Jacques Valee does an AMA on Reddit

Longtime researcher, Jacques Valee did an “Ask Me Anything” on Reddit today.

Excerpt: I am Dr. Jacques Vallée a computer scientist and former astronomer. I have dedicated my personal research to the scientific research of UFOs. I was the model for the French scientist in Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters”. AMA!

Hi Reddit!

WxbXLoJI’m excited to be here with you all today and to answer any questions you may have. Here is my proof:http://imgur.com/WxbXLoJ

Recently my investigations have focused on UFO sightings from ancient antiquity up to the Industrial Revolution – prior to the innovation of manmade vehicles for flight that can cause confusion when witnessing a UFO. I have worked with my colleague Chris Aubeck on my recent work and we will soon be publishing what we consider the new benchmark in UFO research – called Wonders in the Sky. Our larger goal is to set the groundwork for future researchers (Maybe that’s YOU) by identifying and conserving primary source documents. We want future researchers to continue UFO investigations as part of mainstream science.

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A Report From Russia

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As fate would have it, while visiting here in Russia, I twisted my ankle pretty bad. So upon getting bed rest, I browsed the Internet to see what kind of UFO sightings there were in this town if any. I am in Novorossiysk (Новороссийск) which is located across from Turkey on the Black Sea, and is considered subtropical. The mountainous areas remind me of the California hills in Marin County, including their similar vegetation.

Sightings here? Yes there are many, including this cigar shaped on in the video >

Since I am laid up a bit, I tried to find a local UFOlogist that may speak English, in hopes I could have a face to face podcast with him or her. I have reached out and heard back from RUFORS, but their suggestion, Mikhail Gershtein lives in St Petersburg, which is many miles away. However, I invited Mikhail for a show nonetheless, he came highly recommended by RUFORS and past guest Clas Svahn. UPDATE: Mikhail got back to me and said just voice was not good enough, so I will continue to search. Read more

Blog: Roswell +68 Years

by Michael Lauck

ptssanmateotimes7-8-47Headline edition, July 8th, 1947. The Army Air Forces has announced that a flying disk has been found and is now in possession of the Army. Army officers say the missile, found sometime last week, has been inspected in Roswell, New Mexico and has been sent to Wright Field, Ohio for further inspection….

This news bulletin was not from a movie or a vintage sci-fi radio show. It was an actual ABC broadcast passing along information from a press release issued by officers of the US Army only a couple of weeks after the news of the Kenneth Arnold sighting. The local Roswell paper also mentioned that a local couple had recently seen an unknown flying disk. Soon after the initial report, though, this story was retracted and it was announced that it was not a mysterious flying disk that had been found but merely a weather balloon. The only airfield in the world trusted with atomic bombs was staffed with officers that could not identify mundane weather balloon debris, even though weather balloons were in common use in the area. The report was soon forgotten. Read more

Blog: Faded Discs

by Michael Lauck

fdanimThe UFO mystery is not a 20th century phenomenon, but it did in many ways come into prominence in the 20th century. Serious study of UFOs began around World War II and thrived in the following decades. During this golden age of UFO study radio was the dominant form of electronic media. Although film and television existed, radio was a much more important source of timely news and information. Also during this time UFO investigators would find audio recording devices much more portable, reliable and affordable than film equipment. All of this led to an incredible amount of information from the golden age of UFO study being stored in audio formats.

This should not come as a terrible surprise. Even in today’s so-called digital age that finds even children carrying phones that stream multimedia and record video, audio remains an important part of the UFO community. Nationally syndicated radio shows and Internet podcasts allow researchers, witnesses and even debunkers to spread their stories and theories to interested parties all over the world. Of course, these modern UFO programs are easy to find. Where can you find the recorded lectures, interviews and radio shows of yesterday? Read more

BLOG: Father Gill’s Flashlight: Papua, New Guinea 1959

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The 1959 sightings of Father William Gill in New Guinea, then an Australian territory, were well known and much discussed in the 1960s and 1970s. Given the multiple witnesses over two nights, observation of occupants and the credibility of the reporting witness, an Anglican missionary, it made for a sensational encounter. Even more incredible, the craft and occupants sighted seemed to respond to the witnesses throughout the encounter. The story was featured in Dr. J. Allen Hynek’s The UFO Experience: A Scientific Enquiry and The Hynek UFO Report, the double album UFO Encounters (which features Father Gill telling his story and Hynek’s commentary) and in the 4th issue of Gold Key’s UFO Flying Saucers comic book. Read more

BLOG: Ancient Aliens, NASA Edition?

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After being mentioned in a recent episode of Hangar 18, a nearly decade old 14 page paper written by Dr Richard Stothers has been getting quite a bit of attention in certain UFO circles. Dr. Stothers worked at NASA’s Goddard Institute and his paper Unidentified Flying Objects In Classical Antiquity is being implied to be a NASA release and has been described as “in-depth study by the Epoch Times (http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/703237-nasa-reports-on-credible-ufo-sightings-in-ancient-times/). Unfortunately, it is actually neither.  Read more

Blog: Today is Hubble Space Telescope & Socorro Incident Anniversary

by Martin Willis

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Although one has little to do with the other, we are celebrating two anniversaries today.

Socorro’s 51st

It’s the 51st anniversary of the Socorro incident with Lonnie Zamora, and our last guest Ray Stanford spoke about this in our podcast the other day. I believe this particular case will go down in history as one that is very credible, as it was very well documented at the time by Ray himself and others. Read more here. 

Hubble’s 25th

It’s the 25th anniversary of the launching of the Hubble Space Telescope. With all of all the thousands of images that this orbiting telescope has brought to us, it’s one of the most important pieces of hardware we’ve ever created as far as space exploration is concerned. Read more

Blog: UFOs and Comic Books

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Usually when you hear “UFOs” and “comic books” in the same sentence, there is some type of insult being thrown. Maybe it is the local news anchor leading off a sighting report with “it may sound like the stuff of comic books” or skeptics saying that comic books provide the basis for imagined encounters. I personally do not cringe when I hear these things said, though, because I read some of my first true UFO stories in comic books. Read more

Blog: The Belgian UFO Wave 1989-1993


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For many, even among UFO enthusiasts, the Belgian UFO wave is often summed up in a few lines: A large triangular object with bright lights flying over Belgium (where’s Belgium anyway?) during the 80-90 winter season. Some military jets chased it with no result.

A closer look shows a more complex story that lasted almost 4 years…with 3 successive waves.

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OUR LIVE SHOWS

Many of you know, Art Bell has hung it up, and that the network we broadcast live on was the network created for Art Bell’s return.  As of December 23rd the Dark Matter Digital Network will no longer host our live shows.

listen-hereWe are not going anywhere. Listen Live Right Here!

The live stream player on the right sidebar will become active when the show becomes live. Off times, the player will play music by Kerry Lloyd Whitehouse who creates the music for our shows. The chat room will appear on every page of our website, 15 minutes before we go live.

The show will be played on the Dark Matter Digital Network, pre-recorded on Thursdays 9:00PM to 11:00PM.

Just come back here Wednesday evenings 8-10:00PM EST, join in the chat room if you choose or call in live at (603) 967-4030

We look at this as an opportunity, and will make this website more of a destination place for those who share our interests.

We will most likely start an additional show on everything other than UFOs in January, so stay tuned and check back.

Martin Willis & Crew

Blog: Reflecting on UFOlogy, 2014

by Amateur Astronomer, Andy Fleming  
 

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So another year passes and listeners have been treated to some fascinating podcasts from Martin and crew about those most elusive of objects: UFOs. The programme is especially poignant to those of us who have experienced our own personal sightings and who search for some sort of closure, truth and explanation about what we’ve seen.

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Blog: Will Our Fate Be That of the Dinosaurs?

by Andy Fleming

 In the 1970s Walter Alvarez, a professor in the Earth and Planetary Science department at the University of California, Berkeley started to form a hypothesis connecting an asteroid impact, the presence of its global Iridium layer in the rock strata, and the loss of the dinosaurs in what has become known as the Cretaceous–Tertiary (or K-T) mass extinction event. Read more