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What exactly needs to happen NOW (or maybe MON)?

By Genevieve Jacobs 4 December 2018 72

The mysterious words appeared in Canberra skies at lunchtime. Photo: Facebook.

Most often the words in the sky are pretty clear: Marry Me, perhaps, or even No Tax. But at around 12:30 pm, Canberrans were mystified by the appearance of three letters that could be urgent (NOW) or making a date for the future (MON).

But what does it mean? Commenters on the Canberra noticeboard group speculated it was everything from a date night to an abbreviation for the name Monica.

Others pointed out that when pilots are training for skywriting, NOW is a good word to practice, as connecting to O is widely used, while N and W help with joining straight lines and making quick turns for each line before wind moves the line.

There’s still other speculation that the skywriting might be connected to a protest against children in refugee detention on Manus Island. But if so, it’s a far from clear message for the vast majority of viewers.

Region Media has attempted to call several skywriting companies without success, so let us know what you think. What does the message mean?


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Shanell Scott 6:36 pm 06 Dec 18

Andrew Sellers I patiently waited for the end result.

John Moulis 8:16 am 05 Dec 18

I saw that and thought I’d been transported in a time warp back to last year when Christian fundamentalists hijacked the skies over Sydney urging people to vote no in the same sex marriage plebiscite.

Bec Cesnik 6:47 am 05 Dec 18

Aaron Stone I saw this and wondered what it meant!

David Larcombe 6:43 am 05 Dec 18

NOW was organised by Clean Energy for Eternity. NOW is the time to act on climate change

Alyson Grant 6:16 am 05 Dec 18

Michael Gruber Ro Slattery even the RiotACT can't give us an answer

Dana Perry 5:46 am 05 Dec 18

Meeko Jaiyawong Kirsten Tahlia Nasser Jessica White Hayley Conna Tahlia Sense climate change apparently, what better way to do it than a plane that’d be pumping heaps of fumes into the sky 🤔

Emma O'Connor 5:09 am 05 Dec 18

Essen Rad 😂 it was for me

Paola Cecchini 12:07 am 05 Dec 18

Ohh I thought it said ‘mon’ from where I was looking haha.

Jake Roxby 11:57 pm 04 Dec 18

Climate change thing I'm pretty sure. There was some huge meeting with the world leaders and David Attenborough real recently.

Guin Guinster 11:24 pm 04 Dec 18

It was me sending a message to Monika Lewis because I miss her 😻

Julian Rowe 11:16 pm 04 Dec 18

Does anyone remember WE ❤️ AUSSIE NUTS

Matthew Nott 10:56 pm 04 Dec 18

Action on climate change NOW. That's it! This was no training exercise. We are starting a bloody revolution on the Far South Coast of NSW, and we are trying to get our message to Canberra. This is our 10th NOW sign, and I am working on 100 before the next election. Anyone want to join in? Here are our 10 NOW signs....https://youtu.be/q_tD8_jVAig.

Peta Hudson 10:53 pm 04 Dec 18

Still not sure Melanie Bottrill

Matthew Nott 10:37 pm 04 Dec 18

Alex Rea this is a nice shot.

Louise Cooper 9:56 pm 04 Dec 18

Hahahahaha! Marjorie Cooper! I thought it was someone learning how to sky write & trying to write Mom...or Mum to us Aussies! 😂

Aaron Walker 9:19 pm 04 Dec 18

Michael Caggiano Bede Gahan clearly this was a message to the FFA.

Matty Evans 9:09 pm 04 Dec 18

Was it for the light rail???

Iaian Ross 9:08 pm 04 Dec 18

Well given that the N was more diffused than the other letters, it was probably written first. The word was most likely "Now"

Jordan Mulach 9:03 pm 04 Dec 18

Katie Urquhart ah, was not meant to be Mon

Gabriel Spacca 8:17 pm 04 Dec 18

Hey Mon! Chill out!

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