• Warning- Smoking may lead to increased risk of UFO encounters

    By Roger Marsh, The Examiner on September 29th, 2012

    Seeing a UFO is all about being at the right place at the right time, or the wrong time, if you're "Fire in the Sky" UFO abductee, Travis Walton.

    Roger Marsh is director of public relations for the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), editor of the monthly MUFON UFO Journal and a reliable UFO news reporter. He takes an interesting look at the stats about where witnesses often happen to be when they see a UFO- Editor.

    From the Examiner:

    Smokers make up 25 percent of all UFO witnesses in the U.S.

    Okay - I made that number up. My ...

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  • A reflection on UFO news reporting

    By Ted Bonnitt on September 28th, 2012

    When it comes to covering UFO news, sometimes you're damned if you do and damned if you don't. Just ask Jamey Boyum.

    UFOGrid's editorial policy is to filter out noisy UFO news stories and sighting reports that are clearly faked or obviously without merit.

    But there's always one that gets away and feeds major news outlets with derisive, grist for the mill UFO storytelling.

    This week's likely fish tale was a story out of Jacksonville, Texas, about an alleged Google maps image of a UFO hovering over a Taco Bell restaurant, discovered by a Houston ...

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  • Siberian yeti? Bet on it.

    By The Siberian Times on September 27th, 2012

    From The Siberian Times:

    International bookmaker Paddy Power is offering odds of 100/1 that the Siberian Yeti will be found by the end of 2012.

    The move follows a report in  The Siberian Times that there have been three  "sightings" of the creature in recent weeks. 

    A Paddy Power spokesperson said: 'It's true, at odds of 100/1 we do risk putting a Bigfoot in our mouth if these recent sightings turn out to be genuine.'

    The Irish-based betting giant with a strong online presence suggests Russia is the current favourite to find the elusive yeti, though odds ...

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  • Two passengers on Delta Airlines flight see UFO pass close to plane on approach to Atlanta

    By Ted Bonnitt on September 28th, 2012

    An unidentified, disc shaped object reportedly flew underneath a passenger aircraft wing on approach to Atlanta Hartsfield Airport, at 7:30 PM on September 23, 2012.

    The unidentified witnesses were sitting on the left side of the aircraft when they observed an object described as having a "circular, aqua colored top that appeared hard and a light, silver colored, narrow cylinder coming out of the bottom of it," according to a report submitted to the National UFO Reporting Center, (NUFORC.) 

    The reporting witness said the object was not larger than the aircraft, and was not a balloon. The witness said ...

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  • More ‘Yeti’ Sightings Reported; Russia to Begin Expedition to Hunt Bigfoot

    By Greeshma M, IBTIMES.COM, India on September 28th, 2012

    From the International Business Times:

    Forestry workers and fisherman have reported sightings of Yetis, also known as Bigfoots, in different parts of Russia.

    Also known as Abominable Snowmen or Bigfoot, Yetis are considered to be the link between the Neanderthal man and modern human beings.

    The sighting of the furry ape-like creature in the recent weeks initiated further research and Russia will soon start an expedition to find them, Igor Burtsev, head of the International Centre of Hominology and Russia's Yeti expert, said according to Siberian Times.

    "We have good evidence of the yeti living in our region, and ...

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  • Elementary students discover space exploration

    By Ted Bonnitt on September 27th, 2012

    When Space Shuttle Endeavour and its ferry plane flew over Los Angeles last week, a group of young people got an exciting introduction to the wonders of space travel.

    A fourth grade class from Santa Monica's John Muir School ventured to the beach for their first and last ever look at a shuttle in flight.  

    Their experience sparked an interest in space exploration.  The students returned to their classroom and began studying the space ship that flew right over their heads.  Read their impressions in the accompanying slide show.

    The class' new found interest in space exploration has inspired ...

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  • Curiosity finds old stream bed on Mars

    By NASA on September 27th, 2012

    NASA's Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving. There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars, but this evidence -- images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels -- is the first of its kind.

    Scientists are studying the images of stones cemented into a layer of conglomerate rock. The sizes and shapes of stones offer clues to the speed and distance of a long-ago stream's flow.

    "From the size of gravels it carried, we can interpret the water was moving about 3 feet ...

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  • Interesting talk but no flying "cigar" at Las Vegas UFO event

    By Ted Bonnitt on September 27th, 2012

    Big hopes were raised among followers of UFO news ahead of last Saturday's, "Military UFOs: Secrets Revealed," panel discussion at the Smithsonian-affiliated National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas.

    While no "smoking gun" revelations were presented, compelling information was shared with the standing room only audience in attendance.

    Four retired U.S. military officials and a former official with with British Ministry of Defence who either experienced vivid encounters with UFOs or studied the phenomenon in high government circles recounted their experiences, and their stories are fascinating.  

    In one bit of news, Former Air Force Col. Charles Halt, who ...

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  • Red light "ball" and strange, bright light reported in Nebraska skies

    By Ted Bonnitt on September 26th, 2012

    Two UFO sightings were reportedly observed in Lincoln, Nebraska, this week, over a three day period.

    The first sighting of a light ascending from ground level was observed on September 22, 2012.

    The unidentified witness told MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) that they were having a smoke on their back patio, when they spotted a "red ball of light" ascend in an "arcing manner" from behind a building.  The witness got up to follow the object after trees blocked his view.  When the witness walked to adjust his vantage point the object, "was totally gone. No noise, no trail, no nothing ...

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  • Is Port City the top UFO hotspot in North Carolina?

    By John Peaspanen, StarNews, Wilmington, NC on September 23rd, 2012

    From Star News Online:

    Israel Curiel, director of public relations for Mutual UFO Network of North Carolina (MUFON-NC), spoke with conviction as he addressed a capacity crowd at the September meeting of the organization Sept. 15 at the Northeast Regional Branch, 1241 Military Cutoff Road.

    Initial nervous energy quickly turned to a supportive gathering of kindred spirits. People from all walks of life report seeing UFOs. And the composition of the audience at the meeting reflected this fact. Retirees and college students, professionals and blue collar workers, believers and those who still hope to see their first real evidence - they ...

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  • The farthest-ever view of the universe

    By NASA on September 26th, 2012

    The remarkable Hubble Telescope delivers another "wow" moment from deep space.

    Like photographers assembling a portfolio of best shots, astronomers have assembled a new, improved portrait of mankind's deepest-ever view of the universe.

    Called the eXtreme Deep Field, or XDF, the photo was assembled by combining 10 years of NASA Hubble Space Telescope photographs taken of a patch of sky at the center of the original Hubble Ultra Deep Field. The XDF is a small fraction of the angular diameter of the full moon.

    The Hubble Ultra Deep Field is an image of a small area of space in ...

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  • UFO hunters: They are still watching

    By Jon Kelly, BBC News Magazine, London, England on September 25th, 2012

    From the BBC:

    A group of British UFO-watchers is celebrating 50 years of searching for spacecraft in the sky. What keeps them looking for extra-terrestrial life?

    There are no windows in the functional-looking basement hall beneath a north London hotel. But everyone gathered here is gazing to the heavens.

    Figuratively speaking, that is.

    The annual conference of the British UFO Research Association (Bufora), is a gathering of enthusiasts for unexplained aerial phenomena that might, they speculate, be evidence of extra-terrestrial intelligence.

    Dozens of them have travelled from around the UK to be here. They listen to guest speakers patiently and ...

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  • Black sphere reported over San Diego airport

    By Ted Bonnitt on September 25th, 2012

    A "back sphere" flying over San Diego airport was reported on Saturday, September 22, 2012.

    The unidentified witness was in nearby Mission Hills, CA, and stated that he observed the object at around 4:45 PM for about a minute.  The flying object was "not fast" as it headed toward the airport, and "against the wind," according to a report filed with MUFON (Mutual UFO Network.) 

    The witness described the black object as "larger than a weather balloon but smaller than a commercial jet."  The object appeared to be in a state of "rhythmic change from solid black to something ...

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  • Fireball descends with objects in Mesa, AZ

    By Ted Bonnitt on September 24th, 2012

    One or more witnesses observed what they described as a descending fire ball surrounded by other glowing objects that suddenly appeared, while driving near Mesa, AZ, on the evening of September 22, 2012.

    The reporting witness told MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) that the quickly descending fireball first appeared to be a possible aircraft on fire.  The fireball had a tail and appeared to be throwing off debris as it fell.  As it descended, the witness noticed the sudden appearance of "other bright objects" surrounding it.   

    The flame of the object continued to diminish and reappear.  When the flames vanished, the ...

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  • Illinois witness spots lights twice

    By Ted Bonnitt on September 24th, 2012

    An Illinois man reported sighting a large array of lights, possibly attached to one, large UFO near Urbana on two recent occasions.

    The unidentified witness reported his sightings to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network.)

    The first sighting occurred at 12:35 AM on August, 15, 2012, when the witness was driving home from work.  He noticed bright, white lights directly over the highway and at a distance of about 4 miles.

    At first, the witness considered it to be a low flying airplane, but the lights remained stationary over the road.  The witness continued past a turn-off to his home to ...

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  • UFOs video recorded flying over Melbourne

    By Shannon Deery, Herald Sun, Melbourne, Australia on September 23rd, 2012

    From the Herald Sun:

    A Melbourne man has captured footage of what he claims to be another UFO hovering across the city skyline.

    The three-minute clip was recorded as the UFO hovered over Carlton Gardens last night.

    Tod, who did not want his surname published, said he captured the footage on his phone after he first saw the object about 9.30pm.

    Other witnesses have reported seeing it as early as 7.30pm.

    Tod said the object left the Carlton Gardens area about 11pm, flying past the Immigration Museum.


    It was moving like no other flying object that I'm ...

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  • Career aviation technician sees a series of unidentified lights

    By Ted Bonnitt on September 22nd, 2012

    A self-described, 25-year aviation technician reported sighting several UFOs while driving along Interstate Highway 45 on the northern outskirts of Houston, Texas, on the night of September 4, 2012.

    A report to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) was submitted by Tony Montoya on September 20, and included a video of the sighting.

    Mr. Montoya reported observing "two roundish, fairly large "pulsating" reddish-orange lights" and a "smaller, also roundish, dull grey-white light" below the two orange lights.

    The witness' description is well detailed, but a skeptic might argue that a skewed perspective on distance may have caused a mistaken interpretation of chinese ...

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  • UFO secrets to be told in Las Vegas

    By Ted Bonnitt on September 22nd, 2012

    UFO news is promised this evening in Las Vegas, according to organizers the event, "Military UFOs: Secrets Revealed."

    Four retired U.S. military colonels will be joined by a former official of the British Ministry of Defense, where newsworthy disclosures are promised by the event's host, the Smithsonian Institution affiliated, National Atomic Testing Museum.

    One of tonight's speakers, Retired Air Force Col. William Coleman, has hinted to the press that he will disclose dramatic, new UFO information. Coleman was a bomber pilot and later, a chief spokesman for Project Blue Book, a 20 year-long, official investigation into UFOs ...

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  • Final, historic landing for Shuttle Endeavour

    By Ted Bonnitt on September 21st, 2012

    A trail of excitement traveled across California and under the path of Space Shuttle Endeavour's final flight today.

    The youngest and last shuttle to fly was delivered piggyback style to Los Angeles International Airport by a NASA transport plane, on its way to a local science museum.

    The site of the winged space ship thrilled both young and old. Elementary school kids on Santa Monica beach jumped with joy when they spotted their first and last ever space shuttle flight.

    Some older adults felt bittersweet about seeing the spectacular close of a dramatic, thirty year-long pioneering age of reusable ...

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  • Model helicopter revealed as source of UFO mystery in Hinckley, UK

    By Katy Hallam, Hinckley Times, Hinckley, UK on September 20th, 2012

    From Hinkely Times:

    THE MYSTERY UFO sightings have been solved after a heli-lot of fuss.

    Local UFO investigators believe the sightings of the strange flying blue lights over the Hinckley area on August 23 was a model helicopter, yet some are still convinced there was an alien presence.

    After launching an investigation, the Hinckley branch of the Leicestershire UFO Investigation Network (LUFOIN) received a further 35 witnesses claiming they had also seen the flashing object in the sky.

    A LUFOIN spokesman said: “It is now becoming clear that what was actually spotted in the skies that night was something quite ...

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