Little green men visiting Georgia?
Fascination with little green men and other alien life forms from another galaxy has captivated the imagination of young and old for decades. Typically associated with Roswell, New Mexico, it seems these visitors may have taken a liking to Georgia.
According to the National UFO Reporting Center, there have been 57 reported sightings of inexplicable things in the sky above Georgia so far this year. Most recently, a woman on a June 9 vacation on Tybee Island called to report something had caused her phone to freeze and rapidly flip through several screens while a “strange, flat-type disc” hovered over the Atlantic Ocean. The report said that she further described the object as having “yellowish orange tinted lights going around it.”
“It just kinda hovered there,” she said in the report. “Then it threw off two floater-type lighting hover balls that floated at the same level for a while.”
The U.S. Navy drafted guidelines for pilots to use when reporting sightings and the military to track them. No longer called UFOs, the mysterious aircraft are called “Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon” (UAP) and the term “unmanned aerial system” (UAS) refers to things like recreational flying drones, according to Joseph Gradisher, a spokesman for the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare.
Dawson County Sightings
According to the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC), Dawson County has had reports of UFOs and UAP for over 16 years.
The first Dawson County encounter was noted on June 6, 2003 at 10 p.m. According to the report, the observer and a friend were followed by the aircraft as they drove along Hwy. 53 after eating at Waffle House when “a bright light was following us very close. I could see some red and glass but the light was intense. Following us down the hill, it remained behind us. As we came down the hill, we were about to turn left into my friend’s road, with the light still behind us, we turned into the road. We both were looking at it, me in my rearview mirror and my friend directly. Then it just disappeared. Just vanished! And we both felt a really 'creepy' feeling and felt strange the rest of the night.”
The first 2019 reported sighting in Dawsonville came on January 24. The observer reported that at 9:30 p.m. while in bed watching television, “I heard these loud choppers flying very low. I got out of bed to look outside and sure enough, there were two military choppers flying very low over my house. I watched them fly by and went back inside.”
“When I still heard the choppers, I turned to look out the windows on my front door. That’s when I saw strange lights in the sky. I walked outside and saw some sort of aircraft flying very low, at first the aircraft kind of looked like a large drone. As it approached closer, I realized it was much too large to be a drone. It was shaped more like an octagon from what I could tell and had red and white lights all over it. There were lights covering it and it made it hard to make out the exact shape, but as said before, it imitated a large drone. It was the size of a commercial aircraft, flying not much higher than the trees and making zero noise.
“I watched it fly over my house, it made a circle over our property and then flew in the same direction that the choppers flew in. I was completely freaked out. I was not a believer in these until now. I noted that my dogs responded to the event because they were missing for hours (until right after the aircraft passed through). They never leave our house far enough to not come when I call them to come inside (especially in 30-degree weather). As soon as the aircraft passed by, they were back on the porch. I am beating myself up because I left my phone in the bedroom and was not able to capture a picture.”
Other Georgia sightings
Other Georgia sightings have been in the Gainesville vicinity. The report states that on May 25 of this year at approximately 9:30 p.m., a person in Oakwood, Ga. reported “an orange light moving in the night sky. I could not hear any sounds coming from it. At the height that it appeared to be it seemed a lot larger than an airplane. It continued moving until it changed and got smaller. Then it disappeared.” It lasted 15 or more seconds.
Meanwhile in Helen, Ga. on May 26 there was a report of “a beam in the sky; a very distinctive straight line across the night sky. At first it looked like an after-glow of a shooting star. Along this straight line were orbs or lights traveling single file one behind the other. The orbs or lights varied in intensity. It looked to me as if something coming or going.” This was later determined to be Space Link satellites, according to NUFORC.
The Navy released a statement which reads in part that reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft “entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years" and that “for safety and security concerns, the Navy and the U.S. Air Force take these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report."
Despite these and other sightings on the report, no little green men have been seen.