Potential Angel Hair

Angel hair or "siliceous cotton" is a cottony or jelly-like substance alleged to be dispersed from UFOs as they fly overhead.[1][2] It has also been reported at sightings of the Virgin Mary.[3][4]

It is so named for its similarity to fine hair, or spider's webs, and is comparable to ectoplasm and Pixie Dust. Reports of angel hair say that it disintegrates or evaporates within a short time of forming.[5][6][7] One theory is that it is "ionized air sleeting off an electromagnetic field" that surrounds a UFO.[8] It is an important aspect of Raëlism.[9]


There have been many reports of falls of angel hair around the world. The most reported incidence occurred in Oloron, France in 1952.[10] Many witnesses reported seeing over 30 red, spherical UFOs flying overhead, along with what local school superintendent Jean-Yves Prigent described "a narrow cylinder, apparently inclined at a 45-degree angle...slowly moving in a straight line toward the southwest...A sort of plume of white smoke was escaping from its upper end." From these craft came a white, hairlike substance, which covered telephone wires, tree branches and the roofs. When people rolled the hairs into into a ball, it turned into a gelatinous substance and vanished. One man claimed to have been trapped by the material. On freeing himself, it rose back into air.[11]

Ten days later, these events were repeated in Gaillac, also in France.[12]

On October 27, 1954, Gennaro Lucetti and Pietro Lastrucci stood on the balcony of a hotel in St. Mark's Square in Venice and saw two "shining spindles" flying across the sky leaving a trail of the angel hair.[13]

In the Portuguese city of Évora in November 2, 1959, two disc-shaped objects were seen over the town, and angel hair was collected and analyzed by microscope by a local school director, and later by armed forces technicians and scientists of the University of Lisbon. Conclusions were not possible although it was formed, apparently, by a small organism featuring 10 'arms' stretching from a central core. It was advanced that it could be a single-celled organism of some kind.[14]

A fall of angel hair in Florida in 1957 was witnessed by Craig Philips (later director of America's national aquarium), who collected samples. however, these disappeared before he could reach a laboratory.[15]

On February 10, 1978, a large number of fibers fell from the sky for a period of two hours near Samaru, New Zealand.[16]

Published explanations

Explanations based on known phenomena include:

  • Some types of spiders are known to migrate through the air, sometimes in large numbers, on cobweb gliders.
  • Atmospheric electricity may cause floating dust particles to become polarized, and attraction between these polarized dust particles may cause them to join together, to form long filaments.[17]

Explanations related to Unidentified Flying Objects include:

  • Ionized air may be sleeting off the electromagnetic field that surrounds a UFO.[18]
  • Excess energy converted into matter.[19]
  • The usage by UFOs of electrogravity would cause heavy atoms in ordinary air to react among themselves and produce a kind of precipitate that falls to the ground and disappears as the ionization decreases.[20]


  1. "A cobweb-like and jellylike substance which is also slightly radioactive often falls to the ground shortly after UFO sightings. The substance dubbed “angel’s hair” evaporates without a trace several hours after the sighting. The “hair” was reported to either disintegrate or turn into cottony tufts with an offensive smell when held in the hand. American ufologists refer to the material as “angel’s hair”; Italians call it “siliceous cotton”; and the French use the term “the Madonna’s present” to describe semitransparent threads that fall from heavens." in Mysterious angel hair phenomenon often reported after UFO sightings (retrieved 2 January 2009)
  2. "Angel hair is a rare phenomenon associated with UFO sightings, and the most famous incidence occurred in France in 1952. People of the town of Oloron were ... Suddenly someone cried, "What is that falling from the sky?" Great flakes were falling from a near cloudless sky. They seemed to be made of a cottony ..." in Palmer, S.J. Aliens Adored: Rael's UFO Religion (Rutgers University Press, ISBN 0813534763)[1] (retrieved 3 January 2009)
  3. "... Angel hair has likewise been reported at sightings of the Virgin Mary, ..." in Spignesi, S. The UFO Book of Lists (Citadel press, 2000) (retrieved January 2 2009)
  4. "these mysterious "webs" are associated with UFO sightings as well as angel sightings. Those who believe in UFOs believe the white filament like threads are related to the source that powers UFOs, while skeptics believe the filaments come from balloon spiders or a related spider family" in Mara Faustino. Heaven and Hell (Atlantic Monthly Press 2004 (ISBN 0871136961), pp57-8] (retrieved January 2 2009)
  5. John Sladek. The New Apocrypha (1973)
  6. In Pravda, above
  7. Condon, E. U. Final Report of the Scientific Study of Unidentified Flying Objects (Colorado University 1969)[2], P. 89 (retrieved 3 January 2009)
  8. "In ufology, this material is known as "angel hair," and some suspect that it is ionized air sleeting off an electromagnetic field surrounding a UFO. ..." in Rath, J. The W-Files (Big Earth Publishing, 1997)[3] (ISBN 0915024594
  9. In Palmer, above
  10. in Palmer, above
  11. "Angel Hair UFOs in Oloron, France" at (retrieved 5 January 2009)
  12. In howstuffworks, above
  13. In Pravda, above
  14. "11-02-1959 Hour: 12:00 n Evora" in "Portugal UFO sightings" (retrieved 5 January 2009)
  15. In howstuffworks, above
  16. In Pravda, above
  17. "In other words, angel air may be the product of an electrostatic precipitation of atmospheric dust. This tangibly supports the view that UFOs are a ..." in Il Nuovo cimento della Società italiana di fisica (retrieved january 2 2009)
  18. in Rath, above
  19. In Pravda, above
  20. "... create heavy atoms that react in ordinary air to produce a kind of precipitate that falls to the ground and disappears as the ionization decreases." in Donald Menzel. The World of Flying Saucers. (Doubleday, 1963)[4](retrieved January 2 2009)

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