posted on Dec, 2 2009 @ 12:29 PM
While walking down to the beach one fine summer day I came upon a group of people looking up with their hands shading their eyes from the Sun and
pointing at the sky. I looked up but couldn't see anything. As I got closer to them I could hear comments; "It's huge!", "Look how fast it's
Really curious now, I asked what they were looking at. One of them said, "It's a UFO. Look, right there." I looked. I saw. A black toy balloon
about 10" in diameter and maybe 100' in the air, drifting with the wind.
An object isolated in the sky, with no points of reference, can fool the eye. The observers had made the assumption that this was a very large object.
Going from that assumption, because it looked so small, it must be very high in the sky. From there, its motion must be very fast instead of just
drifting with the wind, the way balloons do. As a group, they had come to the wrong conclusion about what they were looking at. Their excited chatter
feeding the illusion.
I said, "Um, I think it's a balloon." There was an immediate, "Yeah, right. Look how big it is." But then there were some abashed giggles as the
observers' perspective changed. The group dispersed as the balloon passed under a cloud, making it obvious what was being seen.
[edit on 12/2/2009 by Phage]