In recounting the following UFO/UAP incident, it's pertinent to contextualize my youth—approximately twelve years of age at the time—since this perspective may inform your reading of the narrative, a consideration that still holds relevance.
During this period, my residence was situated in Chesley, Ontario, occupying a corner lot adjacent to the eastern boundary of the town, proximate to the community center. My childhood bedroom, perched on the second floor, was graced with two windows affording a northern view of the night sky.
The vista from my room extended beyond the neighboring houses, encompassing the street beyond. Notably, a solitary and towering pine tree punctuated this expanse, demarcating a point of reference approximately ten o'clock from my vantage position.
The temporal setting for this incident was a late summer evening, the sun having recently set and the atmosphere still aglow with residual twilight—a moment I'd approximate to be past eleven o'clock at night. Lying in repose, I inadvertently chanced upon the appearance of a luminous anomaly. Manifesting as a horizontal movement, the light proceeded to linger in the airspace adjacent to the aforementioned pine tree. In retrospect, I conjecture that the light source was situated at a distance spanning over half a kilometer, corresponding to at least halfway across town. This incandescent source exhibited a pure and brilliant white hue, akin to the landing light of an aircraft, though devoid of any additional chromatic components.
For a duration of approximately one minute, this potential craft remained suspended, exhibiting silence in its bearing. During this interval, the faint reverberation of an aircraft-like engine reached my auditory perception, originating from a distance that could not be attributed to the luminous presence in question. This audio accompaniment is not likely to be attributed to the craft for reasons I shall elucidate.
Subsequently, the light embarked upon a vertical ascent, eventually disappearing from view beyond the visual plane defined by our residence's rooftop. Addressing the likelihood of this occurrence being a conventional aircraft, several pertinent considerations emerge. First and foremost, the auditory cues notwithstanding, nocturnal commercial aircraft traversing our locale typically maintained altitudes of ten thousand feet or higher. Furthermore, it remains incongruous with the operational capacities of the overwhelming majority of aircraft—ninety-nine percent of such vehicles—to execute a vertical ascent akin to the observed trajectory.
While I pondered the potential for the presence to be that of a helicopter, I acknowledged that helicopters exhibit distinctive sonic profiles that diverge notably from those of airplanes. Furthermore, the geographical context of our town scarcely positioned us as an epicenter of law enforcement activities, rendering the employment of helicopters, even by the police, an improbable scenario.
It is worth underscoring that, to the present day, I am disinclined to definitively categorize this luminous occurrence as extraterrestrial in origin. Notwithstanding, it unequivocally classifies as an unidentified flying object (UFO) or, in contemporary parlance, an unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP), as documented within my personal records.
To date, my life has borne witness to merely two instances wherein I personally encountered UFOs/UAPs. While I acknowledge the likelihood of additional such occurrences transpiring, my attentiveness to celestial observations has waned since the advent of the year 2000, influenced by the substantial presence of satellites and human-generated debris permeating the celestial canvas.
UFO over Nordegg
On the evening of August 31, 2015, a routine ambiance enveloped Nordegg, Alberta. Engaged in the closing shift at the local general store, I had just returned from a brief errand to the nearby hotel where I conducted our paperwork. In keeping with my customary habit, I directed my gaze skyward during my stroll, a practice informed by the year-long familiarity I had cultivated with the array of satellites, space debris, and high-altitude aircraft that adorned the night firmament. Given our elevated location, satellites frequently manifested with a luminosity akin to that of conventional aircraft. Among these, one particular satellite traversed the heavens in a habitual trajectory, attaining its brightest magnitude as it approached the mountainous horizon.
At a distance of about twenty meters from the store, an unusual sight captured my attention in the eastern expanse of the sky. An incandescent orange light materialized, its trajectory directed resolutely westward. Initially reminiscent of a landing plane's beacon due to its intense brilliance, the light, bearing an orange hue akin to that of a streetlamp, oscillated with a perceptible flicker akin to flames. Progressing toward the town, the light embarked upon a gradual semicircular turn southwards, subsequently altering its course eastwards before vanishing into the overcast veil of clouds.
Subsequent to the light's vanishing act, I proceeded back into the store, diligently completed my closing duties, and eventually commenced my journey homeward.
Upon returning to my residence, I initiated an internet search in an endeavor to fathom a plausible explanation for the enigmatic sighting. Several potential explanations were promptly discounted. The absence of sound and conventional aircraft lighting served to eliminate airplanes and helicopters from contention. Subsequently, I deliberated the possibility of military drones. However, upon researching known military bases equipped with drones, I ascertained that the closest such installation, Winnipeg's CFB Winnipeg, bore geographical limitations that negated the possibility of a return flight from the mountainous terrain. Additionally, the distinctive illumination exhibited by drones and conventional aircraft did not align with the observable characteristics of the phenomenon.
A remote consideration involved the notion of a hot air balloon, although this proposition was also scrutinized and ultimately discarded. While sharing certain flight traits with the observed phenomenon, the luminous orange shimmer that typifies hot air balloons in flight would invariably extend to illuminate the balloon structure itself. Furthermore, the heightened fuel burn required to animate a hot air balloon is commonly accompanied by an audible roaring or whooshing sound, a feature absent in this case. It's crucial to note that hot air balloons rarely embark on nocturnal flights from elevated locales towards mountainous landscapes, a fact accentuating the implausibility of such an explanation.
In the subsequent investigative process, alternatives such as Chinese lanterns, as well as smaller aircraft like gliders and ultralights, were evaluated and subsequently discarded, culminating in the singular category that remained unassailable—UFO/UAP.
Further exploration yielded a parallel UFO/UAP report from Winnipeg that very night. Although the specific calculations elude my memory, a certain resonance in their description of the sighting lent credence to a substantial congruence between the two accounts.
Even with the convergence of corroborative testimonies, including those from on-the-ground witnesses within Nordegg, I steadfastly retain my designation of this incident as an encounter with a UFO/UAP. This classification persists despite a subsequent encounter with a host of analogous accounts dispersed throughout North America, many sharing resemblances with or closely mirroring my own experience.
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