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Strange cigar-shaped UFOs appear over southern U.S.

Lex 18, the NBC affiliate in Lexington, Kentucky, aired a news story on October 16 about a shiny, cigar-shaped UFO that was photographed over Pike County that afternoon.

Longtime amateur astronomer Allen Epling witnessed the mysterious object, and captured it on video with his Meade 8″ SCT astronomical telsecope. He explains that the UFO hovered in the same location for more than two hours, “not drifting more than 10 degress in any direction.” But Epling isn’t the only individual who witnessed the UFO. According to Lex 18, local police received numerous calls about the strange aerial object.

Epling posted his video online, and he explains in the video’s description:

The strange unidentified aerial object over Kentucky. (Credit: Allen Epling)

Image in video was shot with about 150 power magnification. I couldn’t risk losing it by taking time to set up a tripod or fixed mount for the camera, so I handheld the camera and struggled to keep the image steady and in the field of view. Couldn’t take time to really get a good focus for fear of losing it. However the object’s periodic brightening blurred the image anyway at full brightness.

In addition to his video, Epling was able to snap several photos of the UFO.

Journalist Kyle Lovern photographed a similar aerial object that same day approximately thirty miles away in Williamson, West Virginia. Several witnesses over a wide area have reportedly seen this UFO.

According to Lex 18, the Air Force and local airports were contacted about the object in Kentucky, but so far, nobody has been able to identify these sightings.

Thanks to Steve Hammons for bringing these sightings to my attention.

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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    It is a large cylindrical plastic bag filled with helium, hot air. or other such buoyant filling. In the book it was described as a silage bag, and they used it to loft a basket containing a basset hound.

    The two parallel “glows” are the reflections on the curved sides (from the observer’s POV), separated by the top and bottom, which are flat to the observer and clear. You can even see the knot at one end in some of the pictures.

  2. I’m really interested to see an explanation for this one! Its not very often this kind of stuff lands on the front page of a paper!
    Usually the people that are quick to identify this stuff have spoken up by now.
    Or will they just wait until the next sighting they can explain to tell everyone looking at the sky they’re crazy?
    Anyway… Thanks for reporting! Any follow-ups would rock!

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