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UFO Casebook Magazine Issue 558, Issue date, 04-22-13

Caboolture Man Claims He Saw UFO Twice
Sheryl Gottschall is president of UFO Research Queensland, a group that logs sightings and holds monthly UFO discussion groups in Kenmore. Picture: Chris Mccormack
Published: 1:12 PM 4/18/2013

BY: JAMES DREW, CABOOLTURE SHIRE HERALD From: Quest Newspapers

A CABOOLTURE man has reported multiple sightings of Unidentified Flying Objects just 2km out from the main town centre.

Josh Philip, of Broadway Court, claims he saw two UFOs, one on January 5 near his home and another on January 30 flying over nearby Toohey Street.

Mr Philip decided to speak out in the hope others may be able to corroborate the sightings.

The first sighting, he said, was of a bright white light travelling much slower and lower than a normal plane.

"It was so smooth and silent, just gliding through the air," he said.

In the second sighting, Mr Philip said a similar light was travelling northwest before making a sudden 40-degree turn and then disappearing.

"I can't explain it, it was awesome and I hope I see some more," he said.

Maps provided by Australia's air traffic controller Airservices showed the Caboolture area was a main thoroughfare for aircraft travelling to Caboolture, Redcliffe and Brisbane airports.

A spokeswoman said Airservices did not routinely log reports of unexplained air traffic activity or strange lights.

Mr Philip said the look and movement of the lights he saw were different to normal planes. He reported both cases to UFO Research Queensland, a group that logs sightings and holds monthly UFO discussion groups at Kenmore Library, Kenmore.

The group's president, Sheryl Gottschall, said reports of UFO sighting were difficult to explain without other witnesses and photographs. She said UFORQ helped support people who had seen something unusual or had a close encounter.

"It's really important they get the support they need until they can come to terms with something that shakes up their world view," she said.

To report sightings to UFORQ, phone 3376 1780 or email info@uforq.asn.au

Have you spotted anything strange over Caboolture? email editorial@cabooltureherald.com

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2013/cabooltureman.html

source & references:

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/breaking-news/caboolture-man-claims-he-saw-ufo-twice-with-unexplained-lights-in-the-sky-making-strange-manoeuvres/story-fn3dxity-1226623764099

3 New Planets Could Host Life
UFO Depiction
Published: 1:58 PM 4/19/2013

By Elizabeth Landau, CNN

Scientists discovered 3 planets in the "habitable zone" of their host stars. They are all more than 1,000 light years away.

The Kepler satellite is looking at more than 150,000 stars for possible planets orbiting them.

(CNN) -- In the midst of chaos here on Earth, scientists are finding hope for life on other planets. Scientists announced Thursday the discovery of three planets that are some of the best candidates so far for habitable worlds outside our own solar system -- and they're very far away.

NASA's Kepler satellite, which is keeping an eye on more than 150,000 stars in hopes of identifying Earth-like planets, found the trio.

Two of the planets -- Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f -- are described in a study released Thursday in the journal, Science. They are part of a five-planet system in which the candidates for life are the farthest from the host star. The host star -- the equivalent of Earth's sun -- takes the name Kepler-62, where the individual planets are designated by letters thereafter.

The third planet that's potentially habitable, but not included in the Science study, is called Kepler-69c. Liquid water could theoretically exist on the surfaces of any of them, researchers said.

"With all of these discoveries we're finding, Earth is looking less and less like a special place and more like there's Earth-like things everywhere," said Tom Barclay, Kepler scientist at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute in Sonoma, California.

You won't be swimming on the planets anytime soon, though. The Kepler-62 star is 1,200 light years away; Kepler-69 is 2,700 light years away. A light year, the distance that light travels in a vacuum in one year, is nearly 6 trillion miles.

What are these planets like?

The smaller a planet is, the more likely it's rocky and the less likely it's made of gas, said William Borucki, Kepler science principal investigator at NASA Ames Research Center.

Kepler-62f is thought to be 40% larger than Earth and could be rocky, he said. It goes around its star once every 267.3 days (Earth days, that is).

Kepler-62e appears to be 60% larger than our planet and a little closer to its host star; this one could be a "water world" of mostly deep oceans, he said. It circles its star in 122.4 days.

"All these planets that we're finding are quite different than planets in our own solar system," Borucki said. Kepler-69c appears to orbit a star similar to Earth's sun, Barclay said. As it's estimated to be about 70% larger than Earth, it may also be a water world, with oceans thousands of kilometers deep.

It's not likely to have a rocky surface, Barclay said. According to what little we know about it, Kepler-69 is probably significantly warmer than Earth.

"Probably, if there is life, it would be very unlike what we see on our own world," Barclay said.

Other worlds that may have life

Borucki said the planets are "by far" better candidates for life than any others we know about, but a handful of others also have been identified as potentially capable of hosting life.

You may recall planet Kepler-22b, which was announced in December 2011 and also was hailed as a potential candidate for hosting life. That planet had a radius 2.4 times that of Earth and is 600 light years away.

Kepler-22b was thought to have a temperature similar to that of Earth, according to modeling by Borucki and colleagues. The planet's host star is dimmer and cooler than our sun, but the planet is also 15% closer than we are to the sun.

There is also a planet called Gliese-581g, discovered in September 2010, which is thought to be even more like Earth than Kepler-22b in terms of its suitability for plants and animals. It's only 20 light years from Earth -- a lot closer than the newly discovered planets, though there has been some controversy about its existence.

In its solar system there is another planet, Gliese-581d, that is also of interest in the search for life, according to the Planetary Habitability Laboratory at the University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo. The group's catalog lists a few other candidates.

However, just like the other planets, we haven't seen or tested the atmospheres of any of these planets, so whether they're habitable remains theoretical.

Often, when you find an example of a kind of planet, you start seeing a lot of them, said Sara Seager, professor of planetary science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She used to be part of the Kepler team but is now independent.

"Planets in the habitable zones of stars must be everywhere," she said.

Seager called the discovery of the three planets "a huge milestone," but her excitement is tempered because potentially habitable planets have been announced in the past and there's currently no way to get more details, given how far away they are.

"We'll possibly never know if these particular ones do have water oceans or signs of life," she said.

Identifying planets, not atmospheres

The goal of the Kepler mission wasn't to find alien life forms, however. The satellite is supposed to investigate Earth-sized planets around stars that resemble our sun.

The Kepler telescope, launched in 2009, allows scientists to measure changes in brightness of individual stars over time; these dimming events signal that a planet is nearby. Scientists undertake sophisticated calculations to verify that such signals are planets and not passing rocks.

The satellite finds planets that are very far away because it's surveying so many stars. Imagine, said Seager, that you are in Times Square and you want to see 150,000 people at once. You wouldn't be able to do it in such a way that you could see any details of the people; you'd have to get far enough away that that many people would fit into your field of view.

This isn't the only planet-finding technique. The Gliese-581 system was found with the Keck I Telescope in Hawaii, using what is called the radial velocity method. The telescope's spectrometer allows scientists to look for wobbles in the motion of a star, which happens in response to the gravity of nearby planets.

It would take a different kind of mission to investigate the atmosphere of one of these distance planets to find out answers to the most-pressing questions. Is there carbon dioxide and water? Is there oxygen?

"Future NASA missions are going to focus on more nearby stars that we can look at in much more detail," Barclay said.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2013/3habitableplanets.html

source & references:

http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/18/us/planet-discovery/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

IMO: UFOs and Alien Visitation
UFO Depiction
Published: 12:19 AM 4/18/2013

by Mike Weaver

In this installment of IMO (in my opinion), let’s talk a bit about UFOs and alien visitation. UFOs, in this context, doesn’t exactly mean “Unidentified Flying Objects” but rather “Alien Spacecraft” (or possibly government experimental craft, time travelers, inter-dimensional travelers, I’m going to stick with aliens for now).

Alien visitation, of course, refers to aliens visiting our planet either recently or in the far past.

Of all the “woo” we look at, analyze, and deconstruct as a part of skeptical work, I like aliens and UFOs the best.

When we look at psychics, ghosts, mediums, remote viewing, homeopathy, reiki, crystal healing, and all the other items like that, we have good, scientific and evidence-based material to draw from when reviewing the claims.

There are good tests for a lot of them which can be done in a rigorous and repeatable fashion, with adequate controls for bias.

With UFOs or alien visitation, the case is not so clear. There is nothing in physics or science in general which forbids the visiting of our humble world by interplanetary explorers.

That light you see moving through the sky COULD, in fact, be an alien spacecraft looking for whatever aliens look for. I love the possibilities, but not the likelihoods, of course.

The Nazca Lines could have been made by ancient humans as signals to the alien visitors of the day (the gods, perhaps?). They probably aren’t, highly likely aren’t, but it is possible.

Unhappily, the vast majority of evidence offered for UFOs and alien visitation is poor, at best. Low quality photos and videos which are ambiguous or frauds, anecdotes which amount to little more than fire-side ghost stories, tales of government conspiracy and cover ups, and other evidence of similar nature.

Given how common UFO reports are, one would expect some decent evidence to arise at some point. If there is a real phenomenon and it happens often enough, evidence will be found.

I’d love some compelling evidence. If y’all have some, let me know and we’ll get rich together.

Exoplanets are being discovered all the time. Many of those more and more Earth-like in size, distance from their stars, etc. The galaxy is teeming with planets and it does appear that there is a decent chance of more than a few of them being potential hosts for life, even life as we know it.

Given the vast size of the galaxy, the astonishingly large number of stars, the potentially huge number of planets, it is, to my thinking, very likely that at least a few of them have the potential for life.

We haven’t seen any of it yet, of course, but I expect that we will have evidence at some point, perhaps in my lifetime. I expect such evidence will take the form of an oxygen-rich atmosphere (transit surveys looking at spectra of atmospheric gasses) or even polluted atmospheres, a sure sign of industry and technology. Astronomy Cast episode 143 offers some good information, give it a listen.

My feeling is that the galaxy is likely teeming with life. I am bothered by a question that troubled many others, most smarter than I am, where are they? Where is the life?

Why haven’t we seen or heard them yet? This is known as Fermi’s paradox, which is a complement to the Drake equation.

There are a number of hypotheses put forth as possible explanations to the Fermi paradox. Perhaps we are one of the early races in our part of the galaxy, the others haven’t been around long enough for their radio emissions to reach us yet. Perhaps we are really young and all of the nearby civilizations have quit using communication technology we can detect (radio, etc).

Perhaps every civilization destroys itself after it reaches a certain level of technology (not a happy thought). Maybe they are just really far away and not enough time has passed for their signals to reach us. I don’t know.

For all I know, we’re in a region of protected space, intentionally isolated from the rest of the galaxy until we venture to the stars on our own. Are aliens visiting Earth now? Maybe, but I doubt it. Given what we know of the way things seem to work, it would likely take a huge investment in time, money, and energy to get to Earth from even the closest potentially habitable planets.

With such a large investment on the line, would YOU travel all the way to another planet and not say “Hi!” in an unambiguous way? Or would you, instead, visit people in the middle of nowhere and mess with them in ways that seem like mental illness and leave no good evidence?

They’re aliens, who knows what they’d do. I would think, though, that any species having enough rationality to build interstellar spacecraft and travel here would behave in some ways understandable to us.

I don’t think it’s likely that aliens have or are now visiting the Earth. Maybe they are, but I’d peg the odds as being pretty low. I’m still keeping an eye on the sky and hoping to meet some visitors from another star.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2013/ufosaliensweaver.html

source & references:

http://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/04/16/imo-ufos-and-alien-visitation/

graphic - www.ufocasebook.com

Strange Encounter: Missing Time in Alabama
UFO Depiction
Published: 1:16 PM 4/17/2013

Lomaton, Alabama - 04-11-13

At about 6:30 am I wrecked my 2005 F-150 pickup near a friend’s house; where I had been staying a few days after a surgical procedure.

I returned to their house for help. We could not find the truck for some reason. My friend left & I went to the edge of woods near where I thought the truck was & continued to look for about 45 minutes.

Suddenly, I heard a very loud buzzing humming sound, turned around to be horrified by a large bright light, so bright I couldn’t look at it. I observed it floating, pulsating, and blinking light.

I was terrified, screaming for help, and ran into a bush to hide.

After about 5-7 minutes I passed out as the light came towards me. I freaked out so much, I guess I passed out. I woke up 4/12/13 after daylight.

I had no shoes, no shorts, no underwear, and I was out in a terrible storm all night apparently, I only vaguely remember that. I was wet and cold and in a totally different place that I did not recognize.

I screamed for help, but was apparently very deep in an unknown woods. I walked through the woods looking for a way out. I suffered severe injuries from the briars and stuff I walked through barefoot.

About sundown I found a dirt path & began to follow it. At about midnight I came to a locked iron gate, I went under it since I saw cars driving by;

I went to one house and no one answered, a lady answered at the second house and called the police (and gave me a warm bathrobe to wear, since I was very cold and almost naked).

The police picked me up, since my parents had filed a missing persons report & they had been searching for me all day. I did not tell them of this experience; except for saying I had no memory of what had happened.

They assumed I was on drugs and had done crazy things. I went to the ER at Jay, Florida, and was given fluids for dehydration and antibiotics for severe cuts & abrasions.

I tested positive for many hard drugs that I do not remember taking willingly. They think I am surely an addict.

I did not tell anyone about this except my mother, who quickly asked me if I saw any bright lights, since I have told her of other strange experiences of missing time and bright lights; which always terrifies me & I do not watch UFO shows for this reason, nor do I talk about this to anyone but my mother. There were "NO" imprints in the snow, either.

I am still terrified over what happened to me. I did ask for a rape kit; and the results were negative.

I still do not know what happened to my missing clothes. I can relate events up to the bright lights and after; but have no memory of events in the missing time.

All this is documented, since the police have the missing persons report and I went to the ER @ Baptist Hospital in Jay, Fl.

The truck belongs to my parents and has been reported as stolen. It has not been found yet.

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2013/missinglomatonal.html

source & references:

www.mufon.com

graphic - www.ufocasebook.com

Archived Case of the Week

US Navy Ship Encounters UFO near Cape Hatteras
USS Edenton ATS1
Published: 2:07 PM 4/19/2013

SUMMER OF 1986

While in the US Navy in the summer of 1986, I was standing lookout aboard the USS Edenton ATS 1 (currently decommissioned).

The lookout watch, stood outside on top the bridge of the ship, and was responsible for reporting all contacts seen both in the water and sky. It was around eleven p.m. one clear night at sea, located about fifty miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC.

During one of my scans of the night sky, out of know where, four red circular lights appeared. The lights where hundreds of yards apart from each other and formed a square. At first, I thought it was four separate air craft, such as, military helicopters because the lights were stationary; however, due to the distance from the ship, the lights where too large to be aircraft running lights.

There were also no other normal running lights like green and white, which make-up the normal outline of an aircraft seen at night. The lights where located about twenty degrees above the horizon and about a mile away from the ship.

Again, these four red lights were each about the size of a small plane, which were very bright and visible in the night sky. The night sky was also clear, moon lit, and a moderate amount of stars were visible, which also aided in calculating the distance and size of these lights.

As stated, when I first saw these lights they were all stationary in the sky and appeared out of know where. Once I noticed that these were not normal lights, grouped in a square and not moving, I called down to the bridge over a salt and pepper line informing the conning officer of a possible UFO sighting.

This brought laughter across the wire at first, but I relayed the contact again in a stern but excited voice, which succeeded in getting the bridge officers attention.

After relaying the contact information a second time, the four lights, in a flash, darted towards the horizon amazingly fast. The lower two lights in the square went first, with the top two lights following directly behind them in a curved swooshing motion and there was no sound.

Then all four shot straight up into outer-space and out of sight, all within a split second. At this point, I felt very excited and shocked, and was personally praying someone on the bridge had seen what I just saw.

Having been an avid watcher of the night sky, seen shooting stars and a believer in that life has to exist somewhere out there, I become even more excited because I knew, I just saw my first unidentified flying object(s).

To my amazement, when I returned to the bridge after my watch, I was very pleased to learn that the conning officer and everyone else on the bridge had seen this sighting and logged it into the ship’s log as a UFO sighting. Next, after a half hour had passed since the sighting, the radiation detection system (gamma roentgen meter) on the bridge started making a loud clicking sound.

At first, no one seemed to know what was making this sound then a very loud bell went off notifying us as to what was going on, we were being radiated. When the instrument stopped clicking, it indicated we had taken a hit of 385 roentgens in the period of about one minute.

At this point, the captain of the ship was awoken and called to the bridge, as well as the chief in charge of the radiation metering equipment onboard ship.

The captain was not impressed with an entry of a UFO sighting being placed in the ship’s log, and at first, took the roentgen meter as being defective.

However, the chief informed the captain that the meter had been serviced and calibrated the day before and that other like meters throughout the ship had just gone off indicating the same amount of roentgens received as the bridge.

The captain stated not to log the instance concerning the radiation exposure and left the bridge. During the rest of my watch duty that night, no officer or enlisted person spoke of what happened, and also acted like nothing happened.

This experience, however, was etched into my memory as if it happened yesterday and I have told this story to only a few people, people who I thought would believe me. This is also the first time I have documented the events of this night.

In conclusion, as an indication of the strength of gamma radiation, I and others received that night; all the personnel during the Project Trinity experiments conducted in 1945 at ground zero, only received between 1 and 6 total roentgens of gamma radiation.

This leads me to believe, we traveled through the wake of radiation produced by the UFOs seen thirty minutes earlier. NOTE: The above UFO image is a rendering.

Thanks to http://naturalplane.blogspot.com and www.mufon.com

permanent link: http://www.ufocasebook.com/2013/86capehatteras.html

source & references:

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www.worldufophotos.org

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