=START= XMT: 11:41 Wed Jul 25 EXP: 12:00 Wed Aug 01
SCIENTISTS RECORD FLASHES AS MYSTERY CIRCLES FORM IN ENGLISH CORNFIELDS
LONDON (JULY 25) REUTER - Excited scientists said they recorded evidence on
Wednesday that could solve the centuries-old mystery of circles in English
cornfields which have aroused speculation of visitors from outer space.
Experts filmed two big circles being made during the night amid a barrage of
unexplained flashing lights in a field in the southern county of Wiltshire.
It was the first known recording of the formation of symmetrical circles that
have puzzled Englishmen since the Middle Ages.
Theories of what causes them range from earthworms to whirlwinds to spaceships.
In medieval times, countryfolk believed they were the work of the Devil.
Scientists from Britain, Japan, West Germany and the United States monitored
Wiltshire cornfields round the clock this week with thermal imagers and
On Wednesday, they recorded two circles being made, one about 100 metres (330
feet) across, the other half that size, said Colin Andrews, leader of the
project coordinated by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
Analyzing their recordings hours later, they sent in helicopters to take
daylight pictures of the find and said they had made a significant scientific
''We do have a major event here, very much excitment as you can imagine,''
Andrews said. ''We do have two major ground markings in front of all the
surveillance equipment performing absolutely to form,'' he told BBC television.
''We had a situation at approximately 3.30 this morning on monitor -- a number
of orange lights taking the approximate form of a triangle and within that
triangular form was a second triangle,'' Andrews said.
''We had many lights, following that a whole complex arrangement of lights
doing all sorts of funny things. It's a complex situation, we are actually
analysing it at this very moment. But there is undoubtedly something here for
Andrews said the circles could not be a hoax.
''We have high-quality equipment here and we have indeed secured on
high-quality equipment a major event,'' he said.
Asked what caused the circles, Andrews said: ''As you can imagine, this only
happened some hours ago. We have experts arriving by the minute here now to
analyze this. We do have something of great, great significance.''
Describing the circles, he said: ''One formation is about 100 metres in
diameter, a circle with two satellites and two concentric rings, another
brother nearby about 50 per cent of the size of its nearby neighbour.''
Andrews said the field had been cordoned off. ''We're doing nothing more now
until we have helicopters over the top to film in detail what we have before
anybody enters that field.''
The authoritative New Scientist journal published an article last month which
said corn circles, more than 300 of which appeared last year, were caused by
weather conditions creating whirlwinds and electrical discharges in the
Author Terence Meaden said his theory could explain flashing lights seen by
eyewitnesses and patterns of flattened corn.
[Comment added by David Bloomberg, Sysop of The Temples of Syrinx:
Since this report came out, I have seen and read of it (or one EXTREMELY
similar to it) being refuted on at least one TV show, and elsewhere. It
seems that the "flashes" seen by the thermal cameras were caused by, of
all things, the body heat and small flashlights of hoaxers. The
investigators were apparently not very familiar with the use of thermal
imaging cameras, and did not realize that such an effect could be caused
by such "normal" means.]