Finnish UFO researcher says winter sun on jet streams creates rocket effect
ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — A UFO researcher and author from Finland calls it "the December Phenomenon."
Bjorn Borg, a 63-year-old retired economist, says each winter he can count on media reports of what appear to be rocket or missile sightings of the kind seen last week over Newfoundland's south coast.
"Every year this comes up in the news," he said Monday from Helsinki.
But what people are really seeing is the effect of jetliner vapour trails catching winter sunlight, he said....
His theory was backed up Monday by Chris Stevenson, local president of the Royal Astronomical Society.
It's unbelievable how far this went," Stevenson said of rampant speculation about covert foreign missile testing or perhaps alien life forms.
"I've seen this several times," he said of the effect created when transatlantic aircraft, which often travel in pairs, reflect sunlight far overhead after daylight has faded on the ground.
The resulting bursts of colour can be spectacular and startling, Stevenson said.
"They might strike fear in the hearts of people who don't know what they're looking at."
Stewart's photo is obviously not a rocket because the contrail goes transparent at the end, Stevenson said.
"A rocket plume would be thick all the way back to where the rocket was launched. Again, had the sighting not been at sunset, I would have taken this a bit more seriously."
Still, Stewart is adamant that what she captured on her digital camera was no jetliner.
"To me, it was not a jet," she said from her home Monday in Harbour Mille. "No, no, no.
"We didn't hear any noise. No noise. Every airplane that comes over here, whether we're inside or the TV's going, you still hear them. A jet may be farther off but it still makes noise.
"To me and my eyes, it was not a jet."
The federal government had little to say Monday.http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5iAoiyFGNLxUmdTjEEPYySD29T-RA
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Out of the Ocean
UFO sighting puzzles N.L. residents
Residents of Harbour Mille, on Newfoundland's south coast, reported seeing this object fly over their community Monday night. (Courtesy: Darlene Stewart)UPDATE
"It appeared to come out of the ocean," she told CBC News. "It was like it was in the middle of the bay. "It's kind of scary because you don't know if something is being set off out in the bay, [or] if someone is doing experiments," she said." Emmy Pardy CBCNews