Edit: Read my latest post on this topic for a little more information on the Dalhousie laser and other sundries associated with explaining this phenomena.
Possible Explanation: My previously reported UFO sighting has been partially explained this evening, August 18th.
It seems that the UFO was actually a laser projected onto clouds. I didn’t think this was possible and I still don’t know how a laser could have produced everything we saw, but observations I made tonight indicate that an astronomical laser on the Dalhousie University campus could have caused the phenomena that we observed.
While I was walking home along South St., on the South side of the main Dalhousie campus, I noticed their green laser was projecting into the sky. the entire length of the beam was visible as translucent green ray angling into the sky. I’ve seen this laser on a number of occasions and assume that it is used for astronomical or atmospheric research. What I had not seen before was that laser projecting through a thin layer of mist-like cloud. The effect was very similar to the blue streak I reported previously, only green in this case. I continued to observe the laser. every few seconds points and flashes of light would appear within the streak, very much like the “carriage lights” I observed before. The flashes only appeared within the green streak, as opposed to very far behind the blue streak, and I still don’t know how they were caused, but he similarity was undeniable. The green streak was also in relatively the correct position to match what I had seen previous, though its angle seemed different.
The aspects of the laser hypothesis that don’t match are:
1. That the “carriage lights” were very far outside the original blue streak.
2. Both I and my house mate observed a dim silhouette behind the blue streak.
3. Most importantly, there was no visible laser beam when the blue streak was visible, not for the entire time that I observed it did I see any beam of light.
Given these observations, the most reasonable hypothesis that I have is that the laser and atmospheric conditions were interacting on the first night in a way that I do not understand so as to produce the very strange and otherworldly phenomena that we observed.
My feelings about this explanation are mixed. I have to relate it for the sake of accuracy and it seems to be the likely cause, but I still don’t really understand how it could have produced what we saw.
At roughly 4:50AM this morning, August 2nd, I noticed an odd burning smell, as of a lit match, coming through my upstairs bedroom window. I investigated my home to make sure that nothing was actually burning, but couldn’t find any source for the smell. I then went our my front door, onto the street in South end Halifax, to search for the source of such a strong and unusual smell. People occasionally BBQ nearby, but not at 4am. As soon as I was out on the street I saw a strange, electric blue streak of light in the sky. It was stationary and from my perspective, only the length of my thumb nail held up the sky, but it appeared to be at a great altitude and implied a great size. In a moment I saw several blinking carriage lights, as on a jet or blimp. The carriage lights were behind the blue streak, implying an unseen body that was at least as long as the streak itself. The blue streak seemed to be a horizontal light, illuminating the forward section of the object. Moon light occasionally allowed me to faintly make out the full rearward body. It was quite long and thin, more like the fuselage of a jet than the body of a blimp.
I went back inside to retrieve my camera. When I returned the lights and object had not moved perceptibly. I attempted to take several pictures of it, but my camera wasn’t sensitive enough to pick up anything but an entirely black sky. I circled around my house to find the best position for viewing it. My driveway, between my house and the two story apartment building next door, creates an area protected from street lights and other intrusions.
I went back into the house to wake up my house mate. He came outside with me and saw the object just as I had. After conversing with him about what the object might be, I lay down in my drive way and watched the object. I hoped the sunrise would reveal it further, but he opposite proved to be true. As the sun came up the blue forward lights faded and no solid body revealed itself. As it faded I could still see the blinking carriage lights. Eventually, as the sun rose, they stopped as well. I watched the sky for at least ten minutes after the last light I saw and checked several minutes after that to see if it had returned.
Over all, I watched the object almost continuously for over half an hour. During that time it was completely stationary in the sky. While was lying in my driveway I used the roof lines of my home and the apartment building as fixed points to judge by. There was light cloud in the sky, occasionally covering the object. The clouds were noticeably and consistently moving in West to East direction as the object was stationary. During the course of our observation, my house mate and I only observed the object change once. The blue forward light seemed to move or change shape at one point, but it quickly reverted.
I have never seen and am not aware of any craft of that apparent size that can remain perfectly still and silent in a windy sky. I have never seen or heard of any blimps or balloons in the Halifax area, at least outside of certain fairs which are not being held at present.
During my observation of the object I experienced a sense of elation and wonder, but not outside what I would consider to be my usual reaction to such a fascinating event. My house mate’s emotional reaction was concern over what the object might be.
I intend to contact the nearby Halifax Stanfield International Airport when the long weekend has concluded. They will hopefully be able to inform me if there were any aircraft scheduled to be in the area.