United Press International
CLOVIS, N.M. — Representatives of two
organizations studying reports of unidentified objects disagreed Sunday on
whether residents of eastern New Mexico have been seeing UFOs or refracted
starlight on recent nights.
James Eppes, 42, Valley Centre,
Calif., a member of the UFO Education Centre, said he had not had time to
develop any “final conclusions,” but “it is quite obvious there have been
quite a lot of valid sightings by many different people.”
Tommy Blann, 29, Waco, Tex., the
director of the Texas UFO Study Group, said most of the reports apparently
involved “an optical refraction of the light from stars,” created by a
“The majority of these reports were
stimulated through misidentification of natural phenomena”, Blann said.
The reported sightings began last
Wednesday and have reoccurred each night since. Police said most callers
described the objects as cigar-shaped with colored lights.
Eppes, whose organization plans to
report on the sightings when it has had time to study available information,
said not all the reports of alleged UFOs can be explained by natural
“I’m not saying that every single one
of these sightings are valid by any means,” he said, “but I know some of the
things that happened can’t be explained that way."