Unidentified flying object spotted over Melrose

Published: 10 May 2011 09:504 comments

IS IT a bird, is it a plane - or is it in fact a UFO over the skies of Melrose?

The mysterious object can be seen in the top left corner of the main picture in the sky above Melrose. And, below, a blown up version of the image.

An eagle eyed photographer, who we agreed not to name, spotted the strange shape high above the Waverly Hotel on Monday afternoon about 3pm.

And despite contacting both the Met Office and the Ministry of Defence (MOD), neither could confirm any military exercises or weather balloons operating in the area.

Describing the strange phenomenon, the camerman said: "At first the photo doesn't really look like much, but what makes it curious, is when I zoomed in on it, it seems to be moving pretty fast at around 45 degrees towards the sky - as you can see by the close up it appears to have a tail showing the direction.

"The first thing I thought of was lens flare, but I was at the side of a large building in the shade, with the sun out of sight at the front of the building. There was certainly no flare in the lens. I thought perhaps it was a weather balloon or maybe even some sort of military exercise going on in the area."

But when the Border Telegraph contacted the Met Office, a spokesperson said: "We can't confirm if it was a weather balloon the man saw, as we don't have any record of there being a balloon in the area at that time.

"Also the nearest weather station that releases balloons is near Newcastle, so it seems unlikely. We can't rule out the possibility it was a balloon, but from the description given and the place it was seen I think it's unlikely."

And a spokesperson for the MOD declined to comment on the sighting.

But the cameraman in question remains unconvinced as to what it was he actually saw. He added: "It was probably nothing, but I still don't understand what could explain something like that in the sky."

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  • crunchy
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    May 11, 15:12
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    survailance blimp ...... as if it wasnt blindingly obvious ...... sheesh.

    stop pandering to the military and government and start telling the public the real truth ... the government are spying on us ..... see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8SteqDLD-Q

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  • jaguarsky
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    May 12, 13:45
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    It looks very much like a meteorite to me.

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  • thundercock
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    May 12, 16:43
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    yeah...definitely a weather balloon...you know, because all weather balloons have a diminishing discharge that looks like a thruster like that. How else would they stay up there in the sky, helium?! Come now...lets not be foolish. Helium, that's just silly.

    Other official nonsensical stories you might have also tried are:


    Swamp gas


    Photoshop Hoax

    Smeared bug on lense


    Flying monkeys from Wizard of Oz

    A witch

    Lightning bug

    The moon

    Barry Bond's # 600 homerun in orbit

    A random piece of cheese on a string

    ...yeah, safe bet going with weather balloon on this one. Surely wouldn't want the public to know there are aliens out there. Might be detrimental to the current control structure, energy stanglehold and social paradigm. Balloon...yeah, balloon sounds good. Let's go with that. It's bulletproof.

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  • THX1138
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    May 12, 23:02
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    Possibly an Iridium flare - these are VERY bright reflections from one of the Iridium satellites. They can be so bright that they can be seen during the day. Iridium flares can be as bright as magnitude -8 - by comparison, the full moon is magnitude -12 and the planet Venus, which I have seen with the naked eye during daytime, has a magnitude of -4 ). The angle and description of the movement would fit this, and the tail (which the photographer doesn't claim to have seen at the time) would be the result of the length of the exposure, as these things move pretty smartly.

    Iridium flares seen at night can be stunning and are well worth looking out for - they're also *extremely* predictable: take a look at www.heavens-above.com, put in your location and click the link to Iridium flares.

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