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

By Genevieve Jacobs 4 December 2018 54

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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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!

Alexia Daley 7:39 pm 04 Dec 18

Ahhh the bloody Christians! Got us good Coral O'Callaghan

Shannon Ginders 7:14 pm 04 Dec 18

Shane Strong what we saw today

Rachael Hughes 7:04 pm 04 Dec 18

🤭 me sending a message to my kids to clean up NOW!! 😂

Anthony Davies 6:05 pm 04 Dec 18

MON not NOW. 🤣😂🤔🤭

Josh Rosner Moore 5:53 pm 04 Dec 18

Call an election...NOW

Brydie Kelly 5:33 pm 04 Dec 18

Maybe it's MON 🤔

Rob Sanders 5:26 pm 04 Dec 18

Contact your federal MPs and tell them to vote against the anti-encryption bill.

Elizabeth Sokic 4:55 pm 04 Dec 18


Faye Dela Torre Salcedo 4:52 pm 04 Dec 18

It’s MON day?

Angelika Po Ma 4:34 pm 04 Dec 18

Kids off Nauru.

Adam Wade 4:31 pm 04 Dec 18

Natural Organic Wines

Grant Tobias 4:26 pm 04 Dec 18

Anyone else see the irony here - use a plane to pollute the sky with a message on climate change...

Housh Fallah 4:12 pm 04 Dec 18

They were actually ordering wonton soup but wrote it upside down and bailed after three letters once they realised

Dave Wilkinson 4:04 pm 04 Dec 18 the time for climate change action..

Angela Whyte 4:04 pm 04 Dec 18

I love that you used my photo 🤗

Maureen Cummuskey 4:03 pm 04 Dec 18


Simon Anthony Kaye 4:02 pm 04 Dec 18

Climate-change action.

Harper Pirsig 4:01 pm 04 Dec 18

I saw it. No idea what it means.

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