In thisissueAugust 2008No. 484$4.00UFO JournalStephenville lights: aradar & witness study 3Locating UFOs on thecelestial sphere 10Symposium photos 12Identified ObectWebsite 15Regular FeaturesDirector’s Message 2MUFON Volunteer:Bill McNeff 14Calendar 13Stan Friedman:Strange attacks 16Filer’s Files 18CMS Rankings 21Night Sky 24Photos from Symposium,page 12The redacted logbook from Carswell Air Force base on January 8, 2008, the night ofmany of the Stephenville, Texas sightings. Page 3.What did radar data indicatefor the night of January 8in Erath County, Texas?
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3MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008Continued on page 4By Glen Schulze and Robert PowellINTRODUCTIONThis report presents the results of a lengthy and detailedanalysis made into the sightings of an unidentified flyingobject on the evening and night of January 8, 2008, in theDublin-Stephenville area of north Texas. Radar data from fivedifferent radar sites as well as witness testimony wasreviewed in an attempt to understand what did and did notoccur on the night of January 8.This is an abridged version of the full 76-page report,which can be found on the MUFON home page(www.mufon.com).EXECUTIVESUMMARYThis report deals specifically with radar as well aswitness sightings of an unidentified object seen on January 8,2008, between the times of 6pm to 9:30pm. This unidentifiedobject was seen by multiple individuals in the skies near theTexas cities of Dublin and Stephenville. What makes thissighting unusual is that radar data has been obtained thatprovides precise information on the location of all militaryand commercial aircraft in the airspace of interest (AOI) atall times during 4pm to 8pm on January 8, 2008.Additionally, data was obtained that indicates unidentifiedflying aircraft—without transponder beacons and that werenot military jets—were found in the same compass directionand time frame as cited by the witnesses. These sightingsoccurred on a cloudless day with 10+ miles visibility, nowind, and temperatures in the upper 40s. This report concen-trates on the events of January 8thand contains much moresubstantiated information than has been reported in the mediaduring the five months following these sightings.Data to support this report was obtained from tendifferent Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests1to theFAA, the National Weather Service (NWS), all nearby militarybases, the U.S. Customs & Border Protection Services, andthe 21stand 30thAir Force Space Wing Commands. The NWSand the FAA were very responsive in their FOIA replies. TheFAA provided 2.8 million radar returns that covered 4pm to8pm and that were extracted from five different radar sites.Additionally, CarswellAFB (CAFB) provided the logbookof the 457thFighter Squadron. Most of the logbook wasmanually blacked out. (This group flies the F-16C/D, alsoknown as the Fighting Falcon.) The remainder of the FOIArequests were returned with almost identical statements, asfollows: “We have found no records responsive to yourrequest.” This is the reply given to the straightforwardquestions: “Did you have aircraft flying within 50 miles ofStephenville on January 8, 2008?” and “Can you providecopies of radar images from any military aircraft operatingwithin 50 miles of Stephenville on Jan 8, 2008?” Appar-ently, it is difficult to answer “yes” or “no” to those ques-tions.Abbreviations used in Summary ReportAOI – Airspace of InterestAWACS – Airborne Warning and Command SystemCAFB – Carswell Air Force BaseFAA – Federal Aviation AdministrationFOIA – Freedom of Information ActFTW – primary and secondary radar unit in Fort Worth,TexasMARSA – Military Assumes Responsibility for SeparAtionMOA – Military Operating AreaMTR – Military Training AreaNWS – National Weather Service1. Copies of the FOIA request letters and the responseletters are included in the appendix of the full report which can beread at www.mufon.com.Summary ReportStephenville Lights: A Radar and WitnessStudy of the Events of January 8, 2008This object was traveling to thesoutheast on a direct course towardsthe Crawford Ranch, also known asPresident Bush’s western WhiteHouse. The last time the object wasseen on radar at 8:00 pm, it was only10 miles away.Witness testimony was obtained from MUFON’s investi-gations into these sightings. This investigation began inDublin on January 19, 2008. Seventeen different reportswere obtained regarding sightings on January 8th. This is avery large number of sightings to occur during only one dayand within a four-hour period of time. Eight of these reportsprovided sufficient detail to identify a time and direction ofthe sighting of the object. Witnesses in these reports includeda constable, a chief of police, a private pilot and a former airtraffic control operator. Those reports also provided enoughinformation to calculate a gross approximation of the object’ssize and altitude.
4MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008Evaluation of radar dataThe authors of this report first verified the quality of theradar data. The data was correlated between radar sites todetermine accuracy between radar, ability of the radar toaccurately measure the speed of known aircraft, and todetermine the various radars’ minimum altitude detectioncapability. (Unfortunately, the FAAprimary radar does notmeasure the size of an object.) The results of this workindicated that the Ft. Worth based radar, antenna FTW, wasthe most sensitive of the five radar systems in the area ofDublin-Stephenville. Good correlation was obtained betweenradar antennas and a minimum detection altitude of 2500-3000 feet in the Dublin-Stephenville area. This limit is causedby earth curvature as the distance from the radar site in-creases.Logbook for January 8, 2008, from Carswell Air Force Base, with redactions. Authors’notations on left read, from top:Logbook covers one day; ?Earlier than 4pm; 10 jets found on radar; and ?After 8pm.Military activity in the areaThe first step in the radar analysis was to determine theextent of military activity and the location of military aircraftoperating in the area of Dublin-Stephenville. The authorsbegan with an examination of the redacted logbook fromCarswell AFB. (See logbook above.) The logbook shows asortie of four aircraft leaving at 6:00pm and another sortie offour aircraft leaving at 6:15pm, with both sorties returning at7:30pm and 7:45pm respectively. Radar data shows take offsof 5:52pm and 6:15pm with returns of 7:14pm and 7:27pm.Radar data also shows a 9thand 10thjet leaving Carswell at6:29pm and returning at about 8:00pm. These last two flightsare most likely the two rows redacted in the logbook after theentries for the other eight jets. There are two more rowsredacted after the 9thand 10thflight, but it is difficult to tell ifthose flights took place. Also appearing on the logbook are 10redacted rows which appear to be flights on the same dayand prior to the eight flights already mentioned. TheseRadar and Witness ReportContinued from page 3
5MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008additional 10 earlier flights cannot be verified because theradar data from FOIA requests is only from 4pm to 8pm. Itis reasonable to assume that aircraft from Carswell fromearlier flights may have also been in the area.All of the eightjets identified on this logbook and the two redacted flightsflew into the Dublin-Stephenville area. This logbook high-lights a high level of military aircraft for this area over a timeperiod of less than two hours.The radar data shows a total of ten jets from CAFBtraveling through the Dublin-Stephenville area. The ten jetsconsist of two sorties of four aircraft and a final sortie oftwo aircraft. The lead aircraft in each sortie had an activetransponder with the other three aircraft withouttransponders, following close behind. Altitudes of all aircraftwith transponders varied between 15,000 feet to 17,000 feetwhen these aircraft flew over the Dublin-Stephenville area.The locations of all these aircraft have been identified duringthe entirety of their flights. The first eight aircraft partici-pated in military maneuvers in the Brownwood militaryoperating areas (MOA). No unusual flight changes were seenuntil the aircraft left the MOA on their return to CAFB. Twojets in each sortie turned on a new transponder beacon andthen veered to the east of the normal Military Training Route(MTR) by 15 to 30 miles. These jets encroached into civilianairspace and the reason for their diverted path is not known.Flights 9 and 10 initially left Carswell to the north at 6:29pmand flew to a military operating area in south centralFTW Radar; FL 5241 and skin pa97.89898.298.498.698.89999.2LongitudeStephenvilleComancheDublinLawton, Okla.7:52pmFL 5241 andcompanion jet leaveexercise area at 7:28pmGraph 1.Oklahoma. They departed their MOA at around 7:28 andrather than return to CAFB, they headed south. They did nottravel to the Brownwood MOA but instead made a looparound Comanche, Dublin and Stephenville before returningto CAFB. It is odd why these aircraft flew this circuit far tothe south prior to returning to base and why these twoaircraft were redacted in the CAFB logbooks. See Graph #1.The Radar also shows what appears to be an AWACS(Airborne Warning and Command System) aircraft in the areaof interest. An aircraft using transponder code 1462 wasaltitude profiled and ground track profiled for the full 4-hourtime period, during which time it produced a ground trackbest described as a modified racetrack course formed byseveral precise 180 degree north/south turns as if it were ona search or monitoring mission. Its altitude was 41,000 feetfor most of this time period. This is consistent with the highaltitude mission of a military aircraft such as an AWACS.Only such military aircraft can afford to fly for over fourhours at high altitude and go nowhere in particular. Usingradar, an AWACS can detect other aircraft at distances of 250miles. We can only speculate on its purpose. One purposemay have been to monitor the F-16 training exercises in theMOA. However, that does not explain why it was in the areaof interest for over 4 hours while the ten military jets were inthe MOAs and MTRs for only 70 minutes.Continued on page 6
6MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008Witness sightings of unknown flying objectSix witnesses in four different instances between thetimes of 6:00pm to 6:25pm reported an unknown flyingobject near Stephenville. Radar detected an unknown target inthe same area. The object was described as very bright, largeand silent. Two of the four reports indicated the objectmoved at a very high rate of speed and was also stationary attimes. One witness only saw a stationary object and one onlysaw the object moving at high speed. These reports camefrom witnesses located at different perspectives of theobject. The witnesses were located to the southeast in Seldenand Chalk Mountain, to the southwest near Lake Proctor, andto the west near Gorman. Because these sightings came atabout the same time and from very different locations anddistances, it would be difficult to assign a single explanationto all four reports. See image below which uses a pinhead torepresent the location of the witness, a white arrow to locatethe direction the object was sighted, and a straight yellow lineto represent the radar trace.Some of the explanations circulated in the media, such asa commercial airliners or military jets, are simply not tenable.The glint of sunlight on a commercial jet cannot be seen fromfour different angles due to the varied locations, nor can itexplain an object that remains stationary. The military F-16sin the area maintained standard flight paths at elevations of16,000-17,000 feet. One sortie of four jets flew over theDublin-Stephenville area between 6:14-6:15pm and anothersortie of four jets at 6:23-6:25pm. Only two of the fourwitnesses were close enough to Stephenville to have seen thejets. The closest witnesses to the jets were in Selden. Theywould have seen them taking up only 0.08 degrees of sky orabout 38 times smaller than the unknown object as describedby the witness.1. Selden Witnesses. Radar detected an unknownobject 7 miles due north of Selden at 3 seconds after 6:15pm.Radar detected a second unknown object 20 seconds laterthat was northwest of the first detection and about 9 milesnorth of Stephenville. This movement mimics what theprimary Selden witnesses saw when they described theobject coming in from the northeast then moving to north oftheir position and then to the northwest of their position,before becoming stationary to the west. If the two unknownobjects that were picked up on radar are one and the same,Radar and Witness ReportContinued from page 5Selden 6:15 pmProctor 6:20 pmChalk Mtn. 6:20 pmGorman 6:20
7MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008then the object moved at about 2100 mph. The Seldenwitnesses also indicated that the unknown object returnedand was being chased by jets at very low altitude. Thesechase jets do not show up on radar. If their altitude wasbelow 2000 feet, as described by the witnesses, then theywould have been too low to be detected by the nearest FAAradar.2. Dublin to Comache Sighting. Another group of fourwitnesses saw the object between 6:40pm to 7:15pm in theDublin area, with the final sighting at 9:30pm nearComanche. There were two radar tracks of an unknownobject during this time period. The witness at 6:40pm saw anobject in the sky to the southwest that she described as twolarge glowing amber lights similar in size and color to whatyou would see if behind a school bus at night. She saw theobject in a stationary position for just a few seconds and thenit disappeared. Radar detected a slow moving object 11 milesto the west-southwest of her position at 6:51pm and then 6miles southwest of her position at 7:02pm. This object hadno transponder and was tracked on radar for over an hour.Most of the time, the object was either stationary or movingat speeds of less than 60 mph. At 7:32pm, the object wastracked accelerating to 532mph in 30 seconds and thenslowing to 49 mph only 10 seconds later. It is possible thatsome of this speed variation could be due to imprecision withthe radar. This is covered in more detail in the main body ofthis document.The authors are not aware of any publicized militarycraft capable of traveling at very low speeds for extendedperiods of time, accelerating rapidly to such a high speed,and then suddenly decelerating in what might best bedescribed as a controlled crash. The closest capability wouldbe a Harrier type jet, but it would not be able to maintainslow speeds for such extended periods of time nor decelerateso rapidly.Much more important than thepossible sudden acceleration shownby the object is its trajectoryheading. This object was traveling tothe southeast on a direct coursetowards the Crawford Ranch, alsoknown as President Bush’s westernWhite House. The last time theobject was seen on radar at 8:00pm,it was continuing on a direct path tothe Crawford Ranch and was only10 miles away. During this entireepisode of over an hour, there is noindication that any of the military jetsreacted to this unknown aircraft,that was without a requiredtransponder, and that was headeddirectly to Western White House.3. The constable’s sighting. At7:15pm a constable saw anunknown object south of his home,which is located 4 miles southwest of Dublin. He describedthe object as two amber lights that were initially stationary.This is similar to the description given by the witness at6:40pm. He then described the lights as changing to a randommovement of 9 to11 white lights overhead that then departedat a very fast rate of speed to the northeast. Radar detects anobject at 7:20pm only 2.8 miles south southwest of theconstable’s home and traveling slowly in a southeasterndirection. This matches very well with the time and directionof the constable’s sighting. At 7:26pm, radar shows theobject suddenly veering to the north at 1900 mph and thenreturning a minute later to continue on its southeasterncourse. It is possible that the radar detection of an object tothe north was coincidental in time and was not the sameobject as was traveling to the south of the constable’s home.However, the object traveling north matches the constable’sdescription of a fast moving object traveling towards thenortheast. This object finally disappeared from radar at 7:35about 10 miles southeast of the constable’s home.4. The air traffic controller, near Comanche. The lasttime the object was seen on January 8thwas by a former airtraffic controller to the west of downtown Comanche. Hisdescription of the object was very similar to the constable’s.He saw multiple lights moving around in a random fashionfor almost a minute and then they disappeared as if someoneturned off a light switch. 10-15 minutes later he saw militaryjets in the same area that he compared to the unknown objectas raisins to a grapefruit. The FOIA radar data obtained bythe authors only covered through 8pm, thus this sightingcould not be confirmed with radar. However, due to itssimilarity to the previous sightings and the quality of thewitness, this report is definitely noteworthy.FTW Radar; 6:51pm to 8:00pmUnknown Object31.6531.731.7531.831.8531.931.953232.0597.697.797.897.99898.198.298.398.498.5LongitudeLatitudeR.Powell6/17/087:03pm to 7:10pmObject disappearsfrom radar7:32pm Possible rapid accelerationto 532mph in 30 sec and thendeaccelerates to 49mph 10 sec laterUnknownContinued on page 8
8MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008SUMMARIZATIONThere are several conclusions that the authors havereached with this report and its supporting analysis.Unknown object was realThe first and primary conclusion is that there wasdefinitely a real and physical object that appeared and waswitnessed on January 8, 2008, in the Dublin-Stephenvillearea.Reports of unidentified flying objects occur all the time.Most of those reports are from single individuals or a groupof individuals who see an unexplained object at a givenlocation and time. These types of reports are easier to explainaway because there is usually, whether likely or not, sometype of explanation that can be constructed to explain awaythe event at a specific time and place. What makes theDublin-Stephenville event unique is that there are multiplewitnesses at different locations and the sightings occur overa three-hour time period. Additionally, radar data identifiesunknown aircraft in the sky at the same time as many of thewitness sightings.So in the Dublin-Stephenville case, one would have toattempt several varied low probability explanations to try andexplain away all of the various sightings. The likelihood thatall of these witnesses mis-identified separate known objectsdescribed by the witness, and at approximately the same timethat the witness saw the unknown object. It is very difficultto dismiss witness testimony that is corroborated by radar.And to further augment the strangeness of these events,radar tracked one of those two objects for over an hour as ittraveled directly toward Crawford Ranch. The authorscannot comment on the source or origin of this object, but itis clear to the authors that the unknown object was real andnot imaginary.Military aircraft did not react overtlyThe second conclusion of this report is that the militarydid not react overtly to the presence of these unknownobjects. In light of the disaster of Sept. 11, 2001, the authorsof this report have concerns with how the military reacted toan unknown aircraft(s) in U.S. air space. It is clear that therewas an unknown object without any transponder beacontraveling along a path that began south of Dublin and thatproceeded on a direct path to Crawford Ranch. This objectwas tracked by the FTW radar for over an hour. Military jetsflew within a mile of this object on their way to theBrownwood MOA. The F-16s had to have seen this objecton their radar and the suspected AWACS that was circlingthis area must have detected and recorded this object on itsstate-of-the-art radar. This must have raised concerns, yetthe radar tracks of the military jets, indicates that there wasno reaction by them to this object during the hour of time inquestion.What could explain this lack of reaction? One possibilityis that the military knew the identity of the object andinstructed the F-16 pilots to ignore it and stay on course tothe MOA. But this possibility is countered by all of themilitary replies to the FOIAs that indicated the military had noaircraft in the area other than the F16s from CAFB that havealready been identified. Secondly, if it was a military aircraftthen it was violating FAAand military MARSA2rules by nothaving a transponder beacon code activated while beingoutside of a MOA. This leaves us with the possibility that themilitary either did not see the object or just ignored it. In lightof what happened on 9/11, what if the unknown object hadbeen a terrorist aircraft? The Air Force should explain whattheir radar detected on the evening of January 8, 2008, andrefute the contents of this report or explain the reason as towhy the military jets in the area did not react.Military aircraft activity unusually heavyThe third conclusion is that military aircraft traffic in thearea was unusually heavy and twice military aircraft strayedout of their standard Military Training Routes and into civilianairspace. Ten F-16 jets from Carswell AFB were documentedas flying into the Dublin-Stephenville area within a 2 hourtime period as well as a probable AWACS that circled the area2. MARSA – stands for Military Assumes Responsibility forSeparAtion. See page 54 of the complete report atwww.mufon.com for further clarification.Radar and Witness ReportContinued from page 7at different times, in different but closely associated geo-graphic locations, all within a 3½ hour time period isextremely low. It is much more reasonable to believe thatthese witnesses truly saw an object that could not beexplained by any objects with which they are familiar.As to what these witnesses saw, it is difficult to deter-mine. It was not any known aircraft. The enormous size ofthe object, its complete silence, and its ability to travel at highrates of speed and to also remain stationary or travel at slowspeeds, is not explained by any known aircraft. The smallestsize calculated from witness descriptions was 524 feet andmost of the calculations based on approximate distance of theobject and witness descriptions of degrees of sky covered bythe object indicated an object closer to 1,000 feet in size.Twice, radar picked up an unknown object flying at1,900-2,100 mph. Admittedly, it could have been acoincidental radar hit…but in both cases that coincidenceoccurred when a witness saw a very fast moving object inthe same direction as an object painted by radar. Twice, radartracked slow moving objects, for extended periods of time,that were very near the witness’ location, in the direction...it is clear to the authors that theunknown object was real and notimaginary.
9MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008...military aircraft traffic in the areawas unusually heavy and twicemilitary aircraft strayed out of theirstandard Military Training Routes andinto civilian airspace.for over 4 hours. A FOIA requesting information to determinehow unique this level of jet activity may be was sent to the10th Air Force in Ft. Worth on May 7th, 2008. Anacknowledgement of the correspondence has been receivedbut a formal reply is still pending.Two CAFB sorties, a total of 4 F-16s, returning to CAFBbelatedly activated military beacons and veered unexpectedlyeastward over Stephenville toward DFW civilian aircraftarrival traffic patterns. There is no explanation as to why themilitary jets strayed from their normal MTR. Since they didnot initially leave CAFB with beacons, it is reasonable toassume that something occurred that caused those aircraft tobreak away from their lead aircraft and request a beaconcode so that they could veer away from the standard MTR.FOIA responses often not informativeThe last conclusion is that there are indications thatrequests submitted under the Freedom of Information Act arenot considered seriously by the U.S. military and werecompletely ignored by the Dept. of Homeland Security’sbranch, U.S. Customs & Border Patrol. If true, this would bea violation of a law passed by the Congress of the UnitedStates. FOIA requests are usually handled by a clerk who isan intermediary between the submitter and who ever withinthe military decides what information can be provided. Thereply is uniformly the same from military base to militarybase. The standard reply has obviously been craftedspecifically in the manner that the military should use to dealwith FOIAs from the public. The standard reply is “There areno responsive records that meet your request.”With the events of September 11, 2001, it isunderstandable that the military would choose caution indealing with any release of information regarding theiroperational activities. But in this case, we are discussingmilitary activities within the United States, during a four-hourperiod of time, on a specific date, and in a small and specificarea of Texas. One would be hard pressed to argue thatrelease of this type of information would be a threat tonational security. And exactly what complicated informationwas requested? Only the following: “Do you have anyevidence to support if Military Base “X” was flying aircraftwithin 50 miles of Stephenville, Texas, on Jan.8, 2008?”“Can you provide copies of radar images from any militaryaircraft operating with 50 miles of Stephenville on Jan 8,2008?” Surely the military can say, “No, we had no aircraftin the area” or perhaps, “We cannot release this informationdue to reasons of national security.” But, no, instead wereceive: “We found no documents responsive to yourrequest.”On the other hand, we would like to again express oursincere thanks to the National Weather Service and theFederal Aviation Administration for their excellent responsesand their willingness to abide by the requirements of theFreedom of Information Act. They communicated effectivelyand if they did not have the required information, they readilysaid so.We are a nation of freedom that is based on a set ofprincipals designed to maintain our individual liberties. Whenour governmental bodies reach a point that they do not feelcompelled to honor the requests of their citizenry, as definedby the laws of this nation, we have taken a path that allowsthe government to arbitrarily and secretly decide what weshould and should not know. The American people have aright to know what did or did not occur on January 8, 2008,in the Dublin-Stephenville area.Glen Schulze received his BSEE from WashingtonUniversity in 1952. While in the U.S. Army he was assignedto White Sands Proving Grounds (WSPG). There, he partici-pated in evaluating and improving a five antenna siteCooperative Chain Radar System for tracking high perfor-mance long range missile launches. His contributions to theWSPG radar system resulted in earning a letter of commen-dation from the Commanding General of the USA 4TH Army.In the 1960s Mr. Schulze provided a major service to theCIA/NSA in the successful recording of high powered Russianradar signals arriving at the Caribbean Island of Antiguaafter being reflected from the surface of the moon.Robert Powell is the current Director of Research atMUFON. He received his BS in Chemistry from SoutheasternOklahoma State University in 1976. He worked in thesemiconductor field from 1978 to 2006, where he gainedexperience in device physics, statistical analysis, and rela-tional algorithms used to improve the performance ofsemiconductor chips. From 2001-2003, he was the managerof AMD’s research group, the Analytical Development Lab.The group was responsible for developing new techniques foruse in failure analysis of semiconductor circuits at nanoscaledimensions of 45-90 nanometers. 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10MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008By Tom ArnoldThe need for accurate and reliable data on UFO sightingsis critical to the analysis and documentation of events. Itfollows then that the better the data, the more valuable theobservation becomes.To this end, in the May issue of the Journal, Dr. DonaldBurleson presented some simple procedures for determiningspeed, direction, distance, etc. of an object. Following thiswork, it is important to be able to position the observation onthe celestial sphere. This not only adds to the data quality butit allows the determination that the observation wasn’t anatural celestial object. It is important to understand that eventhe most knowledgeable observer can be fooled by someseemingly obvious natural or manmade object. That is why itis important to be able to gather as much data about thesightings as possible in order to eliminate observations of thistype.When observations are made of objects in the sky thatcan’t be identified, people rarely have immediate access toinstruments that can specifically position that object on thecelestial sphere. However by knowing a few simple tech-niques, a good estimate of the location of an object can bemade. These techniques are based on the horizon coordinatesystem. This fundamental system uses altitude and azimuthas the defining factors. By using nothing more that yourfingers, hand, and out-stretched arm, along with the rest ofyour body, we will show how the altitude and azimuth of anobject can be determined.DefinitionsAltitude is defined as the position of an object, measuredin degrees, above the horizon. This measurement begins at 0degrees on the horizon, that is where the sky meets the earth,and extends to the point directly over your head at 90degrees. Therefore, all measurements will be in the range ofbetween 0 to 90 degrees. In addition, the point directly overyour head at 90 degrees is referred to as your Zenith.Azimuth is the measurement in degrees along the horizonforming a complete circle around the observer. The circlebegins at North, continues to the East, South then West, andfinally back to North once more forming the 360 degrees of acircle. This means the North is both 0 and 360 degrees. DueEast is 90 degrees. South is 180 degrees. And finally West is270 degrees. Later we will discuss how to estimate anglesbetween the Cardinal points.With Altitude andAzimuth defined we can now identifysome techniques that can be used to provide an estimate ofthe position of an object within the Horizon coordinatesystem.Determination of AltitudeSince we defined Altitude first, let’s proceed by findingthe Altitude of an object. The adult human hand provides agood measure of degrees on the celestial sphere. Stretched atarms length and turned parallel to the horizon, the hand isabout 5 degrees wide on the celestial sphere. Since we havefive fingers, unlike our alien friends, this means that eachfinger is about 1 degree wide at arms length. Therefore, if wecount the number of hand widths up from the horizon to theposition of our sighting and multiply by 5 degrees we are ableto determine an estimate of the altitude of the object. Forexample, if we stretch out our arm and turn our hand parallelto the horizon, placing one hand on top of the other counting5 hands high this would equal to an Altitude of about 25degrees. Note that if a partial hand width is necessary justremember that the fingers are about 1 degree wide. Simplyadd this additional measurement to the total number ofdegrees found with your hands. This way you can get arough idea of the Altitude of an object above the horizon.Determining AzimuthAzimuth is equally simple if you know which way isNorth. By facing North you will find East immediately toyour right. This will be 90 degrees of Azimuth. South isbehind you at 180 degrees of Azimuth. West will be off yourleft shoulder at 270 degrees of Azimuth.Obviously the actual location of an object will most likelyfall between two of these Cardinal points. You will have tointerpolate within the quadrant of the circle where the objectis located to determine your estimate of Azimuth. Forexample, if an object were located 1/3 of the way betweenEast and South, you could estimate that by taking 1/3 of 90Locating Possible UFOs on the Celestial SphereTom Arnold,with the 14 inch Schmidt-Cassegraintelescope in his observatory.
11MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008degrees, which is 30 degrees, and add that to 90 degrees forEast to find an Azimuth of 120 degrees.Or another example might be if the object were locatedhalfway between West and North. Since due west is 270degrees and the object was ½ way between West and Norththat is ½ of 90 degrees or 45 degrees. Adding 45 to degreesto 270 degrees gives an Azimuth of 315 degrees. Clearlythese can be interpreted only as rough estimates of thelocation of objects inAzimuth and Altitude, however it doesprovides a starting point in being able to identity the object.Finding NorthFinding North at night is not a problem if the stars arevisible. Finding North during the day can be a little morechallenging. Clearly if you are able to see the sunrise orsunset the task becomes much easier. This defines roughlyeast and west respectively. If your observation is after thesun is well up in the sky, your task is a bit more complex. Ifthe day is overcast and the sun is not visible, the task is evenharder. Unfortunately the rising and setting positions of thesun vary through out the year slightly north and south of dueeast and west. This is due to the seasons on Earth and isbeyond the scope of this article.Finding North at night with the stars is a simple matter aslong as you can locate one of three Constellations, UrsaMajor (the Big Bear, known as the Big Dipper), Cassiopeia orCygnus the Swan. Most books on elementary astronomy canprovide a discussion of using one of these Constellations tolocate the North Star, Polaris. Once you have found Polarisand are looking at the star, East will be off your right shoul-der, South will be directly behind you, and West will be offyour left shoulder. From here you can then determine theAzimuth of the object using the technique defined previously.The good news is that with the common tools availableto most people today, finding North is not nearly as much ofa problem as it used to be. Most vehicles have a compass aspart of the equipment. Global Positioning Systems arecommonly available both in handheld models and as part ofnewer vehicles. These readily available devices along with asimple compass will quickly solve the problem of findingdirections. If all else fails, ask a local resident which way isNorth.Time of observationIn addition to theAltitude and Azimuth of the observedobject, it is also important to know the time the observationoccurred. The time is important in assisting in defining whenthe observation occurred and might assist in determiningwhat the object could have been.Longitude and latitudeIt is also very good to know the longitude and latitude toeven better define the location of the observation. Longitudeand Latitude can be determined using a GPS as discussedpreviously or it can be found from other sources. On theinternet, you can use Google Earth to locate an earth basedlocation. By using satellite imaging of the whole earth, youcan locate objects on the ground as small as a car. From hereyou can read the Longitude and Latitude directly from thesoftware. An older and still viable technique is to use aquadrangle map of an area allowing you to read the coordi-nates directly. These maps are found in most large sportinggoods outlets.Using the DataIf we are lucky enough to have a determination of theAltitude and Azimuth of an object in the sky, the time of theobservation, and the Longitude and Latitude, this informationcan be put into a computer program to determine the celestialcoordinates of the observed object. Using these coordinatesand finding them in a star chart, it can be quickly determinedif the observed object was a natural astronomical object orsomething else. You might also use one of the many availableplanetarium programs and locate your observed altitude andazimuth at the time and location of the observation.No matter what method you use to locate knownobjects, the same fundamental observation data we havediscussed will be necessary to eliminate the possibility ofwhat was seen was a natural celestial object.As with any scientific investigation, the more data that isavailable on a specific event the easier it is to determine whatphenomena is occurring.Tom Arnold is a MUFON Field Investigator and Astronomer.He has served as director of several planetariums andcurrently lives in Oklahoma City.MUFON Members Message Boardmufonmembers.proboards55.comPassword: Hynek1947(case sensitive)
12MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008Mary Margaret Zimmer, Florida, wasnamed Field Investigator of the Year.Scenes from the 39thAnnual International Symposium...Texas State Director Ken Cherry was named State Director of the Year. Ken’s teaminvestigated the Stephenville case, which involved hundreds of reports over a periodof a few months.Richards Haines, shown with his wife Carol,was awarded the prestigious MUFON Award forExcellence in Ufology.Photos byNicholas Roesler,Asst. State Director,WisconsinNick Roesler, photographer and MUFON Benefactor, James Carrion,International Director, and John Greenewald, Jr., Symposium emcee.Roesler gifted Greenewald with a Benefactor membership.
15MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008By William SimmonsThe identified object encyclopediaproject has taken off. The primarypurpose of the project is to design awebsite to assist the field investigator,researcher, and general public wheninvestigating an observed object inorder to confirm or eliminate a knownobject as the potential source of theobject witnessed.Photos and/or video clips of knowobjects, as normally observed, will bepresented along with the object whenappearing unusual or when reported asunidentified. Basic educational informa-tion, photo and video descriptions,tools, and links to tools will be providedto assist the user. The projection is tohave the basic website functional at theend of 2008. The project will beongoing as new photos, video clips,tools, and information become available.Team members will be gatheringphotos, video clips, writing descrip-tions, finding or developing tools, andmore.Team members, whose nativelanguage is non-English, will assist intranslating the pages into their nativelanguage. Bill Simmons (Scottsdale, AZ,USA) has assumed the role of projectmanager.Art Giannetti (Kingston, NH,USA) and Gavin McLeod (NewWestminster, British Columbia, Canada)are team members.New team members are alwayswelcome regardless of the amount oftime that can be dedicated to theproject. Non-team members can submitphotos, video clips, descriptions, tools,links, and other information to be usedon the site.Identified Object Website in progress;members still neededRichard Lang of Mooresville, NorthCarolina, has been named to theMUFON Strike Team for Area Re-search, or STAR team.Lang was appointed Chief Investi-gator for MUFON of North Carolina inMarch 2008. In June he participated inthe Discovery Channel TV project aboutMUFON investigators which was filmedin Fayetteville, North Carolina.In the 1990s, he was the AssistantState Director in Virginia.Lang holds a degree in AeronauticalStudies from Embry Riddle AeronauticalUniversity. He holds an FAA commercialpilot certification, and once was aprivate investgator.After 9-11, he went into govern-ment service, working for HomelandSecurity as a liaison for the Transporta-tion SecurityAdministration.Three years ago, he moved toSouth Carolina and resumed his occupa-tion in the financial industry.Membership questions? Change of address?Call MUFON headquarters 970-232-3110Now accepting VISA & MasterCard formerchandise and membership.Also order online at http://store.mufon.comRichard Lang named newmember of STAR team123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789011234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890112345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789011234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890112345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789011234567890123456789012345678901212345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890112345678901234567890123456789012123456789012345678901234567890121234567890123456789012345678901212345678901Letters to the Director . . .July 31, 2008To: James Carrion, MUFONInternational DirectorRe: Letter of Appreciation to MUFONVolunteers and Security Workers,MUFON 39thAnnual InternationalUFO SymposiumDear James,I would like to take this opportunityto formally recognize and thank thefollowing individuals who volunteeredtime and energy. Their spirit resulted inmany compliments by members,guests, and friends of the Mutual UFONetwork.Chuck Reever Ruben UriarteLes Velez John BodnarJacquie Bockius Jay ClementsNancy Felipe Victoria JackEileen Bray Jess FritchMarilynTempleton Dr. Michael BreinLia McVicker Shirley WheelerBrenda Guiin Michael MaceLarry Boston Lou PadgugSteve Reichmuth Cynthia WatsonCynthia Siegel Lori SteeleKim CombsEveryone did a very professionaljob, and made my efforts with organi-zation and security an easy experience.The friendships I made are veryvaluable to me. Please accept myapologies if I forgot anyone’s name.Sincerely,Jim DeMancheDeputy Director of InvestigationsMutual UFO Network
16MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008PercePtionsPercePtionsPercePtionsPercePtionsPercePtionsBy Stanton T. FriedmanStanton FriedmanJune 30, 2008—I guess floodingand tornadoes and other difficultiesseem to come in clusters. Fredericton,New Brunswick, Canada, where I havelived for 28 years, had a record floodrecently causing serious damage tomany homes near the beautiful St. JohnRiver. They were the worst in morethan 30 years and mostly the result ofthe melting of the most snowfall—morethan 12 feet. The US Midwest has alsohit a terrible and destructive season oftornadoes and floods. So I suppose Ishouldn’t be surprised by the deluge ofsilly stuff on UFOs. Within a few days Inoted several seriously amiss claimsfrom some of the bright people whopost on UFO updates.One that caught my immediateattention was by Joe McGonagle, anEnglishman, who has worked hard toget the British Ministry of Defense torelease its old UFO files. The MOD isslowly coming around and many mediaarticles have made it sound as thoughthey were releasing loads of highlyclassified materials, which is nonsenseaccording to those who have beenlooking at the files. What is even sillieris the contention that because of thesereleases, there is nothing more, nohighly classified items. This is silly aswe know from the USAF release ofmore than 10,000 UFO case reportsfrom Project Blue Book more than 30years ago. Most were very badlyinvestigated and highly classifiedmaterial is absent. This is not surprisingin view of General Bolender’s com-ments that reports which could affectnational security are not part of the BlueBook System. In any event, Joe hasbeen insistent and in a recent postingsaid: “The Public will never supportufology. To them we are all cranks.”Not a shred of evidence is provided forthis proclamation. So naturally I posteda strong response:I have over the last 41 years givenmore than 700 illustrated lectures,mostly “Flying Saucers ARE Real” andmostly to college and professionalgroups in all 50 states, 9 Canadianprovinces, 8 cities in the UK, about 9 inAustralia, and in 14 other countries. Ihave done hundreds of radio and TVprograms and am definitely not treatedas a crank.Joe responded: What proportion ofthese presentations was to groups withno declared interest in the paranormalor UFOs?I said, “College and professionalgroups, so certainly fewer than 10%. Ifthey had no interest in what a scientisthas to say about UFOs, they wouldn’thave invited me. They invite all sorts ofspeakers on all sorts of subjects.How many presentations in the 41years have been to purely academic,engineering, or military groups, and notto minority interest groups?Better than 90%. Why would youthink otherwise? Do I have to provide alist? My congressional testimony backin 1968 indicated a bunch of profes-sional groups. (Joe just can’t imaginethat well educated, thinking peoplecould be interested in “Flying SaucersARE Real.”)Crowds have been as large as2000. I have never been treated as acrank.For reasons unknown, he said.Again, you are mainly talking aboutclosed interest groups.Totally and completely untrue, Iwrote. What effort have you made tocollect facts instead of making procla-mations?He replied, … you have evenspoken at events organised by theExopolitics movement, lending support(just by your participation) to peoplelike Stephen Bassett, Jaime Maussan,Michael Salla, Richard Hoagland,Thomas Van Flandern, Philip Corso,Steven Greer,Roger Leir, justto name a fewof the peoplewho also madepresentations atyour venues.Associationwith many ofthem dilutesyour own andufology’scredibility in general in the minds ofsome ufologists, let alone the “publicmind.”I couldn’t let that go. Says who? Iget many emails from people thankingme for providing a voice of reason. DidI lend credibility to Michael Shermerand Seth Shostak when I debated themon Coast to Coast radio? Or to PeterBrookesmith when I debated him atOxford or to debunker James Magahawhen we debated at Middle TennesseeState University? Many have called mea voice of reason and were glad that Ididn’t stand back from the fray.Joe claimed that unless “serious”ufologists refuse to participate at eventswhere some of the more dubiouselements are given a platform, we willalways be seen as one and the same.Some evidence please, Joe. Procla-mation from you doesn’t do it.As for TV programmes, generallythey are for entertainment, not educa-tion—subject to the commercial con-straints of airtime limits, viewingaudience, advertising revenue, etc. Ingeneral they provide a distorted view ofufology which is for the most part veryboring and not very entertaining.Oh really? I think Paul Kimball’s“The Best Evidence,” “Stanton Fried-Strange attacks on UFOs
17MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008man is Real” and “Do You Believe inMajic?” were quite educational andhardly boring and the same for “UFOsAre Real.” Have you seen them?There is an entire chapter in mynew book Flying Saucers and Sciencecovering a load of polls. An interestingone was conducted by ITV in the UK inthe course of a TV debate on June 27,1997, between Nick Pope, Tim Good,and myself vs. three PhDs: a psycholo-gist, a physicist, and an astronomer.100,000 people called in to say yes orno to the question “Are aliens visitingEarth?” 92% said yes. In the largestudio audience “only” 75% said yes.Joe’s strange response was that80% of a hundred thousand people isonly in the order of 0.14% of a popula-tion of 60 million. Many of the viewerswill already have been interested inUFOs, so the result is hardly surprising,is it?What a splendid example of nonscience. He assumes that everybodyelse in the country—besides the 92% ofthe sample who voted yes—thought wewinners were cranks! Most Gallup pollsinvolve fewer than 2000 people beingpolled.He noted: More people [than that]will vote on the next person to beevicted from the Big Brother House. It’sjust entertainment, and you were part ofthe show.So what? These votes were duringthe show…My team won a debate at theOxford University Debating Societygetting 60% of the member votes, eventhough it was clear from my 40+interviews during that trip that themedia and public knew very little aboutthe subject. I have had only 11 hecklersin over 700 lectures despite my comingon very strong (and two of them weredrunk).The public and the media are usedto the cranks being in the spotlight,occasionally with supporting acts by“serious” ufologists—small wonderthey know little about the subject.I noted that the main reason theyknow little about the subject is thatdebunkers like you have created aclimate of ridicule by misrepresentingthe facts, such as telling people thatmost people think all ufologists arecranks.Let us not substitute proclamationfor investigation though that seems thenorm for debunkers.Nice cliché or sound bite, butgetting a little stale. Stale because it istrue.As far as I can tell the crank labelbelongs on the debunkers. The defini-tion for crank is “often one overzealousor fanatical in advocating his beliefs.”Sounds right to me when one sees arefusal to look at the evidence, the largescale scientific studies etc.It also applies to those who insistthat one cannot say that some UFOs areof Extraterrestrial Origin. One mustonly talk of the Extraterrestrial Hypoth-esis. What can one make of the notionas expressed recently that “Just be-cause somebody says an alien told thatperson he was from Zeta Reticuli, wemust believe him. He must be able to becross examined.”I have been talking about the basestars in the Betty and Barney Hill casestar map being Zeta 1 and Zeta 2Reticuli since publishing the first articleabout Marjorie Fish’s outstandinglyobjective work involving 26 3D modelsof the local neighborhood. No alien evertold Betty he was from Zeta Reticuli.Brad Sparks, a very bright guy, alsorecently declaimed one can’t say a craftis from Zeta Reticuli unless one cantrack it all the way here from there. It ishard to imagine how one might do thator why. We can’t yet directly observeEarthlike planets out there, much less avery large mothership.There were a number of otherthunderstorms. One was from PaulKimball saying one good reason todisbelieve that an alien spacecraftcrashed at Roswell is the US MarineCode of honor “Leave no one behind.”He believes that they would never haveleft advanced technology behind.Frankly this objection is pretty silly.Paul was never a US Marine. We haveno idea of what the alien manual says.We do know there were other sightingsright after Roswell in Southeastern NewMexico. They may have been looking.The communications gear might havebeen destroyed when the explosionoccurred that dumped a lot of smallpieces of wreckage on the FosterRanch covering a large area, butproducing no crater. They may nothave worried much about our backengineering a very sophisticated alienvehicle, considering how crude ourrockets and radar and airplanes were.Christopher Columbus could not haveback engineered a digital wristwatch ora nuclear submarine.Paul also claimed in a blog (hedisapproves of us old guys not usingblogs) that I was the Godfather of theExopolitics movement because they andI agree aliens are visiting, there is acosmic Watergate. So if communistsand the Pope are against birth control,the Pope is a communist or the Com-munists are Catholic? I have writtenquite a bit about Exopolitics, none of itfavorable, so this is also pretty sillystuff. I am not a big fan of blogs sinceso many I have read seem to be top-of-the-head venting.There are other minor squalls…nopermanent damage to the thinking man.Stan Friedmanwww.email@example.com
18MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008Filer’s FilesFiler’s FilesFiler’s FilesFiler’s FilesFiler’s FilesBy George FilerDirector, MUFON Eastern RegionGeorge FilerAncient British barrows resembledisc UFOs, motherships…I found an authoritative historicalwork by William Long (Esq., M.A.,F.S.A) titled “Stonehenge and itsB a r r o w s , ”published byDevizes in 1876in the Wilt-shire Archaeo-logical andNatural HistoryMagazine, vol.xvi.Barrows are5000-year-oldd i s c - s h a p e dburial mounds.The book has a survey map of thebarrows which surround Stonehenge toa maximum distance of about 2 to 2 1/2miles around the Stonehenge central stonecircle.These barrows are not scatteredrandomly throughout the countryside butare clumped together in definite groups,some of which look very much like knownconstellations of the stellar heavens….Atthe Stonehenge Barrows, this unmis-takable similarity holds particularly truefor the stars of Scorpio, which inprehistoric times marked the line of theEquinoxes.ArcheologistsWilliamLongandAndisKaulins think that the Stonehenge Barrowsmark stars of the sky in an organizedformation called a planisphere, a hermeticpractice evidenced for example among thearchaic traditions of Native AmericanIndian tribes. The barrows support anAstronomical Interpretation ofStonehenge.The identified star groups for theStonehenge Barrows are located at thesame relative geographic positions on theground and with respect to the sky as thepositions of the sarsens and trilithons ofthe main Stonehenge circle. Simply put,the position of Scorpio on the mainStonehenge Circle matches the positionof Scorpio in the barrows.It’s apparent the ancient Bronze Agemen were fascinated by stars and visitingspace ships. Ancient Sumarian and Indotexts claim the space ships and theiroccupants were worshipped as gods oras messengers of god. There was noelectric lighting and the stars and spaceships shown brightly.The Bronze Age culture florishedsome 5000 years ago with the maintemples at Avebury, Silbury, andStonehenge, which lie on a generallynorth-south path. Some 18,000 roundburial mounds called barrows or tumuliare scattered around Britain. Each isconstructed on a precise plan that followsthe design of various disc-shaped UFOs.Bronze Age archaeology shows thatBritain, Ireland and Europe weredominated by the disc shape.Archeologists explain that the BronzeAge people worshipped the sun chariotor actually the Sun chariot’s wheels,therefore they built barrows to symbolizethe sun. I suggest this is far-fetchedreasoning if you accept the validity ofdisc-shaped UFOs. I personally feel theBronze Age people, like us, saw theUFOs—the disc-shaped ones, the motherships, and the cylinders that are copied indetail all over Europe. I chased them whilein theAir Force and had them on my radarand have seen them visually.Assuming the archeologists arecorrect and the barrows are positionedto represent the stars in the Milky Way,then [their builders] may have attemptedto get the UFOs to land, to provide giftssuch as healings….To entice the ancientastronauts to land the Bronze Age menmay have built landing sites.Silbury Hill, part of the complex ofNeolithic monuments around Avebury inWiltshire…, is the tallest prehistoric man-made mound in Europe, and one of theworld’s largest. It is 130 feet (40 m.)high, with a circular base circumferenceof 1640 feet. Composed of over 12 millioncubic feet (339,600 cubic m.) of chalkand earth, it covers over 5 acres and musthave taken years to build. The moundconsists of thousands of chalk bricksforming walls enclosing terraced infill atthree levels. Each of the six steps wasconcealed within the overall profile of themound, except the last one at the topwhich was left as a terrace or ledge about17 feet below the [flat-top] summit. Thisterrace or ledge makes an ideal spot towatch a UFO land. The mound was thengraded with chalk to an angle which iscoincidentally the same as the pyramidsat Giza. Quartz crystals have been foundin the surface soil. …The original purpose of Silbury is
19MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008Filer’s FilesContinued from page 18unknown, although various explanationshave been [presented] over the years.Recently, Michael Dames has suggestedthat the hill is a symbolic effigy of theancient Mother Goddess, an earth-sculpture of the pregnant Great Goddess,a fertility symbol par excellence....Folklore has claimed it to be the burialplace of King Sil, or the place where theDevil dropped his large sack of dirt. Isuggest this largest man-made prehistoricmound in Europe is a landing place forspace ships.Bronze Age people apparently hadmany UFO sightings and possiblelandings. Their murals, burial artifacts,shields, all point to standard UFO shapes,sizes, and structure.Another object that has confused thearcheologists is the Cursus, which are 1.3miles long and 100–150 meters wide,about the size and shape of a standardMothership, as shown below. Nearby arenumerous barrows that were made ofwhite chalk and stone and would havebeen far more conspicuous then than theyare today.In addition to the Cursus are longbarrows that were used for burials butmost of the building was used for otherpurposes.Below is a recent photo taken aboveEccles, England showing a similar shapedUFO.I feel the Bronze Age long barrowsand their cluster of disc-shaped moundsrepresent cylinder and disc-shaped UFOs.Bronze Age man apparently alsorecognized the huge Motherships anddesigned the cursus to match their sizeand shape. They likely saw the sameobjects we see today and they chose toworship the UFOs passing over. SilburyHill and the stone circles were likelydesigned to call the UFOs down to land.New York - SpherePORT JEFFERSON — This eventhappened on the East End of Long IslandNewYork, in the Village of Port Jeffersonon July 4, 2008. I was with two otherfriends when we had our first sighting at10:15 PM.Two bright orange balls of lightwere flying in close formation at aroundfour thousand feet heading from the south.The crafts hovered over for a short periodof time, then flew a little farther and inthe blink of an eye disappeared straightup into the sky. A gentleman stood by,saying “those were definitely nothelicopters.”Next sighting at 10:35 PM, threebright orange balls of light were flying inclose formation from the south. Theystarted to hover at about the same heightas the first sighting. These crafts movedup and down in a very speedy fashion,the light would fade as they moved upand would glow brighter as they camedown. These were very fast movingobjects.A plane was flying in from the westtoward the craft and at this point at least50–60 people were pointing up at the skywondering what the objects were.Moments later all three crafts dimmedtheir lights completely but the objectsdidn’t disappear. As they flew by, youcould tell without a doubt what the objectswere once the glow was gone. They werelight gray in color round disks(sphere like), not small fromwhat I could tell (maybearound half the size of afootball field). They weremoving at a relatively fastcruising speed; one craft flewup ahead while the other twotrailed close together but allthree in formation. They flewnorth over the water.One friend took somecamera phone photos, butthey’re worthless. I have anMBA and work in the labplastics business. My other friend is aspeech therapist and the other works forAllstate Insurance. Thanks to PeterDavenport Director National ReportingCenter http://www.ufocenter.com/Ohio - DiscMEDINA—The night of theoccurrence my husband, two children andI were in our pool on July 18, 2008. Ihad looked up (as an avid star gazer) andsaw a very bright singular light, milesaway in the sky. The object was possiblyspherical , and was moving and in a silentdescent. It was similar to that of thespotlight from a helicopter. I pointed itout to my family and continued to think itwas a helicopter but and I noticed it didn’thave any of the other lighting required forthat type of craft. As it came closer itslight went black and it stopped—justhovered over us at an angle. At this pointwe all had realized this was not ahelicopter and we were trying to comeup with an explanation.We could still see the shadow of theobject in the night sky and at that pointthere was one rotary reddish-orange lightrotating slowly around the saucer/spherical shadow. It was within a rangeat this point that any engine would beheard. There wasn’t a sound. As itmaintained its descent we had decided tohop in the car as we lost it in the silhouetteof the neighbor’s rooftop. We could notlocate it again. Thanks to MUFON CMSPennsylvania - UFO PhotosLEVITTOWN—I was out in the yardwith my dog at 4:10AM, on July 8, 2008,and I looked up in the sky and saw fourlights. Three that looked like two eyes anda nose with bright headlights. A littlefarther away it was part of a pink colorlight at the front of the object. I saw ablue fog that came out of the back of theobject. It was shining lights around and Iwatched for over 40 minutes as it movedslowly through the sky. I thought I sawsilver flakes falling down into the tree topsand after a while the flakes went back upto the object. It was like lightning bugsor fireflies, but it went back up near theCraft. It was still up there when I wentto bed, I tried to take pictures again butthey look black. It made no noise. This isContinued on page 20
20MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008Filer’s FilesContinued from page 19the fourth time I have seen UFOs in theLevittown area since April. It was veryovercast so I couldn’t get a good look atthe sides of the object, every once inawhile a quick glimpse.The object emitted a metallic pixie-dust-like substance that landed in a treenext to the witness’ townhouse and wassucked back up into the craft. A robinthat was living in the tree was found deadon the patio the next morning. An 18"branch from the tree was sent off to Dr.Levengood c/o Pinelandia Biophysical Labin Michigan to be tested.The witness was interviewed by BobGardner and State Director John Ventrefor the Discovery Channel Special,“UFOs over the Earth.” The witness alsohad three other sightings. Thanks toMUFON CMSWashington — Disc PhotoMT. ADAMS — On July 13, 2008,at 9:48AM, there were planes in the area.In fact there were three of them loopingaround the mountain at this time, whenthe smoke already started. I might have apicture of at least one of them. There wasone large red plane and two smaller ones.When the UFO appeared above the topof the mountain, I thought that it was aplane too because from the distance itlooked like one shining on the Sun, exceptthat it didn’t move anywhere. It was justhovering above the top of the mountainand then disappeared. I rememberwondering: How did this plane appearthere so fast and where did it go? Theapparent clouds could be smoke given thata forest fire was in the area at the timeAnother Statement fromWitness: Wewere just staying on James’ ranch in thetent on this Saturday night and the picturewas taken on the Sunday morning at theday when the fire happened on themountain. It appeared above the Mt.Adams and then disappeared instantly.Comments: Whew! What is thisthing? I have no explanation. Manyinvestigators don’t take reports from theMt. Adams area because the area attractsvisitors who specifically look for UFOs.It looks like this witness found one.Thanks toWilliam Puckett Director UFOsNorthwest http://ufosnw.com/UK/England - UFOsNORTHENDEN MANCHESTERM22 — Just pulled up in my car at homewhen my neighbor called me over. Westood and looked in complete amazementon July 12, 2008, at 10:40 PM at tencircular objects traveling towards East-South-East. The ten objects weretraveling in a straight line occasionallycrossing over or veering to one side.These objects were very bright andcircular in shape, traveling at high speedunder the cloud base no noise very quiet.We all saw this and it was as clear as abell. There were no signs of flashing orother lighting associated with aircraft.LEICESTER — I was walking backfrom the shop about 9:50 PM, on July12, 2008, when I glanced up and saw atfirst what I thought was a flock of birds.I took another few looks and noticed anorange light on at least two of them. Theymade no sound whatsoever and weremoving quite fast. I raced home and calledmy wife to see them too and she is stillsomewhat freaked out at what she sawas has always been a realist and found anexplanation for things. They were headingtowards Leicester City Centre so surelysomeone else must have seen them? Welive 15 miles from East Midlands airportand are used to planes, these were notengine craft, and they seemed to glide.Did anyone else notice these “crafts” aswell?MOUNTS BAY, PENZANCE,CORNWALL– On July 12, 2008, at 10:49PM, I noticed a bright point of lightthrough the window above roof level. Iwent outside and noticed there were twolights. Both were white with a red centre,moving slowly across the bay about twomiles from my house, with no sound atall. Both lights then came towards eachother until they were both at the sameheight, then stopped still at the exact sameheight in the sky for 2-3 minutes. Bothlights then moved off towards Marazionwhilst rising in altitude, both lights fadedin brightness and vanished as thoughfading out.Thanks to Brian Vike, DirectorHBCC UFO Research http://www.hbccufo.orgBRISTOL, WALES – On July 19,2008, two red glowing and pulsatingobjects were seen near Bristol/Avonmouth visible from South Wales.These objects were just red pulsatingglowing spheres which manuevered inroughly 5-10 minute loops. They seemedto move further away as each reachedgreater altitude. A circling formation wasmade by both objects at several milesaway. Circling motion was smooth, notany rapid movements or spurts and theyflew west, and climbing up and slightlyaway from me before vanishing, and thenreappearing again from the east. Thanksto MUFON CMS.Note: These Filer’s Files reports are pre-sented in order to keep readers informed of someof the vast number of sightings being reported.However, these cases have not been officially in-vestigated, unless noted.This month’s Filer’s Files includes excerptsfrom File #30, July 23, 2008. Filer’s Files is copy-righted 2008 by George A. Filer, all rights re-served. Send your letters to firstname.lastname@example.org
21MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008Field Investigator’s Corner: CMS RankingsMUFON Field Investigators ManualNEW!! Version 5.0The official Mutual UFO Networkguidelines for in-depthUFO investigationMember:$45.00Non-Member:$55.00Shipping and handling is additional.Order online at: www.mufon.com/invmanual.htmRank State Director Weighted Assigned CompletedRank (50/50)By Chuck ReeverMUFON Director of InvestigationsHere is July’s CMS Ranking Reportfor all State Directors. Congratulationsto John Ventre (Pennsylvania),Cheryl Ann Gilmore (South Caro-lina), Tracey C. Smith (Kansas), andDonald R. Burleson (New Mexico)for being at 100%! The top 10 StateDirectors are highlighted.The report is based on our twomeasures of UFO Investigationeffectiveness: assigning reports within72 hours of receipt, and completing allinvestigations within 90 days of beingassigned.The “Assigned” column is a six-month running average of the numberof cases assigned within 72 hoursdivided by the total number of casesreceived in that six month period. The“Completed” column is the number ofcases completed beginning sixty-two(62) days back and going back sixmonths from there (for a total of eightmonths back) divided by the totalnumber of cases reported in the sameperiod. The “Weighted Rank” is justthe average of the two columnsexpressed as a percent.State Directors can improve theirscores by being sure to assign allcases within 72 hours, and to follow upwith their Field Investigators to ensureall reports are completed within 90days. To be considered complete, areport must have been investigatedand placed in one of the three com-pleted status codes (Unknown, Hoaxor IFO) by the State Director.If you have any questions or needhelp with your investigations pleasecontact me, Chuck Reever, at 530-414-4341 or 530-582-8339 or via e-mail at email@example.com .1 Pennsylvania John Ventre 100 % 94/94 60/602 South Carolina Cheryl Ann Gilmore 100 % 27/27 28/283 Kansas Tracey C. Smith 100 % 20/20 19/194 New Mexico Donald R. Burleson 100 % 46/46 37/375 Minnesota Richard D. Moss 98 % 26/26 26/276 Florida Bland Pugh 98 % 139/141 133/1347 West Virginia John Ventre 97 % 17/18 18/188 California Ruben J. Uriarte 96 % 88/94 110/1119 Georgia Walter Sheets 95 % 33/33 33/3610 Texas Kenneth E. Cherry 93 % 365/368 298/33911 Utah Elaine Douglass 93 % 17/17 14/1612 Iowa Jim King 93 % 24/24 25/2913 Indiana Jerry L. Sievers 92 % 105/106 81/9414 California Georgeanne Cifarelli 91 % 204/210 167/19415 Michigan William J. Konkolesky 88 % 58/71 58/6116 Arizona George C. Parks 82 % 44/67 114/11417 Illinois Samuel Maranto 80 % 63/66 38/5818 Colorado Leslie H. Varnicle 80 % 87/87 45/7319 Washington Marilyn Childs 78 % 46/57 34/4420 South Dakota Lorna Hunter 75 % 1/2 2/221 Ohio William Jones 74 % 53/62 32/5122 Louisiana Michael D. Sandras 73 % 19/19 12/2623 New Jersey George A. Filer, III 73 % 20/35 37/4124 Oklahoma Charles L. Pine 65 % 8/26 22/2225 Idaho Robert Gates 63 % 3/11 10/1026 Massachusetts Greg S. Berghorn 61 % 20/55 36/4227 Nebraska John C. Kasher 54 % 3/10 11/1428 Oregon Thomas Bowden 51 % 35/56 23/5629 Kentucky Earle T. Benezet 50 % 14/26 13/2730 New York James G. Bouck, Jr. 48 % 69/79 7/7531 Wisconsin Timothy G. Whiteagle 45 % 22/32 6/2832 Maryland Bruce S. Maccabee 41 % 6/31 17/2733 North Carolina George E. Lund, III 40 % 19/49 25/5834 Connecticut Erik Kubik 40 % 13/20 3/1835 New Hampshire Peter R. Geremia 38 % 4/7 1/536 Arkansas Norman D. Walker 38 % 8/16 5/1937 Nevada Mark Easter 37 % 7/46 30/5038 Wyoming Richard Beckwith 18 % 1/5 1/639 Alabama Roy E. Patterson, Jr. 16 % 0/11 3/940 Missouri Bruce A. Widaman 10 % 9/42 0/3841 Tennessee Eddie Middleton 4 % 1/33 2/2942 Hawaii Puuloa M. Teves 0 % 0/9 0/943 Virginia Susan L. Swiatek 0 % 0/31 0/3144 Rhode Island Richard Lynch 0 % 0/7 0/945 North Dakota Kurt Pfleger 0 % 0/3 0/546 Delaware Ralph P. Flegal 0 % 0/0 0/0
22MUFON UFO JournalAugust 2008Director’s Messagecontinued from page 2MUFON2006DVD:MVSummersonThe Alien Agenda and the Ethics of ContactAvailablefromNKL,1-800-938-3891www.alliesofhumanity.org (Book 1 FREE online)September Night SkyContinued from page 24The Allies Of HumanityBooks 1 & 2By Marshall Vian Summers“It is a very difficult situation to be the race thatis discovered to be the natives of a new world.”visible from very dark locations. Zodia-cal light is sunlight bouncing off dustgrains in our solar system. These grainslie mostly in the plane of the solar sys-tem.Look for a pyramid of light in themorning sky somewhat in appearance tothe light from a city or town just over thehorizon.Autumnal Equinox: September 22nd.Planetary ConjunctionConjunction of Moon Mercury Ve-nus Mars SaturnConjunctions and OccultationsSeptember 1stVenus 5 degrees northof the Moon.September 1st: Mercury 3 degreesnorth of the MoonSeptember 1st: Mars 5 degrees northof the MoonSeptember 7th: Antares 0.3 degreesnorth of the MoonSeptember 9th: Jupiter 3 degrees northof the MoonSeptember 11th: Mercury 4 degreessouth of VenusSeptember 11th: Venus 0.3 degreesnorth of MarsSeptember 27th: Saturn 5 degreesnorth of the MoonSeptember 30th: Mercury 1.1 degreesnorth of the Moonthe State Director of the Year award,and Dick Haines received the MUFONAward for Excellence in Ufology for hismany years of outstanding research.See photos of these winners, page 12.Position AnnouncementsState Directors:Janet Bunke is the new StateDirector for Idaho, replacing RobertGates who has retired. BruceMaccabee is moving to Ohio and theState Director position for Maryland isvacant at this time.State Section Directors:Dee Gragg is the new StateSection Director for Otero County,New Mexico.New Field Investigators:Joseph Burkes MD of Arcata,California; Larry Boston of Livermore,California; Michael Moore ofInverness, Florida; Larry Cates ofApopka, Florida; Joe Alexander ofMarietta, Georgia; Natalie MacDonaldof Edgewood, Kentucky; KarenBravata of Waggaman, Louisiana;Joshua Wabindato of Battle Creek,Michigan; Michael Bohrer of Foley,Missouri; Keith Danskin of Amherst,New Hampshire; Bernard Mendez ofStaten Island, New York; Erik Epplerof Staten Island, New York; JamesDennis of Delaware, Ohio; Tracy Royof Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.Monthly Statistical MUFONReport for July 2008CMS continues to amass sightingreports from around the globe. In July2008 there were 369 sightings reportedto MUFON through CMS from thefollowing countries:Country Number of ReportsUnited States 411Canada 26United Kingdom 16Mexico 8Australia 4Germany 3Spain 3India 3Guam 2Netherlands 2El Salvador 1Serbia and Montenegro 1Puerto Rico 1Slovakia 1China 1France 1Israel 1Japan 1TOTAL 486Budd Hopkins fields questionsduring the training seminar atthe Symposium.
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The Night SkyThe Night SkyThe Night SkyThe Night SkyThe Night SkyBy Gavin A. J. McLeodSeptember 2008 SkyContinued on page 22Moon PhasesFirst Quarter September 7thFull Moon September 15thLast Quarter September 22ndNew Moon September 29thBright Planets (Evening Sky)Mercury (magnitude 0.0 to 0.2 to0.5): In Virgo. For northern hemisphereobservers, Mercury will begin the monthlow above the west-southwest horizon;as the month passes Mercury will de-scend toward the western horizon whereit will be lost in the glare of the Sun. Forsouthern hemisphere observers, Mercurywill begin the month above the west-southwest horizon; as the month passesMercury will ascend toward the westernhorizon reaching maximum altitude bymidmonth after which it will slowly de-scend towards the western horizon.Venus (magnitude -3.8): In Virgo.For northern hemisphere observers, Ve-nus will begin the above the western ho-rizon; as the month passes Venus willslowly climb above the southwest hori-zon. For southern hemisphere observers,Venus will begin the above the west-north-west horizon; as the month passes Venuswill slowly climb above the western ho-rizon.Mars (magnitude 1.7): In Virgo. Fornorthern hemisphere observers, Mars willbe found standing low over the westernhorizon at sunset and will follow the Sunbelow the horizon about one hour later.For southern hemisphere observers, Marswill be found standing over the west-southwest horizon at sunset and will fol-low the Sun below the horizon about 1hour later.Jupiter: (magnitude –2.5 to -2.4). InSagittarius. For northern hemisphere ob-servers, Jupiter will begin the month highabove the east-southeast horizon at sun-set and will follow the Sun below thehorizon about 6 hours later. By the end ofthe month Jupiter will be found highabove the southern horizon at sunset andwill follow the Sun below the horizonabout 5 hours later. For southern hemi-sphere observers, Jupiter will begin themonth very high above the northeast ho-rizon at sunset and will follow the Sunbelow the horizon about 10 hours later.By the end of the month Jupiter will befound high above the northern horizon atsunset and will follow the Sun below thehorizon about 8 hours later.Bright Planets (Morning Sky)Saturn (magnitude 0.8 to 0.9): InLeo. For northern hemisphere observersSaturn will begin the month lost in theglare of the rising Sun; by midmonth Sat-urn will rise before the Sun until, by monthend, it will rise above the eastern horizonabout 2 hours before the morning Sun.For southern hemisphere observers Sat-urn will begin the month lost in the glareof the rising Sun; by the third week Sat-urn will rise before the Sun until, by monthend, it will rise above the eastern horizonabout 1/2 hour before the morning Sun.Looking low above the western horizon after sunset on September 1, 2008Other Celestial PhenomenaZodiacal LightZodiacal light will be visible in north-ern latitudes in the East before the startof morning twilight from September 27thto October 11th. The phenomenon is only