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VufoA in the news again - Herald Sun 17th Mar 2013

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UFO Sightings: 1200 Aussies Saw Perth's 'Close Encounter' Therapist, Caboolture Man Spooked by Strange Flying Object


By Arlene Paredes | April 23, 2013 4:16 PM EST


Over 1,200 Australians have gone to see Perth therapist Mary Rodwell over claims of UFO sightings and E.T. encounters. Meanwhile, a man from Caboolture has been spooked by multiple sightings of strange flying objects near his home.

UFO Sightings: Egg-Shaped Black ‘Fiery’ Object in the Sky Artist Rendering (Image: Jeremy Nolen Graphic Design)

Perth's UFO Abductee Contactee Support Group, under the Australian Close Encounter Resource Network, has attended to more than 1,200 Aussies in 20 years. Awakening author Mary Rodwell founded the organisation, which by itself is a statement about the Aussies' interest in X-Files.

In a report by The Australian, Ms Rodwell launched her support group in Perth after helping out a patient who claimed he was contacted by aliens. It happened 2 decades ago. She had been offering her assistance for free or in exchange for donations since then. Ms Rodwell, 65, is a member of the Academy of Clinical Close Encounter Therapists. She said many abductees had claimed "going up on a spacecraft."

Sponsorship Link "It's all very X-Files but the truth is we live in a universe of billions of stars and it's very unlikely that we're the only life," Ms Rodwell told The Australian. The book author hinted many abductees were children.


Ms Rodwell will be in Perth in June to speak at a forum related to an upcoming play called Alienation, in collaboration with Perth Theatre Company.


Meanwhile, in Caboolture, Josh Philip from Broadway Court has claimed that he saw two UFOs in January. Mr Philip said he saw the first UFO near his home on Jan 5. The second UFO showed on Jan 30, hovering over Toohey Street.


The UFO Research Queensland has heard Mr Philip's report. However, the group's president, Sheryl Gottschall, said witnesses and photos were needed to accompany sighting reports.

UFO Returns to Park - The Age - April 8th 2013

By Michelle Griffin

Saw things ... Joy Clarke at the Grange Heathland reserve. Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones

The first time an unidentified flying object was seen in Clayton South, back in April 1966, it sparked mayhem, as dozens of screaming school children ran towards the pine grove where the silvery saucer-shaped object descended from the sky.

Almost five decades later, another UFO is scheduled to land in the same spot, but this time, the childish squeals should be excitement, not terror.

Capitalising on the notoriety of the biggest mass UFO sighting in Australian history, Kingston Council will in June install a $150,000 UFO-themed playground in Grange Reserve, featuring a 3.3 metre high spaceship big enough to hold seven children at a time. The silver spaceship, loosely inspired by the descriptions of witnesses back in 1966, will be trimmed with blue LED lighting, says Steve Perumal, the council officer who designed the park in collaboration with landscape design firm Urban Initiatives.

A sketch of the UFO-themed playground. Photo: Supplied

"We're effectively designing a UFO and hanging playground equipment off it," Mr Perumal said. Giant springs that resemble landing gear; climbing nets for invasion; red spiral slide for escape. And unlike that first flying saucer, this one complies with Australian safety standards.


Signboards near the playground will sketch the details of what's known in UFO circles as Westall '66, when 90 witnesses, including a school class playing cricket on the oval, reported seeing up to three saucers either in the sky or landing in the reserve on a clear Wednesday morning about 11am, April 6, 1966. It's been the subject of several news reports and one 2011 documentary.

The UFO playground gives the 1966 sighting official validation, says Joy Clarke, 60, who was in form two at Westall High School when she saw "flying saucers" above the sports oval.

"It makes you feel like people believe that it did happen," said Ms Clarke, a sales rep. "For years and years we were made fun of. You got told: 'How crazy were you? What drugs were you on?' For God's sake, I was 12 and a half and at school. I wasn't dropping LSD."

Shane Ryan, the Canberra public servant who has spent the past eight years researching the incident, has long campaigned for commemoration on the site. "I think it was a UFO, which is not the same as saying it was an extraterrestial spacecraft," said Mr Ryan. "There is a core mystery here. Too many people saw it. I think it's something worth taking seriously".

Ms Clarke's childhood friend Terry Peck ran to the reserve just in time to see the silvery saucer rise silently from the ground, turn on its side and shoot across the sky.

"It'd be nice to hear something serious," she said, "someone come forward to explain it. We were all brainwashed, told it was nothing, some government experiment and we weren't to talk about it."

Ms Peck said she would have kept her silence "if I was the only one... I don't want family or friends thinking I was a nut case , but because there were so many of us. Look, it's factual. I saw it. There mu


July 02, 2012 02:21 PM EDT


There has been a noticeable uptick in UFO encounters in Melbourne, Australia lately.


At the end of last month, some remarkable footage of a speeding craft was captured and uploaded onto the Internet. While the exact date of the video is not available, what you see will amaze you.


A blurry white light is seen streaking across the nighttime Melbourne sky, at a rate of speed so high, it is barely perceptible on film. You can view the footage here.


Also, on Friday, a woman named Angela reported the presence of a strange aerial craft above the city. A friend of hers photographed a helicopter checking out a UFO hovering in the sky right in broad daylight.


So, why have these inexplicable events been occurring so frequently in this city of four million people? After all, there were similar encounters there in April and May. 


There are Navy and Air Force bases in the region, so that might explain some of the sightings. But some of these UFOs are obviously not conventional military aircraft. Hopefully, the Australian government will investigate these sightings thoroughly, but of course, the public will never learn the truth.


Follow this link to an interesting article about a Facebook Survey conducted by the N.T Times - UFOs are very popular!

Victorian UFO Meeting hits Manistream Media

60 Second Drill

To read the full story go to the pictures page


Death of nine hikers in 1959, ufo connection

According to The Hollywood Reporter director Simon Fellows is to make a film of one of the most intriguing mysteries of the 20th Century: the unexplained deaths of nine hikers in 1959 at Dyatlov Pass in the Ural Mountains in Russia. Fellows is best known for his 2009 film Malice in Wonderland , a twisted modern take on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.


What’s so interesting about this story is that the victims all died under extremely bizarre circumstances in an area known for its UFO activity and steeped in ‘wild man’ and yeti legends. The victims’ bodies all had very high levels of radiation consistent with having been handling radioactive materials, and one hiker even had a missing tongue (just like US cattle mutilations).


Was the paranormal to blame?


Let’s take a closer look…


On the January 23rd, 1959 ten students from the Ural Polytechnic Institute sport tourism club set off on ski-hiking expedition (a winter sport combing cross-country skiing and climbing). While one student, Yury Yudin turned back early feeling unwell, the others travelled on to the Dyatlov Pass.


The group had been due to return on the 10th February and on the 26th February the rescue party found the group’s abandoned camp. Footprints leading from the site suggested that some had run from the camp without boots or shoes despite the subzero temperatures.


It was two months before all the bodies were found. According to post-mortem reports six had died from hypothermia and three had suffered fatal injuries. One member of the group had lost their tongue.


In the 1990s Anatoly Guschin, a local journalist, gained access to files on the official investigation into the incident. Medical tests showed that some of the victims’ bodies had very high levels of radiation. The files also revealed that chief investigator Lev Ivanov had been asked to close the case file and keep any results secret. Officials appeared to be concerned that people might associate the deaths with the mysterious UFO lights that had been seen in the region for years.


What "compelling unknown force" was responsible?


Numerous theories have been suggested including an attack by the indigenous Mansi people (this was ruled out in the official investigation), that the hikers had been attacked by yetis, that UFOs were somehow involved or that the unfortunate students had found themselves in the midst of some top secret Soviet military experiment.


Whatever happened, the group are memorialised to this day.


Dyatlov Pass is named after the expedition’s leader: Igor Dyatlov.


What do you think happened to the nine hikers?

Links to Newspaper Articles

Truck driver tail-gated by UFO - 21st Sept 2011

A TERRITORY man was shaken after an encounter with a UFO south of Tennant Creek.

The man, who wished to be identified only as Aiden, was an hour south of Tennant Creek on his way to Melbourne when he noticed a bright light following him closely, the Katherine Times reported.

Aiden said he had left Tennant Creek at about 3.30am.

"About an hour after I had set off I looked in my side mirror and noticed a light behind me," he said.

He thought nothing of it, believing it was another car - but the light got brighter.

"I thought 'geez, they must be driving fast' as I was doing 120km/h," he said.

"When I looked again after a few minutes the light was really bright but it was in the bloody sky."

Aiden said he started to freak out when he noticed the light was not coming from another car or truck.

"I put the foot down a bit more," he said. "Then I looked back again and this time the light was huge and the most brightest light I had ever seen.

"But the strange thing is that the light had like an orange colour to it, but was white at the same time.

"It was about the size of a large car and stayed with me for about 20 or 30 minutes.

"I said to myself: 'no, no, no, not me, go and take someone else, I am not interested," he said.

Expert Territory UFOlogist Alan Ferguson said it had happened many times before.

"The Aborigines called them 'min min' lights'," Mr Ferguson said.

Hundreds of UFO pics captured over Perth by Darlington man

Hundreds of UFO pics captured over Perth by Darlington man

UNIDENTIFIED alien spacecraft, a quirk of digital photography or a case of extra-terrestrial fraud?

Share on emailShare on twitterShare on facebookShare on google_plusone_shareShare on linkedinThese are some of the hundreds of "UFOs" that a biochemist-turned-school teacher says he captured on his $600 digital camera from the veranda of his Darlington home in the Perth Hills.


Rob Hartland has taken more than 20,000 photos of the day-time sky in the past six months and analysed them on his computer.


It began when he was taking photos of clouds to test out a new camera when he noticed a "smudge" that, when enlarged and enhanced, "had some structure to it, suggesting it could be some sort of craft in the sky".


He says since then he has identified a dozen different UFOs including round, square and saucer-shaped craft, posting the photos to his website for extra-terrestrial buffs and sceptics to ponder.


It comes after The Sunday Times last week revealed more than 400 West Australians had sought advice or counselling through the Australian Close Encounter Resource Network after claiming to see UFOs or meeting extra-terrestrials.

"I take about 30 shots at a time. In 10-15 minutes I'll take 300 to 400 images. Then I connect the camera to the computer. I zoom in and enhance any little thing I note on the images and you get these craft in anywhere from 2 per cent to 20 per cent of shots," Mr Hartland said.

 This UFO was photographed at 12:32pm on November 17, 2012, over Darlington, WA.


"Some of them appear to have transparent canopies and in some shots it looks like there could be occupants inside.

"I always say 'could' rather than 'is'. There is always doubt. But UFO stands for unidentified flying object and as far as I'm concerned these aren't identified. It's possible some are man-made, but I don't think they all are.

"There's no way it is a bird or insect or plane they look totally different and these craft move much faster."

Mr Hartland, who has completed a PhD in biochemistry, said he had no history of mental illness or drug taking and that he never altered his photos, though he acknowledged many people would find his claims hard to believe.

The Sunday Times picture editor Jackson Flindell said Mr Hartland's images did not appear to have been tampered with, but dust on a digital camera's image sensor could cause anomalies in digital photographs, while powerful magnification could also distort images in some cases.

Are We Alone -


May 21, 2013 - 7:38AM

Peter Spinks

In part two of our series, Dr Alan Duffy explores the cosmos and tries to put a figure on the number of habitable worlds there could be.


Are we alone?


Surely, you might assume, we cannot be alone in the universe. After, all barely a week goes by without scientists unearthing yet another distant exoplanet, as planets outside our solar system are called.


The latest discovery, reported in the US journal Science, is of an exoplanet 130 light years away with an atmosphere of water vapour and carbon monoxide. (A light year is the distance travelled by light in one year, namely 9,500,000,000,000 kilometres.)


This mysterious world, known prosaically as HR8799c, was found by splitting its reflected light into different wavelengths to uncover the tell-tale signature of molecules in its atmosphere.




Chances of finding life there, at least as we know it, are low: HR8799c harbours no methane which on Earth is emitted by many organisms.


The exoplanet is one of four planetary youngsters, estimated to be between 30 and 100 million years old. They are all hot monsters, with surface temperatures exceeding 1000 degrees and masses ranging from five to 13 times that of our solar system gas giant, Jupiter.


Some of their atmospheres contain water and methane, while others bear traces of acetylene or the deadly gas hydrogen cyanide.


Normally the light emitted or reflected from planets is too feeble to be detected when it is in the glare of a star's light, says Monash University astrophysicist Rosemary Mardling. "Most planet detection methods rely on observations of the star itself," she explains.


The method of directly detecting exoplanets involves blocking out as much light as possible from a parent star.


"To do this, we use either a 'mask' to block out the starlight or try to 'null' the starlight – which lets us observe the remaining light reflected by the exoplanet" Dr Mardling says. "This is done using filters which only let through light at infrared wavelengths, at which young exoplanets are brightest."


The idea is similar to noise-cancelling headphones that "null" background interference to enable music to be heard clearly.


Habitable zones


Surface water is unlikely to exist in liquid form on most of the bizarre worlds found so far. But, scientists agree, it's a matter of time before more Earth-sized exoplanets, that might be favourable to life, show up.


The nearest habitable orb, in fact, may be little more than 6.5 light years away, the latest research suggests.


"This will soon be tested by a newly approved NASA satellite, called TESS, which stands for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite," says Melbourne University astrophysicist Alan Duffy. "It's expected to launch in 2017 and will find habitable Earth-like exoplanets near us across the entire sky."


Other projects slated to start within the next few years include the Gemini Planet Imager and the Spectro-Polarimetric High-contrast Exoplanet Research, or SPHERE for short.


Two decades ago, Dr Duffy points out, scientists knew of only one star with planets, our sun; today more than 800 such systems have been catalogued. They range from giant planets larger than Jupiter but hotter than Mercury to frozen worlds orbiting moribund stars.


The latest revolutionary discoveries, Dr Duffy explains, beg the question: how many more exoplanets are out there, waiting to be found? "And, most excitingly, will any of them resemble Earth?"


Above all, how likely is it that any of these celestial bodies host alien life forms? Scientists are sharply divided over this question, their views ranging from near certainty that alien life exists to being almost as certain that it does not.


Countless books, radio and TV programs and films have been produced on the subject, yet science thus far been lacking in answers.


"The probability of life emerging on an Earth-like planet was considered to be virtually zero in 1970 and one, by some, today," says the eminent physicist and astrobiologist Paul Davies, director of the Beyond Centre for Fundamental Concepts in Science and co-director of the Cosmology Initiative at Arizona State University.


The scientific facts, he says, have not changed. "It can still be anywhere from zero to one, and nothing we currently know gives a clue," explains Professor Davies. "We have no way to estimate the probability that life will emerge even on an Earth-like planet, let alone non-Earth-like ones. The known facts are consistent with ours being the only planet in the universe with life."


Swinburne University astronomer Christopher Fluke agrees. "During the last 50 years, astronomers have searched without success for evidence that we are not alone," he notes, referring to the global Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), which so far has drawn a blank – despite having monitored multiple radio frequencies for signs of anything odd. "Should we be trying to send messages of our own?" Associate Professor Fluke wonders.


Scientists ought to rid their minds of preconceptions as to what an extraterrestrial intelligence might be like or what sorts of technologies aliens may have acquired, Professor Davies suggests. This, he says, is imperative if we are likely to find ET.


His Beyond Centre is trailblazing an ambitious program to search for signs of alien microbes among some of the more extraordinary organisms on Earth that can withstand hostile conditions such as extreme cold, heat, acidity, radioactivity or saltiness.


"There are major unanswered questions in the search for recognisable, or even intelligent, life," acknowledges Melbourne University theoretical physicist Katherine Mack.


"What are the chances other life forms would be able to communicate across interstellar space?" asks Dr Mack. "And if an alien civilisation exists, how likely is it we'd find it before it had time to destroy itself?"


Alpha Centauri


Not all exoplanets are that far flung. One strikingly similar to Earth – at least in terms of its mass – has been found just over four light years away in the triple-star system of Alpha Centauri, our closest stellar neighbours.


The exoplanet is "the lightest orbiting a solar-type star and the closest to the solar system found to date", its discoverers, a Geneva-based team using the European Southern Observatory in Chile, write in the British journal Nature.


Most scientists dismiss the chance of life existing on the chunk of rock that orbits its parent star, Alpha Centauri B, at one-tenth of the distance Mercury orbits our sun. It's probably an utterly desolate place with a scorching surface of about 2000 degrees, they conclude.


Nonetheless, the finding has raised hopes of finding an Earth twin hiding somewhere in Alpha Centauri – perhaps in a habitable zone.


"The Swiss team should be congratulated on this discovery," says NASA astrophysicist Mario Perez in Washington. "The search for a planet around the closest star to our own is finally over. It demonstrates that the presence of such planets around stars may be fairly common."


For all we know, extraterrestrial life, if it exists, may lie within our own neck of the cosmic woods. NASA's Curiosity rover, for example, is hard at work scouring the desiccated deserts of Mars for life.


"Mars might still contain life in some protected and hospitable environments, such as those deep underground," says Mark Sims, a professor of astrobiology and space instrumentation at Britain's University of Leicester and former mission manager of the European Space Agency's Beagle 2 mission.


Curiosity is now tackling this question obliquely by trying to establish whether Mars has or once had potentially habitable environments. To do this, the rover is sampling soil and rocks on the way to a nearby mountain with interesting geologies, including clays and sulphates that might once have been associated with water.


"The mountain enables one to have a cross-section of Martian history over several billion years," Professor Sims says.


NASA, and its European counterpart, ESA, meanwhile, are planning robotic missions to the solar system's icy outer suburbs. Prospects include the icy depths of subsurface oceans on Saturn's moons, Enceladus and Titan, and on Jupiter's moon Europa.




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