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Center of a UFO Storm - Event Date January 19, 2012

Updated on March 28, 2015
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Concentration of UFO Sightings in Florida on January 19, 2012
Concentration of UFO Sightings in Florida on January 19, 2012 | Source

Not Your Average Thursday Night in Florida

The year 2012 started off with a bang when it came to UFOs. Not only was the first day of the year a big one for them, but the last day of 2011 was as well. Those two dates had many times the normal number of UFO sightings reported to both the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) and at the National UFO Reporting Center (NUFORC). I plan to go over those sightings in an upcoming hub. For now we will explore another, lesser known UFO storm that occurred on Thursday the 19th of January 2012, and centered on the state of Florida. What follows represents one third of the UFO reports that were submitted to either MUFON or NUFORC that are available on the internet for sightings that occurred on 1/19/12 (clicking on the case number at the end of each account will take you to the original sighting report).

Beginning at 7pm on the porch of a restaurant in Celebration (near Orlando), Florida, on a clear and still evening with a 60 degree temperature, patrons there witnessed the start of a flap of reports of a bright and large orb of amber to reddish-orange light that traversed the sky. At the time of this sighting the fireball type of UFO was moving from east to west a few miles away. After moving a few miles parallel to the ground, too slow to be a meteor, it then hovered and began to emit very large sparks. They were "coming off one side that appeared to go up and out like an arc." It remained stationary for a few minutes, changing color to a greenish, then whitish hue, and then back to the orange glow before fading from view (while remaining in the same spot). This sighting lasted about 10 minutes. (NUFORC Case: S86719)


At 7:30-7:40pm, a man looking at the sky from his front yard in Port St. Lucie, Florida saw the same red-orange glowing ball in the south or southeast. He perceived a faint reddish trail emanating from it but, just when he might have thought it was just an unusually colored meteor of some kind, the object then appeared to be projecting a beam of white light from its body towards the tail area or the side that it was traveling away from. The light wasn't constant but came in bursts and appeared to be detached from the object (not connected to it by a continuous length like if it came from a flashlight). After a minute the white light disappeared and the red ball and tail remained. The red tail then started to fade from site. The object then traveled for a few more seconds before it blinked off. (MUFON Case: 34993)


(MUFON Case: 34994) Also at 7:30pm, in St. Augustine, another man saw the object more closely (which appeared to be at least 600 feet above the ground) while he drove his car. He too saw the tail and beam of light (which he said extended outward about 70 feet) accompanied by a mist. The witness said that it moved across the sky for about one mile in a two minute period going from west to east over I95. During the last 30 seconds it started to gain altitude and stopped shining the white beam of light. It hovered for another minute then disappeared. Another report said that in it's final minute it "pulsated about 3 times, then the light went back solid then it disappeared." (MUFON Case: #34991 at 7:44pm from Port St Lucie).


At 7:38pm, a retired police deputy, while exiting a Walmart at the east edge of Lake Wales, saw the orange ball of light traveling in a straight line at a slow rate of speed, east of his location and heading south. He said it was brighter and larger than Jupiter. He witnessed it for a few minutes before it blinked out. (MUFON Case: 34983)


At 7:40pm, over a dozen patrons of a restaurant in Winter Park, Florida saw a bright glowing rectangular shape in the sky appearing to approach them from the north. "After 10 seconds, it stopped and formed a very bright fireball. It was about four times as big as the North Star, which was conveniently next to it. It remained this shape and then began to periodically drop or shed a glitter-like substance from it. After glowing profusely, it began to flicker and then disappear." They all witnessed the object for about five minutes. It was not seen again after that. (NUFORC Case: S86706)


Here is another report from 7:40pm that was written so well that I decided to include it verbatim.
"My boyfriend and I were traveling to Wellington, FL last night heading North on Floridas Turnpike. I was looking ahead and noticed a rather large orange orb moving slowly, less than 400 feet from the ground. It was traveling eastward and suddenly stopped moving. Apparently the orange light was at the front of the craft. This orange large light suddenly tuned off, but we could both still see the outline of something with a long fiery looking trial. It aimed upwards at that time and rose to a very high altitude, then hovered at the higher altitude and continued to transform into something we could not see the shape of. It also was observed at that moment to have a red flashing light which was very small as compared to the large orange orb. We got off the exit and pulled over to watch it. As the form of the ship shifted to something indiscernible in shape, we focused on the fiery emanation that seemed to power it, which suddenly dimmed down. At that moment of the dimming, we then saw three short spurts of what appeared to be some orangey luminous energy emanating out of the back of the craft. They looked light pyramids of light to me. One, then two then three. Then all dimmed and all we could see what a light chem, vapor or energy trail. We drove and followed it but it suddenly transformed into what appeared to be a star then traveled rapidly upward in a curvy s-type manner straight up then turned toward the south at a rate of speed beyond comprehension, and vanished. " (MUFON Case: 35008)


At 8:10pm, from Indialantic, Florida (another short report that I am quoting here)..
"As I was driving south on state road A1A I observed a red stationary light about 100 ft off the ground over a strip mall. I pulled into the mall and got out of my truck. Then I noticed 2 other people watching it as well. We heard no sound and saw nothing but a red light. After about 5 minutes it started to move to the southwest and rise to a higher altitude and disappeared. The couple told me that they saw 6 of the same lights on New Years eve in the same town over the ocean in a V formation." (NUFORC Case: S86697)


At just past 9pm from Port Richie, Florida, the witness first saw two separate pairs of red lights (four in total). One of them disappeared but shortly after that the sky was filled with about a dozen more of the orbs of light. "They were all flying in typical UFO patterns as seen in the 1950s Utah footage, and also the NASA UFO-footage shown by David Sereda. They flew to the right, blinking off and on, into and out of existence, almost, and all with the same reddish color." They then started to blink out for good, one at a time, over a period of two minutes. He then reportedly saw one or two lights at three different times, one from a different location, over the course of the next 40 minutes. The witness ended the report by saying that "FOX 13 news at 10pm or 11pm...said that NASA and the military had launched a defense satellite from Cape Canaveral earlier that night. It was carried on a rocket, and contained a scanning and imaging system." That supposed event of course wouldn't conform to the description given by witnesses here over the course of almost three hours-RJ (MUFON Case: 35017)

One of Many Recent UFO Flaps Related to Day Cycles

The eight reports given above represent what I feel are the better 33% of the two dozen reports that came out of Florida for Thursday night on 1/19/12. On a normal UFO reporting day, when there are about a total of 20 sightings from around the country and beyond coming into the two major reporting centers, there might be two very credible reports. One thing I have learned over the years though is that during a typical UFO storm or wave of activity, the percentage of truly exceptional reports goes up from say 10% to 20 or 30%. During the U.S. UFO wave in 1952, the Blue Book 'Unknowns' even reached 40% of the total reports that came in (per Edward J. Ruppelt's 'The Report on Unidentified Flying Objects').

Past dates for exceptional concentrations of reports have occurred recently on 7/4/2010, 7/4/2011, 10/4/2011, 12/31/2011-1/1/2012, and 1/19/2012. One thing that they all have in common is that they happened at the same time that at least two of my 'UFO Day Cycles' peaked together (although I now feel that the peak on 1/19 was due to a combination of 'UFO Day Cycle A' and my 3.19 year UFO crash cycle). All but one of these flaps occurred when my 'UFO Day Cycle A' was peaking (the exception being the 12/31/11-1/1/12 flap). One of these I will be introducing you to on hubpages for the first time. It is a cycle that I discovered fifteen years ago that I thought was promising but produced inconsistent results (due to the fact that I hadn't found two other day cycles yet that would explain the occurrence of other flaps that just one cycle couldn't). This last cycle peaked at the time of the 10/4/11 and 12/31/11-1/1/12 storms. The flaps of 7/4/10 and 7/4/11 happened about the time that 'UFO Cycles A & B' were peaking. The flap of 12/31/11-1/1/12 occurred during a peak in 'UFO Cycle B' and what I will call 'UFO Cycle C'.

One Big Flap On the Horizon (UFO Hunter Alert)

After studying the cycles a bit more closely; recalculating their length and using the graphics side of the excel spreadsheet program, and then realizing that I had set up the data wrong for the 'UFO Cycle C", and then re-evaluating that cycle one last time (I hope) I have concluded that only 'UFO Cycles A & B' peak together on June 10, 2012. All three cycles don't coincide (or nearly so) until the week after that. All three cycles peak together only rarely; they do that every 7.3 years (or possibly much longer; I'm still working on that). If there are any UFO hunters reading this, any Sunday night in June should be good for stalking UFOs and the last Sunday in May could be good also (if you need a warm up night).

For anyone who wishes to calculate the cycles for themselves, the 'UFO Cycle C' peaks every 6.76 days and the beginning date and time I use to count from when doing calculations for that cycle is 12/31/2011 at 10pm, CST. The start date for 'UFO Cycle A' (7.1436 days) is 10/4/2011 at 1:30pm, CST. It now looks like 'UFO Cycle C' peaked about 11.5 hours after that or not at the same time as 'UFO Cycle A' as previously thought. As mentioned before, they actually do that on June 17th, 2012 and should coincide again about 1.75 hours later 250 days after that (2/22/2013).

NOTE: The display below is showing the cycle peaks about 8 hours in advance of where they should be (due to the cycle increments measured in sections of a 365.25 day year and the day ticks representing a 366 day year). On June 17th they should peak at 7pm (CDT), give or take two hours.


Display of Best UFO Activity Days for June 2012
Display of Best UFO Activity Days for June 2012

© 2012 Joseph Ritrovato

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    That is really interesting and scary. I live in Western NC and I photographed some very strange things in the sky on January 22. Two days later the local newspaper published an article stating there were UFO sightings in town. I never followed these stories or believed in these things, but when you see something like this it is very frightening. Great hub!

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    Joseph Ritrovato 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA (nextdoor to Portland, OR)

    Thanks for your comments tammyswallow, North Carolina is one of the more active states as far as members of MUFON goes since they have an excellent state director for that organization there. If you'd like to report your sighting locally with their chapter in NC you can write or call them as follows:

    MUTUAL UFO Network of North Carolina, Inc. (MUFON-NC)

    George D. Fawcett (State Director)

    602 Battleground Road

    Lincolnton, NC 28092 Phone: 704-735-5725

    Myself, I'm a seasoned witness, having seen UFOs three different times in 1965, 1967, and 1997 (that last one was 8 days before the Phoenix lights sightings). I'm not sure that frightening is the best word to use for the sightings referenced in this hub. Perplexing might be more accurate, however there are scary UFO sightings at times but fortunately they are much more rare. Thanks for the compliment!

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Thanks for sharing that. I don't think what I saw was a UFO. It was no machine, but more like a light being. People think I am crazy until they see the photos.. LOL. Some people said it may be brown mountain lights but those don't act like beings. I will look into that information. Thanks!

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    Joseph Ritrovato 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA (nextdoor to Portland, OR)

    Still think what you saw may be worth reporting since somebody else may have seen it from another angle and your description may add weight and clarification to any other possible report. There are many different classifications of UFOs including shape shifters, fireballs, and vehicles that behave more alive than mechanical. And thank you for the hub I checked out from you a little while ago where I learned about reddit and am now receiving more hits in regards to one hub than I have before in a day for all of my hubs! I'm ecstatic!

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    Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Retro that's good news to hear about reddit 'cause you deserve a big readership; and you do a good service to HPs with your reports. You were absolutely correct about this report too when you wrote on your hub before this it'd be something. Tammy's great- very knowledgeable and helpful lady. Tammy if you see this I'd really like to see those pics- definitely would never call you krazy. Joe, at your convenience please go to the hub 'The Close Encounter of Lars Staal.' Not asking you to read it just go to the bottom and take a look at the drawing. If you do I'd appreciate if you'd let me know if any other UFOs you may be aware of are similar in any way.

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    mio cid 5 years ago from Uruguay

    I want to believe in UFOs but they make it really difficult for me because if they really exist why don't they land somewhere and hold a press conference?

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    Joseph Ritrovato 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA (nextdoor to Portland, OR)

    Because UFOs aren't politicians or diplomats? UFOs are simply unidentified flying objects. That doesn't necessarily make them aliens with motivations similar to ours. Or even if it did, would you go to a world full of strange beings and hold a press conference when you would probably get your head blown off for doing it? If you haven't seen the movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still" I suggest you check it out..

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    Joseph Ritrovato 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA (nextdoor to Portland, OR)

    Thanks for your comments Alastar, As you requested I took a look at that hub that relates to a UFO sighting that apparently took place on 9/30/92. There are three separate sightings that evening in North Carolina, two occurring at just past 9pm when Lars Staal said he had his quick but intense encounter. Interestingly, the other sightings don't resemble his in any way. The only thing that connects them is the date and location. Their appearance could not have been more different. This aspect leads me to believe that the intelligences involved were capable of projecting whatever image would have the greatest impact on the mind of the witness. Many UFOs display the ability to either disappear or shape shift. They are anything but normal. In other words, just because Lars' experience doesn't match the others doesn't discount it. The drawing is actually quite conventional as UFOs go, not uncommon at all. What is uncommon is in how much detail he absorbed during a very short encounter. It obviously effected him very deeply. Thanks for sharing!

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    Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Much appreciated Joe. You've confirmed the date and yes, the sighting appeared different to the church group for one who saw it from a greater distance. Lars was within probably 300 feet or less and the circumstances leading up to the encounter are extremely unusual. The object was actually more elongated than the drawing and had undulating edges. There appeared smaller ovals going 'round the inside rim but half the observable surface was covered by what appeared to be a dark grayish mist or fog. Strong animal reactions immediately before and the object was silent at maybe 20 mph. Also a sparkling like exhaust trail maybe half the length of the approx. 100 foot object. Retrojoe, I thank you sir, your a man who knows his business very well.

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Sure Alastar! Do you want me to send them to your Hubpages mail? Hooray for you RetroJoe! I am glad Reddit is working for you. Don't oversubmit or you will be banned. It is a tricky site but well worth the effort. You may need a few log ins until you can get all of you work submitted. Hooray!!!!

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    Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

    That would be great Tammy! Can't wait to get a gander at them. Sure, send through the HP contact if you will, and I'll send you a message on impressions in the next day or two. Absolutely hooray for Joseph!

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    Joseph Ritrovato 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA (nextdoor to Portland, OR)

    Thanks for the fan mail Alastar, and for all the detailed info on the sighting. FYI- his sighting happened during a window that opens for a ten month period every 3.19 years (at least that's my theory) that relates to when UFOs encounter problems and often crash. Lars' sighting was less than 2.5 months before such a cycle peak. There was actually a reported crash of a UFO on Long Island in Southhaven Park on 11/24/1992 (there is a hub on that subject right here on hubpages in fact). Anyway, thanks for your support, it's greatly appreciated..

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    Joseph Ritrovato 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA (nextdoor to Portland, OR)

    Thanks Tammy, Good to have friends in North Carolina. I even have a nephew living there happily (says he wouldn't live anywhere else). And thanks for the invitation to check out your pictures on FB; look forward to it!

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    BobMonger 5 years ago from Carlin, Nevada USA

    Out here in the wilds of Nevada the occasional UFO sighting has become nearly commonplace. The latest I know of that hit the news was in by Ely, Nevada last year. Lights out on the desert floor going to and fro, pacing cars on hiway 93 at 0 ft. elevation-and no, there were no tire tracks or other signs of human activity in the area. Something very similar has happened in New Mexico on a regular basis. Is it aliens? Something the Airforce was up to? A natural phenomenon that no one has discovered yet? Who knows!? Guess that's why they're call "Unidentified" flying objects.

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    Joseph Ritrovato 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA (nextdoor to Portland, OR)

    Thanks for your input BobMonger, you got me looking into activity in Nevada for last year since I didn't recall hearing about the reports in the Ely area. The last half of last year was big for UFO sightings and Nevada ranked above average; the 13th ranked state on my list. One thing that caught my eye was, earlier in the year, from March 31 through April 6, Nevada had a flurry of reports. April isn't typically an active period for UFO sightings, but for that week in Nevada they were. MUFON ranked your state below average for April, but they don't factor in population density like I do. For at least that week I'd say that Nevada was in the top ten UFO reporting states. A good chunk of the reports were of dramatic triangular UFO sightings. Here's one that I found: http://www.examiner.com/ufo-in-national/nevada-fam...

    Thanks again for your inspiration!

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    Joseph Ritrovato 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA (nextdoor to Portland, OR)

    OK, now I've got it.. back with a UFO Day Cycle Flash Bulletin! Sundays will be the best day to stalk those UFOs in the near future, but not until the last Sunday in May at the earliest and extending through to the last Sunday in June. The three best Sundays out of those five should be the last three in June with June 17th being the likely best of the bunch (when all three cycles should coincide).

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    Joseph Ritrovato 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA (nextdoor to Portland, OR)

    I've been going over the day cycles another time and am beginning to think that June 10th (which is what I had originally thought) is perhaps the best day for viewing UFOs in the near future. The truth may be somewhere between that and my last assessment. In other words, both June 10th and June 17th are likely excellent nights to go UFO hunting. The Sundays before and after those two dates are also likely going to be almost as promising. So all Sundays in June are recommended nights to spot a UFO.

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    Joseph Ritrovato 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA (nextdoor to Portland, OR)

    UPDATE: Looks like I figured out how often all three theoretical UFO Day Cycles peak together. That is as long as my estimate of all their periods is good enough to go this far back in time to test it out. It is 8058 days which is the same as 22 years and 22 days. If you go back in time that long with 6/17/2012 as the date of departure (my estimate of the next peak of all three cycles) you get 5/26/1990. There are some noteworthy sightings on that date at the National UFO Reporting Center but not enough to scream that we have a winner.. Not too surprising because reporting then wasn't as big a deal as it is today (the record is a bit spottier back then). I decided to add and subtract smaller cycles of 250 and 757 days to get alternate dates of when they should have peaked together and didn't get any direct hits there either. However there was a big peak on 11/29/89 (corresponding to the Belgium flap) or 72 days after the estimated peak date of 9/18/1989 which was also ten days prior to an estimated peak of my 3.19 year UFO Crash Cycle (with a reported crash on Long Island on that very day). This 11/29/89 peak fits in with cycles A & B but not C. This would seem to indicate that I have yet to pin down UFO Day Cycle C to a satisfactory level to be able to go this far back in time. Perhaps my original estimate that was more like 6.7612 days in length was more accurate (or somewhere between that and my present estimate of 6.760). In any event, it would still appear to me that June 17th will still be a good day for sightings (as well as the Sunday before and after). It just might not be as big as I originally thought. Ten weeks after that day (8/28) may be better still if the year 1989 was any indication.

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    Joseph Ritrovato 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA (nextdoor to Portland, OR)

    UPDATE II: It looks like things are back on track for 6/17/12 being a date for a triple UFO Day Cycle peak anyway. Turns out that besides the 22 year and 22 day period for triple peaks there is also a less accurate (but close enough) period of 13 years and 30 days (4779 days) that peaked last on 5/18/1999 and should peak again on 6/17/2012. So if you are a UFO hunter and you had plans for the 6/17/12 date, there's no need to put that off. One thing I noticed lately is that there seems to be a flap going on in eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey (within the past few days).. Arizona has been big for sightings during the first quarter of this year, steadily increasing in numbers each month during that period. That is per the MUFON database, but the same source seems to show it slacking off in that state for this month and things picking up on the east coast. More later...

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    Kay 4 years ago

    I live on the eastside of orlando and I saw it too around 7:40 pm I saw what appeared to look like a flame then blue & white waves came from the object followed by little red lights. It then became very bright bright and dissappeared as a candle getting blown out. It has to be the craziest thing ive ever seen !

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    knightsky005 2 years ago

    I have been noticing a lot of these ufos around where I live my friend and I was going to the store 5 minute car ride. So im driving slow on a dead end road and see a buzzard size bird flying around near this real shiny thing hovering about 50-75 feet off the ground. When I say real shiny it was a sunny day that day about noon. It was so shiny almost like looking at a stainless steel grill in your back yard while the sun is shining on it. It appeared to have what I thought to be ripples coming from the bottom of it from exhaust or such. When I first spotted it I stopped and showed it to my friend. I thought I would try to get closer by turning on the main road going towards it to get a better look that only took 15 seconds to do but by time we got to where it was its already gone. Didn't look like most disks out there the thin ones. This one most def wasn't thin remember I only seen the 1 side. And seen this at about 60 yard or more! In fact we got home and I started looking at pictures taken of ufos taken during daytime and nothing seems to resemble this UFO. From what I did see of it, it was bigger than a VW Bug prior to that seen yellow lights flying at tree top level kinda like was looking for something. Orange/red orbs dropping from the sky. Then a triangle with 5 white lights strategically placed seen no safety flashers that planes must have. Always looking for my next sighting.i do live within 4 miles from an Airport and the bigger airport is like 30 minutes away. So I do see a lot of Aviation traffic over my house I know the difference between them and how they fly. Also caught the tail end of planes in formation headed due South with their safety flashers going while breaking the sound bearer do not know if they was chasing something or not for I'm close to MacDill afb also

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    Joseph Ritrovato 2 years ago from Vancouver, WA (nextdoor to Portland, OR)

    Thanks for the info knightsky005.. if you haven't already done so, I'd recommend writing up your report and then read it over a few times and make corrections and additions so it portrays the full experience with all the details and then file the report with nuforc.org or mufon.com I'm sure that the folks at either agency would appreciate a rare daylight sighting like you had; and the more complete picture (giving dates, times, wind speed and direction, weather conditions, behavior and appearance of object including size and shape, duration of sighting, if you've seen similar objects in the area before, etc). I've had a few sightings before and most of the time it involved missing time and memory loss. One that didn't involve either of those did have the OZ effect as part of the experience (distortion of reality such as seeing a helicopter nearby but without noise and the UFOs were also silent but miniature in size). It has been a while since I've seen any UFOs (1997) or written an article on the topic (maybe a year ago), but experiencing one can definitely get you more interested in the subject. You may want to join MUFON and hang out on a mountain top some clear night away from areas of high human activity. Thanks again and all the best!

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