Do UFOs Exist? Many enthusiasts claim to have captured live action video, or snapped the priceless photograph.
Others swear by the notion that Area 51 does contain the remnants of one of these mysterious crafts, and the government has a hand in covering up the truth.
Any yet, the debate has gone on for years, with no end in sight.
And so we have decided to try to shed light on this mystery by finding some of the premier authorities on this subject in the blogosphere.
Our award winners each provide their own opinion and perspective to persuade the reader to what they believe.
So, no matter where you stand on the UFO fact of fiction spectrum, these resident experts are here to demystify.
Please join me in contratulating the recipients of the "Top UFO Blogs Award," presented by Online University.
Here are the winners, shown in alphabetical order.
Alien Abduction - The Blog
Alien Casebook Frontier
Amazing UFO Video Blog
Blue Alien Network: The Hive
Coast to Coast AM
Cosmis Paradigm - UFO News Blog
Latest UFO Sightings
Latest UFO Sightings
National UFO Center
New Alien Abduction Blog
The Alien Project
The Debris Field
The Disclosure Project
The Gralien Report
The National UFO Reporting Center
The UFO Chronicles
The UFO Connection
The UFO Iconoclast(s)
Tom Dongo's UFO and Paranormal Blog
True UFO Sightings
UFOs at Close Sight
UFO Blog: Fighting Against Truth Decay
UFO - Blogger
UFO Mag Blog
UFO Wisdom Blog
Aliens Would be Interested in our Music and Art, Scientists Say
Published: Tue, Aug 17 2010 at 12:26 PM
By Katherine Butler
Experts think Van Gogh and Bach would be more appealing than Newton or Einstein.
One would think that if an alien race were to contact us, they would want to talk about Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity or Stephen Hawking’s idea of quantum gravity.
Not so, says a panel of scientists who recently met to discuss the search for extraterrestrial life.
These experts say that any space travelers would be so far ahead of us in technology that our musings would be of little interest to them. Instead, as Space.com reports, aliens would be much more interested in our art and music.
Why? Because our art and music is “singularly human” and would likely express our experience on Earth better than anything. And these aliens would probably be so different from us that it would maintain their interest.
Douglas Vakoch is the director of interstellar message composition at the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute in Mountain View, Calif. As he told Space.com, "If they're so advanced, we probably can't teach them about science, but we can tell them what it's like to be at this precarious point where we don't know if we're going to continue as a species."
Experts have long thought that patterns of mathematics might present the most universal way of communicating.
Music, based in mathematics, might particularly peak their interest.
Experts say Bach, Vivaldi, and other Baroque composers would be most appealing because they are “fairly regular and harmonic.”
As for visual arts, some say Pre-Raphaelite paintings might work best. As comic book artist Paul Duffield told Space.com, "The richly three-dimensional, almost photographic representation [of Pre-Raphaelite paintings] could be more easily interpretable. And it's very expressive."
Not all experts agree that alien contact would be so pleasant. Astrophysicist Hawking has famously pointed out that alien contact would be too risky.
According to Hawking, aliens landing on Earth would be like Christopher Columbus arriving in the Americas — a meeting that went horribly wrong for Native Americans.
Published: Air & Space Magazine, September 01, 2010
Hello? UFO Desk? I'm calling to report a ...
By Craig Mellow
January 2009. Police in the western French province of Brittany are puzzled by a wave of reports that strange, undulating lights have been drifting across the night sky. They call for a national operative who works out of a small, unmarked office in the southern city of Toulouse. He arrives on the scene swiftly and begins making subtle inquiries, wary as always of spreading panic among the public.
The investigator in this real-life Gallic version of “The X-Files” is Yvan Blanc, a diminutive, balding, 57-year-old engineer who bears a striking resemblance to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
Until last year, Blanc was a project manager helping launch the European Space Agency’s Herschel Observatory, a job he thought might cap a three-decade career at the French national space agency CNES.
Then he got an unexpected offer: to head up the Group for the Study and Information on Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena, or GEIPAN—the French government’s UFO office.
The first flying saucer sighting is generally credited to a hobbyist pilot in Washington state, who reported seeing a fleet of nine in 1947, and ever since, the vanguard of the cosmic imagination has been occupied by the United States.
But the U.S. government closed the book, literally, on official UFO studies in 1969, when outside researchers reviewed 22 years of sightings in the Air Force’s Project Blue Book and found none that could be traced to either the Communist Bloc or extraterrestrials. Not so other countries.
Well beyond the 1970s, governments from Uruguay to the U.S.S.R. kept some sort of tabs on unexplained airborne apparitions. The most systematic and long-lasting programs were sponsored by Britain and France.
Beginning in 1959, the U.K. Air Ministry and later Ministry of Defence (MoD) logged more than 11,000 UFO reports—until the MoD finally shuttered its monitoring program in 2009. France started later, establishing GEIPAN’s predecessor in 1977, but still carries on, though the agency’s staff has shrunk from a dozen to just Blanc and a secretary.
Both countries published their UFO records recently after decades of secrecy, drawing enormous public interest. GEIPAN posted files online in 2007, and the first day they were up, the Web site crashed. The United Kingdom emptied MoD’s filing cabinets into the National Archives, and over two years or so, the digitized bits have been downloaded two million times.
That swamps the archives’ former greatest hit, the Domesday Book, which catalogued taxable property transactions in England after the Norman Conquest.
The new wealth of official information has lent substance to the longstanding debates over how to identify the unidentifiable. The newly declassified document piles have forced the hardest-headed researchers to admit that, strictly speaking, unidentified aerial phenomena do exist. Pilots and other legitimate witnesses have sworn to, and radar at times has confirmed, heavenly anomalies that cannot be readily explained.
But the French and British files also confirm that if alien civilizations have probed our planet, they have been pretty darned subtle about it.
One UFO obsessive who resists belief in ETs is David Clarke, a journalism professor at Sheffield Hallam University in the English Midlands whose relentless freedom-of-information requests helped unseal the MoD’s vaults.
He now acts as the National Archives’ official expert on the vexing phenomenon. “I’ve been involved in the investigation of UFO reports, firstly as an enthusiast and later during my career as a journalist. I defy anyone to do this for over 20 years and emerge anything other than skeptical,” he exclaims during an interview at a distinctly down-to-Earth pub across the street from the university’s campus.
What the government’s papers prove, Clarke explains, is that garden-variety UFO sightings are heavily driven by banal suggestion. They peaked when Close Encounters of the Third Kind hit British screens in 1978, and again in 1997 with the release of Independence Day.
Clarke thinks better-documented visions likely stem from rare weather manifestations such as ball lightning—spheres that can shoot through the sky for minutes at a time—and red sprites, which appear above thunderclouds when lightning flashes beneath.
But not everyone who worked behind the UFO curtain entirely agrees. Nick Pope was a career MoD bureaucrat who from 1991 to 1994 fielded celestial weirdness reports in the Secretariat (Air Staff) office overlooking 10 Downing Street; he passed the juicier ones on to a military intelligence subdivision known as DI55.
Some of the reports, he says, forced him to keep an open mind to the possibility of visitors from other worlds, most notably a night in March 1993 when more than 30 separate observers reported an object akin to “two Concordes flying side by side and joined together” flying at a leisurely pace across England for six hours.
Second Annual Exeter UFO Festival Attracts TV Producers
Published: August 17, 2010 2:00 AM
UFO Fest Attracts History Channel
The Saturday night ball is back at this year's Exeter UFO Festival on Sept. 4 featuring the band The Morlocks. Plus the festival has attracted the attention of TV producers from the History Channel.
By KATHLEEN D. BAILEY
EXETER — Two nationally recognized TV producers of programs on ghost and UFO sightings will film around Exeter as part of the second annual Exeter UFO Festival, planned for Saturday of Labor Day weekend.
Ron Milione and his partner Chris Carey will film and study the area made famous in John Fuller's "Incident at Exeter," as well as other places, for a future documentary. The interest on a national level is no surprise to festival chairman Dean Merchant, who says Exeter could become "as big as Roswell."
Milione is the producer of "UFO Hunters" and "Ghost Hunters" on the History Channel. He's been a long-time researcher on the topic and has read "Incident At Exeter." He's also a good friend of Kathy Marden, Betty Hill's niece, and recently did an episode about the Hill's sightings in the 1960s.
Milione said, "I visited Exeter years ago, and knew something significant was going on there, in spite of the military telling local people it was just aerial phenomena." He said he's in the process of writing his own book about the Incident at Exeter, and has "today's technology to put a great sequel book together!"
Why Exeter? "It makes sense, in both a logistical and logical way," Milione said. Pease Air Force Base was active in the 1960s, and there were also submarines at Portsmouth. It was also the height of the Cold War. Milione and Carey plan to film the sites with an emphasis on, "What is their motivation? Why would they come here?"
They will film, discuss, talk with people from that era, and use their special equipment to find answers.
For Milione, coming to the Seacoast is coming full circle. As a child, he read extensively on UFOs, and found one of his landmark books to be "Interrupted Journey," John Fuller's account of Portsmouth couple Betty and Barney Hill's encounter with aliens. "I went, 'Wow, incredible, this really happened,'" Milione recalled.
Exeter's downtown merchants will also be on hand Sept. 4 with out-of-this-world promotions. For example, the Loaf and Ladle will offer its UFO Whoopie Pies.
Merchant and the committee has a special interest in seeing visitors patronize the downtown shops. The Aliens Seek, a downtown-wide scavenger hunt, is designed for children 12 and under. Participating businesses will place a 3-inch green plastic alien some place among their wares and children who "sight" the alien can turn it in for a gift certificate or other prize.
"Starship Central" is Santerre's Stones and Stuff, and "Admiral" Elana Santerre will distribute the prizes.
"It's hard," said Elana's husband, Neil Santerre, co-owner, "not to believe in something outside ourselves. I have meteors and other items from space in my store."
The festival, Santerre said, is an "awesome way to draw in a little different kind of person, who wouldn't ordinarily come to Exeter."
Linda Anason, owner of Art and Tiques, an antiques and collectibles shop, calls herself a skeptic. "I'd like to think there's someone other than us," she said.
But she's a true believer in downtown festivals, especially this one. "The whole family can be involved," Anason said. "I'm psyched and I think it will be fun."
There will be a children's costume contest, games, crafts and stories, he said. The Morlocks will return for the Saturday-night Alien Ball. And there will be an Alien Pet Costume Contest with Seacoast Media Group's own Gina Carbone as judge. "A guinea pig won third prize at Roswell," Merchant said.
The main sponsor is the Exeter Kiwanis Club, which will be selling sausage sandwiches. T-shirts are $12 at the Thursday farmers' market. The proceeds, after expenses, go to children's charities, Merchant said.
Note: Reporter John Fuller was assigned to write a piece originally called "Outer Space Ghost Story" for LOOK Magazine. Also, LOOK magazine dated Feb 22, 1966, edition, pages 36-42 carried the Exeter account. It appeared in Reader's Digest and then in True Magazine as "The Incident at Exeter" - the title Fuller used for his book.
Peter R. Geremia, director of the New Hampshire chapter of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) remembers Fuller as a scrupulous investigative reporter. Geremia has studied Fuller's notes now archived at Boston University and describes his work as "very, very meticulous."
In 1965, in the city of Exeter, New Hampshire, a series of UFO sightings took place which gained vast media attention, and became the subject of the book, "Incident at Exeter," by John G. Fuller. The sensational happenings were also featured in a two-part article in "Look" magazine.
The remarkable chain of events in New Hampshire began with a man named Norman Muscarello, who was hitchhiking back to his house in Exeter on Route 150. At the time, Exeter was a small New England town of about 7,000 people.
In the wee hours of the night on a cold, September 3, 1965, eighteen-year-old Muscarello made his trek.
It was about 2:00 AM that this lonely hitchhiker first noticed an unusual light in the dark skies. The light became an object, which suddenly came from the sky towards the young man.
The object was described as approximately 90 feet in diameter, with bright, beaming lights that appeared around its rim.
Silently, the object began to wobble and float toward the frightened man. His fear of actually being hit caused him to fall to the ground by the side of the road. At the last moment, the object floated away from him.
Muscarello took this opportunity to jump up and run to a nearby house, pounding on the front door. The house was the home of Carl Dining. No one answered his frantic pleas for help.
Meanwhile, at the Exeter Police Station, Officer Eugene Bertrand received a call from a frightened woman who stated that a large, silent object with flashing lights had followed her car for twelve miles from the city of Epping to a spot on the road where she pulled off in fear.
After she stopped her automobile, the strange object had disappeared into the night. Bertrand did not make an official report on the woman's call, believing it to be untrue or a trick.
Meanwhile, Muscarello, not finding anyone at the farmhouse, ran back into the road, and flagged down a passing car.
A middle-aged couple stopped to render aid. They drove the weary traveler to the Exeter Police Station. Muscarello, full of excitement, began to recount the events of the last hour on Route 150.
B J's Note: Muscarello would later relate that the male driver of the car was never identified in Fuller's book because the woman with him at 2:00 AM wasn't hia wife.
The desk Officer, Reginald "Scratch" Toland, is now convinced that something has happened, and radios to Officer Bertrand, who is now on patrol. At about 3:00 AM, Bertrand arrives at the station, and after hearing Muscarello's story, thinks he may have discounted the earlier call from the woman too quickly.
Convinced that Muscarello's story is real, Officer Bertrand takes Muscarello back to the spot on Route 150 where the incident began. At this point, Bertrand has no idea what lies ahead of him this night.
Arriving at the scene, the two men scan the area, and at first see nothing out of the ordinary. By the road, there is a large open field, the house that Muscarello had visited, and a horse corral. They begin to walk out into the open field in the direction of the horse corral.
The horses seemed to be a little edgy, and suddenly dogs began to bark. From behind two pine trees, an object begins to rise, lighting the whole area with a reddish hue.
Muscarello screams, "I see it! I see it!"
The next moment, Bertrand says, "My God, I see the damn thing myself!"
It is important to note that Bertrand had been in the Air Force for four years, and knew military aircraft.
He would later insist "this wasn't like anything I had seen before."
Like a leaf floating, the object slowly moved toward the two men. They scurried back to the police car. The object is now hovering about one hundred feet above the ground, some fifty yards from the police car.
(source 2) According to Bertrand:
"Norman and I came out here and I parked right about where we are parked right now. We sat looking for several minutes but didn't see anything unusual. I radioed the station and told them that there was nothing out here.
They asked me to take a walk into the field for a quick look before coming back in. I felt kind of foolish walking out here on private property after midnight, looking for a flying saucer!"
Bertrand then suggested that we go out to the field so that he could show me where he and Norman had been. We got out of the car and strolled into the field toward a corral.
"We walked out about this far," he said "I waved my flashlight back and forth, and then Norman shouted, 'Look out, here it comes!' I swung around and could hardly believe what I was seeing. There was this huge, dark object as big as that barn over there with red flashing lights on it. It barely cleared that tree right there, and it was moving back and forth."
"What did you guys do when you saw that thing?" I asked.
"Well, it seemed to tilt and come right at us. Norman told me later that I was yelling, 'I'll shoot it! I'll shoot it!' I did automatically drop on one knee and drew my service revolver, but I didn't shoot. I do remember suddenly thinking that it would be unwise to fire at it, so I yelled to Norman to run for the cruiser, but he just froze in his tracks. I practically had to drag him back!"
"How close was the object to you then?" I asked.
"It seemed to be about one hundred feet up and about one hundred feet away. All I could see at that point was bright red with sort of a halo effect. I thought we'd be burned alive, but it gave off no heat and I didn't hear any noise. I called Dave Hunt on the radio. He was already on his way out here, and arrived in just a few minutes. Whatever it was, it must have really scared the horses in that barn."
"Why do you say that? Did you hear them from here?" I asked.
"Yeh, you could hear them neighing and kicking in their stalls. Even the dogs around here started howling. When Dave arrived, the three of us just stood there and watched it. It floated, wobbled, and did things that no plane could do. Then it just darted away over those trees toward Hampton."
"What did you do then?" I asked.
"Well, we all returned to the station to write up our report. We'd only been back a short while when a call came in from the Hampton telephone operator. She told us that she'd just talked to a man who was calling from a phone booth and was very upset. He said that he was being chased by a flying saucer and that it was still out there!
Before she could connect him with us, the connection was broken. We went out looking for him and even went to the hospital to see if he'd been brought in there, but we never found out who he was."
The object's light is so intense, that it is difficult to make out its shape. The lights emanating from the craft dim and then brighten, from left to right, and then right to left. The object now begins to slowly move away from the men, in the direction of the city of Hampton.
At this very moment, another Policeman, David Hunt, arrives at the scene to witness the craft in the sky, as it fades out of sight. In a matter of minutes, the craft is sighted in Hampton, and a report made to Pease Air Force Base.
Mrs. Virginia Hale, a reporter for the Haverhill Gazette, also sees the unknown craft from her kitchen window as it hovers over a neighbor's house for about 4 minutes.
There were many other reported sightings of a similarly described craft over the next several weeks, but it is uncertain if they were all legitimate or not.
After repeated attempts to get a response from the Air Force on this matter, finally the following letter was received:
Based on additional information submitted to our UFO
Investigation Officer, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, we have
been unable to identify the object that you observed on
September 3, 1965.
In nineteen years of investigating over
ten thousand reports of unidentified flying objects, the
evidence has proved almost conclusively that reported aerial
phenomena have been either objects created or set aloft by
men, generated by atmospheric conditions, or caused by
celestial bodies or the residue of meteoric activity.
Thank you for reporting your observation to the Air
Force, and for your subsequent co-operation concerning the
report. I regret any inconvenience you may have suffered as a
John P. Spaulding
Lt. Col, USAF
The events at Exeter, New Hampshire were so compelling, that the case was featured in the April 5, 1966, Congressional hearing that led to the Condon investigation. The involvement of two police officers gave it an official stamp that made it a bit harder than usual to dismiss.
Attempts to explain it by invoking twinkling stars and planets, advertising planes, or military operations were difficult to jive with the descriptions given. Fuller insisted this constituted "convincing evidence" that UFOs were real and extraterrestrial.