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Date:

July, 1971

Location:

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Summary:

My sister, cousin, mother and I all were witness to an event where over one-thousand UFOs crossed the sun one bright summer day in New Orleans, Louisiana. (They were viewed telescopically as they crossed the sun’s disk – details below).

Date Reported:

6/27/2004 9:35:59 PM

Day/Night: 

Daytime

No. of Witnesses: 

4

Duration: 

90 minutes

No. of Object(s): 

Multiple

Urban or Rural: 

urban

Size of Object(s)

1/40 of the sun’s apparent diameter

Distance to Object(s) & Altitude

over 100 miles

Shape of Object(s)

orb

Color of Object(s):

black with gray annular ring

Full Description & Details

The day was a usual clear blue sky scorcher, and being an avid amateur astronomer, I spent much of the day and night just looking around the sky and keeping notes. It was 1971 and I was 13 years old.

The summer was typically boring, and so I tried out my 2.5 inch refractor telescope given to me by my parents a couple of years earlier on sunspot observations; once again, I borrowed a chair from my mother’s kitchen, and placed a leftover poster board (they were only white in those days) on the chair to accept the image from the telescope eyepiece. This way everyone could enjoy the huge image of the broiling sun at the same time as me and I could leisurely sit in the chair I had taken from my desk to make notes and sketch sunspots. This was the umpteenth time I had done this and so I was the only one watching when the event started, interest form the rest of my family having waned over the last many times I had performed this type of observation.

After several hours of watching and sketching that June day in 1971, I noticed a small black dot cross from right to left across the sun’s disk. Being experienced at seeing planes, birds, and insects fly by I was initially puzzled by this rather non-descript and slowly moving object. It took about 5 seconds to cross and was about 1/40 of the sun’s apparent diameter on the poster board. This made the object about a half inch in length. My curiosity increased when a second object began crossing from the right just before the first one exited on the left side of the sun’s disk. I immediately refocused the refractor to get the crossing object better focused, as it had a well defined gray annulus around the black center. Interestingly, the focus for the sun (essentially infinity) was the correct focus for the object! Before the second object exited the sun’s disk to my left (after crossing about 4/5 of the sun’s diameter), a third object entered from the right. Each of these objects were identical; they consisted of a black (matching the center of sunspots, essentially) lozenge shaped center, surrounded by a uniform thickness, very sharply defined gray annular ring. The lozenge length to width was about 3 to one, and the annular gray ring was slightly less than half the thickest (center) part of the black shadow. (In reviewing the sighting afterwards, I took a dish from my mother's cabinet and found that if one held the dish so that it was about 30 degrees from edge on, the projected shape roughly matched the objects I had sighted.)

The three objects all exhibited the same shimmering that the sun’s disk and sunspots exhibited, indicating they were far enough up in the air (or out in space?) to be affected by the atmosphere in the same way stars twinkle. I was watching in the afternoon and so my refractor was angled about 45 degrees above horizontal to start with, and about an hour and a half later (after the last object had crossed), it was less than 30 degrees. After another half dozen or so had crossed the face of the sun and cast their shadows on my poster board, I had enough data to enable me to leave the scene and gather my family as witnesses. My cousin and sister were playing outside at the time (they were about three years and two years younger than me, respectively), and so I brought them to the telescope to see what was happening. Being only 10 and 11 years old, their interest waned after just three crossings, since the scenario remained identical; just prior to one object leaving the disk to our left, another entered from our right, over and over. After less than a half minute, they went back to whatever they were doing before I coaxed them into watching “that boring stuff Herbie does”. I yelled for my mom to come see; we lived in one of those duplex shotgun houses in New Orleans; they were called shotgun houses because you could fire a weapon from the front room and it would go all the way through to the one bathroom at the rear without hitting any wall but going through the open doors of each of the four rooms (after the front room, the parent’s bedroom, then the children’s bedroom, then the living room, then the kitchen). It was easy to yell for her even though she was all the way back in the kitchen. Her reply was typical of when I asked her to come see something – whether through my microscope or telescope; a delaying action born of many observations of relatively boring (to her) objects. She said she was busy and would be there soon.

I asked her to bring the camera (a box black and white) so I could photograph the sun’s disk and these crossing objects, and again she said she’d be there soon. After about an hour I had to relieve myself (one does drink fluids in New Orleans on a hot summer day!) and so I asked my sister to take over and watch if anything changes. I took the opportunity to implore my mother to come see again and after I returned to the refractor and the objects passing (my sister had already abandoned her post to go play again) she showed up without the camera, saying it had no film. She watched for about 30 seconds and then went back to the kitchen, apparently as uninterested in the whole thing as my sister and cousin; it didn’t affect anything that day (or even for the conceivable future), and so I alone was left to the task of watching what I could only assume were alien visitors from space moving from one place to another in single file in their flying saucers.

About 90 minutes after the procession started, it ended. Not as abruptly as it started, however. At first near the end there was no follower to the object exiting to the left side of the sun’s disk where it should have been, but then another would show up timed as if there had been the “missing” object, and followed appropriately by the next object entering from the right as the prior object exited to the left. This occurred several times before no more objects entered or exited the sun’s image.

Altogether I estimated 1,080 (that’s one-thousand and eighty, give or take) had passed between my 2.5 inch objective refractor telescope with Barlow lens and the sun. Near what was to be the middle of the event – or about 45 minutes into the procession - the density of crossing increased several times. At one point there were five objects “on screen” at the same time. A single object entered from the right, as usual when the prior object was nearing its exit to the left, when a pair of objects entered shortly after. The top object in this pair was in line with the boring procession as it had unfolded for the last three quarters of an hour, but the companion was below and to the rear, offset about half the length of one of these objects and down about the width – in close proximity. When the single object had reached the spot where another object entered opposite it on the sun’s face, another object did enter, and was followed almost immediately by another (fifth) object. This train of discs continued across, followed by four in line objects, and then the pattern returned to normal, with only two objects on the sun's face at any one time (until the end of the event, of course).

Also during what was to be the middle of the event, I tried to detect the objects before and after they crossed the sun proper, by moving my telescope just off to either side of the sun and looking directly out into the clear blue sky. I saw nothing through the refractor (neither directly or cast on the poster board), nor did I see anything with the naked eye as I shielded my vision with my hand from direct sunlight.

Were they ours or theirs? Earth made or made somewhere else? I don’t know. However, subsequent to this observation, I read in a Charles Fort book that a Mexican astronomer by the name of Bonilla had witnessed a similar train of shadows in 1883. More recently, I have found several other astronomical sightings through the internet that resemble my 1971 event (though with far fewer numbers) and I have done some back of the envelope calculations using elementary trigonometry that shows the objects would have been about 100 feet in diameter if exo-atmospheric. Additionally, the difference in girth from a thin plate held at an angle and the thicker, lozenge shape of these objects I found could be explained if they had some thickness to them.

There are other analyses and minor observations related to this event, but these are best left for a later time, as this e-mail has gotten way too big already!

If anyone else has heard of or seen such things, I would appreciate feedback.

Witness Background

College degreed Engineer and amateur astronomer

Reported Sighting? 

Yes

Reported To: 

mensa UFO SIG

Your Location: 

Orlando, FL, USA

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Date:

June, 27, 2004

Location:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Summary:

Grey/black object flying against the night sky. Very hard to notice. No sound or flashing lights of anykind. Moving at a constant rate of speed.

Date Reported:

6/27/2004 9:08:36 PM

Sighting Time: 

11:15pm

Day/Night: 

Dusk/Evening

No. of Witnesses: 

0

Duration: 

5-7 seconds

No. of Object(s): 

Single

Urban or Rural: 

Urban

Size of Object(s)

unknown

Distance to Object(s) & Altitude

unkown

Shape of Object(s)

boomerang/cigar

Color of Object(s):

grey/black

Full Description & Details

It was a grey/black object against the night sky. It was quite difficult to notice unless one was looking for something specific (ie a shooting star) which I was. The object had no flashing lights such as that of an airplane nor did it make any noise. The object moved at a constant rate of speed and made no sudden movements. I do no belive that it an alien craft or a flying saucer howver there a was something definately moving through the night sky. The object was an oval shape but I cannot be sure since I was viewing it at a 45-60 degree angle and seemed like two connected airplane wings.

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Date:

June, 1999

Location:

HORN LAKE, Mississippi, United States

Summary:

WE WHERE OUTSIDE ONE DAY AND WE SAW 2 BLACK DOTS AND THERE STARTED TO MUILTIPY SLOWY INTO 6 AND THERE STARED TO GET CLOSER AND THEN THEY JUST DISAPPERED.

Date Reported:

6/27/2004 8:53:42 PM

Sighting Time: 

4:00

Day/Night: 

Daytime

No. of Witnesses: 

4

Duration: 

20 MIN.

No. of Object(s): 

Multiple

Urban or Rural: 

URBAN

Size of Object(s)

ABOUT THE SIZE OF HALE A PENNY

Distance to Object(s) & Altitude

200FT

Shape of Object(s)

CIRCLE WITH LEGS

Color of Object(s):

BLACK

Full Description & Details

ONE DAY WE WHERE OUTSIDE AND WE SAW SOME BLAK DOTS IN THE SKY. THEN THAY JUST STARTED TO MULTIPYINTO 6 AND I CALLED ONE OF MY GRANDFATHERS NABORS OVER HIS WAS 21.WHEN HE GOT THERE AND SAW IT WITH ME AND MY BROTHER AND GRANDFATHER HE SAW IT AND THEY JUST KIND OF DISAPPERED. WE STAYED THERE FOR AT LEST 10 MIN AND WE DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING SO WE JUST WHENT IN AND TALK ABOUT IT.

Witness Background

IM 15 AT THE TIME I WAS 10 OR 11 SKATEBOARD NOW.LOVE TO READ ABOUT ALEINS.

Other Comments

CAN YOU PLEASE SEND ME SOMETHIMG ABOUT ALEINS IN THE MAIL.



THANKS

Reported Sighting? 

No

Your Location: 

HORN LAKE, MS , DESOTO COUNTY

Age: 

15

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Date:

June, 17, 2004

Location:

ardmore, Oklahoma, United States

Summary:

i was out side mowing the grass in my yard and i turnd off the mower to tak a braek and i look up at the sky and i saw three ufos and i watch for about 30min and the fluw offout of orbit .

Date Reported:

6/27/2004 8:27:42 PM

Sighting Time: 

2:00pm

Day/Night: 

Daytime

No. of Witnesses: 

dont now

Duration: 

30 min

No. of Object(s): 

Multiple

Urban or Rural: 

not sure

Size of Object(s)

unnone

Distance to Object(s) & Altitude

2000 ft

Shape of Object(s)

disk and triangle

Color of Object(s):

gray

Other Comments

none

Reported Sighting? 

No

Name: 

Matthew long

Your Location: 

ardmore oklahoma

Age: 

16

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Date:

2004

Location:

Fremlont, California, United States

Summary:

Object was in the arrival corridor to the S.F. east bay area airports coming in from the east over the Diablo Range. Iit looked identical to an airliner coming in except that it was motionless and had no visible aircrfaft lights.

Date Reported:

6/27/2004 5:01:20 PM

Sighting Time: 

9:30 -10:00 p m

Day/Night: 

Nighttime

No. of Witnesses: 

0

Duration: 

30 seconds

No. of Object(s): 

Single

Urban or Rural: 

urban

Size of Object(s)

1/8 to 1/10 moon size

Distance to Object(s) & Altitude

4 to 5 miles (apparent distance)

Shape of Object(s)

large distant light coming directly toward the viewer

Color of Object(s):

yellowish

Full Description & Details

I was at work making security rounds of my post. I was walking toward the east hills (appearing to be coming directly in my direction). It was a clear, cool evening. It was about 9:30 to 10:00 PM . It is normal for me to see aircraft approaching from that direction as there are 3 major airports in the vicinity. I usually stop when i see aircraft lights ahead. Why do I? I guess curiousity as to how long it takes before i can detect the wing tip lights or which airport it will go to.

This particaular night i saw what appeared to be an approaching aircraft from the usual direction, i stopped ... noticed no movement for the first 15-20 seconds. Finally i detected a small amount of movement downward and then to the south side. It moved south about 3 or 4 object diameters before it made a sharp back turn. At this point the object appeared the same size as when i first saw it .... but then it angled it's path (about 15 degrees) and became smalller and smaller as it wisked away and disappeared at a very fastspeed --- a whooodh!! My eyes saw a light trail as it flew away .

About 10 days ago (today being 6/27/04) i was listening to coast to coast with George Noory.A woman called to report a very similar incident one night while starwatching with her son. Her description was almost identical to mine except she report a side to side movement... which i did not detect on my sighting.

Witness Background

I am a machinist working security evenings. I am also a self- taught amatuer astronomer.

Other Comments

I have had other experiences, but my memories of them are vague. I can remember seeing a fleet of disk shaped ufos flying in a nightime 'v' formation when i was a child ... i have often wondered if it was just my imagination or perhaps a dream. I was about 12 or so maybe younger. I remember seeing them at least 2 times over the skies of Corpus Christi,Texas.

I am currently in the process of creating an animation of my most recent sighting as it is fresh in my memory. I will submit it at a later date. Thank you.

Reported Sighting? 

Yes

Reported To: 

just in passing to co-worker

Name: 

Francisco Salinas

Your Location: 

Fremont,CA 94538

Age: 

57

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Date:

June, 26, 2004

Location:

Lebanon, Pennsylvania, United States

Summary:

From just North of due West heading toward just South of due East

Date Reported:

6/27/2004 3:11:13 PM

Sighting Time: 

10:52 PM EDT

Day/Night: 

Nighttime

No. of Witnesses: 

1

Duration: 

30 secs

No. of Object(s): 

Multiple

Urban or Rural: 

Urban

Size of Object(s)

Very small

Distance to Object(s) & Altitude

Too subjective. Can't determine.

Shape of Object(s)

Pinpoint with the lead object trailing what seemed a veil

Color of Object(s):

Pale Gold

Full Description & Details

While waiting for 24Z, I was seeing a few lights (airplanes) in the sky and thinking if I knew the trajectory and the timing of the ISS, it was dark enough from this vantage point I could witness its crossing. Almost before I could finish that thought, I saw an eerie light; no, it was lights moving out of the northwest sky leisurely toward the southeast. UFO? I dismissed that thought immediately and got out of the car for a better look and thought I heard a swishing sound. Could I have heard anything? About that time the scanner announced EB 24Z had cleared the detector and several cars crossed the tracks so background noise was suddenly higher than it had been. About that time I saw the headlights of 24Z and he started sounding his 14L so further listening was out of the question.

As I was casually gazing toward the NW I was seeing a couple planes and then a light which looked different started toward the SE. It started as one light but as it was getting in front of me, it appeared as several including a separate one, same track, same speed but trailing a second or two of arc behind the first (cluster.) One or two pieces brightened temporarily as if a match were being struck but then returned to the original ephemeral glow. I kept my eyes on this phenomenon until it disappeared.The phenomenon reminded me of pictures of the space shuttle disintegrating on re-entry. This event occurred at 10:52 PM and lasted about 30 seconds and covered about 60 seconds of arc from just north of west to just south of east.

Was this a high altitude earth-grazing meteor cluster from the Bootids? Or possibly a tow plane with a pennant glowing with St Elmo’s fire? Perhaps I’ll never know.

[I copied and pasted from my daily journal.]

Witness Background

AAA Calltaker, Member Services (formerly Emergency Road Service call taker). Penn State, General Arts and Sciences, completed 3 years (no degree). US Navy veteran, 4 years. Interested in trains and astronomy. At Penn State wrote an article for the Daily Collegian about a bolide which exploded over central PA in the 1960's

Other Comments

The fact I thought I heard a "swishing" sound (which ambient noise levels prevented me from being sure of) led me to think a small plane pulling an advertising banner might have been returning late (after dark) to a nearby private airport. Since small craft can operate without filing a flight plan (I think) there may be no way of determining this. However, after reading a couple posts on your site (which I was Googled to), the date and time of the phenomenon led me to send this report. The similarities were compelling. Over the years I have seen many sights in the night sky which a non-critical or inexperienced observer might find unexplained but I know how illusory normal things can at times appear. In this case, I'm kind of leaning toward the Bootids.

Reported Sighting? 

No

Name: 

Curt

Your Location: 

Lancaster, PA USA

Age: 

61

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Date:

June, 26, 2004

Location:

Long Beach , Ontario, Canada

Summary:

Looked like a comet?

Date Reported:

6/27/2004 10:51:01 AM

Sighting Time: 

10:52

Day/Night: 

Nighttime

Duration: 

30 seconds

No. of Object(s): 

Multiple

Color of Object(s):

orange/ white

Full Description & Details

While on my deck at Long Beach Ontario Canada, myself and four others noticed four bright objects in the sky. These looked high enough to be shooting stars but were in formation with one another and had tails like a comet. Whatever we saw was moving at a good speed but much slower than a shooting star. It was moving from West To North East for aprox 30 Seconds before fading away.

Witness Background

Electronics Business Owner In Buffalo NY

Other Comments

Please E-Mail me any information on what we observed on June 26th

Reported Sighting? 

No

Your Location: 

Buffalo NY

Age: 

38

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Date:

June, 24, 2004

Location:

vancouver, Washington, United States

Summary:

out of a dark figure ( cloud like ) several small pin lights came out of it. darting in every direction. watched for two hrs them manouvering south , west , east , was my sight of view

Date Reported:

6/26/2004 10:03:14 PM

Sighting Time: 

1145 pm

Day/Night: 

Nighttime

No. of Witnesses: 

one

Duration: 

two hrs

No. of Object(s): 

Multiple

Urban or Rural: 

ruralcountry

Size of Object(s)

moon size = dark mass, dots of lights

Distance to Object(s) & Altitude

couldnt tell only guess

Shape of Object(s)

orb = dark mass,small dots of light

Color of Object(s):

black orb , white lights small

Full Description & Details

i went outside for a cigg. when i noticed small darting lights above my head. For thirty years ive tried to see another sighting im fifty years old now. So i always look to the sky too see if i can see anything. and this time i wasnt dissappointed !! iI saw only one then two then three and i started to get excited>> i took off my glasses to check if i could see them without the glasses. And i could >> I want you too know i wasnt drinking , I dont do drugs.\ And i live with grandchildren and my son,>>> by the time i finished my cigg. I went into my room to get my binoculers. Too see if what i was seeing i was seeing . I got a better look at this dark mass, the sky around it was moveing but the dark mass wasnt. The size of the mass was about full moon size. I couldnt tell how far i was from this mass. But i could see little darting lights at this time i think i saw about thirty of these lights, though i couldnt say that i counted them im just guessing. Because everywhere by now i could see them going all over the place . The one thing i did was cover one eye too see if i was seeing things then the other eye but they were still there. i guess i was trying to make sure i wasnt just trying to see them as i know the eyes can fool a person.BUt everything i tried proved to me i was seeing these objects. I observed some of them going at a fast rate then stopping on a dime. then i saw some of them change direction in a 45degree turn and excelerate beyond what ive ever seen, except the siteing of one ufo in my twentys 21 or 22 . some dove toward the ground and i would loose sight of them , some went from horizon too horizon,I watched these lights and i saw a jet go overhead as were only ten miles from PDX across the river and they stayed what seemed to me right in the overcast clouds and some just under the clouds . As i listened to the jet i knew i should be able to hear these objects and i didnt hear a thing after or before the jet. Except the cars on the road every once in awhile. I expected to see some kind of jets out of portland too come catch these objectsas i saw no response. I didnt report this to the police or the authorities as i didnt want to be ridiqued. this happened on the 24 of june

Other Comments

Ive studied about UFOs for thirty years. I believe ive read just about most of the history of UFOs all because of my first siteing. ive looked to the skys so much that im familure with 99 % of whats up there and this ive never seen before. i just hope this helps .

Reported Sighting? 

Yes

Reported To: 

yes my son and my daughter in law

Your Location: 

vancouver , Washington

Age: 

50 this aug

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Date:

June, 26, 2004

Location:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Summary:

Looked like 3 comets flying horizontally over dowtown Toronto

Date Reported:

6/26/2004 9:41:22 PM

Sighting Time: 

10:52pm

Day/Night: 

Nighttime

Duration: 

30 seconds

No. of Object(s): 

Multiple

Urban or Rural: 

urban

Size of Object(s)

at least 10 commercial airplane lengths

Distance to Object(s) & Altitude

less than a kilometre away, and maybe 10,000 feet in the air?

Shape of Object(s)

long comet-like lines

Color of Object(s):

orange

Full Description & Details

I was sitting on my balcony and saw three orange lines in the sky. I looked closer and they looked like 3 comets with long tails all flying in formation, horizontally across the sky over downtown Toronto. I had time to stare at them for almost 30 seconds until they faded off into the distance. They almost looked like shooting stars, but they were orange and moving much slower across the sky. One was bright, and the other two faded in and out but remained the same distance from the single bright one. At one point it looked as though there were up to four dim tails around the bright one. It was difficult to tell if they were all individual objects flying in formation, or all part of one big object. They looked like they were only a few thousand feet above the ground.

Other Comments

I would have reported it but I wasn't sure who to call. I found you by searching for "ufo toronto" on google.

Reported Sighting? 

Yes

Reported To: 

only you so far

Your Location: 

TOronto

Age: 

30

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Date:

November, 1999

Location:

bracknell, United Kingdom

Summary:

It was very bright orange...and a oval shape

Date Reported:

6/26/2004 6:20:06 PM

Sighting Time: 

11am

Day/Night: 

Daytime

No. of Witnesses: 

4

Duration: 

minute

No. of Object(s): 

Single

Urban or Rural: 

city

Full Description & Details

I was at a busstop with my kids and I saw this bright orange thing coming closer from a distance I thought it was some balloon but soon realised that balloons dont fly across like that...all I can say is it was very bright

Reported Sighting? 

No

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