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What Would it Be Like to Date an Alien?

January 18th 2020 at 00:02

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Haim Eshed, Israel’s Former Space Security Chief, Says Aliens Exist

December 26th 2020 at 21:32

During an interview with an Israeli newspaper, Haim Eshed, the former head of Israel’s Defense Ministry’s space directorate claimed that aliens exist and the US and Israeli governments have been in contact with them.

Going even a step further, Eshed stated that the United States has a contract or treaty allowing the extraterrestrials to perform experiments on the earth and that human and alien representatives are working together in a secret underground base on Mars.

The story has been reported on mainstream news outlets from NBC to CNN. The clip from NBC is below.

What to Make of This Claim?

Haim Eshed definitely worked in a position where he would be in the know if this claim were true. But it’s easy to be suspicious of such a wild claim especially when there are no corroborating individuals.

So is it possible to confirm the validity of such a story definitively? Probably not, but it’s still worth the discussion. So let’s talk about it.

The Story is Wild

Eshed’s claim is about as wild as they come, and if it’s true, would be a world-changing piece of information. Not only would it indicate our own technology is far beyond what the general population knows, it would also mean that the world has been in the dark about government’s dealing with extraterrestrials for decades.

The allegation includes that the United States government is actively working with an alien race that belongs to a ‘Galactic Federation’ and that the extraterrestrials have asked the world’s governments not to disclose their existence until humanity is ready.

He also stated that President Trump knew of the intra-species agreements and had planned on announcing this information to the world, but held back for fear of causing panic among the people.

Haim Eshed doesn’t appear to have offered up any evidence to support his story, though this seems to be expected as such evidence would be closely guarded if it did exist.

The Claimant, Haim Eshed

When looking at any story like this, consideration must be given to who is making the claim.

Haim Eshed Israel Official Says Aliens Exist
Haim Eshed | Image by Fisher Institute for Air and Space Strategic Studies – מכון פישר למחקר אסטרטגי אוויר וחלל, CC BY-SA 2.5, Link

Haim Eshed is a retired brigadier general in the Israel Defense Force. He is highly decorated and won many awards and accolades for his work. He is highly respected.

In addition to his impressive professional history, Eshed is highly educated with multiple degrees.

While none of these attributes exempt him from possibly being a liar, it’s difficult to believe that someone with his background would do such a thing.

The bottom line is, there aren’t many examples of more credible people in the world of Ufology.

So is the Story True?

It’s impossible to say for sure whether Haim Eshed is telling the truth or whether he’s off his rocker. It doesn’t seem to make sense that he’d be willing to throw away his credibility that was built over decades so I’m willing to accept that he at least believes these things to be true himself.

But that belief doesn’t constitute proof.

Like most claims I write about, I’d love for this to be true… but I’m skeptical, and I’m hardly alone in that sentiment. Perhaps in his old age, Eshed has become delusional or maybe after being retired for so long he is desperate to be back in the public eye. Eshed is currently promoting a book about UFOs so he definitely has a financial incentive to stir up some noise in this arena and maybe even hit the UFO convention circuit for even more financial gain. To be clear, I’m not saying this is the case, but these are common possibilities we must keep in mind when examining these types of claims.

Even with a highly credible claimant or witness, having separate and independent evidence can really take things to another level. Perhaps, soon, someone else in a similar position will come forward to vouch for Eshed’s story and really blow the entire thing wide open.

Until then, the UFO community will be waiting.

Sources & Additional Reading

NBC News: Former Israeli space security chief says extraterrestrials exist, and Trump knows about it.

MSNBC: An Israeli general said aliens are real but avoiding humanity. That checks out.

Salon: Why do smart people lie about alien encounters?

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An Israeli official, Haim Eshed, claims that not only do aliens exist, but that the US government has been in contact with them.

Terraforming Mars: Can it be Done & How Long Would it Take?

October 9th 2020 at 22:36

Mars is cold and brutal. But it’s our closest neighbor and if we’re to become a true spacefaring species, traveling to Mars and eventually living there is critical to our survival in the universe.

In order to put people there to live long-term without having to be cooped up in special air-tight buildings, terraforming Mars to be more hospitable to human life. It doesn’t have to become a tropical paradise, just livable.

So how can we do that, and how long will it take? Is it even possible?

Terraforming Mars

Terraforming Mars would center around a few basic things that humans need to survive which Mars currently doesn’t provide. Each of these items must be addressed before humans could consider living on Mars without special shelters.

Space traveler looks out of the teleport, shuttle.
Terraforming promises the ability to live on Mars without special sealed shelters

1. Atmospheric Composition

The Martian atmosphere is mostly carbon dioxide. Humans cannot live in such an environment without special breathing equipment.

In order for humans to be able to breathe unassisted in the Martian outdoors would require an oxygen-rich atmosphere. So how can we get that?

The easiest way to increase the oxygen on Mars would be to grow plants there. Plants require carbon dioxide to grow and in that process, they release oxygen. This process may actually be how Earth got much of its oxygen we breathe today.

One challenge would be growing plants in alien soil. It’s widely thought that at least some earthly plants could take root in Martian soil. We wouldn’t expect any plants to grow on Mars as well as they do in their native habitat on Earth, but they really just need to survive long enough to contribute to the oxygen content of the atmosphere and create enough organic material as they decompose to provide richer soil for additional plants.

Another challenge to growing plants on Mars is the sunlight. Mars is a lot further from the sun and so the photosynthetic processes most plans rely on to grow won’t work so well. Perhaps with some genetic manipulation or using plants already adapted to grow in low light, there may be some potential.

Finally another great challenge to growing plants on Mars would be providing adequate water for the plants to grow. While Mars likely has plenty of ice, humans won’t be there to melt it and tend to the fields. Any plants being grown would likely have to be kept in some type of greenhouse.

2. Atmospheric Pressure

One of the most damning problems with terraforming Mars has to do with the pressure of the atmosphere itself. The Martian atmosphere is incredibly thin, about 1% that of Earth.

According to a 2018 study, it’s essentially impossible to increase the Martian atmospheric pressure to something humans could survive using current-day technology. This is due to the fact that even if all of the CO2 and water vapor contained in the Martian ice caps and soil could be vaporized and put into the atmosphere, it still wouldn’t be enough to support human life. To put it simply, Mars itself just doesn’t have enough raw materials to thicken the atmosphere enough.

Well, that’s awfully depressing. But, remember we’re still talking about present-day technology. Creating technology that could carry the raw materials to Mars is still a possibility, even if lies in the far future.

3. Temperature

There’s an obvious importance to a livable temperature. Without it, you have to spend energy to melt ice into liquid water and create warmth so humans don’t freeze to death on the planet’s surface. The easy part though is if you can take care of the first 2 items we’ve talked about, then temperature might just take care of itself.

A thicker atmosphere with plenty of oxygen, carbon dioxide, & water vapor would cause a greenhouse effect that could warm the planet. It doesn’t have to be toasty, just enough so that humans can survive.

Village near Calhau crater on Sao Vicente Island, Cape Verde. Martian like surreal dry red ground. Used for an image of terraforming mars.
Humans will need life-support shelters for a very long time once colonization begins

So How Long?

It’s really hard to say. But we might be able to start terraforming Mars in the next couple of hundred years if we don’t destroy ourselves first. It will all depend on us developing the needed technology to do so and it would still require a lot of luck. Unfortunately, it means none of us will be alive to see it happen because even if we begin terraforming Mars sooner, the process may take hundreds or thousands of years.

But there is some consolation. It is likely we’ll see humans on Mars in the next 30-50 years. With high tech pushes for a manned mission to Mars by private companies like Space X, these will help pave the way for human colonization on the red planet.

That colonization will probably be limited to living either under ground or in pressurized domes with life support systems – which isn’t as sexy as terraforming. But hey you’ve got to start somewhere right?

Having a long-term presence on Mars will give mankind the ability to do more research on the planet and come up with better ideas for terraforming the environment.

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The 10 Most Important UFO Sightings of the Modern Age

August 22nd 2020 at 13:58

There are thousands of reported UFO sightings every year. Some sightings are reported by highly credible witnesses such as airline pilots or military personnel, and others by everyday people.

Among those thousands of sightings are many that can be easily explained as known phenomena, but there are a handful that simply defy explanation. This small percentage of sightings are the important ones to UFO researchers and those looking for proof of alien visitation.

In this list, we’re going to look at 10 of the most important UFO sightings in the last 100 years.

1. WWII’s Foo Fighters

During World War II, fighter pilots on both sides reported being followed & harassed by glowing balls of light in the air. Initially, each side assumed they were under attack by the enemy via some unknown new weapon and it wasn’t until towards the end of the war that both sides realized it was something else.

Foo Fighter UFO
No machine-readable author provided. Crobard~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims). [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

The pilots coined the term “Foo Fighters” to describe them. The Foo Fighters of WWII make the list of the most important UFO sightings because of the sheer number of pilots who independently witnessed them. These pilots were trained to under highly stressful situations to be able to accurately and quickly identify things in the air – their lives depended on it. When they say it was something not man-made, we tend to believe them.

2. The Lubbock Lights

There are few UFO sightings that have been investigated and re-investigated as many times as the UFO sightings over Lubbock, TX over the span of 5 consecutive nights in 1951.

The v-shaped arrangement of lights that flew over the small town night after night were witnessed by dozens of people. From college professors to military personnel, they all described the same objects in the sky.

Lubbock Lights Blue Book Photo
Photos of Unidentified Aerial Objects – Lubbock, Texas | Image Source: Project Blue Book

The sightings were even part of an official Project Blue Book investigation. The most popular explanation of birds flying in a v-shaped formation at night was (and still is) considered highly dubious.

This one makes the list due to the number of witnesses and because it was one of the few sightings out there which were formally investigated by the US Air Force.

3. The Guardian UFO Hoax

If you’re wondering why I’d include a probable hoax in this list, just bear with me.

Aside from the fact that many people still think it wasn’t a hoax, even though my position is that it was, The Guardian UFO was one of the first sightings that landed on mainstream television when a piece was aired on Unsolved Mysteries.

The Guardian UFO case was most likely an elaborate hoax, but after being featured on Unsolved Mysteries, the public interest in UFOs skyrocketed.

This one single 15-minute spot on prime time television was the seed for many of today’s most dedicated researchers to begin their own journey’s into UFO investigation.

4. The Val Johnson Incident

In 1979, a Minnesota Deputy Sheriff by the name of Val Johnson had an encounter with an UFO. The object flew into his car causing physical damage, a rare event in UFO sightings.

While a conclusion was never reached as to what exactly happened, something real did hit Val Johnson’s patrol car that night.

Val Johnson Patrol Car UFO Damage
7750Val Johnson’s damaged patrol car | Image Credit: Unknown (image is found all over the web in varying locations with no attribution)

The encounter happened in an area that was a known UFO hotspot and sightings of an unidentified flying object were reported that night by independent witnesses.

As a classic sighting that includes physical evidence, lots of documentation, and a highly credible witness, the Val Johnson incident is one of the most important UFO sightings of the modern age.

5. The Socorro Incident

Another sighting with a highly credible witness, the Socorro Incident occurred in 1964 in Socorro, NM. The witness, a police sergeant by the name of Lonnie Zamora, claims to have seen a unidentified craft land and then take back off into the sky.

The sighting includes independent witnesses, who also saw the craft.

The Socorro Incident has been featured on many mainstream UFO documentaries including NASA’s Unexplained Files.

This UFO sighting makes the list because it includes a highly credible witness, physical evidence, and independent witnesses.

6. The Falcon Lake Incident

As one of the most well-documented Canadian cases in UFO history, the Falcon Lake Incident should be on every UFO investigator’s list. It’s another one of those very important sightings that made it’s way onto mainstream television and inspired an entire generation of UFO research enthusiasts.

The story of the Falcon Lake UFO incident begins in May of 1967 when outdoor enthusiast Stefan Michalak not only witnesses a UFO, but has an extended encounter that ultimately leaves him injured and fighting a mysterious illness for the remainder of his life.

Falcon Lake UFO
Stefan Michalak’s sketch of the object he witnessed at Falcon Lake | Image Source: Unknown

There’s so much to this particular UFO sighting that I encourage anyone interested in the topic of UFOs to do their own deep-dive into it. There’s a tremendous amount of information to find and even the detailed write-up featured on this site barely scratches the surface.

Like most sightings with just a single witness, there’s plenty of folks who say the sighting was a total hoax, but in the end something really did happen to Stefan Michalak and he lived with the scars to prove it.

You can watch the episode of Unsolved Mysteries below:

7. The Levelland UFO Case

Normally, when I start researching a UFO case, I already kinda have my mind made up as to whether it was a legitimate sighting, misidentification, or plain hoax. When I began researching the Levelland UFO case of 1957, I absolutely was convinced that the evidence would lead me to military tests or some other type of top-secret aircraft. But that didn’t happen.

In fact, what I found was a completely unexplainable event with multiple independent witnesses all describing something that simply could not have been man-made.

The Levelland UFO case includes a detailed timeline of 911 calls to the local police department by various witnesses who essentially saw an egg-shaped craft rise from the road into the sky. The object affected nearby running vehicles and electronics.

Aside from local law enforcement, the incident was investigated by Project Blue Book and even discussed by the famous Dr. J. Allen Hynek. The official explanation was ball lightning, however Hynek would later write that he had hastily approved the explanation in error and that ball lightning wasn’t an appropriate explanation.

8. The Stephenville Mass UFO Sighting

When multiple people see and document an unidentified flying object, researchers take note. Lots of witnesses indicate that something was truly observed. And that’s just what happened in 2008 in the small Texas town of Stephenville.

Witnesses described a massive object over a mile wide hovering in the sky over the town. The event was featured on national media outlets CNN and BBC and investigated by MUFON.

The Stephenville Mass UFO sighting was a highly important event due to the number of witnesses and number of high-profile news agencies who were unable to come up with a real explanation.

9. Rendlesham Forest

The Christmas season of 1980 was unlike any other in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England. Likely one of the most famous UFO events to ever take place in the country, multiple sightings of unexplained lights in the forest along with significant military activity made this one a prime story that has been featured on countless television documentaries and books.

Along with many civilian witnesses, the Rendlesham Forest Incident was also observed by military personnel and local police.

10. The Phoenix Lights

The Phoenix Lights is arguably one of the most famous UFO events in modern history with thousands, of witnesses. It lands on this list due to the sheer size of the event, covering a large geographical area over Arizona.

The event occurred on March 13, 1997, over a 3-hour period from around 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM when witnesses observed lights moving in the sky in a rough v-shape. In subsequent years, the lights actually returned on multiple occasions.

Like the Rendlesham Forest incident, the Phoenix Lights have been revisited over the years by countless documentaries and researchers making it’s way into mainstream UFO pop culture. Even during the event, it was reported on local news.

Conclusion

While there are thousands of other sightings out there, if you’re interested in UFOs and UFO research, these 10 incidents will provide you with a wealth of information to begin your own delve into the unexplained objects that fly through our skies.

If you have an idea you’d like to see covered or added to the list, drop it in the comments.

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Of the many UFO sighting reports in the last 100 years, a handful stand out among the noise.

Mass Sighting in Texas: The Stephenville UFO Sighting of 2008

April 15th 2020 at 17:10

Over 30 residents of a small Texas town witnessed an unknown object overhead around sunset in early January of 2008. The Stephenville UFO sighting prompted an investigation by MUFON and made the front page of the local news. Even the United States Air Force weighed in on what the sighting may have been.

Stephenville TX
Image Credit: Google Maps

The Sighting

Stephenville is small town of just 17,000 people located about 40 miles SW of Fort Worth, TX. On January 8th, 2008 a significant number of residents reported an unidentifiable object in the sky.

According to witnesses, the object was immense, with estimates of it’s size being over a mile wide. In addition, the craft was totally silent, brightly lit, and moving at incredible speed.

The witnesses ranged from pilots to hunters and even included a local newspaper reporter.

I don’t know if it was a biblical experience or somebody from a different universe or whatever but it was definitely not from around these parts.

Steve Allen – Pilot | ABC News

In the wake of the sightings, major news networks including CNN and BBC picked up the story and catapulting the tiny town into the global spotlight.

This UFO incident checks many huge boxes in our hoax-busting bag – coverage by major news outlets. When a sighting is reported with dates, times, real verifiable witnesses, and reported by major news outlets, you know you’re dealing with something real. But was it extraterrestrial?

What Was the Stephenville UFO?

As I say on this site lots of times, UFO is a very non-specific term. We have no conclusive proof as to what it was. But what can we rule out?

Military or Commercial Planes?

After initially denying any activity that night, the United States Air Force eventually admitted that a squadron of 10 F-16 jets had been on a night-time training mission that night in the area. But does this explain what the residents of Stephenville saw?

In MUFON’s investigation, they were able to obtain radar records through multiple Freedom of Information Act requests which confirm the witnesses saw something. They even concluded that the radar reports indicated an object moving at an incredible 2000 mph. While this speed is within the range of the SR-71 Blackbird, it’s not within the range of F-16 fighter jets which top out at 1500 mph.

SR-71 Blackbird
SR-71 Blackbird | Image by 272447 from Pixabay

We can be confident this sighting wasn’t fighter jets or commercial planes. The witnesses speak of an object much larger than any man-made aircraft. In addition the silence of the object while moving makes it unlikely to be a plane since these are pretty loud. As a result, it’s difficult to conclude that the witnesses saw any type of known military aircraft.

Something More Extraordinary?

In the absence of any other conclusive evidence, we must consider the possibility that something extraordinary flew over Stephenville in 2008. Something from another world? Maybe. But we don’t know for sure.

In addition to major news outlets, a full episode of UFO Hunters was dedicated to the sighting, calling it one of the biggest sightings of the decade. They found even more witnesses including a police sergeant who said there was no way this could have been a plane or a helicopter.

The UFO Hunters even found a witness who had taken video of something in the sky on January 19th, just days after the original wave of sightings. They also discovered that sightings weren’t limited to just January 8th. They ranged from early December 2007 all the way through mid-February of 2008.

Final Thoughts

Like many major sightings in the past century, even with our cameras and phones available, we may never know exactly what flew over Texas in 2008. What we do know is that it was something completely non-conventional, and possibly out of this world.


Sources & Additional Reading:

ABC News: UFO Investigators Flock to Stephenville, Texas

Popular Mechanics: UFO Muths: A Special Investigation into Stephenville and Other Major Sightings

WikiNews: MUFON Releases Report on UFO Sighting in Stephenville, Texas

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The Stephenville UFO sighting is one of the biggest sightings of the last 20 years with dozens of witnesses and media coverage. So what was it?

UFO Sighting in Glenn Dale MD Jan 5th, 2020 (Video)

January 18th 2020 at 00:28

The Video

A new video on YouTube by user Jimmy Le Maryland seems to show a UFO he recorded around 4 PM in Glenn Dale, MD.

The video isn’t very detailed, and the person who filmed it is pretty clear he has no idea what it is.

Here’s the video as it appears on YouTube:

https://youtu.be/DTzgwOy8KBI

Edit: As of 02-24-2021 the video is no longer available.

What Was It?

While it’s not fully possible to identify an object from a video like this, there are some clues provided by the audio:

It’s not a plane, it’s not a helicopter, it’s not moving. Looks like a UFO. It’s definitely not moving at all.

Quote taken from the YouTube video

The quote above gives us a clue. While UFOs do sometimes remain still, they aren’t generally motionless for long periods of time. So what could this be?

A Possible Explanation

There’s a really good chance this is a video of the planet Venus, which is visible in the sky during the darker hours of the day. On this date in Glen Dale, MD, sunset was at 4:58 PM which puts a sighting of Venus within the realm of possibility.

Something Else?

While Venus is a perfectly adequate explanation, it’s also possible this video could be something else. It’s under 2 minutes long and we have no idea what else may have been caught on camera – though I’d hope the person recording would have posted it if something more interesting happened.

That being said, Maryland does have its share of UFO sightings, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if this turned out not to be Venus and ended up being something more extraordinary.

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A new video on YouTube seems to show a UFO he recorded around 4 PM in Glenn Dale, MD. The video isn't very detailed, and the person who filmed it is pretty clear he has no idea what it is.

Falcon Lake Incident of 1967: An Incredible Sighting that Left its Mark

December 16th 2019 at 11:56

I was only a year into high school when the episode of Unsolved Mysteries aired with a segment about a Canadian UFO encounter. Commonly known as the Falcon Lake Incident, the story is permeated with physical evidence and lasting physical effects which lend the story immense credibility.

The story of the Falcon Lake UFO incident begins in May of 1967 when outdoor enthusiast Stefan Michalak not only witnesses a UFO, but has an extended encounter that ultimately leaves him injured and fighting a mysterious illness for the remainder of his life.

The incident takes a place as one of the most well-documented sightings ever.

Falcon Lake on a Map
Falcon Lake | Image Credit: Google Maps

The Falcon Lake UFO Encounter

Falcon Lake is a tiny lake about 50 miles west of Lake Manitoba. The area is rich with quartz and silver veins. As a hobby geologist, Stefan Michalak regularly spent time in the hills around Falcon Lake exploring for mineral deposits.

That May weekend, while he was prospecting, his attention was drawn to the lake by some geese. The geese had been startled by something and, according to Michalak, upon investigation he witnessed two cigarette shaped objects in the sky. One of them descended and appeared to land nearby.

Stefan watched the object sitting there for about a half hour, and drew a sketch of what he saw before approaching it – he believed it to be a secret US military craft that was possibly in distress.

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Stefan Michalak’s sketch of the object he witnessed at Falcon Lake | Image Source: Unknown

His sketch appears to be a classic flying saucer with a raised dome. His son, Stan recalled his father’s description of the craft was that the surface was flawless with the exception of a grid of holes:

It was as though you had milled, out of a solid block of steel, this disc… this saucer with a dome on top.

Stan Michalak during an interview on Unsolved Mysteries

After approaching to just an arm’s reach, a door on the side of the craft opened. Michalak, still believing it to be as US military craft, began to call out asking if someone needed help but received no answer. Peering through the open door, the interior was so bright he had to put down the visor on his welding googles (which he used to protect his eyes while chipping at rocks) in order to see.

Michalak claimed to have seen no people or beings inside the craft, but he did hear what appeared to be muffled voices during the initial door opening. He also claimed to have seen beams of light inside and what appeared to be control panels with flashing lights of different colors. He only got a short look before the door closed itself. Upon reaching out to touch the craft, the fingertips of the glove he was wearing melted.

Moments later, the craft began to rotate and as the grid of holes on the hull got closer to Michalak, he was blown back by a blast of hot air which set his shirt and hat on fire.

Stefan Michalak's Shirt
Stefan Michalak’s burned shirt with the grid pattern burned into it | Image Credit: Unknown
Sefan Michalaks Burns
Stefan Michalak’s burns taken from a 1992 episode of Unsolved Mysteries | Image Credit: FilmRise True Crime on YouTube

The blast appeared to have injured him pretty badly, he suffered burns & nausea and had to be treated at a hospital for the injuries. He also had the same grid pattern burned into his flesh, the scars of which stayed with him for the remainder of his life.

The After-Effects

Stefan Michalak’s injuries were more than just skin deep. His health declined after his encounter. According to his son, for weeks after the incident, Stefan appeared to be very ill and also had some very peculiar symptoms in the form of an odor that seemed to follow him around.

It was this sulfur ozone, electric burning motor stink… about him. It’s like he’s carrying an aura of this smell, wherever he walked… and he got close to you, you could smell this. Not bad, [but] showers wouldn’t take it out. That lasted for weeks. I remember seeing him in bed, constantly… tired, nauseous, headachey, not feeling well, losing a lot of weight.

Stan Michalak during an interview on Unsolved Mysteries

Tests for radiation poisoning turned up negative, though later the grid pattern of burns were determined to resemble chemical burns instead of radiation.

The Investigation

The ongoing health problems suffered by Stefan created a wealth of documentation. Hospital and doctor records are solid proof that something did happen to him. In addition, the site was investigated heavily after the reported encounter.

A visit to the site some weeks later, revealed a circular pattern burned out into the ground. Soil samples taken from the site were found to be radioactive. A year later, another visit turned up some pieces of metal which also were coated in a radioactive substance.

The site was investigated by officials from the US as well as from the Royal Canadian Air Force who confirmed high levels of radiation. The official word is that the event remains unexplained.

Possible Explanations

So, what could the Falcon Lake incident have been? Like most unexplained sightings & encounters, it usually boils down to 3 possibilities: a military craft, a hoax, or something else unknown.

Investigation did reveal that a vein of radium lies beneath the region, which can adequately explain the high radiation levels that were found.

It’s also highly unlikely that the metal fragments found by Michalak a year later were missed by the massive team of investigators. The general consensus, appears to be that someone planted them in order to lend credibility to his story.

Military Craft

If you’ve read my articles before, this one is almost always at the top of the list when it comes to UFO sightings, especially those occurring in this time period. The United States was testing secret aircraft and, at the time, was all too happy to allow the public to believe they were alien space ships – it was an easy and free cover story. And, in this case, it is still the most likely explanation. That doesn’t close the case though…

The big question in this case would be why the US military would be testing secret aircraft over another country’s airspace? It makes much more sense for the military to be testing these types of vehicles in another remote domestic area such as Area 51. Military test vehicles frequently crash, testing them over foreign soil would make recovery efforts extremely difficult and increase the potential for technology to fall into the hands of another government.

There’s also the possibility that the craft was operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force, but this is also unlikely as there’s very little evidence they were working on secret technology at the time. In 1967, the world of secret aircraft was monopolized mainly but the United States and the Soviet Union.

Hoax

Like all sightings, especially those with a single witness, we must consider the possibility that Stefan Michalak made the entire thing up. The man was obviously injured in an abnormal way so we can’t dismiss his injuries, but could he have made up the UFO story to cover up what really happened to him? Did he suffer from some type of accident of his own doing, possibly something which may have gotten him in trouble? If so, this could have been motivation to create a cover story to explain away his injuries.

It is important to note however, that Stefan’s story, while widely considered to be consistent wasn’t so much so. He mentions having asked a policeman for help during his trek back to the motel, but that he was not provided any assistance and the officer either drove by without stopping or ignored him after hearing his story (it’s not clear which of these is the actual claim). The problem with this part of the story is there’s no reason to think that an injured man, even with a wacky story, would be ignored by law enforcement. In fact, there’s proof that he wasn’t left or ignored in the form of an actual report filed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police:

Michalak Report
RCMP Report | Image Source: The Iron Skeptic | Original Source: Unknown

Speaking of consistency, Stefan’s verbal description of what he saw doesn’t match his sketches. He consistently said what he saw was a cigarette shaped craft, and yet his sketches look like a classic flying saucer.

It’s also been proposed that since Michalak did own the prospecting rights to the area, perhaps he made up the story to keep out other prospectors & miners. I find this explanation to be unlikely because if he were to make up something to scare away trespassers, he could have done it without causing himself such gruesome and painful injuries. A simple Bigfoot sighting report may have been enough to keep people away.

But Stefan did eventually write a book about his experience and got a little bit of fame for his story. Would some money from a book deal and 15 minutes of fame be enough motivation to hoax a UFO sighting? Well, I guess that depends on the person.

Something Else?

So if it wasn’t military craft and it wasn’t a hoax, then what was it? Aliens? It’s always a possibility. But would aliens really leave any trace behind? One might imagine that alien technology would be so far advanced that they could come and go as they please without leaving such primitive burn marks and radioactive debris behind.

While nothing specifically points to alien craft as an explanation for the Falcon Lake Incident, there isn’t much disproving it either – so it must be left at least as a consideration.

Falcon Lake Incident: Final Thoughts

Stefan Michalak died in 1999 at the age of 83 and never once claimed that what he saw was extraterrestrial, though he did admit it was a possibility. I find this to be one of the most telling parts of the story because most hoaxers will be quick to say, “it’s aliens”.

While there’s not enough evidence to definitely say what happened at Falcon Lake, we can simply not rule out any of the possibilities. It’s a true unexplained mystery. And as those involved grow older and pass away, the likelihood the case will be solved is waning.

The Falcon Lake Incident will probably sit in the bin of unexplained sightings and encounters indefinitely.


Sources & Additional Reading:

Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: Falcon Lake incident is Canada’s ‘best-documented UFO case,’ even 50 years later

Unsolved Mysteries Wiki: Falcon Lake UFO

Wikipedia: UFO Sightings in Canada

How Stuff Works: The Falcon Lake Incident

The Iron Skeptic: Stefan Michalak’s Story: No Aliens Required

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Roswell Crash Site Sold

December 15th 2019 at 15:59

According to local newspaper The Roswell Daily Record the site of the famous Roswell Crash has been sold as of November 27th, 2018.

The ranch that William Brazel found the flying saucer crash debris on in 1947 has transferred ownership to a cattle ranching company as part of a larger land deal. The deals gives ownership of the original Foster Ranch to the Dinwiddie Cattle Company. The land parcel is a little over 78 acres.

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Will SpaceX’s Starship Finally Take Humans to Mars?

October 27th 2019 at 10:09

Anyone who follows the efforts of human beings to enter and explore outer space knows that right now, private exploration seems to be where the progress is made. While NASA seems to have stalled over the last 20 years while being smothered in government red tape, companies like SpaceX have moved forward with ideas previously thought impossible in just a decade. SpaceX’s new Starship combines their Starship Spacecraft atop their Super Heavy rocket and will be the most powerful launch vehicle ever developed. But will it get us to Mars?

SpaceX’s Starship and Super Heavy launch vehicle is a fully, rapidly reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars, and anywhere else in the solar system.

SpaceX Starship Update: September 29, 2019

The Progress of Starship

Starship is mostly still in the design phase and not nearly ready for flight. But with SpaceX’s rapid success in the space exploration industry, there’s a good chance that this (or a later version) may be what actually lands man on the red planet.

If I had to guess, if SpaceX can remain financially sound, they may be the first to actually make human space travel to other planets possible. But space exploration costs a lot of money, and much of that money goes up in flames – literally. Elon Musk has lots of other businesses that bring money to the table, but they also bring liabilities and risk. Only time will tell if SpaceX will make it long enough to make good on all those lofty goals.


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OBX UFOs: Group of UFOs Filmed Over the Outer Banks, NC

October 6th 2019 at 22:31

A YouTuber by the name of William Guy seems to have caught an interesting group UFO sighting over the water in North Carolina. The OBX UFOs were even featured on mainstream news.

The video was uploaded on September 28, 2019 – just 10 days after the sighting actually happened. It shows what appear to be 14 illuminated objects hovering over the ocean in some type of aerial formation.

Looks, nothing in the sky, at all… and then all of a sudden, bam! What is that?

William Guy via YouTube

The video was reported on several mainstream news outlets – which is actually how I came to know of it.

The group of UFOs were filmed from a ferry and it appears there are other witnesses on board because you can hear them in the background.

Possible Explanations for the OBX UFOs

There’s very little to go on with this sighting so far. According to The Charlotte Observer, a local North Carolina news outlet, Guy is a worker from Indiana who is helping repair damage from Hurricane Dorian.

So what does this video actually show?

Military Flares?

My first thought when looking at this video is that military flares are a strong possibility. There are several installations in the area and these objects are consistent with that.

But it’s not that simple – without a longer video to see the flares actually burning out or having been dropped from a plane, I can’t say for sure that’s what they are. The video below is an example of what military flares look like:

Military Flares

Many commenters on YouTube seem to believe this is an adequate explanation for the OBX UFOs.

Drones?

It’s almost impossible these days to not at least talk about the possibility of drones being an explanation for UFO sightings.

In this case though, considering the remoteness of the location, drones are unlikely as there would have had to be another boat with someone controlling them – and given the range of drones, that boat would have been close enough to also have been on the video.

Something More Extraordinary?

Is it possible that the OBX UFOs were something more than just military flares or drones? And if so, then what?

While many folks are quick to jump to ‘aliens’ as an explanation, this video isn’t enough to prove that. However, it can’t be ruled out entirely. Perhaps the recent damage from Hurricane Dorian had drawn in curious visitors from another world?

That being said, if I had to bet money on something, I’d probably go with military flares as the most likely explanation.

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The Levelland UFO Case: Electrical Storm or Something Else?

July 21st 2019 at 22:01

From the famous Lubbock Lights to multiple sightings during bad weather, Texas seems to be a magnet for UFO sightings. The western border of Texas is a mere 80 miles from Roswell, New Mexico so it’s no surprise that one of the most important sightings in UFO history happened in Texas in November of 1957, in and around a small town called Levelland.

In 1957, the town of Levelland had just about 10,000 residents.[1] It’s only about 30 miles east of the New Mexico border. It lies in between Lubbock and Roswell.

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Levelland, TX: Note the proximity to both Lubbock, TX and Roswell, NM | Image Credit: Google Maps

The Levelland UFO case consists multiple independent sightings, which is something UFO researchers take great interest in. It’s also one of the earliest cases in which witnesses reported electrical disturbances in their vehicles. It differs from other classic sightings in that most witnesses didn’t describe a silent, saucer-shaped craft. In fact, most seemed to think what they saw was some sort of rocket – complete with thunderous noise and heat.

The sightings were investigated by Project Blue Book and determined to be either a severe electrical storm or a rare phenomena known as ball lightning. Interestingly enough, there were no reported thunderstorms in the area during the night the sightings occurred.[2]

So what did the residents actually see? Let’s take a look at the evidence and see what the most likely conclusions are.

The Timeline of Levelland UFO Sightings

Initial reports by police were believed to be prank calls, but as the night of November 2 into the early morning of November 3 went on and more reports came in, the Levelland police department quickly realized that residents were actually seeing something real.

The following timeline of the most notable reports has been put together based on a variety of online sources but the primary source was the Texas UFO Museum & Research Library. There are some discrepancies between the timeline depending on sources so I’ve pieced these together as best as possible. These sources are linked at the bottom of of the article.

10:50 PM

The Levelland Police Department receives its first call from Pedro Saucedo and Joe Salaz at 10:50 PM. The sighting itself may have occurred closer to 10:30 PM as the witnesses drove about 10 miles before stopping to make a phone call. The two men were in their truck 4 miles west of Levelland when they saw the object. It was preceded by a blue flash of light – after the flash, a rocket shaped object rose from the road and approached their truck. The engine died.

I jumped out of the truck and hit the dirt because I was afraid. I called to Joe but he didn’t get out. The thing passed directly over my truck with a great sound and rush of wind. It sounded like thunder and my truck rocked from the flash…I felt a lot of heat.

Pedro Saucedo: Texas UFO Museum & Research Library[6]

The object was reported to be shaped like a rocket or torpedo and estimated to be 200 feet long. Once the object passed overhead, Saucedo’s truck started normally and they were able to drive away. The Levelland Police Department assumed the call to be a joke… until the next call came in.

11:50 PM

The Levelland Police Department receives their 2nd call about an hour after the first one. Immediately, they realize that their dismissal of the the first call as a joke may have been a mistake.

Jim Wheeler claimed that while driving, he witnessed an illuminated egg-shaped object sitting in the road. His car engine died & the headlights went out. The object then rose into the air and disappeared. After it was gone, his car started normally and he was able to drive off.

Wheeler claimed the object he saw was about 200 feet long, though he was about 4 miles east of Levelland when his sighting occurred.

11:55 PM

The next call came in around just after the previous one. This time, north of Levelland, Jose Alvarez also witnessed a bright egg-shaped object in the road. He experienced the same engine troubles as other witnesses.

12:15 AM

Another report came just after midnight. There isn’t much detail on the report by Frank Williams. All sources seem to indicate his sighting was similar to the others.

1:15 AM

This time, James Long, witnessed an egg-shaped object along the road. Again the description was of an egg-shaped object roughly 200 feet long. Just like all the others his engine died, but the car started just fine once the object flew up into the sky and disappeared.

Additional Reports

Additional Reports are peppered throughout the time period from 10:50 PM until about 1:30 AM. Some reports didn’t come in until the next day. These include college students, other residents, and most notably Hockley County Sheriff, Weir Clem who had gone out to investigate the reports and Fire Marshall Ray Jones.

All in all, 15 separate calls were made to the Levelland Police Department and nine different vehicles are known to have been affected by some type of electromagnetic interference.

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Photo by Hugo Frey on Unsplash

Possible Explanations

The Levelland UFO case, like most cases, has many possible explanations. While some can be dismissed quickly, dismissing others is much more difficult.

Hoax

With every sighting, this possibility must at least be considered. That being said, we can pretty much wipe this possibility off the table from the start.

The number of independent witnesses pretty much guarantees that the November 2-3 sightings in Levelland were not a hoax. It’s still possible that some hoaxer may have fooled a large number of independent people people but…

Given the size of the object and the number of corroborating accounts of vehicle engines dying in its presence, this would have been one heck of a hoax to pull off. Some hoaxer would’ve had to build a pretty impressive flying machine all on their own with some type of strong electrical field in order to accomplish this – and that’s just out of the realm of reasonability.

Russians

On November 3rd, 1957, the Soviet Union launched Sputnik II into orbit.[3] Given the time difference between the Soviet Union and the US, this launch would have happened just a couple hours before the first sightings were reported in Levelland.[4] Is it possible that residents witnessed a Russian rocket carrying Sputnik II into orbit?

While it’s completely possible the launch of Sputnik II by the Soviet Union can explain residents describing a rocket-like object, it’s not likely that the folks in Levelland would have been the only people in the country to see it. If the R-7 ICBM which carried Sputnik II into orbit was visible from the US, this is something much of the country would have seen and reported.

Additionally, there’s absolutely no way that a Soviet ICBM would have passed over the United States low enough for resident to report feeling the heat of the rockets – not without it being an act of war at least. With the number of reports of an object being seen sitting in the actual road, it’s safe to say it wasn’t a Soviet rocket.

Project Blue Book Conclusion

The official conclusion by Project Blue Book was that a severe electrical storm which may have also included ball lightning was the source of the sightings. This conclusion resulted in the closing of the case.

But the story on Project Blue Book doesn’t really end there. In fact, Project Blue Book’s top scientist, Dr. J. Alan Hynek was tied up monitoring the launch of Sputnik II by the Soviet Union so he didn’t have much time to put towards any of his Project Blue Book duties during the days and weeks surrounding the time period of the sightings.

What was needed at the time was swift reaction by Blue Book and a serious, thorough investigation. Captain Gregory, then head of Blue Book, did call me by phone, but at that time, as the person directly responsible for the tracking of the new Russian satellite, I was on a virtual around-the-clock duty and was unable to give it any attention whatever. I am not proud today that I hastily concurred in Captain Gregory’s evaluation as “ball lightning” on the basis of information that an electrical storm had been in progress in the Levelland area at the time. That was shown not to be the case. Observers reported overcast and mist but no lightning. Besides, had I given it any thought whatever, I would soon have recognized the absence of any evidence that ball lightning can stop cars and put out headlights.

Dr. J. Allen. Hynek: The UFO Experience, J.Allen Hynek (1972) pages 123-128[5]

An important element of the Project Blue Book conclusion ignores the fact that ball lighting doesn’t come in a 200 foot long variety. Normally it’s only just a few feet in size. And while one or two people could potentially make a sizing error in their perception, almost every report that stated a size had it much larger than a few feet. For everyone to have gotten it wrong is highly improbable.

It’s also worth nothing that as the layers of secrecy have been peeled back over the years on Project Blue Book, it’s become apparent that Blue Book’s purpose was as much about investigation as it was about covering up specific truths. The official explanation was either incorrect or purposely covering up something else.

Military Testing

Like other sightings in and around Texas, you simply can’t ignore the possibility of a UFO sighting being caused by secret military testing. In 1957, the US was in the heat of the space race with the Soviet Union having lost the race to put the first satellite into space.

The difficulty with this possibility is even today, military records are closely guarded and finding out exactly what was being tested on a particular day almost 60 years ago is nigh impossible. Throw the unreliability of military documents during a space race in which everything was rushed to production and the fact that most individuals involved are no longer alive and you’re presented with a task that’s to be rife with errors.

Historically though, we do know that military testing does generate UFO sightings. And given Levelland’s proximity to Air Force bases, there’s a strong chance that the military had something to do with the sightings. As a result, it must be left as a possibility.

Extraterrestrial Craft

The final possibility is that the good people of Levelland, TX witnessed some type of extraterrestrial space craft. The chances are always slim that this is the case, but that doesn’t mean we can write it off. There are a couple of good reasons to keep this explanation open as a possibility.

Object Behavior: Crafts that land and then take off in an instant are currently beyond our known technical abilities – especially in 1957. Multiple witnesses claimed the craft took off at a great speed that wouldn’t have been possible in man-made craft.

Object Locations: While the Levelland UFO stayed in a relatively small area, it appeared in a short time span from 5 to 10 miles at a time. In at least one case, two of the sightings happened almost simultaneously and yet where miles apart. If the same object were witnessed by both people, it would have had to move at an incredible speed to be seen in both places in such a short period of time.

Some Other Unexplained Phenomena

There is of course the possibility that another unexplained ‘thing’ that’s responsible for the Levelland UFO sightings.

For instance, one might argue ball lightning comes in a larger variety than meteorologists are yet unaware of. Considering the rarity of ball lightning of any size, that it would be seen multiple times in one evening is highly unlikely.

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Image Source: Pixabay

Conclusion: Levelland UFO

When I began researching the Levelland UFO case, I was convinced this was a misidentified military test vehicle and that Project Blue Book’s conclusion was devised to cover up its existence. However, after digging through the eyewitness accounts and other details, I was unable to maintain this position.

The full truth of what what seen in Levelland may never be known. Any definite conclusion would be pure conjecture. All of the possible explanations fall apart at some level, and there’s not enough evidence to say, without a doubt, that it was an alien space ship.

So what can I be sure of?

For one, the people of Levelland saw something real. This wasn’t some type of mass hysteria.

Second, the Project Blue Book conclusion was wrong, whether intentionally or unintentionally. This wasn’t an electrical storm or ball lightning.

Third, this was not a military vehicle or test craft. The military didn’t have any craft matching the descriptions in the sighting reports and the technology to travel in the means the object was described simply didn’t exist.

A Mystery That Might Never Be Solved

In the absence of more evidence, the most logical conclusion is that we simply don’t know what the Levelland UFO was. Given the age of the sighting and witnesses, it’s most likely the truth may never become known.


Sources & Additional Reading:

Featured Image Source: steve baxter on Flickr | License: Public Domain

1. Wikipedia: Levelland UFO Case

2. History: History’s Most Infamous UFO Sightings

3. Wikipedia: Sputnik 2

4. How Stuff Works: The 1957 Levelland UFO Encounter

5. National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena (NICAP): The Levelland, Texas, Sightings

6. Texas UFO Museum & Research Library: Levelland 1957

7. Texas UFO Museum & Research Library: J. Allen Hynek Comments about Levelland Case

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The UFO Community Mourns the Loss of Stanton Friedman

May 14th 2019 at 21:13

April 13, 2019: Stanton Friedman, the first civilian investigator of the Roswell Incident, has passed away.

Friedman was a nuclear physicist and an A-list celebrity in the world of UFO research. One simply cannot study or read about the UFO phenomenon for very long without running into his name.

Decades of Research & Influence

After leaving his full time position as a nuclear physicist in 1970, Stanton Friedman spent nearly 5 decades cataloging, researching, and investigating some of the world’s most iconic UFO sightings.

He’s lectured at hundreds of universities and published dozens of papers on the subject of UFOs.

Forever The Rational, Skeptical, Believer

Friedman has a special place in my own heart when it comes to UFO research. In a world full of hucksters trying to make a buck on falsehoods, Friedman remained true to his cause.

Never afraid to call out hoaxes, Friedman never felt that his work or livelihood would be threatened by a logical explanation. His credibility on the subject of UFOs was unmatched.

The field of UFOlogy would never have become what it is without him, and will never be the same now that he’s gone.

Rest in Peace, Stanton Friedman.

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var $distanceCalculation = document.querySelectorAll('[data-piotnetforms-calculated-fields-distance-calculation]');

$distanceCalculation.forEach(function(el, index, array){

if (el.getAttribute('data-piotnetforms-calculated-fields-distance-calculation-from') !== null) { var origin = el.getAttribute('data-piotnetforms-calculated-fields-distance-calculation-from'); } else { var $origin = document.getElementById( el.getAttribute('data-piotnetforms-calculated-fields-distance-calculation-from-field-shortcode').replace('[field id="', 'form-field-').replace('"]','') ); var origin = $origin.getAttribute('data-piotnetforms-google-maps-formatted-address'); }

if (el.getAttribute('data-piotnetforms-calculated-fields-distance-calculation-to') !== null) { var destination = el.getAttribute('data-piotnetforms-calculated-fields-distance-calculation-to'); } else { $destination = document.getElementById( el.getAttribute('data-piotnetforms-calculated-fields-distance-calculation-to-field-shortcode').replace('[field id="', 'form-field-').replace('"]','') ); var destination = $destination.getAttribute('data-piotnetforms-google-maps-formatted-address'); }

if (origin != '' && destination != '') { var distanceUnit = el.getAttribute('data-piotnetforms-calculated-fields-distance-calculation-unit'); calculateDistance(origin, destination, el.closest('.piotnetforms-field-container').querySelector('.piotnetforms-calculated-fields-form__value'), distanceUnit, el); }

});

}); }); }

// calculate distance function calculateDistance(origin, destination, $el, distanceUnit, $input) {

if (origin != '' && destination != '') { var service = new google.maps.DistanceMatrixService(); service.getDistanceMatrix( { origins: [origin], destinations: [destination], travelMode: google.maps.TravelMode.DRIVING, unitSystem: google.maps.UnitSystem.IMPERIAL, // miles and feet. // unitSystem: google.maps.UnitSystem.metric, // kilometers and meters. avoidHighways: false, avoidTolls: false }, function (response, status) { if (status != google.maps.DistanceMatrixStatus.OK) { // console.log(err); } else { var origin = response.originAddresses[0]; var destination = response.destinationAddresses[0]; if (response.rows[0].elements[0].status === "ZERO_RESULTS") { // console.log("Better get on a plane. There are no roads between " + origin + " and " + destination); } else { var distance = response.rows[0].elements[0].distance; var duration = response.rows[0].elements[0].duration; // console.log(response.rows[0].elements[0].distance); var distance_in_kilo = distance.value / 1000; // the kilom var distance_in_mile = distance.value / 1609.34; // the mile var duration_text = duration.text; var duration_value = duration.value;

var event = new Event("change");

if (distanceUnit == 'km') { $el.innerHTML = distance_in_kilo.toFixed(2); $input.value = distance_in_kilo.toFixed(2); jQuery($input).change(); } else { $el.innerHTML = distance_in_mile.toFixed(2); $input.value = distance_in_mile.toFixed(2); jQuery($input).change(); } } } }); } }

// get distance results function callback(response, status) { if (status != google.maps.DistanceMatrixStatus.OK) { console.log(err); } else { var origin = response.originAddresses[0]; var destination = response.destinationAddresses[0]; if (response.rows[0].elements[0].status === "ZERO_RESULTS") { console.log("Better get on a plane. There are no roads between " + origin + " and " + destination); } else { var distance = response.rows[0].elements[0].distance; var duration = response.rows[0].elements[0].duration; console.log(response.rows[0].elements[0].distance); var distance_in_kilo = distance.value / 1000; // the kilom var distance_in_mile = distance.value / 1609.34; // the mile var duration_text = duration.text; var duration_value = duration.value;

console.log(distance_in_mile.toFixed(2) + 'miles'); return distance_in_kilo.toFixed(2); // $('#duration_text').text(duration_text); // $('#duration_value').text(duration_value); // $('#from').text(origin); // $('#to').text(destination); } } }

document.addEventListener( 'elementor/popup/show', function(event, id, instance){ piotnetformsAddressAutocompleteInitMap(); } );

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