|An example of an Iridium flare.|
It’s the second Thursday of the month, so this week I’m giving you an update on UFO reports in Alabama from the previous month, courtesy of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON). A search for UFO reports in Alabama between May 1 and May 31 on MUFON’s website, www.mufon.com, resulted in five UFO reports from within our state during that time.
The first incident, which admittedly is bizarre, occurred at around midnight on Sat., May 6, near Brantley in Crenshaw County. The witness in this case said that he felt as though he was being watched, and when he went to investigate, he discovered what appeared to be a shadow at his kitchen window. The man went out the back door and saw a “craft” in a field behind his house.
“In a flash,” the witness found himself somewhere else, “communicating with three unknown beings,” the witness said. The “beings” warned the witness that if humanity doesn’t lay down its nuclear arms, that the human race would suffer as a whole. “Then there was a flash, and I was back at my back door and the craft was gone,” the witness said.
The second incident took place around midnight on Sun., May 7, in Montgomery. The witness in this case was standing with a coworker in a parking lot outside their workplace, taking a break, when they observed seven, red orbs cross the sky, traveling South-Southwest at a moderate rate of speed. The witness said they had a hard time telling how high the objects were in the sky, and the orbs eventually disappeared into the clouds.
“First there were two red orbs observed as they disappeared into the clouds,” the witness said. “Three more orbs appeared, coming from and going to the same direction, and as they disappeared, two final orbs appeared coming from and going to the same direction.”
The witness noted that the orbs moved silently, and he was sure that they were not helicopters or planes. They were all exactly the same color. The witness wondered if the lights were caused by drones, but he couldn’t see how seven drones could be controlled by one person.
The third incident took place around 8 p.m. on Sat., May 13, near Huntsville. The witness in this case described seeing a bright flash of light that lasted one to two seconds and was seen in the East-Northeast part of the sky. The witness said that he’d seen the bright flash frequently over the past several years, and he’d seen it multiple times during the week of May 13.
The witness said he’d been stargazing for over 50 years, and he also served six years in the U.S. Navy as a radar operator-technician on a track guidance air defense system. The witness, who currently maintains electronic and computer systems (including weather radar), said he knows what aircraft, tumbling spent boosters, iridium flares, older satellites and meteors look like. “What I am seeing does not fit the norm,” the witness said.
The witness said that he usually sees this flash between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., according to the season, and it usually appears in the East-Northeastern sky, about 45 to 70 degrees over the horizon. “It reminds me of an old Kodak flashcube,” the witness said. “Usually there is just the one flash and that is it.”
On a few occasions, the witness has seen a dim flash and several seconds later, the intense flash will follow. “The only description I can use for an analogy is the Sci-Fi show that shows someone standing on a planet, and the ship warps and you have the flash,” the witness said.
The fourth incident occurred around midnight on Sun., May 14, near Decatur. The witness in this case provided clips from a 20-minute recording of a star-like object that changed directions. The recording was made with an infrared, low-power telescope and showed a hovering object that made no sound.
The fifth incident occurred around 8:45 p.m. on Sat., May 20, near Montevallo in Shelby County. The witness in this case said he was standing in his driveway, looking for lightning from a distant storm, when he saw a “glowing orange light” fly overhead toward the west. He said he was immediately struck by the fact that there was no sound whatsoever coming from the object, which was flying just below the thick clouds.
A minute or so later, the witness saw two more lights traveling the same path, side by side, but somewhat staggered. A few seconds later, three more lights in a triangle-shape flew overhead in the same direction.
The man ran inside to get his wife and son, so they could see the objects, and as he waited for them to come outside, he saw two more fly overhead.
“They were all completely silent and moving at a quick but steady pace,” the witness said. “They were definitely moving nonstop. My heart was racing, and it seemed really surreal, like I was watching a movie. It was kind of disturbing. They didn't appear to fly like anything one would logically believe capable.”
Before closing out this week, I just want to put it out there again that I would be very interested to hear from anyone who have witnessed a UFO, especially in Conecuh County. I think a lot of other people would be interested in hearing your story too, and I’m willing to accept your report anonymously.