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Re: Group Probes UFO Over Acton/Littleton

From: Steve Sawyer <stevesaw.nul>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 05:35:59 -0800
Archived: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 08:46:30 -0500
Subject: Re: Group Probes UFO Over Acton/Littleton

>Source: WickedLocal.Com


>Feb 27, 2012

>Group To Probe UFO Reported Over Acton/Littleton Line
>By Margaret Smith

>Acton, Mass. - Volunteer UFO investigators would like to learn
>more about a strange object they said a passing motorist
>reported and photographed at the Acton/Littleton line last July.

>Steve Firmani, director of the New England Mutual UFO Network,
>confirmed the organization received a report and photograph
>depicting an object a motorist reported seeing over Route 2 near
>the Acton and Littleton town lines on July 31.

>In the report, the unnamed motorist described seeing a
>"reflective, black tube-shaped object traveling in an easterly
>direction." The driver, headed west on Route 2, stopped at the
>Newtown Road exit to take a picture.

>The object is described as about 30 feet long and six feet in
>diameter and was perhaps 200 to 300 feet in the air when first

>At this time, the motorist said the object was now about 1,000
>to 1,500 feet high and still traveling east.

>The photo attached to the report was taken with a 35-millimeter
>film camera, the report said.

Hi List,

Unfortunately, there are no details in the article cited here
that note things like whether the black cylindrical object was
floating with or in the direction of the wind, relative speed,
or description of motion(s) other than it ascended from an
estimated 200/300 feet elevation to maybe 1000/1500 feet high,
but no timeframe for the rise in height is cited, either.

I looked at the photo at the link cited, and I was reminded of
what are sometimes referred to as "solar balloons." These are
constructs of PVC or other plastic sheeting or tubes, usually
using the same kind of material as plastic garbage bags, which
are sealed at one end, and using a hot air blow dryer, or just
running with one end tied, are inflated until full, and then
quickly closing off the open end. Helium can also be used.

The very lightweight black plastic inflated tube, which can be
made into a variety of lengths,diameters, and shapes, is warmed
by the sun's heat on the solar absorbing black plastic sheeting
to heat the air inside the "balloon" to create a natural
buoyancy and can rise up to hundreds or a few thousand feet into
the air, or more, and due to wind conditions and shears, can
sometimes appear to have a somewhat erratic or unusual motion in

See the following links for illustration - the first two are You
Tube videos that show very similar cylindrical solar balloons,
comparable to the still photo from the Acton, Mass. report,



These two links show how you can buy or easily make your own
"solar balloons":



I suppose you could _combine_ cylinders, spheres, and
tetrahedral shapes in some arrangement to make something really
bizarre in appearance or anomalous in overall shape, filled with
a mix of air and helium for a sort of "constant level" contruct.
Sounds like a job for CSI in New Jersey! Although... the FAA
might have some concerns about that idea. 8^}


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