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UFO Update

Posted by dandare on August 12, 2007

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The Telegraph kicks us off this week, with “UFO sightings published by the MOD” (posted 8.8.07)…it mentions that 97 sightings were reported last year and that they go back to 1998 (available on MOD site here ; although this has been up online for a while).

Extracts from the article say that  “Around 98 per cent of cases can be explained. The remaining two per cent keep us fascinated…[.]” and    “A spokesman from the Civil Aviation Authority refused to be drawn on the report. “We don’t have any involvement with UFOs,…..[.]”  So no change there, for the CAA.

A similar article can be found in THe Insider and the Daily Mail in which… “Sunderland had a silver pyramid which rotated at low speed. And a ‘mothership with two smaller orbs’ flying above Barlaston in Staffordshire was spotted twice in five days” (extract from Daily Mail).
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Also, whilst browsing through the Daily Mail archives, i came across this;

  “Revealed: why the MoD tried to hide its UFO investigations (posted-sept 25th 2006).

It mentions “The Ministry of Defence went to great lengths to conceal information from the public due to be released in documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act…[.]”   What sparked more interest were references too D155, the equivalent to the men in black (that some believed were the D155 units).

 It later goes on to say…”But the reason for its decision to come clean about the unit’s activities was not because proof of aliens had been found. It was down to embarrassment that it could not afford to investigate the 10,000 or so reported sightings over the years”.

Another article entitled “just a load of hot air!” (posted 8th may, 2006) has defence chiefs thinking, they know the answer to what UFO sightings really are. mmm… no comment! for a similar article, see here

A headline caught my eye….. “UFO was like a washing machine whirring” (gazettelive.co.uk  -posted 8th august, 2007).      “PHILIP Cotton was sceptical about extra-terrestrial life until he and his partner spotted a strange flashing object flying over the clear skies of North Yorkshire”.
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As i have already mentioned before, i could give links to all the local newspapers of MoD reports of ufo’s (such as lothian, wrexham and countless others) but there is no need, as all reports from 1998-2006 are here ; admittedly they are not very long accounts, but you can look up ufo in the search for more articles. 

Whilst having a good browse through Wired Magazine, i came across some interesting features….. Giant Robotic Spy Blimp Creeps Forward , DARPA Vision: “Unblinking” Spy Drones, Veggie-Powered Killer Bots , What’s nicer than a flying saucer? , How to hack your way into space , Son of Hubble, Prepare for a 2013 liftoff .

Lastly, “Stanton Friedman, interviewed on UFO Radio” (6th august, 2007- alienationsam.com) worth a listen.

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A UFO sighting along the coast? and what it could be!

Posted by dandare on August 9, 2007

According to Katu.com2 (Portland, Oregon Aug 7th)
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Some residents near Waldport claim they heard a very loud noise and saw a ball of light crash into the ocean last week.  So far, no proof of a UFO has been found, but it has caused some speculation on the coast”. See here for link and a very quick/brief report.

However, the Newport News-Times  (posted august 8th, 2007) seems to have a more logical answer…

It says “My guess is it was a military aircraft,” continued Reno. “I know we had one earlier in the week, like Tuesday, about that time.” Pilots from the U.S. Naval Air Station in Whidbey Island occasionally do instrument approaches in the area, he said. “And sometimes with a cloud cover, it sounds a little louder, too.”for full article see here

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Also of possible interest from Katu2.com is about Space shuttle Endeavour, which took off on wednesday…  “shuttle blasts off with former teacher aboard

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Ufo Museum gets National attention

Posted by dandare on August 8, 2007

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Ufo Museum gets National attention (By United Press International, 7th August,2007)

It mentions that  A UFO museum in Roswell, New Mexico, has been getting some national attention in recent weeks”. ….and

“After chatting with Larry King on CNN last month, Julie Shuster, executive director of the International UFO Museum and Research Center, also will be featured on “CBS News Sunday Morning” with Charles Osgood Aug. 12, the Roswell (New Mexico) Daily Record said Tuesday. (brief extracts from article).
It also says that the ufo subject will be taken seriously in all this….for article see here .

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Where will science take us in the future?

Posted by dandare on August 6, 2007

A while back (well in 2003) BBC Radio 4 did a series on “where will science take us in the future“, presenting 4 programmes ….
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The first programme looks outward into space and discovers how the biggest telescopes on earth and in space can survey the Universe on the largest scales, revealing its structure and the powerful forces which shape it.”

and among other things”….are we alone in this vast cosmos or are there other life forms out there, perhaps more intelligent than ourselves and ready to communicate their secrets?”

Programme 2 is about the human brain, and how it works, and covers such subjects as how we form memories, and what makes us conscious….

Programme 3     “……. we go back to basics and investigate the nature of matter and the basic laws of physics.Just what is the Universe made of?”

Programme 4  “investigates the secrets of life. Just how did life begin? Could the incredible complexities of even the most basic lifeforms we know have begun as chance chemistry? Exactly what is life?”

Its well worth a listen…. the audio can be found here .

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UFO Update

Posted by dandare on August 4, 2007

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As was suspected, the lights above Hertfordshire have been solved….. see here for article (dated 31st july).

Also in relation to this, see MARA link for video examples of fire balloons, and other anomalies in our skies (also please see my article on ufo balloons here).

Something else that caught my attention was:  

“Scientific Proof of UFOs as Concluded by University of Colorado Scientists on Display at Denver UFO Conference” (2nd august 2007)

It is a free display, open to the public on 10th-12th august 2007 [location Denver Tech Centre Marriot]. For more details and to book please see here .

A “Crop circle Mystery” (from The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald….20th july 2007), suggests that maybe some crop circles are not man-made. It mentions “…at 3.13am there was a flash of what Mr Keech described as sheet lightning.
It appeared on the video footage and lasted four microseconds. Twenty minutes later, at 3.20am, there was enough light to make out the formation in the field below”.

A “Who’s who in ufology” is a list of 10 names in ufology today, who are the most respected in this field. 

Project Blue Book: has now become available free online at Footnote.com : although it has been available at bluebookarchive.org for a while (although documents are still being updated).

Lastly……”Contact has begun” in Trout Lake, Washington.

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UFO’s: Fact verses Fiction

Posted by dandare on August 4, 2007


UFOs: Fact verses Fiction By Bill Knell When a sci-fi fan thinks about UFOs or Aliens, images and descriptions from their favorite fictional film, TV series or book tends to pop into their thoughts. Sci-fi has been a powerful force in bringing the real and unreal about these subjects into our heads. Early stories found in picture books and dime novels from the turn of the century mirrored theories about canals on Mars. Images of Martians living by and traveling on those supposed waterways were trendy. During the 1920s to 1940s rockets became wildly popular and there were amateur rocket clubs all over the world. News of Robert Goddard’s successful experiments with rocketry near Roswell, NM, during that period added to the fever. In the world of science fiction, people were now traveling by rocket to our nearby planets to confront both friendly humanoids and horrifying space monsters! But all that soon changed. The 1950s brought us the golden age of modern science. We had begun to explore our environment more fully, started to reach out into space and developed fantastic inventions like the super computer. Some say that the 1950s put the SCIENCE in SCIENCE FICTION. Sci-fi stories became more believable because they were based on actual scientific theory or practical scientific fact. The same may be said of sci-fi stories about UFOs and Aliens. The 1950’s ushered in the golden age of the Flying Saucers. While sci-fi stories in previous decades ignored descriptions of creatures and crafts from actual sightings in favor of what science conjectured, things changed when alleged FACT became more interesting then FICTION! Most sci-fi books, publications, television presentations and films took notice of the fact that pilots, police officers and other credible witnesses were coming forward with accounts of seeing unknown aerial phenomenon and having encounters with odd beings that were too close for comfort. Although many were wildly exaggerated, the sci-fi genre picked up on the actual descriptions of crafts and creatures and incorporated these into their stories. This trend continued until the late 1960s when sci-fi moved back in the direction of a mixture of what actual science says is possible and the author’s imagination. It’s largely remained there.

Although sticking to the theme of science mixed with pure fantasy, sci-fi still occasionally plays the reality card and cashes in on the popularity of non-fiction UFO stories and encounters. With the popularity of real UFO sighting, Crop Circle and Alien Abduction stories at an all time high in the 1970s-1990s, films like Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Fire In The Sky, Independence Day, Men In Black and Signs made it big at the box office. While the sci-fi genre tends to make real stories of UFOs and Creatures a bit easier to swallow, more fun and sometimes a bit more frightening, the actual history of sightings and encounters is no less interesting.

Strange objects have been seen in the sky for thousands of years. Many are explainable, some are not. It might surprise you to know that many ancient civilizations had a basic understanding of what they saw in the sky, using it for navigation and direction finding purposes. Ancient people were as surprised and shocked as modern UFO Witnesses when they saw discs, cigar-shaped objects and strange balls of light that seemed under intelligent control. We know about their experiences because they took the time to chronicle sightings just as people do today. Landings, crop circles and other physical phenomena associated with UFOs were often explained away as or associated with religious experiences or devilish activity.

UFO occupants have also been with us throughout history. Sightings of small pale or gray beings and other types of creatures have been reported in conjunction with sightings. It’s possible that worldwide stories of small beings like leprechauns, trolls, faeries and others with great powers may have their origin in the UFO phenomenon. Some Native American groups, for example, trace their ancestry to the skies and claim they were brought here by small beings with great powers.

As humans have acquired the technology to better study the world around them over the past 150 years, incidents of strange aerial phenomenon have been better documented. From 1800-1900 these objects became known as airships. Thousands of carefully documented sightings were printed in reputable newspapers throughout the world, along with drawings showing the typical discs, cigar shapes and glowing balls of light. When photography became affordable and available to the general public, photographic evidence for UFOs rapidly grew. With there were and continue to be more then a few fakes or photos of known objects misidentified as UFOs, we now have many clear, daytime photos, film and video of UFOs.

1947 was the year of the UFO. Kenneth Arnold, a private pilot, former military flier and respected businessman, was flying his aircraft near Mount Rainier in Washington State on June 24, 1947. He saw several strange objects traveling at a tremendous speed and reported this incident after landing. Arnold said the objects moved in a strange way like tossed rocks skipping across the water. He described them as looking like broken saucers with the cup inverted on top. The press picked up the description and the term Flying Saucer was born. Two weeks later the U.S. Government released a press release saying that a ‘flying disc’ had crashed and been retrieved near Roswell, NM. They later changed their story saying it was merely a weather balloon. But stories of other crashes and close encounters persisted.

By 1949, the U.S. Military was faced with reports of strange things seen in the sky by thousands of people. Stories of crashed discs and flying saucers had caught the public’s attention and people wanted answers Many witnesses were trained observers and some were pilots. During WWII, U.S. Military pilots reported encounters with strange aerial phenomenon and nicknamed them Foo Fighters. The Military decided that the Air Force would investigate these type of incidents and, in 1949, Project Blue Book was born. Bluebook created the term U.F.O. (Unidentified Flying Object) as an umbrella to fit all the sightings under. As one former un-named Air Force General said, “The Air Force is not going to investigate cups and saucers flying around the sky!”

In 1969 a report based on Bluebook was issued to the public which stated that 95% of all UFO sightings were explainable, 5% were not and the objects seen posed no threat to national security. Revelations from thousands of freedom of information documents, military whistleblowers and statements by foreign governments have shown us that Bluebook was a smoke screen designed to satisfy public curiosity and that there was far more to this phenomenon then what the military had reported. In 1988, for example, the former Soviet Union issued a statement claiming that a UFO had landed in a park in Russia, occupants had been seen and that these objects were likely of extra-terrestrial origin. One former Soviet document is a letter written by the head of NASA warning the Russians that American Astronauts had seen and encountered odd crafts while on the Moon. The letter is dated 1969 and has a reference number on it, but NASA says they no longer have a copy, can’t locate the reference number and so cannot verify the document.

One scientist that worked on the final Bluebook report was Dr J. Allen Hynek a professor from Northwestern University. After looking at reports and evidence that existed apart from Bluebook, he decided that the project had ignored the best evidence in favor of lesser cases that could easily be explained away. He created the Dr. J. Allen Hynek Center for UFOs Studies with the hope that a scientific study of the phenomenon would yield more then what the Government found. It was Hynek that created a simple way to describe contact with UFOs in scientific terms. A Close Encounter of the First Kind was a sighting. A Close Encounter of the Second Kind involved physical evidence like a crop circle. A Close Encounter of the Third Kind was contact with a UFO Occupant. Although Hynek didn’t think much of Abduction stories, a Close Encounter of the Fourth Kind is a term generally used to describe UFO Abduction Cases. Hynek passed away in the late 1980s.

Some common explanations for UFOs are ball lightening, misidentified private, commercial or military aircraft and natural phenomenon. There are problems with these explanations. Ball lightning appears so briefly if is rarely photographed. Many pilots themselves see UFOs and would know the difference between planes and something else. Most people that report sightings no longer bother to report far off objects in the sky that might be natural phenomenon, but tend to report close encounters that defy explanation. Within the field of what some call Ufology, there are two groups that have come to define the investigation of unknown Ariel Phenomenon. These are the True Believers and The Skeptics. The True Believers are certain that UFOs defy explanation, while the Skeptics believe that all or most sightings can eventually be explained in a conventional way. Ironically, it’s these two groups that do the most harm to the serious study of UFOs. Both are certain about their beliefs with little or no room for science, hypothesis or debate. For my part, it seems more desirable to be somewhere in the middle of the two with room for movement in either direction on a case by case basis.

Stories of objects and creatures from space remain with us and are unlikely to vanish as long as sci-fi writers write and people continue to report what they feel are actual encounters with strange Ariel Phenomenon and the Beings that travel in them.

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Article taken from http://www.ufoguy.com

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Uk Ufo season has begun?

Posted by dandare on August 3, 2007

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It seems that silly season is in full swing….. ie papers are looking for fillers, as there is not too much “out there”.

It seems many of the stories being circulated, are based on information found at the FOIA website found here(sightings from 1999-2006), which anyone can look at.

 All that has been done, is that someone has looked through the statistics, created lists for the counties, and sold them as stories, mainly to regional papers.

Examples  Oxford  , Lothian , Bicester Advertiser , This is Nottingham  , This is Wiltshire , Fife and Aldershot to name but a few….oh well ….expect more “little green men” and “x-file” headlines for a while.


According to alot of regional papers, many parts of the uk are “ufo hotspots”or ” A secret ‘X-files’ style dossier of UFO sightings in Northern Ireland has been made public for the first time”….. I must reiterate again, i’m afraid this not true……

Shropshire star , Northern Ireland , Whitehaven-news and This is Swansea : to name but a few more. 

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Large Ufo over Liverpool

Posted by dandare on August 2, 2007

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The Maghull and Aintree star has an article (2nd August)  ” Mysterious object is a return Visitor to Liverpool“… the event happened on the 25th july,…and ” The UFO was so large, a passing commercial airliner was dwarfed against it…..” 

This seems to be recurring theme as…

“Earlier this year in January, a Mr Fraser of Childwall was taking a nightly stroll down Menlove Avenue when he noticed several lights in the sky….”. And “The huge disc-shaped UFO moved slowly from the direction of Halewood across the sky, and Mr Fraser and a female passer-by watched it head towards Netherley”.

There are other witnesses who saw this gigantic ufo…. for the full article (quotes here taken from the article) please see here .

  I hope its not a play on the channel island sighting earlier in the year…..have to see how this one pans out, and see if anymore sightings, information can be gathered…so will update if/when any more comes my way.  

Also another article of interest can be seen here (by Maghull and Aintree Star occurred2002).

UPDATE: 28th August

As was mentioned in a later post on this blog, but might have been missed here.. i have added the article from the local paper, where it belongs (in this article).

The sefton and west lancs (uk) has an interesting article entitled “Throwing light on a mystery” (posted 16th August). It mentions that the recent sightings around Liverpool could be Ball lighting, however it goes on to mention…..

“If the lights being seen across this region are ball lightning, the weather may be to blame, as we have had alternating days of rainy and sunny weather recently, but the reports of the Liverpool Lights seem to defy such a rational explanation”.

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