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originally posted by: data5091
a reply to: mirageman
I don't think its a mystery at all. Its clear that an object, unidentified and extraterrestrial in nature, came down in a very sensitive military area, which was most likely spying/observing the weapons systems as lots of ufo's seem to do, and was seen by many, high ranking officers from within the Air Force. It continued to come back at least two more times. It had physical and mental effects on at least the 2 A.F. Officers who came into close contact with it.
I have been a full-time writer, editor, broadcaster, and lecturer on astronomy and space since 1972.
Calling yourself an amateur astronomer is a pretty hard thing to lie about since all you have to do is buy a telescope and look at some stars through it to call yourself that, but he's obviously much more accomplished than that in the field of astronomy if you read about his other accomplishments.
I have investigated a number of UFO cases that have attracted my interest, most notably the celebrated Rendlesham Forest UFO case of 1980, sometimes known as the “British Roswell”. I produced the first full explanation of all the major aspects of this case. As an amateur astronomer, my main interest has been the way in which astronomical phenomena can give rise to UFO reports.
That says Ridpath identified Sirius. Well anybody should be able to look at Stellarium on that date and see if Ridpath was right. I don't see where his opinion on that was even challenged (though apparently the Venus explanation attributed to others was challenged by the same caliber of people who think Rendlesham forest was not a lighthouse when even the original witness reports make it obvious that the lighthouse was involved because they said they followed the light and ended up at a lighhouse):
PC Leyland and his colleagues decided their UFO was a star or a planet, an identification that was later confirmed by astronomers at the Royal Greenwich Observatory. In their report to the RAF, the observatory said that Venus, the source of many previous UFO reports, had been shining with exceptional brilliance in the early morning sky to the east, probably explained the light on the video. Astronomer Ian Ridpath identified the other colourful flashing object seen from Skegness earlier as the brightest star in the sky, Sirius, low on the horizon to the southeast. Another bright star, Vega, explained the lights seen in the opposite direction by the tanker crew. He explained that impression of rotating colours as a well known optical phenomenon resulting from light from stars distorted by the atmosphere.
Well that tells me a lot, deniers of the Rendlesham lighthouse connection also want to deny the more prosaic explanations for the Boston Stump incident.
the RAF ordered a full investigation that occupied a senior Air Defence officer full time for eight working days. He took the unusual of step of interviewing key witnesses for his 23 page report, completed in November 1996. This concluded the RAF’s low key reaction was fully justified. Although not all the light phenomena could be fully explained “research has not revealed evidence that alarming or extraordinary events were being witnessed” and there was no justification to order the scramble of RAF assets to intercept any UFOs.
The idea that Boston Stump, the planet Venus and assorted stars could have been responsible for the UFO scare was dismissed as absurd by many who saw these explanations as further evidence of a cover-up.
One East Anglian resident, in a letter to his local newspaper, drew parallels between the Boston Stump and the Orfordness lighthouse which had been used to explain the sightings in RAF Woodbridge 15 years earlier.
originally posted by: data5091
I was looking ahead the other day to some of the many appealing sounding chapters in this interesting read, and found myself looking at the last page and this was a copy of a letter sent to President Obama a year ago this month, which is signed by 6 former members of the U.S. Congress in an appeal for both Penniston and Mr. Burroughs to get a copy of their medical records from the Dept. of Veteran affairs. I find the silence speaks volumes about this case. Both Penniston and Burroughs suffer today still from their encounter with the ufo back in 1980.
But there was also an effect maybe like a prism … with rainbow lights on top, scattered about .. [and] several other colors of light. It was weird.
The colors were constantly changing while I was there. I remember, it was different colors, and they just, like, go on and off or go to a lower shade.
Larry Fawcett: And did the machine glow at all when it took off? Did the lights change?
Adrian Bustinza: The lights, yes. That’s what it did. It turned, like, into a ball of light. The whole machine. And it was like a glow around it, and it just took off.
Battram: “And when we got closer, you began to feel the hair on your arms, and the back of your neck, under your hat even, stand on end. Like there was a real big static charge in the air.”
Bustinza: “We were wearing regulation headgear, but I could see one man’s hair standing up on his head just like it was a wire brush.”
Nevels: “I had static all over my hair and my arms and everything and I knew something was wrong – like you would say ‘static in the air’.”