I Saw Something Inexplicable in the Sky the Other Day

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  1. Eponastill

    Eponastill Ephemeral Spectre

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    This is going to sound fairly ridiculous because it's such an unformed inconclusive anecdote and especially because it happened in such a silly place. Also, I'm loathe to throw it out into this particular subforum because I'm sure it's full of people with Specialist Interest and much background knowledge. But if there's anywhere to offer it up for discussion I guess it's in here. If you don't mind.

    A few weeks ago I met some friends at Avebury, and we were sat round eating our picnics and chatting about this and that. They are probably what you'd call alternative types, but definitely not particularly believers in weirdness. In fact I think they're probably more rational than most. Anyway there we are and somebody's looking into the sky and spots Something. So we all start looking at the something, which was a long way up, and not directly overhead but apparently nearby, and it didn't seem to be moving. It looked silvery and long and thin from top to bottom. It was impossible to tell how big it was. There was much speculation. I thought with the naked eye it could be the reflection off a long wing of a glider. But to be honest it wasn't moving enough for that. One of us had a camera with a ridiculously long lens for some reason, and he tried to take a picture of it. That didn't really help elucidate what it was, it just looked pale and maybe shiny and taller than it was wide. It wasn't a great image. Then it seemed to become popular opinion that it was a Balloon. And then after that there was no more to say really, because it was impossible to see it any more clearly. And so the conversation drifted off to something else.

    But really I've never seen a balloon of any size that was long and thin like that. Or stationary. I've really got no idea what it was and no way to find out.

    And so it makes me wonder how many similar anecdotes could be told. Maybe you just have to be sitting still for a while and look up at the right moment. It was certainly an unidentified object in the sky. I can't do anything with the information at all. I suppose it's no wonder people put an extraterrestrial hypothesis on their sightings sometimes. You'd just like an answer. I guess an ET UFO is sufficiently logical to some although other people wouldn't be having any of it. I guess we're all part of a culture that knows about aliens in their spaceships, so that becomes an option of the things you can choose to explain it. Balloons being another. Perhaps it was a bloody balloon, one shaped like a 1 or something.

    that's it really.
     
  2. GNC

    GNC King-Sized Canary

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    Could it be a variant on that old favourite (old as in not really seen anymore) the cigar shaped UFO? It would be nice if that made a comeback, though it was most often seen flying horizontally rather than vertically.

    The more mundane explanation is that it was a novelty balloon after all - you can get the helium variety in the shape of numbers, like a 1.
     
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  3. EnolaGaia

    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...

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    Do you have an electronic copy of the photo that you can post here? It would be a big help to see even a fuzzy photo.
     
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    EnolaGaia I knew the job was dangerous when I took it ...

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    Is there any chance it was a high altitude contrail, viewed from an angle that gave it the appearance of being a vertical object?

    Another possibility that comes to mind would be a high altitude weather balloon. Balloons designed to loft very high appear only partially inflated at launch and look tall and thin until they expand at high altitudes.
     
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  5. michael59

    michael59 Look up. Change your world perspective.

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    I have never owned a cell/mobile or camera. The most modern piece of equipment other than my desktop computer that I own is a set of ordinary binoculars. I know exactly how you feel, Eponastill and have often wished there was a way I could project to others, the many strange things I have imprinted on my brain/memory.
     
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    Altria Junior Acolyte

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    Eponastill just not enough data to give you anything except guessamates.
     
  7. PeteS

    PeteS Devoted Cultist

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    Of course nowadays just to confuse the issue there are an awful lot of radio controlled models around constructed to look like UFO's. The range of the radios can be miles as well. I suspect that a lot of this new stuff will deluge YouTube et al purporting to be "real". As others have said it would be exciting to see the image.
     
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    PeteS Devoted Cultist

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    Ah a fellow luddite - one of an ever diminishing sub species:)
     
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    jimv1 Analogue Boy

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    I've seen footage of weather balloons being launched. Some of them are really tall and thin and shiny. Matching the OP description exactly in fact.
     
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    Ermintruder Existential pixelfixer

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    As does the worrying sub-trope of so-called 'Solar Bag UFOs'.

    This is the smallest version I've seen.
    Other examples have been four/five times as long (basically, unsegmented refuse bags, as a continuous giant singular sausage)
     
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    eburacum Papo-furado

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    I saw a solar balloon down at Perranporth once - very odd thing.

    I suspect that Avebury is a magnet for people flying weird balloons and drones - they do it just to freak people out.
     
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    Michael59: "I have never owned a cell/mobile or camera. The most modern piece of equipment other than my desktop computer that I own is a set of ordinary binoculars." I'm a bit of a luddite too, I don't use a mobile phone at all either. But a pair of binoculars would have been just the thing that day.

    I think, Ermintruder, that that must be the very thing. A longer version than that, but very likely I think. And Eburacum you are right, I'm sure Avebury attracts people doing such things.

    I don't have the photo. but it really wasn't up to much, it was a blur that was worse than the naked eye really.

    But it did make me think how my expectations / mindset / people I was with would influence how I interpreted what I saw. I might be raving now about how it was Aliens. And maybe it was. But you can see how people might see / remember different details according to what they thought they were looking at.
     
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    skinny ~~sus--scrofus~~

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    I have a short thunderstealer here to add to the thread. Hope you don't mind. I watched a white circular object drifting along at quite a high altitude above our CBD in Adelaide last month. I followed its trajectory as I walked the ten minutes to work from the train station. It was a rainy morning with high winds, and this thing was moving at a steady velocity behind the middle level cloud as I walked and observed. I guessed it was a weather balloon. Looked like one. The weather was moving rapidly across the city from the south west, as our winter atmosphere comes mainly from the Southern Ocean. However, the object was moving in a due easterly direction. I know this because it moved in constant direction behind several tall buildings to my south as I walked in a street that went due east. It didn't seem to shift trajectory at all until it went behind one the cCBD's larger skyscrapers and I lost it crossing the street to enter my building.

    That was the same day I ended 13.5 years working for the university. Signs and portents, folks.
     
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    Eponastill Ephemeral Spectre

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    signs and portents
     
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    It's not uncommon for winds at different altitudes to be travelling in wildly varying directions. The only way you'd notice it from the ground would be if there were two layers of broken cloud, one at each level. Or, in your case, a probable weather balloon.
     
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    skinny ~~sus--scrofus~~

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    Very true.
     
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    Those sightings were in fact my magic flying knob. I used to let it fly around a lot in the 60's and 70's. I'd occasionally paint it silver when the fancy took me.

    Sadly it can't maintain it's shape now so it's no longer aerodynamic.

    Still on the bright side I'm just glad I could clear that mystery up for everyone.

    Can some write to Jenny Randles to let her know?

    She's a eyewitness herself. Here's a picture of her after she saw my Knob in 1973.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Ulalume tart of darkness

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    You may be right about that. There's been quite a bit of oddness of late.

    Even I saw something unidentifiable in the sky last week, which almost never happens. It was night time, there was an engine noise overhead, like a small plane. I then saw a bright light, much bigger than a plane light and moving much faster than any plane could, even a jet. It might have been a shooting star, only it didn't leave a trail and then of course there was the engine noise. If it was a drone, I've never seen one move at that speed or with that sort of light.
    It shot off out of sight behind the trees...goodness knows what it was.
     
  19. skinny

    skinny ~~sus--scrofus~~

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    ^ Odd, but the engine noise suggests a terrestrial craft, perhaps something associated with the recent weather turbulence. The speed associated with the noise suggests an old type of rocket, like the old V2.

    I dreamed 2 nights ago that there was a news report the authorities had finally divulged that they were here. More on that later.
     
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    My first thought on seeing a bright, moving light in the sky that does not leave a trail is 'there goes the ISS'. If you can remember the exact time of the sighting then you can check Heavens Above for appearances of the Space Station.
    http://www.heavens-above.com/

    Don't know what the airplane noise was, though - possibly unconnected.
     
  21. henry

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    surely speed could only be established if you could determine your distance to the ... object ?
     
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    knobs aside does jenny post on here ?
     
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    skinny ~~sus--scrofus~~

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    You're jenny, h.
     
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    skinny ~~sus--scrofus~~

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    Had a couple of unannounced encounters with herself. She does tend to streak across. My eldest identified her on the well-lit western horizon as we were camping in the outback at evening, and she passed across west to east in very short time. Motoring. I told my little one she'd be back in 90 odd minutes. But we were asleep in our tents by then.
     
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    henry still speeding

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    who, jenny randles ?
     
  26. Mythopoeika

    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    I heard that Jenny Randles was a bloke in 1973. Seeing your knob might have affected her.
    :p


    PS Sorry, Jenny. Just messing abaht.
     
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    sounds like 1973 is where you got your joke from as well
     
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    Mythopoeika I am a meat popsicle

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    Hmm. Perhaps you didn't know... Jenny Randles is transgender.
    So only half of it was a joke.
     
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    that's news to me!
     
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    i think i was a member of bufora in 1978, aged 8 ... jenny was around then
     

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