Cylindrical UFO Over Halifax, Nova Scotia (Possibly Explained as of Aug. 18)

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.

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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.

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Original Report:

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.

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6 Responses to “Cylindrical UFO Over Halifax, Nova Scotia (Possibly Explained as of Aug. 18)”

  1. Quanta Says:

    Just wanted to let you know, about 10 years ago I was driving along I-70 in eastern Colorado and saw what looked like a jet fuselage simply hovering in the blue sky. I pulled over and grabbed my ever-ready binoculars and took a look, and it was indeed a fuselage-shaped craft, with some blue markings on it. As the sighting happened during the daytime, I was unable to see any lights on the craft, but I certainly noticed that the craft was wingless. Most people probably never would have stopped to take a closer look – but I’m a bit more curious than most, perhaps.

    One other time, in the late 1990s, I looked out my window in central Denver toward the mountains one night and saw a rusty-red looking missile-shaped UFO flying north to south over the foothills, and it then gradually angled down until I was almost certain there would be an impact – but there was none. This missile-shaped UFO was not self-luminous, but instead appeared to be reflecting the city lights off its surface, though there’s no way to be sure. I do find it interesting that I was somehow compelled to look out the window at just the right moment, just as I was getting ready to go to bed, to see the missile-like object. Sort of how you were awakened at just the right time to see what you did.

    There’s a psychic component to UFO phenomena, I feel, and it’s strongly tied in with all the other “stuff” you and I have in common…. All I can say is keep your eyes open – I believe we may be seeing other dimensions, and will explain soon why this happens to some of us and not to others.

  2. wildrote Says:

    “Most people probably never would have stopped to take a closer look..”

    I should have mentioned this. During the time I was looking at this object, about three people walked by on the sidewalk. None of the them had noticed it, or made no sign of it at any rate. I don’t know what anyone could have really mistaken it for, but if it wasn’t pointed out as strange maybe it just didn’t register. Maybe they just had’t look at the right part of the sky while they were out. I don’t know.

    your first account reminds of me of several that I’ve read and were running through my mind as I watched. I’ve been fascinated by a quality that some UFOs exhibit, of trying to look like a plane, or some more mundane aerial object, but failing in some relatively easy to discern way. The example that alway comes to mind is observation of objects which appear to be a jet, but at some point they completely reverse course without banking or turning. In my case this was revealed much less dramatically in that the object just stayed in the exact same position for over half an hour without noise or sign of propulsion to counter the wind

    On your last point, I completely agree. One of the surprising aspects of this whole event is that I haven’t had any non-physical or more classically paranormal phenomena to go along with it. Considering the level of strangeness that I’m accustomed to on a daily basis I have to admit that I’m very surprised.

    I’m also accustomed to hanging questions that don’t have any easy or definite answers, but I do wonder what possible purpose there could be in hanging over a major city while looking just odd enough to attract the attention of people like us, but not odd enough to disturb the broader populace.

    One point of clarification: I had been awake for a many hours before I noticed the burning smell. I keep odd hours.

  3. Sara Says:

    We saw the same phenomenon in the sky on August 18, at about 9:30 to 9:40 in the evening. We viewed it to the south from our Lower Water Street rented condo balcony. The bluish green laser-looking vertical bar appeared in the sky first as a tiny ball of light, then stayed there in one spot for a whole ten minutes. It divided into three even sections at one point and also seemed to be resistent to the impact of passing clouds -showed up tghe same with or without the clouds.

    At the end of its appearance, it shrank into a smaller ball of blue green light and then bounced irratically up and down and all around before slowly diminishing in size and intensity.

    I have no idea what it was that we saw, so was actually very relieved to see your post about your observances, although yours were at a different time. I think we may have seen the same phenomenon.

  4. wildrote Says:

    Thank you for commenting, Sara.

    Actually, 9pm is roughly the correct time for my second report, so we were very likely seeing the same thing at that time, though what I saw on the 18th behaved very characteristically for a laser, save for the flashes of light. Perhaps the difference in our viewing angles could explain that, but I don’t know.

    Were you able to see any beam connecting the phenomena you saw to the ground? I assume not from your description, but I want to be clear.

  5. Sara Says:

    No, we didn’t see any beam that seemed to be projecting the light object. I think maybe I will find out what I can from Dalhousie, regarding their use of the laser in research. We initially thought maybe it was some kind of laser as it had that glowy look but was so huge we couldn’t imagine that being the explanation.

    I so appreciate your taking time to respond. I am always curious about stuff and this one has my husband and I stumped.

    Regards,
    Sara

  6. wildrote Says:

    Check my newest post for more on the Dalhousie laser.

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