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Did UFOs in Portugal cause ‘angel hair’ to fall from the sky?

Witnesses in Portugal were left perplexed as they watched “angel hair” fall from the sky.

These strange wispy strands descended from the sky during a late October afternoon. According to witnesses, the phenomenon was observed during two consecutive weekends.

Angel hair in Portugal. (Credit: Filipe Maia/YouTube)
Angel hair in Portugal. (Credit: Filipe Maia/YouTube)

According to UK media outlet Metro, a witness claims,

Me and a couple of friends sent [the angel hair] to be analysed – and the weirdest things happened. It reacts to UV light. It comes alive.

Instances of this angel hair falling from the sky have been reported around the world. But studying the material has proven difficult. As the Metro points out, “The samples often evaporate before they can be properly analysed.”

However, material was collected from an angel hair incident in Italy in 1954. Spectrographic analysis revealed that the sample contained boron, silicon, calcium, and magnesium. But, aside from its composition, researchers were unable to determine what it was.

Some believe that angel hair is nothing more than spider webs spun by migrating spiders who use these webs as sails to fly through the sky. But as researchers who looked at the analysis done on the Italy samples point out, spider webs are made up of nitrogen, calcium, hydrogen, and oxygen–not the elements reportedly found in the collected samples.

Others believe that angel hair is a byproduct of UFO propulsion systems.

Reported angel hair sightings were more common in the 1970s. But, as UFO researcher Nigel Watson, author of the Haynes Manual for UFO Investigations, points out, “It is only in recent years that angel hair sightings have returned again.”

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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  1. I’ve heard that it could be greys that they use to lubricate the system and it is ground up greys that produce the angel hair. Gross, but could be true.

  2. It is a spider web… you can see (@ 8 sec) that it is still attached to the hydro line at one point in the video.

    Also, the still frame above is poorly photo shopped. You can see a light blue going from the “Angel Hair” to the hydro wire. Unfortunately for them, the sky is not the same color in every spot, so you can’t just copy the color from one area and apply it down the length of the spider web…

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