reply to post by ufoorbhunter
I've only had one sighting of something odd (in the sense of probably being military and secret), and it wasn't like that. I'm still not entirely
sure I wasn't very much mistaken, for a number of reasons, not least things like this
, and I'd been at a party, hence very, very drunk
I once thought
I saw a large triangle against a moderately bright night sky, which partly sparked my interest in airships, because of their
lift to volume ratio. Would I bet my life on it? No, and I certainly don't think it was alien.
I'll explain why I chose those questions:
1. Was there any smell?
2. What were the weather conditions?
3. Were they lit all-over or just top and bottom?
4. Were you close enough to see their surface or their edges?
5. Were all of the objects the same?
6. How did the other objects move when the object came towards you?
7. Did the object remain at the same approximate altitude as it moved towards you?
1. I wanted to establish whether there was a smell of paraffin in the air, to establish whether an engine was burning fuel suited for aviation,
hinting at a power source, or, potentially ruling out electric power.
2. I wanted to establish whether a hoaxer with balloons could rely on the wind to give the appearance of control. The Yorkshire moors often have
quite strong wind when there's an absence of trees or other features to block the wind.
Furthermore if it was raining, it rules out Chinese lanterns.
3. I wanted to establish whether the bottom light was from a flame or distinct and how well defined the top light was. Seeing if I could compare the
description to Chinese lanterns.
A blue flame isn't out of the question. Counter to that is how distinct the top light was. If it was very bright it seems less likely to be a
4. I wanted to establish whether there was an airframe, or whether the surface undulated like a solar balloon, not because I suspected a solar
balloon, but a loose-ish balloon filled with helium.
An airframe is different.
5. This was to see if there were consistencies between the objects, or whether they looked similar but were different.
Just to establish numbers and whether the way they looked changed as their distance changed.
7. I wanted to see if it lost or gained altitude much as a Chinese Lantern would.
My wild suspicion, and it is unsubstantiated - I have no evidence of this -, is something like Techsphere balloons, made by Sierra Nevada
They would look like the moon if lit up, and viewed from a distance.
But speed, distance, geometry etc. is very hard to estimate, particularly at night. So I wouldn't rule out a normal explanation.
[edit on 7-4-2009 by jackphotohobby]