|12.27.2004||Strange object seen and photographed, Alabama, USA.|
|12.22.2004||Opportunity gets better, Spirit not.|
|12.14.2004||Ufologist Alexander Mebane, R.I.P.|
|12.19.2004||Light out of the moon, Los Angeles, California, USA.|
|12.13.2004||Mars exoplanetology and exobiology at LPI/NASA seminar.|
|12.12.2004||UFO photographed over Mexico.|
|12.11.2004||Probable meteor fall in Gansu province, China.|
|12.10.2004||UFO reportedly seen above Underwood Quarry, U-K.|
|12.09.2004||UFO seen in Kingston, Tennessee, USA.|
|12.09.2004||Triangle UFO photographed above Tennessee, USA.|
|12.01.2004||Sparkling UFO seen in Switzerland.|
CREOLA. -- The witness reports: "My wife and I were headed south on I-65 bridge when I decided to stop and take a photo of the span. I’ve included the photo below. I have a 3.2 mp digital camera with a 10x optical zoom. Photo sizes are 2048x1536. I was coming home from work on the afternoon of December 27, 2004, down I-65 at around 6 PM, when an object in the sky caught my eye. I quickly grabbed my camera from the back seat and managed to get one shot of a disk shaped object before it disappeared. The sky that day was clear without a single cloud. I can't say what it was or what it appeared to be. Its forward speed was slow, if any. One-second it was there...the next it was gone. After taking this photo, I returned to my car and proceeded down the bridge. I spotted the object that did not appear as normal air traffic as it did not move much if any. I pointed the object out to my wife, zoomed in, acquired focus and snapped a shot off. After lowering the camera and looking back to where it was... it was no more... gone... vanished. Total sighting time was no more than 30 seconds.
Thanks to Brian Vike. Photos can be found at: http://www.hbccufo.org/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2233
LOS ANGELES -- The witness reports: "On December 19, 2004, in the middle of the day I was looking at the moon through a Meade 90 mm Telescope when I saw what I can describe only as a bright red laser light coming out of the dark side of the moon, I followed it for about 30 seconds and then it just started bouncing all over the place and I lost it. I swung the telescope back around to the moon just in time to catch 2 asteroids passing between the earth and the satellites. I found a link to the Asteroids but nothing on the light."
Thanks to Brian Vike, www.hbccufo.com
Known pioneer ufologist Ted Bloecher announces the death of the American ufologist Alexander Mebane, at age 81. In the 50's and 60's, Alexander Mebane had been one of the founder members of Civilian Saucer Intelligence of New York, one of the first private UFO investigation group, and carried out many field investigations. He had also translated into English some of french ufologist Aime Michel's books.
French ufologist Jean-Luc Rivera writes: "Chemist by profession, he was a very fine and analytical mind, motivated to study many fields. He had withdrawn himself from active ufology for more than twenty years and lived in Florida."
Ufologist and videographer Ana Luisa Cid writes: "Today, December 12 at 8:00 A.M., I noticed a strange light moving in the sky in a south to north direction. Upon making a close-up, I lowered the light intensity somewhat (exposure) in order to appreciate the details with greater clarity."
"I saw [the object] for some 5 minutes and it was captured on a Sony 340 camcorder. On this date Mexico celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, so it is common to see balloons aloft and pyrotechnics. However, I do not believe this object corresponds to anything known."
Thanks to INEXPLICATA, The Journal of Hispanic Ufology, December 13, 2004.
Translation spanish to english © Scott Corrales, Institute of Hispanic Ufology.
Photo credit: Ana Luisa Cid.
The image can be viewed here.
Xinhuanet reports that hundreds of people in northwest China's Gansu Province saw a luminous object with a tail cross the sky on December 11 at about 11:36 P.M. The object was probably a meteor, and because it was followed by earthshaking sounds like bombing local police searched for what may have dropped in the area but did not found it yet.
The local public security department confirmed that they have received more than 700 reports on the case, some saying it was an earthquake, and others saying it was an aerolite falling.
Early on the morning of 10 December 2004, an unidentified flying object was spotted hovering over Underwood Quarry in Wells, owned by top defence system manufacturers Thales. Reports of the sighting soon began to appear on the Yahoo web forum, GWell.
One witness wrote: "It was at 7.50am. It was a white, disc-shaped object that not only hovered but then did a banked circle around an area. Some shimmering emanation was seen coming from below the craft and then it shot impossibly out of sight. The area was to the left of the mast as seen from Glastonbury Tor, over Underwood Quarry."
Thales denyed any knowledge of the flying objects. Peter Spencer, sales and marketing director for Thales, said: "We are not launching UFOs from our facilities, nor am I aware of what the sightings might be, nor am I at liberty to comment on what we might be doing at that facility."
BBC weatherman Richard Angwin said: "From the descriptions we have received, the most likely explanation is that it is some sort of meteor or broken up space debris in the atmosphere. Often dust particles will travel at such a speed that they will burn up and appear more impressive than they really are. There is so much space junk floating around in the upper part of the atmosphere. A meteor is the most likely explanation."
Glastonbury-based ufologist Alan Foster remains sceptical of this explanation. He said: "I have not heard any reports of this UFO, but meteors and space debris are always the explanations put forward. If people say that they have seen an illuminated disc at close quarters then that is what they have seen. People are not stupid. This is a serious subject and there are a number of people working on it at a high level. Even the Pope has recognised the existence of extra-terrestrial activity."
"The object depicted was seen by several people in Kingsport, Tennessee on DEC 9th at 21:00 hours. The craft moved slowly and silently floated overhead heading west. The craft was blackish-charcoal in color and the appendage on the rear was glowing blue from the openings. The small lights on the bottom were blue and the ring around the appendage on the bottom were alternating blue, red and green."
"The central portion of the appendage was reddish orange glowing solidly. The craft was accompanied by many small, fast silent red and blue balls of light moving about in the sky. It was mostly cloudy and the clouds were dimly lit by downtown city lights, making the profile of the large craft very visible. Relative size according to witnesses was that of a very large TV set at arms length. The craft passed directly overhead the witnesses and westward from view."
Report by Kim Shaffer, Director, MUFON Tennessee, sighting date december 9, 2005.
MUFON Tennessee Director, Kim Shaffer, received a report and digital photo image from a witness in Bristol, Tennessee. The witness said that at 10:28 P.M. hours on December 9, 2004, he was returning from an out building where he had taken some photos of items he was selling and saw this very large, silent set of lights in the sky. The object was due west of him, toward Kingsport, Tennessee, where a sighting had been reported earlier that night.
The witness stated that he did not see the brighter large light emissions but only the three triangle shaped lights. The camera was in analog mode.
The picture can be viewed here.
Thanks to Kim Shaffer, MUFON Tennessee.
On Wednesday, December 1, 2004, at 9:15 p.m., the two eyewitnesses were standing on a bridge in the south side of Lausanne, Switzerland, overlooking Lake Geneva, when they spotted an unusual green object in the night sky.
"Me and my friend were walking on a city bridge in Lausanne. Suddenly, we both had an impulse to look south, towards the lake. About 30 degrees above the lake we saw what appeared to be a kind of green firework."
"We weren't much impressed, but this light continued to show a comet's shape, flying from east to west. It was big, green and glowing and left some kind of (light) trail. The object was silent and slow. It was unlike anything I had ever seen."
"My friend said, 'Is it a rocket or a satellite?'"
"But I had seen them before, and it didn't look like either of them."
"A few days later (Saturday, December 4, 2004) I met another witness who described the same arc or (flight) path, the same colour and shape, and time. Our local newspaper didn't write a line about this. Whatever it was, it disappeared behind a building. Vanished!"
Evian is on the other side of the lake and saw nothing. Now I am even more convinced that we are not alone. If you have any pictures of it, please contact me by email."
Many thanks to Jim Hickman, executive director of Skywatch International, for this news story, and to Joe Trainor, UFORoundup, www.ufoinfo.com/roundup