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Angel Hair

"Angel hair" is called a spider-like, cotton-like or gelatinous mass, which sometimes falls to the ground in the form of threads or bundles, and after a few hours evaporates. (In the hands, the "hair" melts or turns into foul-smelling lumps). In Italy they are known as "silicon wool", in France "Madonna's gift". Regardless of the name, their appearance is traditionally associated with UFOs. 

It is believed that the first mention of them can be found in the papyrus of the time of Pharaoh Thutmose III, which is kept in the collection of the director of the Egyptian department of the Vatican Museum and describes the following phenomenon:

"In the twenty-second year, in the third month of winter, at 6 o'clock in the afternoon, the scribes of the House of Life saw a moving circle of fire in the sky. Its dimensions were an elbow in length and an elbow in width. They prostrated themselves and reported to the Pharaoh, and he thought about this event. After a few days, these objects in the sky became numerous and shone brighter than the sun. And Pharaoh, along with the army, looked at them. By evening, the fire circles rose higher and moved towards the south… A volatile substance fell from the sky… This has not happened since the foundation of the Earth… And Pharaoh burned incense to the gods and commanded them to record what happened in the annals of the House of Life." 

Later mentions include an observation from November 16, 1857, Charleston, USA. At night, bright "comets" scurried over the city, and in the morning there were cobwebs everywhere, but only without spiders. And in 1881, in Milwaukee, USA, the sky turned out to be completely covered with angelic hair, which made an indelible impression on the locals. The information got into the Scientific American magazine.

"Angel Hair"

"Angel hair" under the microscope

They were directly associated with UFOs in October 1954. On October 27, Gennaro Lucetti and Pietro Lastrucci sat on the balcony of a hotel in St. Mark's Square in Venice, Italy. At the same time, they noticed two spindle-shaped objects that, rotating, floated across the sky. Behind them were traces like white flames. The objects moved across the sky at high speed, made a smooth 180-degree turn and disappeared over the horizon. A few minutes later, participants and spectators of a football match in Florence were able to observe the UFO. At the same time, in addition to the teams and judges, about 10 thousand spectators, as well as journalists, were present at the stadium. The match had to be interrupted because everyone's attention was focused on the flying "cigars". But even then it was not possible to resume the game – it turned out that the entire football field was covered with a transparent sticky web.

According to external signs, angel's hair is similar to ectoplasm.

Among the attempts to explain the phenomenon , the following hypotheses can be distinguished:

  • American ufologist Charles Mainey suggested that the "angel's hair" is the material result of the work of UFO engines, ejected outside like exhaust gases of internal combustion engines. He explains the rapid evaporation of the residues by the fact that such a substance is very unstable in our reality and disappears, moving to a more familiar space-time for it.
  • Other ufologies have suggested that the heavenly web is a materialization of some spiritual forces, like ectoplasm that appears during spiritualistic seances.
  • In 2001, Nikolai Subbotin, director of the Russian Ufological Research Station RUFORS, coined the term "chemtrails", which was a literal translation of a similar foreign concept "chemtrail". He suggested that this substance is formed after flights in the atmosphere of aircraft of a certain design as a result of their spraying of certain chemicals.
  • Entomologists claim that there is no mystery, and this fibrous substance is just a mass of broken cobwebs carried by the wind. In support of their theory, they cite the example of tiny lineages, which, although they do not have wings, are able to cross through the air in a rather original way. The spider simply unfolds its body in the wind and releases a long thin thread from the back. As soon as the wind lifts the thread into the air, the spider grabs it tightly and thus overcomes quite decent distances.

However, none of these hypotheses can be considered strictly scientific: the first two explain the phenomenon through things that have not been scientifically proven, the existence of "chemotrasses" described by N. Subbotin has also not been proven. The entomological hypothesis has not yet found practical confirmation.

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