Mystery 'attacks' and 'alien invasions' in Lincolnshire skies explained by expert
FROM "attacks" on St Giles' Church in Scartho to "alien invasions", there are some strange contrails appearing in the skies of North East Lincolnshire.
However, Michael Wood, convenor of Meridian Observatory Louth and its Scartho Field Outstation – who can often be found out and about with his camera – said they are "nothing out of the ordinary".
Mr Wood sent in a selection of his pictures, many of which were taken from Scartho Field, after reading the Grimsby Telegraph's report on unusual trails spotted over Oasis Wintringham Academy.
As reported, a woman – who did not wish to be named – took a picture of a trail which appeared to drop out of the sky and we appealed for readers for help in explaining what was behind it.
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A spokesman for the Met Office revealed that from the ground, as planes get further away, the perspective makes it appear like they are getting close to ground.
And Mr Wood has similar explanations for other strange sights he has captured.
He said: "Lenticular clouds 'over' Scartho Field, are often mistaken for large flying-saucers and they're not as rare as Grimbarians might think."
He added that the Observatory's all-sky cameras, looking north over Scartho Field, had captured what may have been interpreted as a plane heading straight for St Giles' Church. However, again, the true explanation was a simple one.
He said: "Changes in direction are often apparent in contrails over North East Lincolnshire owing to the area's position at a confluence of air routes into and out of the UK. Here it appears that the pilot made a sudden turn to attack St Giles' Church, Scartho, while in fact being many miles away and many thousands of feet above the ground."