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Santo Domingo.– While in a private plane flying South East from Puerto Plata to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic I took these pictures from the co-pilot seat. The visibility was clear. We flew about 4500 ft. above the cloud deck. It was about 9:30 am, 4/22/08. (the time stamp setting was incorrect)

I took a series of photos and captured these objects in our flight path. The pilot estimated the objects were about 7-8 miles from the nose of the aircraft. The pilot did not receive any notification from Air Traffic Control.

The objects are extremely luminous. If you enlarge them you will notice the lower set of lights are twin diamonds or squares, symmetrical, and unnatural. The upper set of lights are almost amorphous. Both lights seem to disturb the surrounding atmosphere.

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Written by: Bighector, 5 May 2008 2:30 PM
From: United States
It was Josean going back to his unknown Alien planet.
Written by: lcabrera, 5 May 2008 3:09 PM
From: United States
Bull shit!!! I am tired of this foolishness of aliens appearances. THERE IS NOT SUCH THING!!!!!!
Written by: Perception, 5 May 2008 6:23 PM
From: United States
Thats how they smugle "drugs" to DR !!!!!
Written by: NeilJenkins, 6 May 2008 9:10 AM
From: France
For 'lcabrera': With respect to the author of this article, at no point does he/she say that the object/phenomenon photographed is of alien origin. He/she seems to have taken pictures of something he/she couldn't explain at the time (and apparently still can't) and is simply asking if anyone can identify what's there. Incidentally, I have a strong scientific background and tend to be sceptical of the employment of the 'extraterrestrial hypothesis' when viewing UFO evidence. I think there are plenty of earthly answers to things before you have to resort to considering the unearthly. However, to make unqualified statements such as 'THERE IS NO SUCH THING' is just as bad as claiming that we ARE being visited by aliens without being able to prove it. So, let's all be a little less subjective and a little more logical, open and sensible in how we approach this whole thing. Then, maybe, we will be better equipped to answer the question we were posed!
Written by: , 6 May 2008 11:11 AM
From:
Ah, I noticed the link to 'Read the whole story' and did so. So the author is a he (Anthony)! I'll contact Anthony separately (as there's an e-mail address provided). However, valuable information required to investigate this further would include for how long the object(s) were observed and how they moved relative to the motion of the observer (so, in this case, the private plane). Simply going by the pictures provided, my first attempt to say what I think they are would be weather balloons. (Oh, the old 'weather balloon' excuse, the UFO buffs will cry!) Looking at the blow-up inset, the object has a very similar shape to the common cuboid weather balloons (with instruments hung from one vertex). These balloons are also often a sort of silvery colour, which would also match what is seen in the pictures. Apparent distortion around the object is possibly a pixelation effect, either from the camera's CCD or from the subsequent JPG compression. Worthy of further investigation, though.
Written by: NeilJenkins, 6 May 2008 11:14 AM
From: France
The last message (the 'weather balloon' one) was from me, by the way. By the time I'd finished typing it between office interruptions the website had logged me out!

Neil
Written by: lcabrera, 6 May 2008 1:02 PM
From: United States
Neil, you are right, I think my comment was kinda impulsive and skeptical about the subject; I just don't believe on living things from another planet, I am an not an Astronomer, but after earth, the only planet on our solar system more capable of life sustainability is Mars, and it is worse than Sahara desert.......with not oxygen or H2O. To be honest, I don't like the idea of UFOs.
Written by: NeilJenkins, 7 May 2008 6:57 AM
From: France
lcabrera, thanks for your response. Mars is indeed one of the possibilities for life in our own solar system. Also, the Jovian moon Europa is getting some astrobiologists excited at the moment. This small moon has a surface of ice, below which it's likely that there's a vast water ocean that could harbour life. However, we're likely talking very primitive, if not just cellular, life, if at all. But we should also consider our place in the Galaxy at large. Our Galaxy contains around 100 billion stars, and a sizeable percentage of those will likely have some planets orbiting them, formed from the gas and dust left over from the formation of the star itself (just as happened in our own solar system). Scientifically, its vastly more likely that we're NOT alone then ARE alone. As the late Arthur C. Clarke once said, "Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Either prospect is equally frightening!".
Written by: NeilJenkins, 7 May 2008 7:01 AM
From: France
Oh, and one last thing. You said "I don't like the idea of UFOs". Remember that 'UFO' stands for "Unidentified Flying Object". If it's something in the air and you can't identify it, then it's a UFO. Doesn't mean it's alien. 'UFO' is now perhaps the most misunderstood and abused term in current-day English!

Best wishes,
Neil
Written by: NeilJenkins, 7 May 2008 7:06 AM
From: France
One last, last thing, just to qualify what I said about life on Mars. Most astrobiologists consider that it's very unlikely that we'll find EXISTING life on Mars, but that we may find evidence of PAST life. We know from the Rover and Spirit data that there was once water flowing over the planet, and that the conditions were once favourable for life. However, any life formed would not have had too much time to evolve before Mars became the barren, dry place it is today. But maybe, just maybe, we'll one day find fossilised remains of tiny organisms hidden under the sands or under the surface of rocks on Mars. Anyway, I guess we're now slightly off topic!

Neil
Written by: leonardo, 7 May 2008 8:55 AM
From: Dominican Republic
In regard of how many "Aliens" are living in the DR, i think they did not only fly over our Country, but also dropped a few passengers.
Written by: Perception, 7 May 2008 10:50 AM
From: United States
My comment !

It takes 1 yr. to cross our solar system at the speed of light, you do the math.

Ignorants. !!!!!!!!!!!
Written by: lcabrera, 7 May 2008 11:16 AM
From: United States
Perception, who are you calling ignorant? what's your point dude! you think that by saying that it takes 1 year to cross the solar system at speed of light answer the question, I think the ignorant here is another person. I don't think our body can't resist speed of light plus we don't have anything capable of creating enough power to reach speed of light; If there were some advanced life out there, what make you think that they would not be able to travel at that speed.
Written by: NeilJenkins, 7 May 2008 11:18 AM
From: France
For 'Perception': To quote Arthur C. Clarke again (as done so recently by Dr. Michio Kaku), "The technology of a suitably advanced civilisation will be indistinguishable from magic". In other words, we cannot judge what a civilisation far in advance of ours is capable of. We don't know everything (although those who quote some half-baked babble and call everyone 'ignorants' may think that they do, except perhaps that the plural to have used should be 'ignoramuses'). According to current physics, nothing can travel faster that the speed of light except light itself. For even a tiny vehicle to simply approach the speed of light requires the input of a tremendous, and impractical, amount of energy. That is, in terms of today's technology and understanding. There have been many points in the history of science when it has been thought all the 'rules' were in place. Then came Darwinian evolution, electromagnetic theory, special relativity, general relativity, quantum mechanics. Ignorant?
Written by: lcabrera, 7 May 2008 11:23 AM
From: United States
Neil you right about what UFO stands for, I take that back; I said UFOs because people always relate it with aliens, which fit into what you said of misunderstood and abused of term.
Written by: lcabrera, 7 May 2008 11:28 AM
From: United States
Bahahahahahahahhaha, you couldn't explain it better Neil!!! let's hear/read now what Mr. Perception the well educated gentleman has to say.
Written by: Perception, 7 May 2008 11:32 AM
From: United States
NeilJenkins & cabrera:

Both of you, have a better shot believing in "GOD"
Written by: Perception, 7 May 2008 11:34 AM
From: United States
Perception, who are you calling ignorant? what's your point dude! you think that by saying that it takes 1 year to cross the solar system at speed of light answer the question, I think the ignorant here is another person. I don't think our body can't resist speed of light plus we don't have anything capable of creating enough power to reach speed of light; If there were some advanced life out there, what make you think that they would not be able to travel at that speed.

00000000000

Fisica, Stupid !!!
Written by: NeilJenkins, 7 May 2008 11:39 AM
From: France
My point is (since I went over my 1000 word allocation!), there have been so many ground-breaking and paradigm-shifting advances in science, physics in particular, over the past 200 years that what we now consider to be fundamental hard fact today would have been utterly unimaginable just 200 years ago to even the most learned of people. Therefore, Perception, how can you POSSIBLY judge and predict the capabilities of an (albeit hypothetical) advanced civilisation? Just suppose, for a minute at least, that there is a race of beings a few hundred lights years from our solar system who were 1000 years ahead of us technologically. Our Sun is around 5 billion years old, so 1000 years is only 0.00002% of that afterall. Nothing really. But do you really think that we can say what they can and cannot achieve from where we're standing? Of course we can't. Anyone who thinks we can IS being ignorant!
Written by: NeilJenkins, 7 May 2008 11:41 AM
From: France
God? I think there lies your problem, fella. When the chips are down and there's he doesn't know what to say, he hides behind God! How convenient for you.
Written by: NeilJenkins, 7 May 2008 11:52 AM
From: France
Incidentally Perception, I've just been doing a bit of working out based on what you said earlier. Even if we take the absolute maximum size of our solar system, which would be the point beyond the heliopause where the solar wind stops at a bow shock as it merges with the local interstellar medium, that's at a distance of 230AU (Astronomical Units), so about 3,5x10^10km. Therefore, the maximum diameter of our solar system is 7x10^10km. Dividing this by the velocity of light, namely 3x10^5km/s, it would take a light photon 233,333 seconds to cross the whole solar system. That's about 2 days 17 hours.

1 year you say, Perception? Perhaps YOU should do the maths!

Neil
Written by: Perception, 7 May 2008 11:58 AM
From: United States
You keep describing youself as a perfect ignorant !!!!

Written by: lcabrera, 7 May 2008 11:59 AM
From: United States
To Perception,

Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.

by Edith Sitwell
Written by: lcabrera, 7 May 2008 12:05 PM
From: United States
Your offensive words do not affect me in any way, instead, it show what kind of person you might be.
Written by: NeilJenkins, 7 May 2008 2:27 PM
From: France
"You keep describing youself as a perfect ignorant !!!!"? "Youself", Perception? You really aren't doing a very good job at deflecting ingorance from "youself", are you?! Did you re-do your dodgy maths, by the way Perception? And you call me ignorant? 0 out of 10, sonny.

Oh, and what offensive words? I think the strongest word used was "fella"!

lcabrera, it's been a pleasure making your e-acquaintance, anyway. I bid you a good day/evening. Perception, on the other hand, can take a running jump of a high cliff with a big spike at the bottom, as far as I'm concerned. (Now THAT'S more like offensive!)

Now, does anyone want to talk about something sensible and intelligent?

Best regards,
Neil
Written by: NeilJenkins, 7 May 2008 2:28 PM
From: France
(Should have been a smiley face after "fella"! Sorry, lcabrera!)
Written by: lcabrera, 7 May 2008 5:06 PM
From: United States
Neil, I didn't mean you, the one with the offensive words is Perception.

Thank anyways have good evening!!
Written by: Perception, 7 May 2008 9:11 PM
From: United States
Your offensive words do not affect me in any way, instead, it show what kind of person you might be.

00000


Calling you "Ignorant" isn't offensive, its a fact.

Keep flying trough "Space"
Written by: NeilJenkins, 7 May 2008 9:41 PM
From: France
It's confirmed. Perception is most definitely 'off his trolley' (as we say in the UK). He's obviously one of those people who's so clearly up his own arse that he may not be fully aware of what light actually looks like!

There's always one, isn't there!
Written by: Perception, 7 May 2008 9:46 PM
From: United States
It's confirmed. Perception is most definitely 'off his trolley' (as we say in the UK).

0000

As we say in the UK, from France.

I guess you defy time-place ?

Monkey read, Monkey write !!!!
Written by: NeilJenkins, 8 May 2008 4:38 AM
From: France
While you're on here, Perception, there's a stone somewhere with a gap underneath it. You'd best get back under there, sonny!

Interestingly, you call yourself (or "youself", as you seem to prefer) 'Perception', yet you are without doubt the LEAST perceptive person I've had the misfortune to come across. Clearly a little basic irony isn't lost on you, which is something, I suppose.

You know the worst bit about all this? The fact that we were all having a sensible, intelligent, grown-up and well-reasoned debate about life, the Universe and everything, then we had to take the conversation down into the gutter in order to be at Perception's level. Time to stop and return to normality, folks. Hold on to something, Perception, this might make you feel very dizzy.

If anyone has anything useful to say (therefore, anyone other than Perception) then I'll come back on. Otherwise, au revoir tous le monde moin un!

Neil
Written by: lcabrera, 8 May 2008 12:37 PM
From: United States
Neil let's continue with our civilized debate/opinions. You probably know that NASA launch another robot to Mars on summer of 2007, it priority is to search for water on the bottom of Mars North Pole ice caps, I think all they might find is frozzen carbon dioxide. A years ago I wrote a paper for my Geology class about Mars, my research was based more on Mars surface, and seasonal weather...... One of things that I learned was why there is no water in Mars, It surface and atmospheric condition was caused by the constant presure from the sun, which Astronomers call solar wind, this pressure or solar wind are made of protons, electrons and cosmic waves that could ionized the atmosphere and spurred it away, as a result Mars lost most of it magnetic field, which shields the solar wind from entering into the atmosphere, then it started poundingthe surface of Mars. As a result, the lost of atmosphere stripped the Martian surface of warm and pressure and since water need both. Continued
Written by: lcabrera, 8 May 2008 12:40 PM
From: United States
warm and pressure to remain it liquid form, water is no longer stable in Martian surface, so the water in Mars evaporate and freeze at the same time. That's why I believe that what Mars has in it poles is simply frozen carbon dioxide. What do you think Neil?
Written by: NeilJenkins, 9 May 2008 2:59 AM
From: France
Thanks for continuing the debate, lcabrera! That's an interesting one and, I must admit, one I'm going to have to read up a bit on later! Remember that all the planets of the solar system are subjected to the Sun's solar wind. The Earth is largely protected from the solar wind by its magnetic field (once it kicked in some time after the Earth was formed). Mars has no magnetic field to speak of (as you said). The jury is still out with regards to why this is. However, Mars is a mystery. NASA's Mars Global Surveyor has detected local magnetic anomalies, suggesting that some rocks/regions are magnetised, but there is no 'traditional' planet-wide internal dynamo generator. So, as you say, much of the Martian atmosphere has simply been blown away. Now the atmospheric pressure at the surface is so low that even if you had temperatures above 0C it wouldn't support liquid water (it would just vapourise). So, you're completely right (except for the reason there is no magnetic field).
Written by: NeilJenkins, 9 May 2008 3:16 AM
From: France
This is the reason why the Martian surface is either bone dry or covered with a thin 'permafrost' of ice. Never liquid water (not any more anyway). But, because water can exist on Mars in frozen form (i.e. as ice), it is entirely likely that the Martian poles are made up of a lot of trapped frozen water. Frozen carbon dioxide is also possible, since it freezes at something like -75C (I've just checked that, I was out by 5!), temperatures which are likely on the Martian poles. However, I'll need to read up a bit on the likely constituents of Martian polar regions to talk more about this.
Written by: NeilJenkins, 9 May 2008 3:19 AM
From: France
Ah, but the -75C freezing point of CO2 will, of course, be the figure for Earth's surface atmospheric pressure. OK, time for me to read up a bit ....
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