Sunday, May 7, 2006

UFOs just puffs of plasma?

Scientists at Britain's Defence Intelligence Staff think they've figured out what's causing all those dodging, darting lights in the night sky.

Here's the scoop, according to U.K. paper The Sunday Times: "Glowing 'plasmas' of gas are created by charges of electricity. Air flows then sculpt the plasmas into aerodynamic shapes which appear to fly at extraordinary speeds through the sky."

The dismissive report throws cold water on the whole UFO field, even going so far as explaining away the massive black, triangular objects reported by so many people (including Coast to Coast A.M. radio legend, Art Bell).

"The space between two plasmas sometimes 'forms an area ... from which the reflection of light does not occur,' giving the impression of a 'black "craft," often triangular and even up to hundreds of feet in length,'" the paper reports (quoting the report).

Although the Sunday Times admits that some UFO sightings are probably experimental craft operated by earthly militaries, the whole plasma things sounds an awful lot like the swamp gas crutch used since the '60s to discredit anomalies.

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