UFOs under the Astronomer’s Lens


Gurudatt Shenoy

Founder, SecretShare.tk

UFOs under the Astronomer’s Lens

The most famous of Astronomers, Dr. Carl Sagan had this to say about UFO’s – “I’m delighted to tell about contemporary scientific thinking along these lines, but let me begin by saying that I do not think the evidence is at all persuasive, that UFO’s are of intelligent extraterrestrial origin, nor do I think the evidence is convincing that no UFO’s are of intelligent extraterrestrial origin.”

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However, most astronomers have treated the subject of UFOs with skepticism and among many one such astronomer was Alan Hale (the astronomer who co-discovered Comet Hale-Bopp). He claimed that he has thus far not seen anything significantly that can be described as a UFO as compared to many other objects in the skies above earth.

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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 Soon after the initial report, though, this story was retracted and it was announced that it was not a mysterious flying disk that had been found but merely a weather balloon.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: Father Gill’s Flashlight: Papua, New Guinea 1959

GW400H253-1by Michael Lauck

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: The Search For Spock: A Call To Action

by Michael Lauck

MV5BMTM2ODY0NjkzOV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwODU4MjU2._V1._SX420_SY291_One of the common arguments used by skeptics and debunkers is that UFO witnesses are actually inserting pop culture imagery into their memories or interpretations of an event. For example, they will state that abductees see “Greys” because the Grey alien archetype was prominently featured on book covers and in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Of course this argument completely (and conveniently) overlooks the fact that the creatures depicted on these book covers and in the film were based on descriptions of experiencers who had not seen the movie or books. Nonetheless, the argument is still put forth confidently and is often not even questioned. How can this assertion be derailed?

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Blog: Five Important Movies Of The Flying Saucer Era

by Michael Lauck

flying saucer vintage posterFor the last century or so the world has been able to take an animated glimpse at its past thanks to motion pictures. Although we have always had history books and, better yet, source materials such as newspapers, speeches and journals, the ability to actually see our past can enhance our understanding. There are so many small details, such as the way people spoke or the now strange seeming everyday items surrounding them, that are easily forgotten or misunderstood otherwise. The films do not have to be documentaries or old home movies, either, because even popular films show the details and reflect the attitudes of the day. If you doubt this watch a black and white movie (or even a television show) with a ten or twelve year old child. They will be shocked by things such as phone dials, the constant smoking, how all men seem to wear ties, how everyone seems to wear hats and countless other observations.
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Blog: The Fermi Paradox

by Michael Lauck

Summarizing the Paradox

DrakeEquationThe Fermi Paradox, which is sometimes referred to as the Fermi-Hart Paradox, is an intellectual exercise addressing the possibilities of advanced, intelligent life in the universe. Simply put it states the since our solar system is fairly young there should be much older planetary systems that support life, some may have intelligent, advanced species possibly a billion years older than Earth. If this is the case and they have discovered interstellar travel then the entire galaxy could be colonized in less than 100 million years. The Earth, therefore, should have been colonized or at least visited and yet there is no credible evidence of contact which leads one to ask where are the advanced civilizations? The paradox is that all the available evidence (such as the size of the universe, its age, the relatively common occurrence of the elements believed to be necessary for life) suggests that there should be multiple advanced alien civilizations and yet
there is no evidence such civilizations exist.
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Blog: A Brief Guide To UFO Related Groups

by Michael Lauck

mufonSince the modern age of unidentified flying object incidents began in 1947, many organizations dedicated to the phenomena have formed (and disbanded). It can be a bit confusing to sort out the alphabet soup of UFO group acronyms, so this article attempts to introduce some of the most commonly encountered international organizations both past and present. If the group is currently active then online contact information is provided. All sites are in English except for the brief list of worldwide organizations at the end of the article.

APRO (Aerial Phenomena Research Organization): Founded by Jim and Coral Lorenzen in 1952, APRO was active until 1988. Based out of Arizona, APRO focused on using scientific techniques to investigate reports of unidentified flying objects. Dr. James E. McDonald, physicist and professor at the University of Arizona, Tucson, was one of several PhD level scientists that consulted with the group. APRO was involved with both the Travis Walton and Paul Bennewitz cases.
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Blog: Extraterrestrial, Extradimensional, Extraneous

by Michael Lauck

Why It Doesn’t Matter Who Is Behind UFOs (Yet)

0In recent years I have noticed that many in the UFO field (I’ll use researcher as a general term to describe unidentified flying object investigators, their kith and kin) have begun to form their own theories about who is the behind the phenomenon. I think this is a natural process when one researches any subject; as one becomes more and more invested (emotionally, intellectually and even professionally) in any topic pet theories begin to develop. However, I have noticed that many researchers have become preoccupied with arguing the truth of these theories, sometimes even squabbling with one another as to whether UFOs are piloted by extraterrestrials or extradimensional beings as if a creature from another dimension is any less alien than one from another planet! To my mind this is actually hurting the legitimate study of UFOs and undermining any chance of serious scientific interest.

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Blog: The COMETA Report – GEIPAN

image007France’s Contribution to Understanding the UFO Phenomenon 

by Marc Sima

During our podcast conversation this month, Martin and I started to talk about how UFOs and alien life are generally better accepted in foreign cultures, such as in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The overall picture looking beyond the USA is that aliens are generally a better accepted concept and the UFO phenomenon is witnessed everywhere in the world. Thanks to our digital age all populations of the world are now participating in collecting and sharing clues that one day should translate in solving the UFO riddle. Once more I feel that we have passed sometime last century the stage of figuring out if UFOs are real. Thanks to overwhelming circumstantial evidence we have now moved into the fascinating stage of trying to figure out what they are.
*May 22 - 00:05*One such landmark moment in our collective realization that UFOs are more than weird popular folklore was certainly the 1999 French semi-official COMETA report. And here I would like to concentrate on how France has contributed to our understanding of the UFO phenomenon. And we should not be surprised since Dan Aykroyd’s alien family “The Coneheads” always claimed to be French!
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It’s a Skeptic’s World

It is a bipartisan world on the UFO issue, the skeptics are “the normal ones” and the believers are “the crazy ones”. The burden of proof is on the people who believe. Skeptics say that it is too much of a leap of faith that a UFO could be interplanetary. When a craft unknown to man can make impossible maneuvers, I believe it is Occam’s razor, the most logical explanation. If a skeptic can witness one like millions of people have and give a better answer, I am open to listening.

All but one of my friends that I have confided in about my UFO, extraterrestrial beliefs think I am deranged. I don’t blame them as I was a bit of a skeptic, or you could call me a UFO agnostic before I had a sighting. Even then, I attempted to put the whole thing behind me. It wasn’t until a number of months ago when I was outside at night with my telescope that I got to thinking more deeply about the issue. I decided to start reading, watching documentaries and looking online as I wanted to find out more about the subject. Which has led me to creating this podcast website.

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Welcome to Podcast UFO

I want to welcome you visitor to my new website and podcast. This initial blog is more or less telling you about myself.

I have always had scientific interests and enjoy learning about astronomy. It seems the more I try to learn about our universe, the less I realize I know. It is baffling to try to understand. For instance,  just trying to wrap your head around the big bang alone is mind numbing. Still to this day I enjoy gazing through my telescope along with my son and enjoying hours of the night’s sky.

I was a kid in the late 1960s when there was all kinds of UFO talk and sightings in Maine. I lived on a big hill that overlooked a great distance including a river that separated Maine from New Hampshire. Just on the other side of the river was Pease Air Force Base with it’s 10,000 foot runway. This runway was so vast that I heard you could land a commercial jet sideways on it. During the time of all the sightings, my sisters and I used to sit on the front porch with binoculars just waiting to see a flying saucer. The best it ever got was a weather balloon and lots of jets and planes. Read more