In Soviet Russia, UFOs report YOU

In Soviet Russia, UFOs report YOU

In Soviet Russia, UFOs report YOU

Bad Astronomy
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May 16 2008 3:58 PM

In Soviet Russia, UFOs report YOU

OK, I know, but in my defense I saw Jakov Smirnoff live years ago and he was really funny. Honestly.

Anyway, my bud James Oberg has a great article on MSNBC about UFO sightings. He reports on one in detail that took place in Eastern Europe and Russia a few years ago. It sounds like an iron-clad case for an ET ship... until you look at all the evidence.

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The direction of the apparition being seen simultaneously near Minsk provided another "look angle." If the vectors of the eyewitnesses are plotted on a map, they tend to converge out over the Barents Sea, far from land. This made the triggering mechanism for the sightings — assuming they were all of the same phenomenon — even more extraordinary.

I won't spoil it for you. Go read the article. But remember all this when some UFO proponent talks about airline pilots being rock-solid eyewitnesses. Just because they fly planes doesn't mean they understand everything they see out the cockpit window.

And when you hear a UFO report, ask yourself what the report is missing. Just about anything can sound like Klaatu is about to land on a Washington DC baseball diamond if one or two key parts are left out.