Someone spotted a mysterious “white orb” in the sky in just one of many photographs they took last spring at Lion's Head and reported it as a UFO.
By Denis Langlois, Sun Times, Owen Sound
A couple months later, a person noticed a “starlike object” moving side to side in the skies over Williamsford. The object then flashed and disappeared.
Then, last fall, someone in Markdale saw two lights moving at a high rate of speed before blinking out in the sky.
The three accounts were among the 1,131 reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) that were officially filed last year in Canada, according to a 2016 Canadian UFO Survey produced by the Manitoba-based Ufology Research.
Six of the reports related to sightings in Grey-Bruce.
Astronomer Chris Rutkowski, the study's author, said 21 per cent of the reports in the survey have been classified as having a probable explanation, while 74 per cent did not come with enough information to be explained.
Only about four per cent of the cases are considered unexplained, which is the lowest in 28 years. That's most likely due, he said, to more careful scrutiny by Ufology of the raw information it received. About 1.5 per cent of the cases have been explained, which is the lowest in 24 years.
The survey notes that the unexplained classification does not imply an alien visitation.
“None of the reports that we have and none of the statistical studies that we do really say anything about whether there are aliens out there or not. This is simply what people are reporting,” Rutkowski said in an interview.
“Some people claim that they've seen some aliens associated with them but we don't have any proof of that.”
Rutkowski said, as an astronomer, he believes there is probably extraterrestrial life “out there somewhere.
“And probably within five or 10 years, we're going to find some definite proof that there is life outside our solar system quite close to earth. But there's no definite proof for this,” he said.
The UFO sightings included in Ufology Research's report were either reported directly to the organization or were collected from other sources, such as Canadian government agencies, civilian Canadian UFO organizations, USA-based groups like the Mutual UFO Network and the National UFO Reporting Centre, and Internet sites, including YouTube.
This was the fifth year in a row that more than 1,000 cases were included in the report.
Just over 18,000 Canadian UFO reports have been catalogued since the Canadian UFO Survey launched 28 years ago. About 2,150 of the cases are still unexplained.
In 2016, about 57 per cent of the sightings related to a “simple point source of light in the sky.” About five per cent of the UFOs were described as being the classic flying saucer shape, while nine per cent were reported as balls of light, five per cent were identified as fireballs, four per cent were triangular shapes and three per cent were cigar-shaped objects.
Only one per cent of the cases described a “close encounter.”
The other local cases in the 2016 survey include a March 18 report of a red light flying fast in the sky in the Town of the Blue Mountains before a helicopter came into the area and an April 1 account of a white light crossing the night sky above Owen Sound. There was also a report of an unknown object flying in multiple directions above Walkerton on Nov. 6.
Source: Owensound Suntimes