As a young teenager, I acquired an old brass astronomical telescope (a 3-in. refractor, see Fig. 1) to enable me to pursue my newfound passion for astronomy. Both the telescope and its owner are now somewhat the worse for wear …

While still a teenager (and aspiring astronomer), I became interested in the subject of UFOs (more appropriately named UAPs—see Ref. 1). The region in which I lived (50 km west of London) was in the local news because of a UFO “flap”: several sightings of objects exhibiting strange and erratic behavior (e.g., sudden changes of direction in the sky) over a period of a month. One particular observation was of a tiny object, low on the horizon, moving back and forth, seemingly in a straight-line segment. Fortunately, one cloudy night, I was able to see this object in the distance, and I trained my telescope on it....

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