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The Petrozavodsk phenomenon: Jellyfish UFO



A drawing of of the Petrozavodsk Jellyfish UFO by an Eyewitness. Photo: moviemaker

On September 20th, 1977 a series of bright, flying objects resembling jellyfish were reported in the skies over Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.

Sightings of the Petrozavodsk Jellyfish UFO

On the 20th September, 1977 many sightings of unidentified objects in the sky were reported to authorities across Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.

These objects varied in appearance from small, fast moving orbs of light that left behind a trail of smoke to large jellyfish shaped light forms.

At least 48 objects were reported between 1:00 and 1:20am UTC.

There were also sightings before 1:00am local time over Medvezhyegorsk, at 2:30 am over Loukhi, and at 3:00am over Kovdor and Palanga (Lithuania).

Between approximately 3:00 and 3:25 am, the supervising personnel of the Leningrad maritime trade port observed an unidentified luminous object.

At 3:30 am, the crew of the Soviet fishing vessel Primorsk reportedly saw a flying object surrounded by a luminous coat as it departed from the Primorsk harbor. The object appeared to move silently from the east and abruptly changed direction to the north near Primorsk.

Newspapers Ilta-Sanomat and Kansan Uutiset reported sightings of a glowing ball in Helsinki, Finland, on September 20th and 21st. Many residents, including taxi drivers, police officials, and Helsinki Airport personnel, claimed to have observed the ball.

Two men near Turku, Finland reported seeing an unidentified spinning object resembling a lifebuoy, approximately 10 meters in diameter, at a distance of 300 meters.

Ilta-Sanomat, a Finnish newspaper also reported a sighting of a glowing object over Copenhagen, Denmark, by the pilots of a Finnish airline aircraft flying from Rome.

Reports from eyewitnesses, including paramedics, on-duty militsiya officials, seamen, longshoremen at Petrozavodsk’s port, military personnel, local airport staff, and an amateur astronomer, described bright, luminous bodies in the European part of the Soviet Union.

These bodies were surrounded by extended shells and emitted light rays or jets of peculiar shapes. The shells transformed and diffused within 10 to 15 minutes, while a more persistent and stable glow was observed, mostly in the northeastern part of the sky. This phenomenon was witnessed by various individuals in different professions and locations.

A. Novozhilov’s Sighting of the Jellyfish UFO

A photo taken of the Jellyfish UFO by Michael Heseman

Engineer A. Novozhilov reported seeing a luminous object in the settlement of Kurkijoki, which he initially thought was a meteor. He described the object as resembling an airship and reported the sighting to Konstantin Polevitsky, a candidate of technical sciences, who recorded it.

As time passed, the object stopped moving and then started moving towards Novozhilov, increasing in size and taking on the distinct shape of an airship.

The object had facets and was tipped with bright shining spots on the front and back, with the edges glowing with white light that was slightly fainter than the spots.

The facets looked like windows that were lit from the inside and glowed evenly with a white light that was fainter than the edges.

The object was approximately 100 meters long and 12-15 meters in diameter, moving at an altitude of 300-500 meters. As the object approached Novozhilov, it released a brightly shining ball from the rear that flew north, descending behind a forest and causing a bright glow upon landing.

Novozhilov attempted to take three photos of the sighting with a 0.1-second exposure at 4:15 am, but they were unsuccessful. He described the object as being “much larger than the moon” and moving at the speed of a helicopter. The observation lasted for about 10-15 minutes and occurred in complete silence.

Yuri Linnik’s Sighting of the Jellyfish UFO

Soviet writer and philosopher Yuri Linnik provided a detailed description of an unidentified object he observed at his dacha near Namoyevo around 3:00 am, using an amateur telescope with 80x magnification.

The object had a lens-like shape with a dim, translucent ring, and its color was described as a “dark amethyst, intensively lightened from inside”. Linnik noted that the edges of the object had 16 spots, which he referred to as “nozzles”, emitting pulsating red rays at an angle of 10°-15°.

The object stopped near Gamma Cephei at an azimuth of 220°, then changed direction near Kappa Coronae Borealis to 30°-35° west at an azimuth of 340°-350°. Finally, it disappeared in the north at an azimuth of 340° after a flight duration of 15 minutes.

Sightings of the Jellyfish UFO over Petrozavodsk

A video containing information about the Petrozavodsk Jellyfish UFO sightings

In 1974, Petrozavodsk, a city in the Karelian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, was the capital and an important industrial center.

A large unidentified object was spotted over Petrozavodsk by many eyewitnesses, including a TASS correspondent named Nikolai Milov.

Milov described the object as a “huge star” that appeared in the sky around 4:00 am local time and emitted pulsating shafts of light towards the Earth. The object was also seen by other newspapers and eyewitnesses in adjacent places.

The object was initially seen in the northeastern part of the sky, below Ursa Major constellation, at an azimuth of about 40°. It appeared as a bright object, similar in brightness to Venus, and moved upwards towards Ursa Major.

As it moved, it expanded and pulsated, but did not decrease in brightness. After about three minutes, the object stopped and dispersed a bright cloud, which was round or oval in shape and had a diameter larger than that of Ursa Major.

he altitude of the object during the formation of the cloud was estimated to be around 7.5 km or 6.0 km based on different observations.

The object was red in color and emitted a bluish white glow, illuminating the area like a full moon. The glowing cloud then developed a dark spot around the central core, which expanded while the glow faded away.

The object hovered over Petrozavodsk for about five minutes before moving away. During hovering, its speed was similar to that of a passenger aircraft, and one eyewitness noted that its underside resembled a Segner wheel. The entire phenomenon lasted for about 10-15 minutes and was also observed in adjacent places.

In 1978, a color reconstruction of various stages of the object was published in Tekhnika i Nauka, a scientific and technical magazine.

The eyewitness reports and preliminary data analysis by the Academy of Sciences of the USSR in 1977 found the observations to be consistent and complementary. Some of the details of the object’s size and shape were estimated based on drawings and descriptions provided by eyewitnesses.

In November 1977, a clinical psychologist named Y. Andreyeva evaluated the mental health of nine eyewitnesses of the Petrozavodsk phenomenon and concluded that they were mentally stable and their testimonies were truthful.

Strange Effects of the Jellyfish UFO

There were reports of the phenomenon having a strange impact on humans and the environment.

Some eyewitnesses observed that the air above the lake in Petrozavodsk glowed with white light after the glowing yellow ball disappeared, and the glow was even brighter than the city lights.

There were also reports of increased biological activity in the areas where the phenomenon was observed, such as blooming of roses and herbaceous plants, which was considered unusual for the region.

Some engineers in the Petrozavodsk area reported “huge failures” in computing devices during the phenomenon, which later returned to normal functioning.

Investigation into the Petrozavodsk Jellyfish UFO

In 1977, Lev Gindilis, a researcher at the Sternberg Astronomical Institute, analyzed testimonies and meteorological data related to a phenomenon observed in Petrozavodsk, Russia.

He suggested that the object observed could have been at an altitude of around 100 kilometers or higher, with a minimum size of about 1 kilometer and a diameter of several tens of kilometers.

He also pointed out that the observed motion of the object did not match the expected trajectory of the Soviet satellite Kosmos-955, which had been launched to the northeast.

In October 1977, a local hydrometeostation further confirmed the southwest motion of the object. In 1978, an expert group was dispatched to Petrozavodsk to study the phenomenon on-site, and an updated report was compiled. Copies of the report were sent to foreign research groups, including one to GEPAN in France and another to CUFOS in the United States.

The reception of the Soviet report abroad was mixed, with some considering it as evidence of unidentified flying objects (UFOs), while others criticized it as a possible Soviet attempt to divert attention from their own UFO activities. James Oberg was particularly critical of the Soviet investigation.

The initial analysis and subsequent investigations were inconclusive and did not provide a definitive explanation for the Petrozavodsk phenomenon.

Possible Explanations for the Petrozavodsk Phenomenon

Many explanations have been proposed to explain the phenomenon observed over Petrozavodsk. At first, some experts thought it was caused by a meteorite or aurorae, but these explanations were later challenged.

Vladimir Krat, the director of the Pulkovo Observatory, initially attributed it to a meteorite, but later changed his view to aurorae. Vladimir Migulin, the director of IZMIRAN, also supported the aurorae explanation, but this was rejected by Felix Ziegel, who argued that aurorae cannot occur at the altitude and brightness observed in Petrozavodsk.

Migulin then suggested that the phenomenon was caused by a combination of factors, including the launch of the satellite Kosmos-955, magnetic perturbations from a solar flare, and a scientific experiment involving low frequency radio waves on the ionosphere.

In an interview, Matti Kivinen from the Nurmijärvi geophysical observatory speculated that the object could be debris from a launch vehicle or satellite.

James Oberg attributed the phenomenon to the launch of Kosmos-955 from Plesetsk Cosmodrome, which caused a blaze trail visible from Petrozavodsk due to the direction of the launch.

Yuli Platov, a fellow from IZMIRAN, endorsed Oberg’s view and linked the phenomenon to the satellite’s engine flare and passage through the turbopause boundary.

In a later article, Platov also mentioned the possibility of an unsuccessful test launch of a ballistic missile in the same region at the same time, but this argument remains contested.

Another hypothesis proposed by M. Dmitriyev in Aviatsiya i Kosmonavtika suggested that the phenomenon was a chemiluminescent area in the atmosphere, but Ziegel criticized this explanation, stating that the energy output of chemiluminescence is too low compared to the observed brightness and movement of the object.

Ukrainian researcher Oleh Pruss, who has experience with rocket launches, stated that the phenomenon observed over Petrozavodsk was different from what is typically seen during rocket launches. Further investigation and research is needed to determine the true nature of the phenomenon.

No definitive explanation for the phenomenon exists to this day.

What do you think caused the Jellyfish UFO over Petrozavodsk? Let us know in the comments.

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The Newmill Green Blob UFO




An artist’s recreation of the Newmill Blob UFO

In September 1977 a young Cornish couple saw a strange glowing blob floating around the outside of their cottage. In the days afterwards the couple both became violently ill with an unexplained illness resembling radiation poisoning.

Caroline Bond and Peter Boulton See Something Unexplainable at Newmill

The driveway leading to the home of Caroline Bond and Peter Boulton

In The Cornishman newspaper on September 22, 1977 there was a report that suggested that there might have been unusual activity related to unidentified flying objects in the area of Newmill.

Newmill is a small settlement located about three kilometers north of Penzance in the UK. The surrounding region is known for having many ancient features like stone circles, tall standing stones, and ancient burial mounds. Of particular interest is the well-preserved ancient village of Chysauster, situated approximately one and a half kilometers to the northeast.

According to this report, a young couple named Caroline Bond and Peter Boulton saw a strange ball of light floating around their property for several minutes in September 1977. A few days after witnessing this strange phenomenon, Caroline and Peter both became very ill with symptoms resembling radiation sickness but their doctors were not able to determine a cause of their illness.

UFO investigator Terry Cox, the Bodmin representative of UFOIN, decided to interview the couple shortly after these events to try and get to the bottom of what happened. We have decided to summarize the interview here to give you a clear picture of his investigations.

Terry Cox Interviews Caroline Bond and Peter Boulton about the Newmill UFO

Caroline Bond and Peter Boulton were a young couple who own and are working on fixing up the old post office located near the road from Penzance to Treen on the north coast of Cornwall. Terry claimed that the couple seemed truthful when talking about what happened, and it seemed clear that they were well-educated and intelligent.

On the evening of Saturday, September 17, 1977, which was a calm and clear night, Caroline came downstairs from the road entrance to her house. She was heading out for the evening on her moped, which was parked by the door.

In her own words, Caroline recounted:

“It was about 9.30 p.m. when I went downstairs to get on my bike and go out for the evening. I had a feeling Pete had followed me down and was standing behind me, so I turned around and saw this kind of green-haze-thing no more than four metres away from me. I just could not believe it, so I walked up to the thing. It seemed about two metres away and coming closer. I was just staring at it in disbelief, then went to tell Pete.

When he came down it was moving away and up the barn steps and crossing in front of the barn. We watched it for about two minutes, then Pete went and fetched his spectacles to have a really good look at it.

Meanwhile I went around to the front of thehouse because there were some people using the telephone kiosk by our front door. I said: ‘Can you come and look at this? I have just seen this green-haze-thing, can you come and look?

They arrived just as Pete came downstairs with his spectacles. We could not spot the thing at first, but when we looked over towards the big tree on the edge of Mr. Stone’s property, there it was — sort of red and green and silver, flashing at a thirty degree angle above the tree. I did not really feel frightened at the time, I just felt interested.”

Terry then asked: “I understand you saw something like a pole or fin projected from it?”

Caroline: “I cannot really say, it seemed to have something below it, but I could not see clearly what

it was. It seemed as if it was on top of another thing. Quite narrow I think.”

Terry: “You say it was like a green haze. Do you think it was like a vapour?”

Caroline: “No, it was not vapour. It seemed quite solid. You could not see through it when it moved in

front of the barn. In fact it blotted out the stones. I could not hear any noise at all.”

Terry: “Were you upset in any way by the experience?”

Caroline: “No, I was quite interested in it, I wanted to go and look for it the next night. I was quite excited and told everyone else, it seemed like a kind of space-ship to me. When it was above the tree it appeared a bit elongated although it was oval when I first saw it in the yard. It did seem as if it was on a sort of pole. It did not look like a figure of any sort but I cannot be sure, it was not that clear. It glided in front of the barn about two metres above the ground and appeared about one metre wide and bright. But it was much brighter when it was up in the sky. I have never been interested in this sort of thing before, but I am now.”

Peter was able to add some other interesting details about the encounter:

Peter: “It lit up the corner stones of the barn when it moved across the front. I do not know why it moved that way. I would have expected it to move towards the field.”

Terry: “Then it came back across the front of the barn and went into the field?”

Peter: “Yes. I went upstairs for my spectacles and by that time it had returned across the front of the barn, because I saw it from the upstairs window and then it was over the trees. That was when Caroline returned with the people from the kiosk.”

Other Witnesses of the Newmill UFO

The path taken by the Newmill UFO as described by Caroline Bond

The people who came from the telephone booth turned out to be Bill and Sally Beard, from Birmingham. They were staying with Sally’s mom, Mrs. Gibbons.

Mrs. Gibbons’ property is just up the road from the old post office and almost right across from Mr. Stone, who shows up a little later.

Mrs. Gibbons works as someone in charge of a place for young mothers who aren’t married. She also saw the thing in the sky when it moved above the tree and agreed with what the other people said. They all saw a second thing that looked the same in the night sky toward the northwest.

All the people who saw these objects, including George Stone, who first saw one of them above a tree, agree that these things seemed to have red lights inside a clear green shape. They didn’t move in a straight line but seemed to wander around the sky, making small, zigzaggy movements. They looked like they were flying at the height where helicopters usually fly.

George Stone said that the object he saw up close stayed visible in the northern sky for about half an hour before disappearing. But the one to the northwest was still there when he went inside, and he watched it from his bedroom window with his sister until they went to bed, which was around 11:00 to 11:30 p.m.

The next day, Sunday, September 18, Peter, Caroline, a schoolteacher named Mr. Chiswell and his wife, along with a Mr. Rose and a Mr. Berry, all from the village, saw what seemed to be the same things, and maybe even a third one, in the night sky.

The Chiswell family looked at one of these things using an ex-military telescope, but they couldn’t see many extra details. Peter Boulton noticed that one of these objects was in the same spot in the sky as the one they first saw. There was also another one to the northwest. They moved strangely, just like before.

Then, on the night of the 18th, Mr. Anthony Laity, who works as a civil servant nearby in Crowlas, saw a saucer-shaped object while he was driving on the Redruth by-pass road. It showed up on the side of his car at about the height of the roof. The top part of it was glowing white, and the bottom part had a yellowish color. When he sped up, the saucer did too, staying alongside him until its light faded, and he couldn’t see it anymore.

A Mysterious Illness Affects Caroline and Peter

After the close encounter on September 17th, both Peter and Caroline got sick about a week later. Peter got so sick that he had to go to the hospital, and the doctors did lots of tests but couldn’t figure out what was wrong. Later, he stayed with his sister, who’s a doctor, and even she couldn’t figure out what was making him throw up, have muscle pains, and headaches. They didn’t have any skin problems or clear signs of being exposed to radiation.

But Caroline had some similar symptoms, although not as bad as Peter’s. Doctors initially thought that she had appendicitis and removed her appendix. Once removed it turned out Caroline’s appendix was healthy. Peter and Caroline were disturbed by this outcome. To this day they still do not know the cause of their illness.

A video by Project Bluebook describing the connection between UFO encounters and Radiation Sickness

What do you think caused the UFO sighting at Newmill and the mysterious illness that affected Peter and Caroline Tell us your theories in the comments. If you liked this article you might be interested in other UFO encounters such as the Petrozavodsk Jellyfish UFO or Kristina Florence’s UFO Abduction.

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The Blue Man of Studham Common




An artist’s interpretation of the Blue Man of Studham Common. Image: NEN Gallery

Many think that over 50 years ago, aliens came to Studham, a peaceful village near Dunstable, Bedfordshire, UK. This belief was sparked by a strange story told by six young boys in January 1967, who said they saw something very unusual.

Six Boys and the Blue Man of Studham

Studham Common, where the boys saw the strange blue man. Was it an alien?

The event occurred on January 28, 1967, around 1:45 p.m., right after lunch. It took place near the Whipsnade Park Zoo, at Studham Common in Bedfordshire, U.K. Five, six, or seven boys, all 10 and 11 years old – Alex Butler, Tony Banks, Terry Cahill, Colin Lonsdale, David Inglis – were involved. They were playing before school started again at 2:00 p.m. at Studham Lower School.

The sky was clear even though it had been raining earlier. The boys were near a footpath leading to a low valley called Dell. This area, full of bushes and trees next to Studham Common, was a great place for them to play hide-and-seek.

The boys were playing and having fun at Studham Common when suddenly a blue lightning bolt appeared nearby. A 10-year-old boy noticed a small blue figure standing about 20 yards away, next to some bushes.

The figure was said to be around three feet tall, and it had a hat or helmet that was about two feet tall. The hat looked like a bowler hat without a brim, with a rounded top. The figure’s body was a shiny dark blue-grey color, which made it hard to see the figure’s shape and details clearly. It had a large black belt that was hanging down, with a black box about 6 square inches in size attached at the front.

The figure’s face had two round eyes and a flat, triangular shape where the nose should be. It had a split blue or blueish beard, with the two parts running down each side of the chest. There seemed to be a line or edge of hair or something similar at the top of the helmet, just above the eyes. The figure’s arms were short and stayed by its sides without moving. Its legs and feet were barely visible.

When they tried to approach the figure, he vanished as if he disappeared into smoke. Interestingly, they spotted him again, standing another 20 yards away. Each time they tried to get closer, he disappeared and reappeared further away. Eventually, the boys decided to hide and watch him from behind the bushes.

The Flying Saucer Review, a publication that spoke to the children, said they started hearing voices that seemed like unintelligible chatter from somewhere near them in the bushes. The boys felt like the blue figure was communicating with others, even though he didn’t move.

This made them cautious, so they didn’t rush towards the figure anymore. They continued to watch from a distance until they saw him standing still in the same spot for the fourth and last time.

The boys ran to their classroom and told their teacher about it, who didn’t believe them, but the local media and people who believe in UFOs took it seriously.

Apparently, all the different stories about this event were gathered in a book titled The Little Blue Man On Studham Common, but we have not been able to track this down.

Possible Explanations for the Blue Man of Studham Common

Drone footage of Studham Common, where the strange blue man was reportedly seen.

Some have suggested that the story is probably a hoax, made up by the school boys to get attention. The boys involved however have never wavered from their stories.

If the story is not just a hoax perpetrated by the school boys perhaps it truly was an encounter with something extraterrestrial or paranormal. Many alien abductees report missing time or having memories that don’t make sense, like they were planted. Perhaps the “blue man” was a memory planted in all of the boys’ minds to cover up something more sinister.

What do you think really happened at Studham Common? Tell us your theories in the comments.

If you enjoyed learning about the blue man of Studham Common you might also be interested in Sam the Sandown Clown or the UFO encounter of Kristina Florence.

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