On 22 November 2015 a report of an unusual disc shaped object seen from an airplane window of an American Airlines flight from San Jose, Ca to Houston, TX above the desert on Oct 30, 2015, 12:00AM, was filed under Case nr 72656 at MUFON. The witness is wondering what the hell he/she had witnessed.
MUFON Report: Case Nr – 72656
MUFON: Case – 72656
Date Submitted: 2015-11-22
Date/Time of Event: 2015-10-30 12:00AM
Witnesses unusual disc, from an airplane window, in the middle of the desert throwing lights and object into the air.
Location of Event: Gabbs & Luning, NV, US
Long Description of Sighting Report:
I was on an American Airlines flight from San Jose, Ca to Houston, TX on Oct 30, 2015 when I noticed a blinding bright light in the desert near Luning and Gabbs, NV. I watched the object as the plane advanced. I saw a large silver disc that appeared to be in the middle of the desert. This disc was shooting orb like lights into the air. The disc itself had multiple lights that were blinding to the eyes. I pulled out my phone and took pictures until my phone died. I had a full battery but was only able to get 6 pictures before my phone was depleted. The captain never said a word and the plane advanced until the object was behind the mountain range. No other passengers seem to notice the disc or comment on it. Upon my return home; I asked multiple Air Force employees if they have ever seen anything like this and all replied never. Initially I thought it was a satellite but now leave it up to your interpretation. What the hell did I witness?
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Plane Route from San Jose Airport to Housten TX Airport
Though sightings like these are usually subject of wild speculations, they often have a very rational explanation.
Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project
The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project is a 110 megawatt (MW) net solar thermal power project located near Tonopah, about 190 miles (310 km) northwest of Las Vegas. It was developed by SolarReserve through its subsidiary, Tonopah Solar Energy.
This is also the Solar Power Plant from the Images of the above MUFON Report Case – 72656.
Another Example of a Solar Power Facility:
The Ivanpah Solar Power Facility
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a concentrated solar thermal plant in the California Mojave Desert, 64 km southwest of Las Vegas. Images of the Solar Power Plant are shown above.
- Geographic data related to Ivanpah Solar Power Facility at OpenStreetMap
- Ivanpah Solar Power Facility website
- Brightsource energy official website
- Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System
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Orb Like Lights Shooting In The Air
The image example above shows light from a fire on the ground reflecting off of birds.
Test at Tonopah solar project ignites hundreds of birds in mid-air
On January 14 2015, during tests of the 110-megawatt Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project near Tonopah, Nevada, biologists observed 130 birds entering an area of concentrated solar energy and catching fire. That’s according to Rudy Evenson, Deputy Chief of Communications for Nevada Bureau of Land Management in Reno.
Evenson suggested that the birds may have been attracted by a glow the concentrated solar energy created above the project’s sole tower.
The test started at 9:00 a.m. on January 14, Evenson told Rewire. By 10:30, biologists working on the site began noticing what have become known as “streamers,” trails of smoke and water vapor caused by birds entering the field of concentrated solar energy (a.k.a. “solar flux”) and igniting.
By the time the test ended for the day at 3:00 p.m., biologists had counted 130 such “streamers.” A subsequent test on January 15 reduced the number of mirrors aimed at the focal point above the tower, said Evenson, and that apparently ended the injuries to birds.
SolarReserve has confirmed to Rewire that birds were injured at the plant in January, but says that the mitigation measures Evenson described have allowed subsequent testing of the plant with less risk to wildlife — which the company is touting as good news for management of power tower wildlife issues.
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