By Ron Murdock
UFO sightings are not usually cocktail party conversations. I was coming home one night after doing a late afternoon security patrol at a Nelson parkade. It was mid-February just after 6:30 p.m. and it had been dark for just under a hour. I was walking east keeping an eye on what I thought was Jupiter. I noticed a moving object flying near the planet and it was heading south east. As I watched it for a few seconds the aircraft gradually faded from view.
Night Sky Over Nelson
Another night I was out at 1 a.m. to see if anything was happening in the night sky over Nelson. Over a two hour period the only thing I noticed was a flashing light, high in the sky and north of where I was sitting. It would have been too far away to hear any sound coming from it. Was it just a high flying plane or an unidentified aerial object? Your guess is as good as mine. Where this aircraft was flying was just north of a mountain on the other side of the lake in Nelson. There is a rumor that there is a FEMA type camp underneath where the aerial craft was flying.
Twice a week I did a late evening security round at the parkade mentioned above. On a Saturday night I saw a very bright object behind some trees on a nearby mountain. I thought this was strange at the time as I hadn’t noticed it the previous evening. Nor have I seen it since and the time I observed it was around 10 p.m.
One night, I was looking out my bedroom window and saw a large aircraft flying directly eastwards. Thing is that Nelson isn’t on a commercial flight route of any kind. Not long afterwards I was down at the lakeside. Within seconds of each other I saw two aircraft, neither had sound coming from it. The first was flying northwards, its rear lights were flashing in sequence from left to right and flew northwest. The second one was flying northeast. It probably was a drone as it was a single light flying not far overhead and quite near to where I was.
Ron Murdock has lived in the Kootenay area of British Columbia for many years. The best thing about the Kootenays is that it’s quite rural. Ron has several interests and knows a little about a lot. He continually works on his observation skills to see and question what’s really going on in our world.
More About UFO Sightings
UFO sightings, or Unidentified Flying Objects, refer to the observation of aerial phenomena that cannot be readily identified or explained by conventional means. These sightings often involve objects or lights moving in the sky that observers cannot attribute to known aircraft, natural phenomena, or man-made objects.
General information about UFO sightings includes:
Reports of UFO sightings date back centuries, but interest surged notably after World War II, especially with the 1947 incident in Roswell, New Mexico, which gained significant attention and sparked widespread interest in UFOs.
Types of Sightings:
UFO sightings encompass a wide range of reported phenomena, such as unusual lights, flying saucers, triangular or disc-shaped objects, erratic movements and shapes that defy typical aircraft characteristics.
Many sightings have logical explanations, often related to natural occurrences, misidentifications of aircraft, weather phenomena like ball lightning, or celestial objects. Sometimes, military exercises or experimental aircraft might be mistaken for UFOs.
Controversy and Skepticism:
UFO sightings have attracted both interest and skepticism. While some believe these phenomena are evidence of extraterrestrial life or advanced technology, others approach sightings with skepticism and demand concrete evidence before attributing them to alien origins.
Government Interest and Declassification:
Various governments, including the U.S., have declassified some documents related to UFO sightings, adding to public interest. Projects like the U.S. Air Force’s Project Blue Book aimed to investigate UFO reports systematically.
Pop Culture and Media:
UFO sightings have significantly impacted pop culture, inspiring movies, TV shows, literature and conspiracy theories related to alien encounters, government cover-ups, and secret technology.
Scientific communities approach UFO sightings with a critical eye, emphasizing the need for evidence and rigorous investigation. Some organizations focus on scientific analysis of reported sightings.
While many UFO sightings have been explained as misidentifications or natural phenomena, some remain unexplained, contributing to ongoing debate and curiosity. The study of UFOs continues to be a subject of interest for both the public and researchers, as some sightings challenge conventional explanations.