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THE LOS ALAMOS CONFERENCE ON AERIAL PHENOMENA, FEB. 16, 1949:

From 1947 to 1949, hundreds of strange green fireballs were observed in New Mexico over vital security installations. Where these meteors? Dr. Lincoln LaPaz, top scientist on meteors, did not think so. The military at Roswell, Sandia, Los Alamos and other sensitive installations were extremely concerned as they had no explanation. Were they revolutionary technology by the soviets or the US? We now know they were not.

This is one of the 24 pages of one of the many formerly secret official documents on this issue. These pages are the minutes of an important conference on the issue held at Los Alamos on February 16, 1949. Representatives of the Army, the FBI, the Air Force and scientists joined together. Dr. La Paz spent two years chasing the green fireballs and explains the issues. Dr. Edward Teller, one of the fathers of the atomic bomb, asks questions.

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The document:

The transcript:

Dr. LaPaz: In the case of the Texas fall, this is very rough; I didn't see it, I can only base an estimate say on the comparisons that were made with the moon as to size and total intensity. In the case of the Texas fall it would certainly be comparable to - it was one of the brightest observed fireballs in total intensity ... In the case of the Starvation Peak incident, we can compare it with Venus which was conveniently located and it certainly was of stellar magnitude minus 4, possibly a little brighter. That comparison was made almost immediately after the observation ...

Mr. Hoyt: It was very bright and clear that night ...

Dr. Teller: You saw it at six o'clock?

Mr. Hoyt: At five minutes to six. Very, very clear that night.

(ditch digger - in between ditch digger, a few coherent remarks:)

Dr. Manley: In 1945 or 1946 I observed practically the same thing as in this letter. We thought it was a roman candle. Definitely light green in color. I am still worried about the fact that they don't report any green color in these balls.

Dr. Bradbury: Lack of noise, lack of ... the lack of these things would be equally astonishing for any material object.

Dr. LaPaz: Dr. Kaplan suggested the possibility of this same sort of phenomenon that he could produce experimentally in his laboratory ... and he tells me under certain conditions he can produce a globe or lamps of yellowish-green light ... He conjectured for a minute that that might have some relation - an artificial aurora.

Comdr. Mandelkorn: As long as you brought that up, Major Johnson has a letter I obtained from Gen, Bunker which may be pertinent. Gen Bunker transmitted the information you've heard to the Air Material command, and in reply received a letter from an Air Force general who recently returned from Alaska. I'll let Dr. LaPaz read this.

Dr. LaPaz: This is closely related to what I was thinking about. It begins: "Dear Bunker; Received your interesting phenomena of 1 February and promptly turned it to Howard ... now saddled with the responsibility of clues. Regard as coincidental that on dates you mention Gen. Carroll was in Fairbanks, Alaska, and on his return related that he had never seen before in his life such a beautiful technical display of Northern Lights. Maybe what these people have seen is a reflection from the ... of these pyrotechnics. So far as we know, it is still phenomena and not material. Best Regards, Paul."

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