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OFSO
24th Feb 2015, 13:20
There are many ways to detect the presence of a UFO - whereby here, I mean a vehicle from an alien civilisation. Lights in the sky, strange noises, visual sightings during daylight, abductions (although I believe you have to hail from Alabama to participate in this) but my favourite is disturbances in the local magnetic field.

Some years ago I built a very simple detector for this purpose.

You take a jam-jar with a screw lid, open it up, fasten some kind of fixing on the inside of the middle of the lid from which you hang a couple of inches of silk thread. On the end of this you suspend a small bar magnet, and on the side of the magnet glue a piece of mirror. Screw the lid back on the jar and put the whole caboodle in a vibration-free, magnetic-field-free place. The purpose of the mirror is that you can shine a [email protected] at it, causing a nice bright spot to appear stationary on a nearby wall. (I got my [email protected] free from Royal Canin who hand them out to cat owners who buy their products).

When it has all settled down you will be surprised to see how often the spot of light swings back and forth as *something* disturbs the magnetic field in which the bar magnet is hanging. Rushing outside (or staggering in the case of some of us) you may or may not discern a UFO hovering over your house. Hey Presto ! Detected !

(Beats watching metal poles vibrating in the street, anyway).

gemma10
24th Feb 2015, 13:46
You`re going to be busy when the great north south reversal occurs then!

SpringHeeledJack
24th Feb 2015, 13:58
Perhaps the local magnetic field pulsates due to changes deep below in the earths crust, shifting magma attenuated to barely there on the surface ? Variations in electrical current flowing through the street underground/overground cables and being perceived by the magnet ? Multi-dimensional forces travelling through your property ? Or a hovering UFO…..;)


SHJ

Fox3WheresMyBanana
24th Feb 2015, 14:04
Based on previous sightings, surely all one has to do is sit on a drunken redneck's front porch, and wait?

MagnusP
24th Feb 2015, 14:41
Hospital records; gotta be. If you see a sudden spike (ouch!) in A&E attendances caused by anal probes, you know there's a UFO in the area.

Una Due Tfc
24th Feb 2015, 14:48
MagnusP, if we start looking for them that way then they'll just abduct people from cities during their respective gay pride events.

Limeygal
24th Feb 2015, 18:48
Fox3-over here it helps if you also live in a trailer park. No wonder they keep coming back-they must be quite baffled by now

wiggy
24th Feb 2015, 19:04
Ah the "jam jar magnetometer"....much beloved by Aurora observers...

FWIW an acquaintance of mine and fellow observer wrote this paper on the device:

1999JBAA..109..144L Page 144 (http://adsabs.harvard.edu/full/1999JBAA..109..144L)

Which I hope helps OFSO pass the time whilst he's waiting for the UFOs to arrive...

ORAC
24th Feb 2015, 19:15
My Updated Tesla generator (http://home.earthlink.net/~drestinblack/generator.htm) will probably bugger that up then.......

airship
24th Feb 2015, 19:26
OFSO wrote: You take a jam-jar...

...put it on the window-sill which starts a fire and burns the house down, according to this BBC report (http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-31594956) (1 casualty - Chilli, the family Jack Russell R.I.P. :sad: ).

I guess that before modern forensics and/or enquiring minds, such phenomena would have been more easily and simply "explained away" by UFOs. Or just witches. Or black cats. Or just cats. ;)

OFSO
24th Feb 2015, 19:31
I do not have an easily accessable cat, but having built the UFO detector it might be interesting to stroke the cat during dry conditions and see whether the static influences the magnet. Shouldn't, of course, but you know what perverse creatures cats are.....

Or just witches.

Now we do have one of these in our street, three doors down. Very handy for curdling cream, as is needed in some receipes.

OFSO
24th Feb 2015, 19:59
Tesla generators - don't they now fit them in some sort of car these days ?

Model S | Tesla Motors UK (http://www.teslamotors.com/en_GB/models)

tony draper
24th Feb 2015, 20:03
I have learned from youtube that many UFOs are hydraulically powered not magnetic and therefore can only be detected with a forked stick.
:uhoh:

ORAC
24th Feb 2015, 20:08
Just a smoke screen to conceal their real use (http://www.thelivingmoon.com/41pegasus/02files/Tesla_Saucer.htm) in the space program.

You really think they gave up after Apollo and the Shuttle? :rolleyes:

airship
24th Feb 2015, 20:54
Does one need (or at least speak with) a forked-tongue to properly use a forked-stick? I'm forked either way.

PS. One's own "Tesla generator" is still under development - currently operating on 5% alcohol by volume mixture (that's what the can of Heineken says). So 95% efficient.

Solid Rust Twotter
25th Feb 2015, 03:59
UFO detector?

Pah! Nothing beats a moonbat with a candy bar and a defective tinfoil hat. What those guys see when they're hopped up on sugar and mind control rays is quite astounding.:}

OFSO
25th Feb 2015, 14:22
many UFOs are hydraulically powered not magnetic

Somewhere (I'm going to look) I have a cut-away drawing of Dan Dare's spaceship, and I am sure it used magnetic repulsion in close-earth orbit.

G-CPTN
25th Feb 2015, 14:35
I believe that Dan Dare's spaceship was called 'The Future'.

On the header it said 'Dan Dare - Pilot of The Future (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Dare:_Pilot_of_the_Future)'.

dazdaz1
25th Feb 2015, 14:37
OFSO.. Is your op connected in some way to the Richard D Hall tv series Ep3 last night on Freesat?

G-CPTN
25th Feb 2015, 14:48
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/05/18/article-2326510-19D77418000005DC-493_964x617.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/05/18/article-2326510-19D77573000005DC-739_964x617.jpg

http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/05/18/article-2326510-19D7754A000005DC-875_964x617.jpg