An Analysis of Angel Hair

At 2:00 p.m. on October 22, 1973, in Sudbury, Massachusetts, a child ran into the house calling to his
mother to come outside to see “the biggest spiderweb in the world.” The mother discovered in her yard a silvery-white web-like material covering bushes and hanging from the trees. As she looked toward the sky, she witnessed a shiny, silvery, spherical object moving off to the west as more of this web-like substance fell from the sky for another two hours. The witness took samples on construction paper and placed them in a glass jar and into the refrigerator taking them to a local laboratory for examination. The material was white and translucent and diminishing rapidly.


The fall of odd, gossamer-like material from the sky has been reported many times, sometimes in association with UFOs, sometimes not. Its origin is mysterious, and because it comes from the sky, it has been labeled “angel hair.” The fall of such material is often considered to be a part of the UFO phenomenon, specifically a close encounter of the second kind, or a case that involves physical evidence or some interaction with the environment. I will show in this article that angel hair, while rare, is indeed a genuine constituent of the UFO phenomenon and worthy of further study. To quote NASA scientist Paul Hill in his book Unconventional Flying Objects:

A consistent pattern of refuse, as determined and documented by the civilian UFO investigating agencies, is the ejection of a fine, white, translucent filament that has come to be known as angel hair. No investigation of this substance commensurate with its potential importance has ever been made.

Brian Boldman is an FAA licensed Private Pilot and Aircraft Mechanic. After a UFO sighting in 1989, he began more than a decade of research into the UFO phenomenon, concluding that physical trace cases, such as angel hair, might provide the best evidence for the reality of UFOs.

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