New York Skies (Cheryl Costa)

My Smoking Gun UFO Proof

Columnist Cheryl Costa shares her personal smoking gun UFO proof.

Over the years, various people have asked me what kind of evidence was my personal smoking gun UFO proof. A couple of weeks ago, I was asked this very question by the last person I ever expected: my mother.

Out of the blue, she quite literally asked me if I had seen an alien space craft up close and personal. Regretfully, my answer had to be no. Of course, this answer forced another and perhaps better question. She asked if I had some “aha” moment that caused me to have personal UFO proof? To that question I could honestly answer YES!

To understand my perspective, I must explain a couple of aspects of my training and background. When I served in the U.S. Navy, I was trained in physics, and more specifically electromagnetic physics. Later in college, I trained to be a cinematographer and video editor.

Film and video editors develop a keen sense of being able to see editing errors at the film frame rates of 24 or 30 frames per second. Do we actually see it? It’s an art and an acquired skill. If a trained editor says there’s a glitch in the footage, you can bet your lunch it’s there. Of course, the editor will slow down the film or video footage in an editing machine and find whatever it is that interrupted the presentation.

In 1990, I was the house guest of a gentleman who we’ll call a UFO media Bibliophile. He had first editions of most of the UFO books ever printed from the 1960 to the early 1990s. Also in his collection was a remarkable accumulation of video and film footage of UFO sightings from all over the world.

In his collection there were several VHS video tapes from Switzerland from the late 1970s, including the remarkable UFO sightings of Swiss citizen Eduard Albert Meier, or simply Billy Meier. During the 1970s, Meier claimed to have had extensive contact with a race of aliens often referred to as the Pleiadians.

While watching the video footage one evening, I noticed a subtle but momentary flash in the image illumination just before the Beam Ship (as they are called) darted away at great speed. I noticed this effect during an number of film sequences, each time before the alien craft darted away. I slowed the video down to a crawl and measured the subtle flash effect to about 3/24 of a second, or three film frames. On video footage, I noted that the effect was 2/30 of a second, or two video frames.  I showed this discovery to my host and he was quite fascinated, but until I slowed the film and video sequences down for him he had never noticed the flash effect.

Fast forward about five years; I was watching a television program about UFOs. The program showed some footage from Space Shuttle mission STS-48. In the footage, an object is seen moving from right to left in the picture frame. Suddenly, it darts off to the right at great speed. Something that looks like a laser or particle beam is seen coming up from the Earth’s surface. When I saw the STS-48 footage, I witnessed the same flash effect I had seen in the Billy Meier footage years before.

For me, the Billy Meier footage from 1970s was genuine because I was able to see and examine a subtle physical effect on a couple of video frames. Later, I saw the STS-48 footage and observed the same physical effect before the object darted off, something that NASA attributed to “simple ice crystals.” I knew I had seen the smoking gun UFO proof that convinced me these things were genuine without a doubt.

Let’s look at some UFO sightings from New York skies:

March 20, 2016: At 4 a.m., a resident of Lagrange witnessed a strange light in a wooded area near his home. He said the lights were “zig-zaging” around in the woods.

March 21, 2016: At 9:45 p.m., a resident of Queens observed and reported a fast-moving light at low altitude that made no noise.

March 29, 2016: At 8:14 p.m., a resident of Auburn reported a bright orange triangle flying southeast.

March 29, 2016: At 11 p.m., a resident of Irondequoit reported seeing a bright formation of seven lights.

If you are interested in joining a monthly UFO discussion group in the Onondaga County area, drop Cheryl an email [email protected]. If you have a UFO sighting to report, you can use either one of the two national database services: or Both services respect confidentiality.

Cheryl Costa would love to hear the when, where and what of your New York sighting. Email it to [email protected]. The names of witnesses will be omitted to protect their privacy.

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