An alien structure on the moors

This odd structure is certainly alien to the landscape around it, but there’s a more prosaic explanation than that of little green men.

This is one of the NATS (National Air Traffic service) radar control beacons used to monitor aircraft movements across the country. It lies on the main trans-Atlantic air corridor and on clear days and nights jets regularly criss-cross the skies above: aircraft also routinely circle and stack on approach to nearby Manchester airport.

Returning to the alien theme for a second, Todmorden has been a hotspot of alleged UFO sightings in the past: this may be at least partially explained by so much civilian air traffic in the vicinity. Then again, round here anything is possible…

pano_polehill1_1500px

Click below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash, or for more info in Google Earth.

pano_polehill2_1500px

Click below for a fullscreen 360° view of the scene in Flash, or for more info in Google Earth.

0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply