by Timothy Cech 

 We are surrounded by identifiable light. Lampposts from the campus, townhouses to the south, and speeding freeway commuters pollute our geography with their artificial brightness.


Disinterested cows idly graze the northern hills that buttress campus. 


It is the second and final meeting of the UFO Night Watch Encounters class series, “UFO Night Watch.” Myself and twelve other students will seek the unexplainable, test the limits of perception and transmit psychic invitations to what alien objects idle above our three-dimensional human bodies.

For the first time in LPC history, the search for aliens has been given an official platform through the Community Education branch. Without the associated long-term commitment of college credit courses or admission at the college itself, these types of classes are meant for personal development or a sense of play. Courses range from video game coding to financial accounting, but sometimes a marketable fringe subject is included, such as ghost hunting.

The instructors are usually practitioners in their fields, or at the very least subject enthusiasts, subcontracted for these crash courses with short runs.


Tana Newberry, co-owner of Vector 5 UFO Night Watch Encounters, is our instructor. Additionally she is an admitted psychic and extraterrestrial contactee.


Newberry explains the sky will be in a “cyst from the sun.” Patrolling the stratosphere, the traffic of hidden vessels will be illuminated by the withdrawing sunlight. Once the UV rays reach the metallic UFO surfaces, visual proof will reflect back to us.


So then, when confronted with the dark matter of infinite space, how can the finite mind sift through such obscured phenomena?

Military grade night vision goggles, it seems, are the answer.


Through the PVS7 Gen. 3s, the celestial bodies appear as glittering sand scattered upon glass. Costing $4000 a pair, they filter our vision in forest green contrast and illuminate the sky with 50,000 times more light than our naked eyes can perceive. The four pairs of goggles, provided by Newberry, must be shared equally among our odd number. Also in our arsenal are two high-powered laser pointers to ping any sightings.


Although not teeming with high frequency activity as the Hawaiian islands, Las Vegas or local Benicia, locations where Newberry’s company hosts groups of eight, the Tri-Valley is documented to have its own paranormal encounters.


In September 2015, a sighting was reported to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network), a database of user submitted sightings, claiming a massive triangular craft emitting red, white and blue lights appeared above I-680 near Livermore. It blinked three times and vanished. 


Sometimes the encounters are more amorous. A January 2012 sighting, also posted to MUFON, claims a Livermore man experienced a sudden erection and high sexual anxiety after witnessing an ebony disk, etched with a seven-point pentagram, flying outside his home.


At this time, California has 13,411 logged sightings in the NUFORC (National UFO Research Center) index, making the state the most concentrated in the country for UFO claims.


Experiences like these fall under the metaphysical umbrella of Ufology—the dissemination of claims, documents and media to support the existence of unidentified flying objects and existence of aliens.

Reverse engineering. Alien abduction. Past-life regression. Gene splicing. Cow mutilation.


Like a creature in a Steven Spielberg invasion, Ufology is a many-limbed organism. Its appendages all attach to a central alien body, feeding itself with the conviction that the universe contains far more than an earthling can ever perceive.


At the night one UFO Sightings 101 lecture, Newberry introduces herself as an extraterrestrial contactee, MILAB (military abduction) experiencer and Hybrid Mother. She speaks with bouncy charisma, carrying herself with bubbly optimism, when she follows these claims with descriptions of a high school cheerleader upbringing.

Life took a destructive turn when, at age twenty-one, she had a near-death experience from a drug overdose. While drifting in a fugue state, she recalls hearing a voice identifying itself as her great-grandmother. 


“In order to save my life and give me that opportunity to stay, my great grandmother had to help me stay in my body, which was rejecting me,” she says. Newberry survived this close brush with death and, in the years following her addiction, got sober.

She also began to dream of UFOs every other night.

In her self-published book, “Not Every Psychic is a Contactee, But… Every Contactee Is Psychic,” Newberry writes “I would begin a series of dream state contacts with many levels of recall. After which…would culminate into physical ET contacts.” 


In an interview with Russia Today, Paul Hellyer, Canada’s former minister of defense, said, “With absolute certainty, four species, four different species at least, have been visiting this planet for thousands of years.”

Among the known groups of extraterrestrials are the Greys, the Nordics, the Reptilians, and the more generally classified Ancient Astronauts. Within different circles of Ufology, these beings range from high-level earthly infiltrators to inter-dimensional scientists. David Icke, former sports broadcaster and Hereford United footballer, has written over fifteen books on the Archons, reptilian humanoid shape shifters, and their agenda. 


To such researchers and believers alike, the surface level means very little. The validity of generally accepted truths is subjugated by a disinformation firewall, constructed with clandestine motivation by the highest levels of government.


A New York Times article titled “Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious UFO Program” reports that the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, funded at the request of then-Senate majority leader Harry Reid in 2007 and shut down in 2012, produced documents relating to vessels that moved “at very high velocities with no visible means of propulsion, or that hovered with no apparent means of lift.” 


The central figure in this program was NASA contractor/billionaire Robert Bigelow, who is currently developing inflatable spacecraft for habitation. In a 60 Minutes interview with Lara Logan, Bigelow says, “There has and is an existing presence, an ET presence.”


The truth is really out there.


At least the class knows which signs to look for.

During night two’s UFO Nightwatch course, Newberry breaks down the three known classifications of UFO. 


“Hopefully I can show you as many of these things as possible. It’s a crapshoot different nights,” she says.


The first is “Moving Stars.” These are subdivided further as crisscrosses, multiple formations, power-ups, blinking out, shooting out and fading out. In the field, they can be mistaken for satellites, airplanes or birds. Anomalous behavior like irregular flight path should be scrutinized. A CBS news segment from Feb. 3, 2011 reports video footage of an orb descending over Jerusalem and then rapidly “shooting out” into the sky.


The second type, “Big Light,” manifests at cloud level, is colored amber and flares bright. To avoid confusion over false sightings, Newberry reminds us that single blinks accompany commercial airliners, double blinks are for general military and triple blinks are top-level government echelon.


Lastly, as well as most coveted to witness, are “Structured Craft.” These objects, even if not illuminated, appear close enough to determine their shape. Newberry warns us that if these come close enough, it is possible that a thick gauge of light will beam down. In these rare instances, the risk of “missing time” is likely. 


“We can gather why,” Newberry says.


As the last light of day melts into the foothills, she informs the class that it is time to channel our intentions and direct them to the universe, a practice called “vectoring.” If it succeeds, then the evening is more likely to result in a close encounter of the fifth kind.  Also referred to as CE5, this process represents a willing solicitation for alien contact, as initiated by a human. 


“People experience craft in their imagination. It’s all very high vibrational,” Newberry says.


For the LPC UFO night watch, Newberry streamlines the vectoring experience, inviting the class to participate in a minute meditation version at their discretion.

“The synergy of your group does matter as far as how much result we see,” Newberry says. 


This may explain why activity is slow tonight. 


An hour after sunset the stars appear as pinpricks in an endless fabric. They throb with light, but they do not move. 


There have been some close calls but all of them have been discredited.  Several are satellites, moving mechanical and soulless along a mathematical trajectory. A dim three-object formation is only a group of birds. Aside from the students, the only other signs of life are the cows still grazing the brown hills.


My neck has been bending at a posture-breaking angle for 45 minutes. The novelty of the class is wearing off.


“Am I seeing something on the lens? Or am I seeing something up there?” asks a middle-aged man named Tim, attending the class with his daughter. Indicating the goggles we share, he adds, “I’m uncertain of the technology and the right use of it.”


Another student shouts. Two thin green lines from the laser pointers converge on a point above us. I press the PVS7 Gen. 3s to my sunken eyes. 


A high flying object moves in an erratic pattern, heading south. It bursts with bright light and moves in an arrhythmic pattern that follows neither order nor convention.


The orb is both “moving star” and “bright light.” We all see it and cannot explain it. Once it reaches the moon’s wide corona it vanishes.

It wasn’t an airplane, a helicopter, a bird, a bat, a comet, a shooting star or a satellite. It was beautiful, almost magical to witness. It could have been anything. But whatever it was couldn’t be described within the parameters of secular thought. This great blue marble has shrunk down several sizes over the course of ten seconds.

At the risk of using the same circuitous rationale as a believer, insinuating non-believers to draw their own conclusions, I will admit that I just don’t know what I think I saw. 


All I do know is that the grazing cows are no longer on the hill.