Nothing is Easier to See then Lights in
the Sky at Night
An Obvious Observation
April 2004 by Daniel V. Boudillion
In the course of investigating
the odd and unusual in New England, I have ended up (of necessity)
reading a considerable number of books on
Unidentified Flying Objects. In the course of my reading I have made
several observations – all quite obvious – that have not (to my
knowledge) been addressed in the literature. Here is one such for
Note: My writing this article
does not imply that I am a believer in UFOs or UFO entities. My
position on all such subjects is a cautious skepticism. Whether these
objects are real is not the subject of this essay, rather these are
observations made on events as described in the literature as I
Lights In The Sky At Night
and simply put: nothing is easier to see than a light in the sky at
night. The sky is a big, wide open place. At night, the most obvious
objects are lighted objects – and the most obvious lighted objects are
the ones in the sky. In fact, they stick out and call your attention.
I live 20 miles
from Boston under the eastbound approach to Logan Airport. There are
usually 4 to 5 planes visible from horizon to horizon at any given time
on that route. But when I am working in the yard, I rarely even notice
one unless I look for them. However, at night, I can not walk to the
car without being fully aware of the full procession of planes.
Aircraft Lights at Night
If a person has
legitimate business to be in the air at night, there is no reason not to
have running lights. In fact, it is an excellent safety feature, and
required by aviation regulations and law. If concealment is an issue
for some reason, the best visual concealment is night flying without
lights. It stands to reason that the use of lights at night is done to
be seen better, and the non-use of lights is for concealment.
Anomalous Aerial Lights
What do we make of
these UFO’s, these lights in the sky at night? You couldn’t pick a
better way to be seen than to be lighted in the sky at night. There are
3 possibilities that come to mind:
They can’t help
but be lighted.
If lights are a result of a UFO’s function (like noise is a result of a
jet engine’s function) then a UFO would have considerable less
visibility flying in daylight hours than all lit up at night.
They don’t care if
they are seen.
Perhaps they fly lit up at night because they just don’t care whether
they are seen. But if this were so, and they didn’t care if they were
seen or not, they would be a lot more public and a part of
consensus-reality by now.
They want to be
Disconcerting as it may seem, perhaps there is some reason they want to
be seen. Perhaps this would fall into some sort of "you can see us but
you can’t catch/prove us" category.
There is nothing easier to see
than a lighted object in the sky at night. It seems to me that any
object that flies all lit up at night is doing its best to be seen.
Obviously, any lit up object in the sky at night is not concerned about
stealth. If lights are a function of the object, then if they wanted to
be the stealthiest under the circumstances they would fly during the
daytime. If they didn’t care, they would just go about their business
in spite of us and in public. But they don’t – they keep to the depths
of night – and then light themselves up and zip around. A behavior that
does not make much rational sense, least of all from a stealth
standpoint. You don’t go around lit up like a giant Christmas tree in
the sky at night (a typical description) if you are trying to keep a low
supposedly a "flying triangle"
(Certainly, there have been
reports, especially of the flying triangle variety, of all-black dark
flying objects at night. However, these often do have banks of lights
and switch them on from time to time, and, they persist in flying low
enough to be seen anyway, and over highly populated areas. Again, this
calls attention to them.)
One is left with the impression
that the UFO are either very stupid in this regard, or that it is
intentional in some inscrutable way that they fly in such a manner as to
be seen most easily. On one hand they appear to be acting stealthy, but
on the other hand they make a big show of their acting stealthy. My
impression is the lights are meant to be seen – it can not logically be
otherwise under the circumstances. But I do not know why they are meant
to be seen.
If nothing else, this
observation about them flying about in a manner that is the easiest way
possible to be seen (yet still remaining unproved) should be food for
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