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UFO Casebook Magazine 495, Issue date, 02-06-12

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On Looking Far and Beyond!
UFO Depiction
Published: 4:02 AM 1/31/2012

Khalid Saleem

Ever since one can remember, humankind has been obsessed with the possibility of extra-terrestrials one day landing on this blessed Earth. H.G. Wells took the lead in promoting the concept of worlds other than our own planet populated with intelligent alien beings.

Wells’ story “War of the Worlds” was an earth-shaker in more ways than one. His influence is at the base of several tomes as well as films that have dealt with the subject of alien beings landing on the planet Earth.

Fiction aside, scientific researchers have long bent their efforts towards proving once for all the existence - or otherwise - of life in outer space. To take just one instance, the various Mars probes are programmed - among other chores - to probe into the possibility of existence of life on the red planet.

In a scoop, some years back, we were served with the latest in research in this direction. According to a report published at that time in the New Scientist, “hot and massive rocky worlds called ‘super-Earths’, even those orbiting close to their stars, may provide the right conditions for life.”

Apparently, new technological advances may have led to the discovery of such new super-Earths.

To add to the lore, a Ms. Lisa Kaltenegger of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astro-physics in Massachusetts, USA, had reportedly asserted: “There is no reason why the different chemical cycles that are important for life on our planet wouldn’t work on super-Earths.”

There you have it in a nutshell, as they say. Having said that, one may go on to reiterate the fact that men of science have been in quest of alien beings from outer space for as long as one can remember. For their part, Extra-terrestrial beings (ET’s, for short) may well be trying from their end to discover us Earthlings.

The race has been on for quite a while now. Who (or what) is ahead of the game remains to be seen? Science literature and sci-fi publications have always been way ahead of the game in their own way. There was a time when such literature – and that includes comic strips – was not taken at all seriously.

They were perused and, no doubt, enjoyed by a certain cross-section of the reading public and then conveniently consigned to either the bookshelf or the dustbin depending on their resale value. But, as one said, they were hardly ever taken seriously. That remained the situation till not very long ago.

However, things lately no longer remain the same. What was considered far-fetched and fanciful in days of yore is no longer so. The imagery of such writers as Jules Verne and H. G. Wells is no longer the object of ridicule or derision. Their writings are now being seen in a new light and with a certain measure of awe. This change has come about because so many of their ‘predictions’ are coming true!

UFO Depiction While on the subject of scientific research, one may be excused for digressing a bit to convey an item of bad news – tempered though with a whiff of good news. First the bad news! We learnt some years back, courtesy of Reuters, of the imminent possibility of a massive asteroid well on its way to a collision with the Earth in the not too distant future. The good news is that – as history is witness – these asteroids have the habit of choosing strictly dinosaurs as their intended victims.

With the modern world teeming as it is with dinosaurs of all ilks and genres, us lesser mortals can perhaps rest easy. Or is this being a bit over-complacent? But to get back to the subject of extra-terrestrial beings that one was dwelling on before getting derailed onto extraneous matters; the welcome tidings – again courtesy of Reuters – are that scientists searching the stars for aliens “are convinced an ET is out there.”

It is just that they (the scientists, that is) have lacked the know-how thus far to detect such a being. The last mentioned failing, we are informed, has at long last been remedied, though. Latest technological advances, one learns, have opened up the way for scientists to check millions of previously unknown star systems, “dramatically increasing the chances of finding intelligent life in outer space in the next quarter century.”

For that note of optimism the world is indebted to California’s “Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI)”, which has been aptly described as the world’s largest private Extraterrestrial Agency. The senior astronomer of SETI, a Mr. Shostak, put it rather graphically.

“We are looking for needles in the haystack that is our galaxy, but there could be thousands of needles out there”. He added that he was convinced there is intelligent life out there. But he did put the damper on such expectations as finding “a loveable boggle-eyed ET,” a la Hollywood.

Wouldn’t the reader agree that it would be certainly interesting to establish contact with extra-terrestrial beings, even if they may well have (again according to the SETI astronomer) gone light years beyond the intelligence of Man.

What intrigues one though is why such super-intelligent beings have not been able so far to get in touch with the lowly humankind. It may well be that in their intelligent state they may have considered it prudent to stay away from such primitive life form as inhabits the Earth.

If one accepts this scenario, maybe the ETs have come to the conclusion that contamination of their advanced system by the stuff one finds on the Earth is not worth their while. The worst-case scenario would be that the Earth has already been discovered by Extra-terrestrials who are keeping its inhabitants under constant review, more like laboratory guinea-pigs or mice in the scientist’s maze.

Their succeeding step would then depend on the results of their research. In this eventuality, one can only hope that their researchers are not as fickle-minded as their counterpart lot on this blessed Earth.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/farandbeyond.html

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2010 - Huge Triangle Sighted over Linesville, Pennsylvania
UFO Depiction
Published: 4:33 PM 1/22/2012

Linesville, Pennsylvania - 11-14-10

I was at my friend’s house with my girlfriend and we were having a fire outside. I kept having a feeling like I was being watched or something strange was going on.

I walked out from the backyard out to the road to get away from the fire light and to look around. I went back to the fire to get my girlfriend and took her out to the road to see what she thought and she felt like someone was watching her as well.

We noticed a star/planet that was extra bright. I jokingly pointed up at it and said, "Look there they are!"

That second there was a flash or something behind me that immediately made me turn around. When I did, I saw a very large triangle craft that was "see through."

You could see stars behind it as it moved. Seeing the stars through it as it moved was kind of like looking at a fish in a stream, when the craft passed the stars they kind of jumped positions like refraction was taking place.

The three points of the triangle were leaving a blue-green trail behind them. This light illuminated the edges of the craft.

The front two edges of the craft were also making the air glow, but not like the 3 points which were leaving a long trail. The craft was silent and moving very slowly.

Then all of a sudden the craft moved very fast in the direction it was heading. The apparent size of the blue-green trails that it was leaving behind was only a few inches, however when the craft "took off" the trails stretched across the sky almost to the horizon.

The two lines coming off of the "wing tips" were converging as it got farther away and looked smaller and smaller, but they never met/came together. All of a sudden it stopped or disappeared.

It could have just stopped and I would not be able to see it as it was "see through." When it "took off" it looked just like it does on the movies when a ship goes "warp speed" or whatever.

The trails it was leaving instantly stretched across the sky. Next my attention was drawn to what my girlfriend was looking at, which was what looked like a star moving very fast across the sky.

Then while it was traveling in a straight direction (about 90 degrees from the path of the triangle) it moved in like a semi-circle and continued in the same direction it was heading, as if it was going around something in its path.

It was very strange to see something move like that. It looked like it had no inertia, traveling the same speed as it made the turn as it did when it was going straight. It was a very fluid motion.

Then it traveled about the same distance I saw it travel up to when it made the turn and it "went out." It was no longer glowing, at least.

I then asked my girlfriend if she saw the triangle and she said she was watching the second object I saw the whole time. I then exclaimed "No one’s going to believe us! That was Crazy!"

I told her about the triangle craft in detail and asked what she saw. I was in disbelief and was excited to have seen such a huge craft. We kept watching the sky the whole night but only saw airplanes with strobe lights; fourteen of them to be exact.

They kept flying all over the sky the rest of the night; fourteen planes traversing the sky. When it became light out, the sun revealed chemtrail all over the sky!

I don’t know if you believe in chemtrail, but when I was young planes did not leave lines across the sky behind them like they do now.

Thanks to MUFON CMS system.


permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/linesvillepa2010tri.html

source & references:

submitted to www.ufocasebook.com


Out of This World and Into Your Mind
Christopher O’Brien
Published: January 30, 2012

By ANDREA AYALA, Features Assistant

Photo by Camille Tarazon/p>

Let’s face it: It’s hard enough grasping the tangible world through studies in college. Amidst the business that is school, especially back to school, students don’t usually take the time to lift their heads out of their books and lives long enough to ponder what lies outside of reason.

Reason is college.

Earth to Cal State Fullerton: there’s life outside of school. There may even be life outside of the planet, according to some. This idea is what’s got the members of the Mutual Unidentified Flying Object Network (MUFON) going. MUFON International tries to answer difficult questions about unexplained occurrences on this planet, and raise questions as to what is happening in other planets.

Regular MUFON meetings are held all over the world. The meetings usually include professional speakers who have done extensive research on the subject.

In a recent gathering of the MUFON Orange County Chapter, on Jan. 18, speaker Christopher O’Brien discussed unexplained occurrences in ancient times, such as the carving of stone heads with glass by the Olmec and space-ship like figures in medieval time art.

When most think of unidentified objects, UFOs and aliens specifically come to mind, and images of long gray faces with big round eyes from childhood animated shows and movies reappear. However, O’Brien argued that unidentified objects aren’t necessarily inclusive of just aliens. Other unexplained phenomena such as crop circles can be classified as unidentified objects as well.

Even miracles, he explained, could be considered unidentified circumstances and occurrences such as the miracle of Our Lady of Fatima, in which the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared to three shepherd children, fall under the category of UFOs or unidentified flying objects. At the gathering, O’Brien encouraged people to get creative when looking at ancient cultures in order to better understand the past.

Neena Dolwani, a Newport Beach resident, is on the board of directors for the MUFON Orange County Chapter. Dolwani explained that she joined the board of directors in the hopes of encouraging more young people to join the MUFON. Despite the fact that a majority of the MUFON gatherings are populated by middle-aged or older members, many young people may still remain interested in the research of unexplained occurrences. It is important, she says, to “bridge the gap.”

Stephanie Martinez, 26, biology major, is a good friend of Dolwani. She recently decided to tag along for one of the meetings. “I’ve always had an interest in extraterrestrials… I was an X-Files fan,” said Martinez.

Martinez stated that it’s important to maintain research on UFOs, saying, “There’s just so many unanswered questions, it’s something we should investigate.”

Karl Jara, 19, a CSUF business major, said that most of the information he gets about extra-terrestrials comes from movies or YouTube. Jara said he believes in the possibility of life outside Earth, “not like robots or transformers, not that kind of aliens…but maybe the big headed aliens.”

Jara says that his interest in the unexplained would not necessarily encourage him to attend one of the MUFON meetings. “It would scare me if I found out that there are aliens,” said Jara.

Still, the MUFON could attract many young visitors who are steering away from traditional beliefs and shifting towards the possibility of an alternative explanation for occurrences on Earth.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/outofthisworld.html

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Two Sightings Reported in North Carolina
UFO Depiction
Published: 4:52 AM 1/31/2012

Statesville, North Carolina - 01-29-12

While driving on I-40 going towards Hickory, NC., and about 5 miles east of Statesville, we witnessed two jets flying with contrails, there were clear blue skies.

A large contrail came down out the sky between the other two contrails and suddenly presented a large shaped disk, very brightly glowing and reflective.

It was a white, metallic looking object.

It was there approximately 6-8 seconds, then retracted back into the sky taking with it the contrail that it produced; like it was never there.

Approximately 30 minutes prior, we witnessed two small objects in front of our vehicle flying on both sides in approximately the same level of skyline and same description of the larger disk object.

Longview, North Carolina - 01-30-12

It would have been 11:10 - 11:15 AM, when I just pulled out of the parking lot of work going West on Hwy 70 in Longview to lunch at Amos Howards restaurant.

I noticed what I thought was an airplane flying low just above the high tension power lines. The object was 150-200 feet high, and moving from our right to left.

I first thought the object was an airplane coming from the nearby Hickory Airport. I did wonder why it was so low and that caught my attention. The object was oblong, oval, maybe 100 feet long and bulged in the middle to maybe 30-40 feet at the center.

The sun was behind me and glaring off the craft and I thought at first that the sun's glare was hiding the wings. The object was whitish in color, but seemed to reflect the sun like metal.

I watched it move just over the road I was on. I am not sure how far it was ahead of me, not more than 1/4 mile.

It then turned and this is when it got interesting.

It did not turn the way an airplane turns, it pivoted around its midsection. It got right over the center of the highway then rotated until it was in line with the road.

The object was oval from the side, but as it turned I could see it was like a sub bun and looked circular from behind.

It had no wings at all, this I could see clearly now.

The back of the craft was the same white metal color, but in the center rear of the craft was a black, featureless circle. The craft began traveling along above the road slowly at first, then all of a sudden it shrank to a black dot and then disappeared as if it shot forward at an impossible speed.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/twosightingsnc.html

source & references:

submitted to www.mufon.com

2006 - Large Cigar-shape UFO Witnessed over Atlantic City
UFO Depiction
Published: 5:50 AM 1/25/2012

Atlantic City, New Jersey - 04-15-06

I was sitting in my backyard watching my children play. I was also looking at the sky because the clouds were particularly beautiful that day.

They were moving across the sky rather fast since it was a windy day, and they had dark bottoms and white billowy tops.

I noticed these 2 large clouds, larger than any of the others in the sky going by, and out of the front of the one closest to me I saw a sort of cigar-shaped object come completely out of it as if it accidently sped up.

It then slowed down to a complete stop and went back into the cloud in reverse as if whoever was piloting it realized it overshot the cloud and was out in the wide open.

The object appeared to be at least 3 times larger than a huge airplane like a Boeing 747. It had around 50 to 100 large windows in 2 rows, one above the other, running along the center axis going down the side of it.

The skin of the object had a metallic color, and I could actually see the sun light glittering on it as well as seeing the reflection of the sun in its windows.

I had a little less than about 3 seconds to see the object, but in that time I was able to see it in enough detail to know that the front of it looked exactly like the back of it, and it didn’t have any wings on it or a carriage underneath of it like a blimp would. Also, it made no noise.

The one thing that I can say for sure is that it was not anything I’ve ever seen. I don’t think it was of this world.

Let me also say that this was a life-changing experience for me because prior to seeing it, I thought that there was life in the Universe, but most likely it didn’t make it to Earth yet.

Now, I believe the Earth is being visited. This case is under investigation by Ken Pfeifer of MUFON New Jersey.


permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/atlanticcitynj041506.html

source & references:

submitted to www.ufocasebook.com


Archived Case of the Week

The 1991 Solar Eclipse Videos Taken over Mexico
UFOs over Mexico
Published: 6:35 PM 1/28/2012

On July 11, 1991, a total solar eclipse was visible from Hawaii and Mexico. Some of Ufology's best, yet controversial videos were taken by the citizens of Mexico.

The objects in questions have been explained away by debunkers as the planet Venus or Jupiter, or other misidentified conventional flying craft.

Take a look at the evidence and see if you think that the objects in question were in fact, a planet, comet, or other atmospheric phenomena. The majority of video taken over Mexico was recorded using video cameras which were generally available to the public at the time, videocassette (VHS) camcorders.

Shortly after 1:00 PM, the eclipse began. Hundreds of camcorders and cameras were ready to document the event. As some of the waiting cameramen scanned the sky, something unrelated to the eclipse caught their eye in the darkening sky; at first the object appeared to be a small, shining star-like object.

As all eyes watched the skies, a number of videographers captured the unknown object/objects. An initial investigation into the footage taken during the eclipse listed as many as 17 different videos taken.

Researcher Jaime Maussan and others presented much of the footage on a primetime television special. Appeals were made to anyone who might possess other footage of the events of the eclipse to come forward.

Not only was this footage brought forward, but video and photographs of other UFO events were also submitted for analysis.

The entire country of Mexico and the world at large was now aware of the UFO phenomena, and more and more cameras were trained on the skies.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2012/videomexeclipse1991.html

source & references:

Abercrombie, Andy. No Title. The Lone Star (TX) MUFON Reporter. 15 May 1993

Di Cicco, Dennis. "The Great Eclipse of 1991." Sky and Telescope December 1991: 589-595.

Messengers of Destiny. Videocassette. Compiled by Lee Elders and Jaimie Maussan. Genesis III. 1993.

Rodgers, Richard. Stories from the skies: An inteview with Britt and Lee Elders. On-line. Internet. Available WWW: http://www.newageinfo.com/articles/intervie/elders.htm

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