Lots of unidentified things in the sky in Canada

People are seeing weird things in the sky. Actually, this is not very surprising.

UFO sightings soar in Manitoba, across Canada – Manitoba – CBC News.

An annual UFO survey released this week by Winnipeg-based Ufology Research, shows record-breaking UFO sightings in the province last year. There were 124 in 2012, compared to 81 the year before.

Ufology Research director Chris Rutkowski said the spike could be due to better Internet access or military exercises in populated areas.

He says some reports were quite unusual, including “octagon shape things [and] things that were amorphous, without any defined shapes, like blobs moving through the sky.

The colours also varied widely, from purple to pink, blue, silver, red, green, orange, multi-coloured and more.

The data for the Ufology report, which found more than half of all UFO sightings were of unusual lights in the sky, comes from researchers and investigators across Canada.

Many witnesses are pilots, police and other individuals “with reasonably good observing capabilities and good judgement,” the report states.

While there is no real difference between an average person seeing an unidentified thing in the sky and a pilot or police officer (contrary to a fallacy of argument from authority), there is every reason to think that there ARE actually more things in the sky these days to be concerned about. We have remote-controlled toys, balloons, Chinese lanterns, even deliberate hoaxes that people are making. Add to this the regular things in the sky that people mistake for weird like normal aircraft, Venus, satellites or the moon, even.

Just because there are a lot of unidentified things in the sky does not mean we are being invaded by aliens. That’s a quantum leap of logic.

Tip: Kitty Mervine

  5 comments for “Lots of unidentified things in the sky in Canada

  1. Tom
    May 16, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    I agree. I think, also, that the leap from ‘unidentified object’ to ‘alien spacecraft’ is a real whopper. I’m of the opinion that, if we were ever contacted by ET, the whole thing would be so weird we wouldn’t be able to describe it in ordinary language. This business of anthropomorphising aliens is narrow minded ignorance.

  2. May 16, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    The 2012 Canadian UFO Survey, released last May 13, is available on Rutkowski blog:

    http://uforum.blogspot.com/2013/05/the-2012-canadian-ufo-survey.html

  3. Richard Cornford
    May 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    In considering any observation of an unusual thing seen in the sky it strikes me that that the comparison should be against what the sky is capable of in total rather than any individual’s limited personal experience of observing the sky. For which a web site like:-

    http://www.atoptics.co.uk/

    – is a useful basis for comparisons (with lots of pretty pictures and explanations of how the effects come about). A good proportion of the well described atmospheric optical phenomenon seem to be caused by ice crystals in the atmosphere, so a combination of more extreme northern (or southern) latitudes , cold weather and unexpected lights in the sky isn’t that surprising.

  4. Chris Howard
    May 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    I’m going with latest Tyler Perry movie, “Madea Goes to Canada and Gets Abducted by Aliens.”

    It’s got Ryan Gosling as the alien overlord, duh-reamy!

  5. May 16, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    I think it is not fair-minded thinking others are being “crazy” or “kooky” for claiming they had seen a UFO. What is so crazy about stating you have seen an “unidentified flying object”? However, I agree that jumping to conclusions and instantly stating it was “alien” is a bit premature without enough evidence.

    My point is that I notice too many are quick to jump to conclusions about other people’s claims of UFO’s and instantly dismiss them and make fun of them. This is just as bad as someone who sees a UFO and states it was from another world with no evidence. There is nothing wrong with being skeptic until it gets to the point that it starts instantly dismissing ALL possibilities with extreme prejudice. I don’t claim aliens do not exist because I don’t have any evidence to say so. I am not omniscient.

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