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Monday, September 02, 2013

Cross-Shaped UFO Observations

I've been intrigued by sightings of 'cross-shaped UFOs.' Then today, a new report from Lawrenceville, Georgia was registered on the MUFON CMS. So I decided to take a look back at other similar accounts, in particular the 'orange' variety:

Lawrenceville, Georgia - 9/1/13 - unedited: At first, I only saw 1 and what caught my eyes was the color and shape. It was in a shape of a cross and thicker in the middle and bright orange in color and moving very slowly without any sounds. As I got closer to my house, I cleared some of the trees and noticed that it had come to a complete stop. I didn’t see any blinking lights. As I got in front of my house, I had a clear sight and noticed a 2nd object exactly the same. The first object had come to a complete stop and the 2nd identical looking object approached very slowly. I ran in the house to get my cell phone to get a picture and ran to the backyard that gave a complete unobstructed view of where the both objects were. That was less than 20 seconds and they were no longer there. Ran to the front of the house and did not see or hear anything - MUFON CMS

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22/12/2009 - Blackley, Manchester - Orange Cross Shaped UFO Sighting

Birmingham UFO Group Report
Author: Dave Hodrien
Last Updated: 29/01/2010

The majority of sightings that are reported to the group typically describe spherical, disc-shaped or triangular objects. However sometimes objects of a more unusual shape are also reported. This report covers one such sighting by a highly credible witness – a 49 year old retire police constable named Ian Sawyer. Ian lives in Blackley, North Manchester, and used to be part of the South Yorkshire police force. Several days before Christmas 2009 he had a very unusual sighting which prompted him to get in touch with BUFOG.

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Sighting Details

It was 8.38pm on the evening of 22nd December 2009, and a very clear, still and cold night. There was very little cloud cover and the stars and moon were fully visible. It had been snowing earlier in the day, there was about 3 inches of snow covering the ground. Ian was sitting in his lounge at the computer and having an internet chat with a friend on Yahoo Messenger. The lounge window runs directly behind his computer. The view from the window overlooks the old Booth Hall Children’s Hospital site on Charlestown Road.

Suddenly an orange glowing light caught his eye, and he glanced out of the window to see where it was coming from. He immediately caught sight of a very strange large glowing object in the night sky. The object was the shape of a widened crucifix lying sideways, and was glowing a fiery orange colour. At first Ian assumed it was an aeroplane on fire, but then realised it couldn’t be due to it’s shape and size. It had very defined straight edges and appeared as a single solid object. Ian estimates it was 3 or 4 times the size of a jumbo jet. He believed it was situated over a wooded area in the local vicinity, and at least a couple of thousand feet high. The object was moving extremely fast, hundreds of miles an hour, faster than a military jet would fly at. It was on a level flight path heading to the North in the direction of Middleton.

When Ian first sighted the object it was about a 3rd of the way across the view from his lounge window. Due to the speed of the object it was only a couple of seconds before he had completely lost sight of it off to the left of the window. He immediately thought about grabbing his camera but then remembered that the batteries were flat. Because the object was moving so fast it is unlikely he would have had time to photograph it anyway. He moved to the right to get a different view through the window but the object had completely vanished from sight.

Ian returned to his internet chat and decided to tell his friend about what he had just seen. Here is the automatically saved log from the chat:

Ian (20:39:02): wtfi just saw something so bizarre
Ian (20:39:07): hard to describe
Greg (20:39:10): what?
Ian (20:39:24): it was moving so fast really fast in the sky
Greg (20:39:38): hmm weird
Ian (20:39:44): looked like an elongated cross shape that was either bright bright orange or on fire
Greg (20:39:59): weird
Ian (20:40:17): didnt seem to be losing height just moving fast and at a terrific speed
Ian (20:40:53): and – no I have’nt been drinking
Greg (20:42:01): didn’t ask about that
Greg (20:42:05): well, check the news
Ian (20:42:23): yes will certainly keep my eye on it

That night Ian had a very bad nights sleep. He was not consciously thinking about the object but believes his sighting may have been the cause. He checked on the news the following day to see if anything was reported which would explain what he had seen but there was nothing. He considered various things which it could have been – amber light reflection from a road gritter or street lights, helicopter lights, atmospheric phenomena – but nothing seemed to fit. Ian is completely mystified by the object, and wonders if anyone else may have also seen it.

Sighting Analysis

This is a very interesting sighting indeed and has a number of intriguing aspects. The shape of the object seen was highly unusual and one that we have never had reported before. Most usual explanations can be discounted because of the objects appearance and its apparent speed.

It did not look anything like a conventional aircraft or helicopter. The nearest airport to where Ian lives is Ringway airport, but this is 14.5 miles North of his position. Due to his previous employment in the police, Ian is very familiar with normal aircraft types and how they appear after dark. The shape was like nothing he had ever seen before, and also the object appeared much too big to be a conventional aircraft.

If we consider a moment that the object was actually smaller and closer than how it appeared to be, we can then look at other possibilities. Could the object have been a strange shaped lantern or inflatable? The glowing colour of the object is consistent with Chinese lanterns, however I feel this highly unlikely. Lanterns are usually cylindrical or round in shape. We must also consider the speed at which the object was moving. It was a completely still night, Ian was sure of this fact because the trees in his back garden were not moving at all. For an object to be drifting on a level course at speed, there would need to have been a strong wind blowing. Lanterns also tend to flicker in brightness, but for the brief time that Ian saw the object it remained constantly bright.

Due to the bizarre shape and speed I also feel it is unlikely to have been a model of some kind. It is also highly unlikely to have a natural cause, such as a meteorite or earth light. Could the object have been a highly unusual secret military craft? This is unlikely because of the highly unusual appearance, and it seems unlikely that it would be flown over a highly populated city such as Manchester. The nearest military base is Formby, Liverpool, and it is the only base within an hour of his location.

After considering the various alternative possibilities, this case remains a true mystery. There is certainly a chance it was a genuine sighting of an extraterrestrial craft. It was a clear night so perhaps there are other witnesses yet to come forward. However it was also very cold, so most people would probably have been indoors. If you believe you may have seen the object, please get in touch with BUFOG. - 22/12/2009 - Blackley, Manchester - Orange Cross Shaped UFO Sighting


Slaughter, Louisiana - 4/9/11 - unedited: My son and I were headed south on hwy. 19, entering the city limits of a small town called Slaughter,La., when I noticed through my wind sheild a smoky gray hollowed outline of a cross. It was huge. I couldn't believe my eyes. I asked my son "do you see that" he replied, "yes ma'am",then about the time he answered,I noticed a large orange cross just to the left(East)of the smoky outline, it was even bigger than the outline, the size of the moon. It glowed like the sun when it sets. It was scary yet amazing. I didn't know what ot make of it, I was dumbfounded,neither one of us thought to use our cell phone cameras. I said what is that? My son replied, "The mother ship." It moved slowly at first. Then it began to pick up speed. It never lost it's shape it just floated.I tried to keep up with it but due to law enforcement of speed limit in town I could only observe it at 45 mi. speed limit. We watched it as it went over some tree tops still headed east,the smoky outline disappeared. There were no sounds. - MUFON CMS


UFO Report ID:115501

Five bright orange lights (cross shape upon closer inspection) hovering over Rochester, MN.

Reported by:
nuforc_system at 2013-01-05 03:28:43 UTC

Approximate Time of event:
2013-01-05 05:15 UTCCoordinated Universal Time is the standard time common to every place in the world. It allows you to compare the time of an event across time zones. For example, 6:00 UTC in Los Angeles is the same time as 6:00 UTC in New York, whereas 6:00 local time in Los Angeles would be 9:00 in New York.
2013-01-04 11:15 PM Local Time

Rochester, Minnesota, United States

Time Zone: America/Chicago

Primary shape of object: Cross

Characteristics of object:

Daytime/Nighttime sighting: Night

Event Description

(NUFORC Case: S95819) Five bright orange lights (cross shape upon closer inspection) hovering over Rochester, MNI was driving on Villa Rd. in NW Rochseter,MN when I saw about 5 strange bright orange lights in the sky in a line going upwards. Slowly, as I was driving, they started to disappear from top to bottom, but there were two remaining when I got to my house. and one when I went to my backyard to see it better. It appeared to be in the shape of a cross up and down with a bright orange color. I watched it move slowly and it appeared to have a little wake behind it and then it disappeared.

This report is filed at NUFORC - National UFO Reporting Center.


UFO Report ID:108827

A florescent orange glowing cross shaped craft with glowing yellow aura moving slowly across the sky low altitude

Reported by:
nuforc_system at 2012-08-08 03:26:58 UTC

Approximate Time of event:
2012-08-08 03:00 UTCCoordinated Universal Time is the standard time common to every place in the world. It allows you to compare the time of an event across time zones. For example, 6:00 UTC in Los Angeles is the same time as 6:00 UTC in New York, whereas 6:00 local time in Los Angeles would be 9:00 in New York.
2012-08-07 11:00 PM Local Time

Old Orchard Beach, Maine, United States

Time Zone: America/New_York

Primary shape of object: Cross

Characteristics of object:
Daytime/Nighttime sighting: Night

Event Description

(NUFORC Case: S91578) A florescent orange glowing cross shaped craft with glowing yellow aura moving slowly across the sky low altitudeA friend pointed out an neon orange light in the sky rising with a yellow aura around it. We were located on mid East Grand Ave. It appeared to rise up above a motel on the beach and had not come into view from across the sky. At first it looked like a rather large glowing "glob" so to speak, until it got closer and was a little higher in the sky. At first sighting there was no specific shape to it. I thought it might be a flare but as it gained altitude and came over us it took the shape of a cross, more so in the shape of a Christian Style Cross. The cigar shaped structure that may have represented the belly was rounded at both ends, the cross structure that may have represented wings on a regular aircraft were too short to be wings of an aircraft and also were rounded on the ends. The glow was so florescent you could not tell if there was anything above it, such as height to the craft. My friend said if it's an airplane than it's on fire. We both noted there were no lights flashing as there would be on a passing aircraft. I'm not sure of the speed but it did not travel as fast as a jet, it made no sound and appeared to be lower in the sky than a passing aircraft would be. It almost seemed to be floating and the yellow aura around it was clear and the whole unit was glowing. I watched it as it went over us heading north towards the Pine Point Area. About time it was in the Pine Point area it seemed to become a small ball of light and was gone. As this sighting was occurring, an aircraft was passing over head which made it very apparent to us that what we had just seen was not an aircraft. Not sure if the aircraft coming after the sighting was checking out this craft as it came shortly after this craft passed over us, I'd say within 3 mins of our sighting. Not sure if this plane was commercial or military as it flew low in the sky, was not a jet, and appeared to be heading in same direction as the object and also at! low altitude. We had a camera inside but didn't think to go i! t as we could not believe what we were seeing and wanted to watch and see what happened.

This report is filed at NUFORC - National UFO Reporting Center.

NOTE: NUFORC currently has 237 reports of cross-shaped UFO on file. One of the more interesting cases on record was the Devon Flying Cross. When I started to look over the reports, I was amazed at the number of the cross-shaped UFOs that have been reported. Most of the UFOs were white or orange in color...some would morph in another shape (mostly a cigar or cylinder). There has been a very high number of orange and orange-red orbs recently seen worldwide. I wonder if these cross-shaped anomalies are related to the orbs? Lon

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