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Re: Recent Interesting Canadian UFO Reports

From: Nick Balaskas <nikolaos.nul>
Date: Sun, 30 Dec 2007 21:17:54 -0500
Archived: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 10:10:59 -0500
Subject: Re: Recent Interesting Canadian UFO Reports

>From: Chris Rutkowski <rutkows.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2007 14:57:57 -0600 (CST)
>Subject: Recent Interesting Canadian UFO Reports

>I have received some curious reports in December, a few of which
>may be very significant.

>First, I spoke with the witness of the UFO case in Prince Edward
>Island that has been on the news the past few days.

>On December 26, 2007, at about 5:30 pm, he and his wife saw a
>dark object spiraling towards the ground near the horizon. They
>grabbed their video camera and began filming, and what was
>caught on film is remarkable. A blackish object giving of
>"smoke" was seen, which the witnesses likened to a "plane in
>trouble." The actual object was difficult to see, bit the
>witness thought it was shaped like a ball. It was descending at
>a shallow angle, in a corkscrew motion, moving away from the
>witnesses, towards the west. Eventually, a long, black contrail
>was formed. The witnesses lost sight of the actual object, and
>it did not seem to actually reach the ground before it became
>too dark to observe it, lasting more than half an hour in total.

>The link to the video is at:



Hi Chris,

With Don Ledger having provided a possible explanation for the
second UFO report you shared with us, I would like to give a
possible explanation for the first UFO report, which although
sounding very strange as interpreted by the witnesses, did not
live up to the billing on the video.

Having carefully watched the entire video clip, unless the two
witnesses, Tony and his wife Marie, rushed at superhuman speed
they must have had their video camera closeby and ready to use
in order to capture this trail of "smoke" so close to the start.
I wonder if they were admiring and video recording the sunset
and other bright jet contrails before they first noticed this
tiny dark and slowly growing streak in the sky?

As an amateur astronomer like Chris and also having been
employed as a climatologist for Environment Canada (with formal
training in atmospheric sciences and having working many years
as an observer/technician on various meteorological projects
throughtout Canada and abroad, I can say with much confidence
that this trail of smoke is a jet contrail.

Although the witnesses could not make out the shape of the dark
object (very likely a commercial airliner on its way to Montreal
or Toronto), it certainly was not falling "towards the ground"
since all distant objects moving away from you will appear to be
falling towards the horizon.

Since the dark object was observed after sunset "for more that
half an hour" before it was eventually lost in the the night
sky, this further confirms that it was jet contrail and not a
fireball or a crashing plane on fire.

Jet contrails will form - and persist - only when an aircraft
reaches an altitude where the temperature drops low enough for
the humidity in the air to condense into artificial clouds or

Like clouds, jet contrails appear white when seen in daylight.
After sunset distant high altitude jet contrails can still
appear white since would still be reflecting the last direct
rays of the Sun. During twilight, distant jet contrails along
the western horizon will appear like short nearly stationary
firey orange or red fireballs - the same colour as the
surrounding clouds at the same altitude, if any.

Since this UFO sighting was made after sunset, this explains why
the dark contrail was interpreted as dark smoke. The tight
corkscrew appearance of the slowly widening trail is something
that is not unusual for jet contrails produced by aircraft
wingtip vortices (something I have experienced while flying in a
Cessna 172 right behind a "heavy" on final approach to Toronto's
Pearson International Airport).

Chris, when very reasonable and highly probable explanations are
provided for these and other UFO reports, do you still include
them in the totals for the 2007 annual Canadian UFO survey?

Nick Balaskas

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