Over the past 10 years, many people the world over have seen unexplainable phenomena in the sky.
While most UFOs ultimately have a natural or human-caused explanation, these five recent UFO sightings remain a mystery. For some, they’re proof that perhaps something else is out there.
Alborz Disc Sighting
In 2014, a passenger aboard a commercial flight flying in northern Iran, just south of the Caspian Sea, recorded a video with something eerie. A round, wingless object was sighted hovering beneath the aircraft, moving vertically upward. The passenger, whose name remains anonymous, stated “There was no sound and the speed was about the speed of a helicopter.” As the video surfaced online, much speculation grew as to whether the object was a new kind of aircraft being tested by the Iranian military or if it was simply a hoax, but no refuting claims have been offered up.
On July 21 and 22, 2010, residents in the western Pretoria suburb of Booysens in South Africa were met with an unsettling sight in the night sky. For two hours a triangular set of vivid bright lights hung above them. On both nights, the shape stayed motionless in the sky before making a descent at 8:30 P.M.
Local resident Angela van der Spuy noted, “I couldn’t make out the shape of the object because the three lights were too bright, but it almost had a heart shape because there were two lights on top, a blue light on the left and an emerald green light directly next to it, on the right side, with a big bright white light underneath it which shone straight down.”
Both the Johannesburg Planetarium and the South African Air Force had no idea what the lights could be. And with just as much precision as the lights arrived, they mysteriously never appeared again.
Pilot Ray Bowler flew the routine passenger flight over Alderney near of a group of rock islands known as Les Casquets every day for eight years. But on April 23, 2007 something out of the ordinary occurred. It was a clear day and both Bowler and all the people on board saw a couple of stationary crafts in the sky glowing bright gold. Picking up binoculars, Bowler noted that the objects remained in sight long enough to rule out that the apparitions might be a reflection of greenhouse gases. He later stated:
“This [was] a big object in the sky, a very, very big object. I did not want to be too close to it and it was at that time that we had to descend to land. There was no hiding it, they were just there. I wasn’t too happy. I was quite glad to get on the ground … and have a cup of tea.”
Bowler and his passengers weren’t the only ones to see the two objects. A pilot near the island of Sark in the English Channel also recorded seeing the objects from a different direction. To this day the sightings have not been explained.
O'Hare International Airport Sighting
In the late afternoon on November 7, 2006, a group of employees as Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport reported seeing a saucer-like object in the sky near Gate C-17. First spotted by a ramp employee working on Flight 446, the object was later reported by the pilot of the flight. Furthermore, witness accounts soon trickled in from outside the airport area, with many saying that the object was so alarming witnesses gasped as they noticed it.
Jon Hilkevitch of the Chicago Tribune wrote, “The disc was visible for approximately five minutes and was seen by close to a dozen United Airlines employees, ranging from pilots to supervisors, who heard chatter on the radio and raced out to view it.” But what is was, no one knew. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) later held that the sighting was no more than an obscure weather phenomenon. But without any follow-up investigation, many theorized that the FAA might be withholding the truth.
Harbour Mille Incident
Canadian authorities were silent after reports of strange objects in the sky over the rural town of Harbour Mille in Newfoundland. On January 25, 2010 three missile-like objects were reported soaring silently through the sky. Some people theorized that the objects may have come from a French submarine running some kind of unprecedented test, but once the authorities were contacted, it was hush-hush.
Townsperson Darlene Stewart told CBC News, “I really did get sick to my stomach. I was shaking when I seen it.”
Reports remain mixed and to this day, no cohesive plotline has lined up regarding what may have caused the fiery objects to shoot across the sky.
So next time you’re gazing up at the sky, keep an open eye.
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