UFO Sighting

Last week, I saw a UFO.

Up until recently, UFO sightings were things that people talked about on TV and at conventions, not something I had ever had the privilege to experience in person.

It was close to midnight, and I was staring up at the night sky from a downtown balcony. Admiring the single visible object in the nighttime sky (probably a planet, as stars usually aren’t visible from downtown) I noticed about a dozen faint glowing orbs drifting across the sky in what looked to be a coordinated formation. They made no (discernible) sound, and seemed to be moving quite rapidly, passing out of view behind a building in less than a minute. I wasn’t the only one to see them, either — meaning it probably wasn’t a hallucination. I was seeing a UFO in the truest sense of the term — this was an unidentified flying object (or unidentified flying objects).

Of course, this is where my story, being one of a skeptic, varies a bit from the norm.

My first thought was one of astonishment — it was incredible to see a dozen glowing orbs drifting effortlessly across the sky. My second thought was that there was something familiar about the formation of the orbs. I thought about what I might expect to see flying in formation over the city during the day time. I thought it might be a group of low flying planes, but the air show had ended months ago, and the fighter jets they used usually make a (somewhat) noticeable noise. That left me with one other obvious choice: birds. And sure enough, upon closer examination, some of the glowing orbs appeared to have flapping wings. What I first thought to be glowing orbs turned out to be a flock of birds, lit from below by the city lights.

Okay, so it was only technically a UFO for a little while, but the point is that with a little less examination and/or critical thought, this could have passed for any other UFO report. This is yet another reminder that people who see UFOs aren’t necessarily credulous idiots… just a little less skeptical.

I thought this would be a nice break from the constant stream of stories about H1N1 and vaccination. But just to reinforce what has already been said many, many times: go get vaccinated.

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  • Mitchell Gerskup

    Mitchell Gerskup recently graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in Economics and Philosophy. An avid atheist and skeptic, he has served as the President of the University of Toronto Secular Alliance, helping to promote science, reason and critical thinking around Toronto. He also volunteers with the Centre for Inquiry’s Ontario branch, and currently sits on the CFI’s Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism. Mitchell is also an accomplished competitive debater, having debated all across Canada. In addition to issues of economics and philosophy, Mitchell is interested in the fields of science and technology.