WARM spring temperatures in recent weeks have brought a rise in UFO sightings across the Gold Coast region.
The flurry of alleged sightings followed an unusually busy winter for UFO Research Queensland with a significant increase in the number of sightings reported.
Among the most prominent close encounters of the first kind was of a "solid white light" spotted by a pilot driving through Broadbeach Waters at 4.10am on August 31.
This sighting matched similar reports from Robina, Lower Beechmont and Broadbeach during the same period.
Chairwoman Sheryl Gottchell said the most common factor in each report was noting that the objects frequently changed direction.
"When something makes a sudden change in direction and colour it can be assumed it is not from this year," she said.
"The sighting by the pilot is especially interesting given it stood out to someone greatly familiar with aircraft and flight patterns.
"Summer is the time of year when we get the most sightings because more people are outside at night."
The organisation, which started in 1956, keeps a database of sightings dating back to the 1990s.
A close encounter of the first kind is the sighting of a UFO. A close encounter of the second kind is securing proof of the existence of the object. A close encounter of the third kind involves actual contact with a UFO.
To report a UFO sighting, call 3376 1780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pic de Bugarach, a French mountain where some new-agers believe a UFO will land Dec. 21, will be protected by 100 police officers and firefighters the last day of the Mayan calendar.
Due to its unique geological properties, Pic de Bugarach was been the focus of much esoteric lore over the years. Some wacky new age adherents actually think there are aliens living under the peak, and the extraterrestrials will emerge during the Mayan Apocalypse to save them.
You can understand why the French authorities would be freaking out right about now. For the last year or so, pilgrims have been arriving in droves in nearby towns, and it's all going to come to a head in one month.
The new-agers are of course irrational, but they're also probably not a real threat to anyone but themselves, so a simple demonstration of force should be enough to scare them away.
These people, called "esoterics" by the locals, claim a UFO will whisk them away on Dec. 21. Hopefully, there will be no violent lashes between the tin foil hat crowd and the French cops.
The only problem with this plan, is that 100 people may not be adequate to form a decent blockade. Will there be enough bodies to guard the entire mountain? Either way, Pic de Bugarach will be a very interesting place next month, when possibly 100,000 folks will come streaming in, waiting for a chance to hitch a ride on the UFO.
1998 Photograph of UFOs over Port Alberni, British Columbia
Published: 9:44 AM 11/20/2012
Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada - 05-01-1998
I went to meet my friend at his house after a soccer game at about noon on a Sunday. It was a nice, clear and warm day so I went out on his patio at the back of the house to wait for him.
The patio looks over the canal and the mountains on the other side of the water. I noticed what I thought was a flock of birds over the water, but then quickly realized they were too far away to be birds.
I thought maybe they were planes, but they didn't look like planes or make any sound. There were about 15 objects that were against the green mountains and then they went in front of the snow caps on the mountains and I could tell they weren't planes or helicopters or birds.
They were solid objects that made no sound. I watched them for as long as I could and then they were out of my sight. They would have been traveling North towards Mt Klitsa. I've attached a photo of what I saw looking against the snow cap mountains.
Race to Space: The True Story of Extraterrestrial Life
Published: 3:35 PM 11/19/2012
SETI is a research project dedicated to finding proof of intelligent life in our galaxy. Researcher Jill Tarter, the base of Jodi Foster’s character in the movie “Contact”, describes the project, “SETI uses the tools of astronomy to try and find the evidence of someone else’s technology out there.”
Every radio, television, and cell phone signal is unintentionally beamed into space. The signal of a song you heard on the radio yesterday is far beyond the solar system right now. Researchers hope to detect byproducts of technology released by other civilizations.
According to researcher Seth Shostak, "Recent results suggest that virtually every star has planets, and more than one, they're like kittens, you get a litter." An accurate estimate of planets in our galaxy is more than twice the number of stars, more than 200 billion. Shostak shares an insider bet, "The smart money is suggesting the fraction of planets that might be suitable to life is one in 1,000" This means there are around a billion cousins to earth in our galaxy alone.
Advancing telescopes allow SETI to listen to a million star systems with planets, compared to a handful in the 1960s. Shostak gives the bottom line, "because of the increase in speed and because of the vast amount of habitable real-estate in the cosmos, I figure we are going to pick up a signal within the next two dozen years."
If signals are colliding with earth, they are colliding with you, right now, and contribute to some of the static seen on TVs.
Jill Tarter describes, "We, all of us, are what happens when a primordial mixture of hydrogen and helium evolves for so long that it begins to ask where it came from." Why would galaxies, stars, planets, elements, even weather all be inevitable repeating consequences of the universe, but not life?
There is a very real possibility mankind may soon discover the universe is not empty, but teeming with consciousness. Earth, the location of all human history, may become as Jill describes, "A fragile island of life in a Universe of possibilities"
2008 - Close Encounter of a Cigar-shaped Object over Texas
Published: 12:06 PM 11/21/2012
Texas - Fall of 2008
It was fall of 2008 between 9-9:30 pm; I was coming home driving down road A going west when I stopped at the stop light. I turned right onto road B going north.
My house was only about a quarter mile down the road on the right so I wasn't going really fast, maybe 30 mph. I am a very observant person so I'm always looking around; I noticed it on my left.
It came out of the sky at a 30 to 45 degree angle. It was nearing end of dusk where the sky gets that medium grey coloring. I don't remember if there were clouds, but I don't think there were, but is still light enough to see a dark shaped outline on it.
It was a cigar shaped object that was flying vertically. It was moving from north going south, maybe a football field away. It was close enough that if you held out your pointer finger in front of you, it was about the same length and width.
Once it came out of the sky at that angle it stopped for a brief second and turned horizontally and continued to move south. I'm not sure if it turned clockwise or counter-clockwise.
When it first came out of the sky it was moving fairly quickly, then stopped turned horizontally and began slowly flying over houses moving south. There was some lights on this object, I'm not sure how many, but they were all the same color and brightness like a car headlight in the distance.
They didn't seem to protrude at all, they were just glowing, possibly a light from the inside that was very bright. I saw it flying next to me in the opposite direction I was going until I turned at my neighborhood entrance where I hurried up and turned the block so I could get another view of this object.
By the time I got there it was already gone. The whole experience lasted maybe 10-15 seconds.
Thanks to Ben Garfield.
1990 - The Place Bonaventure Incident - Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Published: 4:35 PM 11/21/2012
Montreal, Quebec, Canada - November, 1990
On Nov. 7, 1990, a woman swimming at the 17 floor Place Bonaventure hotel spots something in the sky. She sees a round, metallic object projecting a series of brilliant light beams.
Her sighting sets off a chain reaction.
She tells the lifeguard who calls the hotel security guard, who contacts the police and a journalist from La Presse newspaper. The RCMP, the military and even NASA are called in.
The aerial phenomenon lasts almost three hours from 7:20 p.m. to 10:10 p.m.
The incident sparks sensation due to the excellent documentation and the large number of very reliable witnesses.
Some theorize it is nothing more than the result of northern lights, dismissing the possibility of a UFO sighting. The event catches the attention of Bernard Guénette, a UFO researcher in Montreal.
In 1992, Guénette and Dr. Richard Haines, a former NASA scientist, publish a 25-page report on the sighting. The report concludes that the "evidence for the existence of a highly unusual, hovering, silent large object is indisputable."
It suggests some sort of huge physical object, about 540 metres wide, caused the lights but fails to identify its origin.