Galactic Visitor, Or Greenhouse Reflection?
The BBC says a commercial
airline pilot reported seeing two unidentified flying objects in
the sky near Guernsey.
The pilot reportedly estimated the bright yellow flat discs were
twice the size of a Boeing 737, and spotted them Monday, 12 to 15
miles north east of the island.
"This is not something you see every day of the week -- it was
pretty scary," pilot Ray Bowyer said, adding he originally thought
the sun was reflecting off greenhouses in Guernsey.
John Spencer, deputy chairman of the British UFO Research
Association, says pilot UFO sightings have been reported since the
1940s, and generate excitement because pilots are trained
observers. In Monday's case, the sightings were verified by
passengers and other pilots in the area.
Of course, many UFO sightings are later dismissed as
misidentified aircraft, weather balloons, or unknown natural
phenomena. Britain's Ministry of Defense says it will not be
carrying out an investigation in this particular case.
Still, Spencer tells the BBC you can't just dismiss them
"Such light effects are often popularly thought to represent
alien visitors but many UFO researchers believe they more likely
represent natural, atmospheric, phenomena not yet fully understood
by science," he said.
"However, a similar encounter in 1978 over the Bass Straits in
Australia, where the pilot was in radio contact with the ground
throughout, resulted in the pilot never being heard from again, so
these phenomena are important to study."