2008-09-08

Athens UFO

I have seen the UFO that has been discussed in Athens recently here and here. I didn't see any of the movement that has been reported, but I did see the red light that repeatedly dimmed and brightened, and it seemed to stay fixed. I did see one instance of what looked like a falling flare dropped underneath, but it was rather faint. I was among other people behind The Grit tonight where one guy told me that he had seen it before but closer up, and the flare was like nothing he had seen before with multiple moving lights within it. Yes, this sight was unusual, but I won't begin to speculate what it may have been. It didn't leave much of an impression on me because of its distance and faintness, but it didn't fit the usual behavior of aircraft that I see at night.

8 comments:

Polusplagchnos said...

What were the weather conditions during any of these incidents? Cloudy, partly cloudy? Moisture in the air from rain? Completely clear, high humidity?

Also, towards what direction were you facing? South, east?

Adrian said...

The weather was hard to ascertain. I didn't see stars, but I was near downtown around street lights. A little later it appeared to be mostly cloudy. The red light appeared in the north from where I was standing along Meigs Street. Not sure about the humidity. The angle of this light appeared too high to be terrestrial, so the source appeared to be airborne.

I can't wait until I get the expected joking comments here. To anticipate them: Yes, I had been drinking (one beer only). No, I didn't see little green men. Remember that "UFO" means "unidentified flying object," so if we call it a UFO then all that means is that we don't know what it was. I'm not ruling out anything except an airplane. The most striking thing about this incident was observing the excited reactions of the people who had gathered to watch.

Polusplagchnos said...

I couldn't offer an explanation for what you saw, but in the few years I patrolled at night, the only UFO I ever witnessed was more like a large exploding cloud than a moving light. A moving red light that drops a bright orb needs more information to process.

The frequency of these "red light" phenomena makes me wonder, about both the ordinary human ability to link together separate events and the ability to use conditioned schemata to interpret phenomena...

But if they are north of Athens, that's at least an investigative lead to see what sort of industry is taking place that might account for the sighting.

Adrian said...

The schemata we use to interpret our visual input is rather important, I agree. For one thing, I have a memory of repeated observations of certain kinds of aircraft at night, and I compared my observation to that, but how would I have interpreted this if I had knowledge of other aircraft or other phenomena? Just because I expect aircraft to have a blinking light doesn't mean that this wasn't something like a helicopter.

My first thought about the observation process was what effect the other people had on my observations. I would not have stopped to watch a faint red dot in the sky because I would have automatically assumed it was an airplane and not thought consciously about it. But I stood to watch it because someone claimed it was mysterious, and I tried to determine whether it seemed mysterious to me. I was also told about the falling white light feature before I actually saw it, but I would never have seen it if I hadn't stopped to watch it. I think it generated excitement around the block because other people had previously seen it closer and brighter in a way that made a bigger impression upon them.

Athens101 said...

Two weeks ago I noted a UFO over my house. I say "UFO" since it had non blinking lights on the forward and aft and on each wing.

Tim said...

Flagpole made mention of the Athens UFOs and linked to Dr. Covington's blog entry on the subject:


http://www.covingtoninnovations.com/michael/blog/0809/#080903

Interesting read...

Adrian said...

What I saw could have been explained by some kind of aerial lantern. In that case, it was a neat show. I don't know that the people who claim to have seen strange movements would agree, though.

j said...

here's another flagpole letter for ya: http://flagpole.com/News/Letters/TheUFOsYall/2008-09-03