Angel hair is a peculiar and rare phenomenon involving strands or clumps of a substance falling from the sky. This phenomenon is often, but not always, associated with UFOs. Angel hair is frequently likened to spiderwebs. There are several instances of massive volumes of “spiderwebs” being reported where no spiders have been found.

In October of 1881, over Lake Michigan in eastern Wisconsin, there was a fall of enormous “spiderwebs” that was reported in Scientific American. The webs were strong and white and measured in size from mere specks to 60 feet in length. No one reported the presence of spiders in this shower of webs.

In the summer of 1957, scientists were collecting specimens in the Florida Keys for the Miami Seaquarium when, over a two-hour period, they observed occasional strands of what appeared to be very fine cobwebs up to two feet or more in length. These strands drifted down from the sky and occasionally caught on the rigging of their vessel. They began collecting the material and were puzzled at the absence of spiders. They placed strands of the material in collecting jars so they could examine it under the microscope at the Seaquarium. However, upon returning, no trace of the material could be found. That same year, on October 4 in Ichinoseki City, Japan, a UFO reportedly passed overhead and angel hair rained down for the next two hours.

UFOs seem to be associated with a number of other cases of angel hair sightings, too. For example, twelve white metallic discs were seen in the sky over Meekathara, Australia, on August 6, 1961. Emanating from them was a snowy-white, mesh-like substance that fell to the ground. Witnesses who picked up the substance saw it fade away in their hands.

Since 1961 reports of angel hair have been exceedingly rare. In the 1970s the chief investigator for the Center for UFO Studies in Chicago, Illinois, had two samples, neither of which was associated with a UFO sighting. Both turned out to be balloon spiderwebs.


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