every object that's going to threaten the Earth, you're talking millions, not thousands,'' said researcher Jeff Larsen of the University of Arizona's Spacewatch tracking program. Thanks to Seth Borenstein Herald Washington Bureau 02/24/99 Mitch Battros http://www.earthchangestv.com

ITALY

Skywatch reports the editor of the monthly magazine of Italian UFO research states: The outburst of sightings, which occurred February 23, around 7:00 PM were noticed simultaneously in Bologna, Turin, San Giovanni Valdarno, Cuneo, Turin, Venice, Genoa, Ravenna, Novara, Pescara, Gualdo Tadino, Lucca and Rome. They came to a halt just before 9 PM. It has been a significant and long lasting phenomenon. Most of the eye witnesses saw two very bright lights in the sky, at varying altitudes and different in size, stationary or slowly passing by, at times coupled together and intermittently lit up. Others, described them as geometric formations totally different from planets hovering at low altitude. Switchboards of the police stations were jammed by thousands of alarmed phone calls, several astronomical observations explained the phenomenon as an unusual conjunction between Jupiter and Venus. Among the sightings reported to "Notiziario UFO," contradicting the planet explanations was Mr. Filippo Bigazzi's, from San Giovanni Valdarno, who video filmed two stationary lights that intermittently appeared and disappeared. Meanwhile at 7:20 PM in Ravenna, Mr. Stefano Matteucci, observed by telescope a three light formation on top a darker square shaped object. Another video was shot in Venice by Mr. Federico Provoleri who caught a bright moving object. Interestingly, military bases of Istrana and Tessera, Veneto, were kept on the alert. A UFO flap occurred in October '98 and started again in January and continues. Thanks to: Bill Hamilton Skywatch Director.

MALAYSIA

KUALA ROMPIN: reports that on February 16, 1999, at 10:30 PM there was a very large craft in the sky. (Its a very big aeroplant): Thanks to Haffiez at haffiez_81@usa.net

AUSTRALIA

BURLEY HEADS BEACH -- Shane Thorpe reports that at 10:30 PM there were two sightings of UFOs. First, a UFO came around twice, I thought I was day dreaming but I saw it again in the same spot. When it moved it was as if it moved in right angles as if it was dodging things and it moved very fast. Then it just hovered in mid air about 800 meters high. It was half red and half bluish white. This happened about 3 weeks ago. I've been looking every where to report it. 23 Villa St. Annerley, Queensland, Jon_aa@hotmail.com

COMMENTS ON CONFIRMATION NBC TV SHOW

JESSIE MARCEL JR. -- Numerous Trumbull County police appeared on the TV show claiming to witness a UFO. Dr. Marcel writes: "The fact that the gentleman who identified himself as an astronomer really had to jump through so many hoops to explain the event really stretches the imagination. To say that all the 911 calls from twinkling stars, a fireball and the stalling of the officers cruiser with its radios was just a coincidence has about as much credibility as "swamp gas". It would be interesting to keep a diary of all the convoluted explanations that the debunkers put forth to explain the unexplainable. Sometimes the simplest explanation is the most fantastic explanation. Thanks to Dr. Jess Marcell Jr.

SAM SHERMAN comments on the STS 48 video taken from the Space Shuttle. I have had the privilege to see digital clones of NASA's master tapes to STS-48 images in a high tech video studio. Further, on the STS-48 Mission there were more similar events than the famous flash-right angle turn and lots more luminous anomalous objects flying around. Since I was looking at digital clones of the originals (showing no quality loss) I asked the technician to enlarge one of the larger objects to the limits of the system's resolution and the object took on a disk like shape with a dome protrusion on what might be the top of of the craft. During researching my docudrama film BEYOND THIS EARTH I have seen numerous similar NASA images that lead me to conclude that some of the information I have researched about ET craft over Planet Earth is true. Furthermore, during the course of this production we sent up a surveillance plane over Northern California, with the aid of space scientists and filmed similar anomalous luminous objects over the good old USA. I had sighted one of these myself in the1960s. Viewing it through binoculars, with 3 other witnesses, I must conclude that ET craft are visiting this world and that we have not been able to stop whatever they are doing, which DOD must conclude is a security threat until it is proven otherwise. In short, I have no trouble concluding that the ET Hypothesis is fully real, verifiable, far advanced beyond our technology and a true problem for our Space, Defense and Intelligence agencies. I just hope we don't cut the military, space and intelligence budgets before that time, we will probably need them. Thanks to Sam Sherman flexaret2@aol.com

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