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A Balloon-Like Entity near Sutter Buttes, CA.

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This looks like a balloon. It was seen from a plane, only visible for these five frame. Above is brightened and added a rotated version

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Source: https://www.tiktok.com/@danielvelezwagner/video/7192457692647312686

Suggestions on the text are "HUSKIES" and "HAPPY", but both could be illusory.
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Explained: Chilean Navy "UFO" video - Aerodynamic Contrails, Flight IB6830

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If you are short on time, then I made a one minute video explaining this:
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bFfuIidCK0

Background: Infrared footage from the Chilean Navy appears to show some kind of flying object that briefly leaves a trail behind it.
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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry..._us_586d37bce4b014e7c72ee56b?lciacn1ruwjkmx6r (.", "\.)
At 1:52 pm, while filming the terrain, the technician observed a strange object flying to the left over the ocean. Soon both...
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2022 Annual Report on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

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The much anticipated 2022 UAP report is a disappointment. It certainly fails to fulfill the wishes of UFO enthusiasts seeking "disclosure" of the government's secret knowledge regarding UFO propulsion and possibly their pilots. But it's also disappointing for people seeking some clarity on if there's actually anything significant behind the story.

The majority of the report details procedural issues, talking about which departments are involved, and plans for better reporting and investigation. That's great, but what about the actual investigations?

The only data there is contained largely on page five, where the numbers are broken down in a way that will certainly be misinterpreted as evidence of large numbers of amazing craft flying around our airspace. It does not say that, but it is unfortunately ambiguous in its language, allowing...
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Cedar Park Lights in the Sky with Strange Reflection [Police Drone]

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Source: Nataliee Gamez on Twitter.
I originally thought this was a plane, because of the configuration of lights. The "triangle" shape seemed just to be reflections.

But then I noticed when it emerged from behind the tree, all the lights except the brightest (and possibly some barely visible) all just fade in, in front of the tree.

Now, the object seems clearly to be behind the tree, based of the light in the air, so that means that all these lights are reflections of the bright light on the right.
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That's strange, but also puzzing is that earlier, on the other side of the tree, there's only one bright light visible.
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I'd geolocated it to the circled region of Cedar Park )later confirmed by Nataliee), and thought it was possibly a plane...
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Las Vegas UFO - Lights in Clouds Above The Strip [Light Pillar Map]

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQbyw-_Z4Oo

[Mick: The above is a summary video of this thread's discussion. Original first post follows]
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Looks like we have another case of light pillars, this time in Las Vegas:

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/UFOs/comments/zu0xxx/ufo_above_sapphire_las_vegas/


(video is originally from Tiktok, but there is a user with the same name and the video is behind Instagram's login wall: Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/CmgZ5Cshs1M/
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Quoting reddit op mranon2k17:

The human account and response on...
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Searchlight "UAP" in Wisconsin - Flanders Family Christmas Lights

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_Xs2A3-FqY

Frequently Asked Questions:

1) What happened?

On the night of Dec 1, 2022, two people, Ken and Kim, saw some lights moving on some clouds near the town of Fredonia in Wisconsin. They took videos of the light at the same time, but from different locations. Interest in these lights simmered for a while, then Ben Hansen and Brittany Barbieri started an investigation. They were unable to find the source of the lights, and speculated they might be some kind of UAP. They did recognize the lights resembled searchlights or spotlights, but were unable to find any that matched.

2) What are the lights?

The lights appear to be spotlights on the Flanders Family Christmas Lights. A new addition to the locally famous light show, the Flanders installed six powerful spotlights, synchronized to music, that trace out complex patterns. When...
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Multiple UFOs Observed from South Brazil [Mostly Starlink]

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8u1GHHz2Ko

[Mick] The above is a summary video. The original first post follows:
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More repeating racetrack UFOs, this time from Brazil.


Source: https://twitter.com/RonyVernet/status/1589336648298672128?t=qUIbfKQY83akDZ2MfM3NeA&s=09

Source: https://youtu.be/xIE5WjK1zz4
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Jimmy Church's Starlink UFOs in Palmdale

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ea8BCl2yVU0

The above is a summary of the findings of this discussion.

Original First post follows:
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A video of what looks like the same thing as multiple pilots have been reporting, but from ground level.
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-WDx7byI0k
This was the most incredible night of strange things in the sky I've ever seen... I shot this video with night vision binoculars and my iPhone 12 Pro Max. Dozens of 'objects' started to appear in the sky, due north of my home. You could not see them with the naked eye. The whole thing lasted about 15 minutes. I was out on my 2nd floor patio looking at the stars with the night vision at 1am on the morning of August 14/15th, 2022 when the first few caught...
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Explained: The Navy UFO Videos

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7jcBGLIpus

Today (April 27, 2020) the Navy officially released three videos of UFOs. They are called FLIR, GIMBAL and GOFAST. The internet immediately took this as meaning that aliens are real. But the videos are not actually new. They were internally declassified back in 2017, and immediately released by Tom DeLonge's To The Stars Academy. I started writing about them in December 2017. With the help of others, I quickly arrived at likely explanations (but not precise identifications) for all three videos.

The FLIR video is most likely a distant plane. The video was taken well after the famous encounter with a hypersonic zig-zagging tic-tac by pilots from the NIMITZ. This object doesn't...
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Something on a NASA photo from Mars [Cosmic Ray]

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[UPDATE: According to Justin Maki, the engineering camera lead for the Mars Science Laboratory, the dark mark is the result of a cosmic ray]

Email from Justin Maki, forwarded to me by Linda Kah. Justin is the engineering camera lead for the Mars Science Laboratory mission and a member of the MSL Science Camera Team.


Hi Linda –

That is a textbook cosmic ray!

In this particular case the cosmic ray appears dark rather than bright because the cosmic ray hit the detector during a bias (shutter) frame acquisition. The shutter image is subtracted from the image of interest, producing a low pixel DN (digital number) value, i.e., a dark smudge.

Note that dark smudges are also sometimes due to physical debris on the detector (e.g., WATSON and MAHLI). But in this particular case it is definitely a...
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Why "Racetrack" UFOs are mostly Starlink Flares

Debunked: Rumsfeld says $2.3 Trillion missing from the Pentagon

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In 2001, Donald Rumsfeld said 'According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions.' This has been misinterpreted by many people as $2.3 trillion actually going missing. However, it's really just about the way the money was accounted for.

Rumsfeld is asking for more money to improve the accounting systems because the DOD is working with very outdated systems. This means transactions can't be tracked to acceptable accounting standards. As an example he says:

The technology revolution has transformed organizations across the private sector, but not ours, not fully, not yet. We are, as they say, tangled in our anchor chain. Our financial systems are decades old. According to some estimates, we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions. We cannot share information from floor to floor in this building because it's stored on dozens of technological systems...
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Explained: Kansas Tic-Tac Shaped UFO [Plane]

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Thread Summary by Mick West
Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DzzQpAyo_8
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Retired F-18 Pilot Reports 5 UAPs Pacing His Aircraft Over Channel Islands 8-18-22

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[UPDATE - the flashing lights in the video appear to be reflections of the iPhone 13 Pro autofocus system. First suggested by @flarkey]

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Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_s-TDoc7YLY

Interesting case - some very rapidly flashing and seeming erratic motion of some lights seen from a plane. There are several video clips in Ben Hansen's video. I include one clip here that shows the light in the context of both stars and land.


Initially seems like a reflection, but the pilot says the lights moved around the plane.

Update: Attaching two files submitted to MUFON.
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DoD UFO Footage "Leak" 8/27/2022 [SWA4298 Landing Lights]

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THREAD SUMMARY by Mick West
The video is from a security camera at Pittsburgh airport, showing a USAF Reserve C-17 hanger of the 911th Air Wing. (Found by @flarkey, image match by @Rory )
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A light is seen slowly rising in the distance. The camera zooms in and takes on a diamond shape.


The date and time indicate the light is a plane, SWA4298 (Found by @flarkey)

Overlaying the flight path on a stabilized track of the video shows that it's a match. It also comes into view when the plane turns towards the camera and is coming in to land, with landing lights on.


The shape of the light when zoomed in appears to be bokeh an out of focus highlight...
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Ukrainian UAP Study: "Observation of Events"

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The Main Astronomical Observatory of NAS of Ukraine conducts an independent study of UAP also. For UAP observations, we used two meteor stations installed in Kyiv and in the Vinarivka village in the south of the Kyiv region. Observations were performed with colour video cameras in the daytime sky. We have developed a special observation technique, for detecting and evaluating UAP characteristics. According to our data, there are two types of UAP, which we conventionally call: (1) Cosmics, and (2) Phantoms. We note that Cosmics are luminous objects, brighter than the background of the sky. We call these ships names of birds (swift, falcon, eagle). Phantoms are dark objects, with contrast from several to about 50 per cent. We present a broad range of UAPs. We see them everywhere. We observe a significant number of objects whose nature is not clear. Flights of single, group...
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Comparing Petition Signature Rejection Rates to Mail-in Ballot Rejection Rates

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A recall petition and an election are very different things. In order to get a recall of an elected official on the ballot, you have to gather valid signatures of registered voters. You need at least 12% of the number of registered voters who voted in the last election for that office.

The signatures must be in-person (not online), so they are generally gathered in the street. Sometimes it's by passionate volunteers setting up tables, and sometimes it's people with clipboards asking other people in bust public places. As you can imagine, this is not the most rigorous of processes, and that plays out in the percentage of valid signatures:

Article:
The average signature validity rate for the 143 successful petition drives featured in this study is 75.33%. This means that...
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Calvine UFO Photo - Reflection In Water Hypothesis

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This looks like a small island or rock in a loch to me. The bottom of the diamond would be the reflection of the island in the water.

If it was a misty morning, where the water ends and sky begins would be unclear.

Edit: to illustrate what I mean, I found this image of a small island in a Loch here from a Google image search. The shape is similar to the object.

The view of a little island on Loch Etive from Ardchattan Priory Gardens
https://blosslynspage.wordpress.com/2014/01/14/floating-island-loch-etive-scotland/

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HD Calvine image: https://web.archive.org/web/2022081....wordpress.com/2022/08/watermarked-jpeg-2.jpg
General Calvine UFO discussion...
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A Korean Linear "UFO" [Reflection]

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I was approached by a Korean UFO investigator with the above video of a UFO spotted by a local witness. My first thought was a Starlink train, but they also included a video from a wider angle:



The video was very dark, but I was able to enhance it in After Effects with a combination of:
  1. Adjusting Levels
  2. "Echo" filter, 15 frames, Echo Operator: "Maximum"
"Maximum" takes the brightest value of a pixel in the last 15 frames, which greatly increases the definition of the edges of bright or dark areas in a noisy video that does not move too much.



I could now see that object seemed to move with the wires attached to the utility pole. I suggested this, but the witness account was of something 500m away, "floating in the sky." I then suggested taking a photo in the daytime from the same location...
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The Global Cross-Hair Enigma that looks like Hair Dryer Burns

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The above two slides are from a talk by famous UFO investigator Jacques Vallee. The talk came up because scientist Garry Nolan (who sometimes works with Vallee) mentioned a later aspect of the case (a star-shaped mark on a photo and a giant UFO nobody noticed) in a recent interview with Tucker Carlson.

But someone in the comments pointed out the likely cause in April 2022:
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With all respect for Dr. Vallee, the 'crosshair' marks may have a simple explanation. Search for images of blowdryers and you'll see many, especially the older ones, have metal crosshair-shaped grills at their openings. They get hot and can burn the skin leaving marks corresponding with their...
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