The second thing

Okay, so the first thing with the red circles overlapping in the sky was cool, but the friend I was with didn’t have her glasses with her. She couldn’t see it.

The second thing, though, was with a few friends, and we all saw it.

It was a clear night, we were either seniors or juniors in high school, and we were walking along the train tracks that run through Chico. One of us said something like, “What’s that?!” and pointed into the sky. It was hard to make out, because the thing was entirely black and moving very slowly. What I remember most about it was that it appeared like an upright rectangle, and it would block out the stars as it passed in front of them.

We didn’t get to watch it very long, as it soon passed behind some trees and was gone. Maybe 30 seconds max. I think we all just kind of stopped in our tracks and thought something similar to, “that’s definitely not a plane.” It had no lights, and was so black that it made the sky look a dark blue in comparison.

The strangest thing about it that I remember is that when it passed in front of a particular star, the star blinked out, then on, then out, then on again. Almost like there was a giant window in the center of the rectangle, or that it was shaped like a giant arch.

That would have been in 1996, or 1997. I’m sure we told everyone we knew about it at the time, but, it’s just one of those things. Probably a lot of people decided that we were making up a cool story. If you didn’t see it, or haven’t seen anything like it, it’s going to be hard for you to believe. But if you did see it, or have seen something like it, it’s the kind of thing that will change your whole worldview.

We’re not on this planet alone. I know that. And all this time and energy we’re spending to make a living in some sense is just going to waste. I can hardly pay attention to the news or politics anymore. It’s just so much mental masturbation and ego gratification. There’s an entire universe out there, and we are hardly aware of it. What we’re mostly aware of is ourselves, and we can’t seem to get out of our own way for long enough to see what’s on the horizon. I’d say we spend far too much time looking up, looking down, and looking across, and not nearly enough time looking *out*.

breaking down problems (and aliens), part two

This one is just going to be entirely about aliens.

The major part of it is going to have to wait, but I can very quickly share a personal story of my first impression that there was something out there.

When I was sixteen or seventeen, I was laying in a field with a friend, watching the stars, and I saw something unexplainable.

From two sides of the horizon, I saw two small red circles in the sky, moving very fast from one end of the sky to the other.

It was apparent after a couple seconds of watching them that they were on a collision course, since they were about 30 degrees apart, each on a linear trajectory towards the same point in the sky. Long enough for me to wonder, “I wonder what will happen when they meet?”

Well, they were moving so fast, that they quickly overlapped in the sky almost, but not quite directly, overhead. Nothing happened when they crossed paths, except that it became obvious that they were both the same size, and circular, and they formed one faint, red circle for a brief moment. Then they just continued to move to the opposite ends of the horizon from where they began. I think the whole thing lasted between 8 and 10 seconds. I have no idea at what altitude they might have been, but they seemed to be at least cruising altitude of a passenger flight. I had no idea then, but if I had to guess now, I would say they were moving about 4-5 times as fast as a fast jet, so maybe between 800-2000 miles per hour. Then again, the farther up the lights were, the faster they would have been moving, to cross the same amount of sky in the same time. They could have been much higher up, and moving much more quickly.

That was the first thing.