UFO sightings raise familiar question: Are we alone?

June 6, 2009 at 1:06 a.m.

"If, in fact, we are able to find life or to answer the question 'Are we alone?' then that certainly is grand enough and noble enough to be the enduring legacy of our civilization."

NASA statement

October 1999

The skies over Texas have been busy with spottings of unidentified flying objects in recent times, and I can't help but wonder if some of them might actually be visitors from a galaxy far, far away.

I'm sure that thought has crossed your mind, too, whether you want to admit it out loud or not. Just the chance that we are not alone is enough to pique anyone's interest.

Just days ago, a Continental Express pilot took off from Houston en route to South Carolina and had a weird experience not long after lifting off.

Reaching an altitude of 11,000 feet, still over Texas, the pilot suddenly radioed that a large object was flying 150 feet or so beneath him. The report I read on the Web site of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) didn't say what shape this thing was, but the pilot was shocked to see that it didn't show up on radar.

MUFON records indicate that another Continental Airlines pilot spotted a UFO in May of last year, very near the same area.

You don't need a map to discern that this puts these objects pretty close to our area.

On the same night that the Continental pilot was gazing wide-eyed at whatever it was, another man spotted a UFO in the skies over East Texas, MUFON says. This, according to the spotter, was a triangular-shaped craft.

And, yet another spotter saw three star-like objects over East Texas, traveling fast, then slow, then fast, on that same night.

In view of the spate of UFOs seen flying over the Stephenville, Texas, area last year, and other, less noted sightings since then, maybe we should be spending more time looking up.

MUFON's records show that the U.S. is by far the leader in sightings of UFOs, and Texas is always first or second among the states in the number of these.

Remember that guy in the old 1950s version of "The Thing?" At the end of the movie, he tells the whole world on the radio, "Watch the skies! Keep watching the skies"!

That could turn out to be sound advice.

Jim Bishop is a senior editor for the Advocate. Leave him a message at 361-574-1210 or jbishop@vicad.com or comment on this column at www.victoriaadvocate.com



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