In 1974, the Betz family made as startling discovery that took the world media by storm. But no one knew what this mysterious metal ball was, which has become known as The Betz Mystery Sphere.
Fire ravaged 880 acres of a woodland property on Fort George Island, Florida that had a history going back to the 16th century, where a Spanish mission had once been located.
While Antoine Betz a Marine Engineer and his wife Gerri were examining the fire damage to their property, they came across a strange sphere on the ground.
At first they thought it may have been cannonball given the areas history but they soon realized by the highly polished metal surface of the seamless or this was something different.
They then thought maybe the space aged looking object could have fallen from a NASA or Soviet satellite, flying above and somehow landed on their property.
Thy mysterious orb was about the size of a bowling ball and weight 22 lbs; but the unusual thing was that it had a strange elongated triangle, that was etched on the surface.
Seeing it as only a strange curiosity, the family decided to take it home with them and their son Terry, wanted to keep it in his room but that did not last for too long.
UNUSUAL THINGS BEGAN TO HAPPEN WITH THE BETZ MYSTERY SPHERE
A couple weeks after the unusual find, Terry was playing his guitar and to his shock, the metallic orb started to react to the sound of the strumming. According to his testimony, the sphere resonated out a deep throbbing noise that seemed to greatly upset the family dog. Then it began to move to certain chords being played.
When they pushed it across the floor, it would stop, vibrate then suddenly change direction and return back to the person who had pushed it.
They also saw it roll around the edge of the table finely balanced but it did not fall off onto the floor. On one occasion, they tilted the table at an angle, then saw that the sphere defy gravity and travel back up the leg of the table.
The family also claimed that it rolled for approximately 12 minutes continuously, while changing direction by itself but never once stopping. They considered all options and decided that it may have been fitted with a very sophisticated guidance system that allowed it to do this.
HOW WAS THE BETZ MYSTERY SPHERE POWERED?
From what they had observed, the strange orb seemed to be powered by solar energy (even though solar energy was first discovered by Alexandre Edmond Becquerel in 1839, it was not in commonly used in 1974). They noticed that when the sun was shining brightly the orb was more active.
First he gently hit the sphere with a hammer, which resulted in it ringing like a bell. Then he shook it vigorously and the orb suddenly rolled around the room as if trying to escape from him.
It is rumored that at night the Betz family would keep it in a sealed box so that it would not escape.
Occasionally the orb would emit a rattling or low frequency vibration, as if there was some sort of mechanism running inside.
SCIENTIFIC STUDY INTO THE BETZ MYSTERY SPHERE
Word soon got around about the Betz Mystery Sphere and quickly it started a media frenzy everyone wanted to know about this strange ball.
Both officials from NASA, The Military Corp and Arial Phenomena Research Organization (APRO) were sent out to see the sphere. They examined the steel object and could determine that there was no indication that it was manufactured or tampered with.
The military personnel would arrive skeptical onlookers, but by the time they left, were full of questions.
Despite requests from officials to take the ball to a lab for testing, the Betz family refused but soon they had no choice.
THE BETZ MYSTERY SPHERE IS STUDIED
Soon the sphere started to exhibit strange and almost poltergeist behavior.
This quickly became too much for the Betz family, so they agreed to allow the orb to be tested under scientific conditions they wanted to know what this was?
The orb was taken to Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida, where the sphere was given to both scientists and metallurgists to examine.
They tried to x-ray the sphere to see what was inside, however x-ray machine was not strong enough to penetrate the metal, which they found baffling.
They determined that sphere was 7.96 inches wide (20 cm) and 21.43 pounds (9.67 kilograms), which could withstand 120,000 of pressure per square inch. It was made of magnetic stainless steel of the excellent quality, designed to withstand the highest heat temperatures and was corrosive resistant.
FURTHER STUDIES INTO THE BETZ MYSTERY SPHERE
The navy eventually used a 300 KV x-ray and discovered 2 objects inside the sphere surrounded by a halo of material with unusual density. They also discovered that the spheres displayed 4 magnetic poles, 2 positive and 2 negative which did not have the same center.
It also showed signs of being radioactive but it was not explosive and one scientist (Dr Carl Wilson) was noted as saying that it defies the law know to physics. Another scientist (Dr J A Harder) is reported to have said that the elements inside were heavier than anything known to science.
THE MYSTERY CONTINUES
There have been people who have tried to debunk the Betz Mystery Sphere with many explanations ranging from: it was a lost steel ball that was meant to be used for an art project to a sea bottom marker that somehow got into their burnt out field.
Since that time, other orbs have been found on earth since 1974 that include from Australia, Russia, Iraq and America but no one knows what they are or where they come from.
Now over time no one talks anymore about The Betz Mystery Sphere but where is it now? No one seems to know and it has somehow disappeared from many people’s mind.
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