Research, investigations & commentary from Bill Chalker, author of "The OZ Files - the Australian UFO Story" (1996), "Hair of the Alien - DNA and Other Forensic Evidence for Alien Abductions" (2005) and Australian chapter author of the UFO History Group's foundational reference work "UFOs and Government" (2012)
Thursday, June 14, 2012
PAY ATTENTION SCIENCE, SKEPTICS AND MEDIA, ASTRONOMERS DO SEE UFOs
In the current issue of the Australian bimonthly magazine "UFOLOGIST" Vol.16, No.1 May-June, 2012, in my new column SCIENCE and the UFO CONTROVERSY I have written a piece with the focus: PAY ATTENTION SCIENCE SKEPTICS AND MEDIA, ASTRONOMERS DO SEE UFOs. I demolish a statement by Sydney Observatory consultant astronomer Dr. Nick Lomb where he stated"Only amateurs see UFOs," and that no serious
observer, particularly astronomers or even amateur astronomers, has ever seen a
UFO. Dr. Lomb, author of the recent excellent book "Transit of Venus," is an expert on astronomy, but he is clearly uninformed about serious UFO
I recently had the opportunity to briefly met up with Dr. Lomb during an Observatory Sydney Writers Festival event. He cordially signed my copy of his book "To Bill, clear skies to see identified objects," and I gave him a copy of my column which discusses his statement and my response to it. I hope he takes the time to consider this and makes a considered response.
Anyone seriously acquainted with the UFO subject would
dispute Dr. Lomb's skeptical statement. For example, Clyde Tombaugh the discoverer of Pluto reported
UFO sightings. Dr. Hynek undertook an
early 1950s survey which revealed some astronomer's sightings, and Professor
Peter Sturrock's survey during the 1970s revealed further evidence of UFO
sightings by astronomers. Dr. Hynek once took photos of UFOs himself. He
couldn't explain what he captured on film from a plane window.
In my 1996 book "The OZ files - the Australian UFO
Story" I describe a 1957 Mount Stromlo sighting, of which the
assistant director of the observatory, Dr. A.R. Hogg stated, “It was the
first time the observatory had sighted what might be called an unidentified
flying object. What it was remains an open question."
Much earlier, 1902 in fact, Adelaide observatory astronomers
reported an aerial object they couldn’t identify. I describe that incident
in detail in the column, focusing on an extraordinary legacy story of astronomer George Dodwell, as it has a fascinating deeper story that flows from it - Dodwell not only witnessed a UFO from Adelaide Observatory in 1902, he was in later years convinced that alien UFOs existed.
OZ Files” I also describe a UFO sighting made by the late Dr. John Dawe,
who was the manager of the Sidings Springs Observatory. He described his sighting
near Merriwa in the Sydney Morning Herald of 11 January 1995, stating it was "classic
stuff ... It was something I still cannot explain. But I am 99.99 percent
certain it was nothing alien." A UFO still - an unidentified flying
Over 3 issues of the UFO
Investigation Centre’s UFOIC Newsletter (No. 37, 38 & 39: 1972 – 1973) the
group’s secretary at the time William Moser (also president of the local
chapter of the British Astronomical Association) had his article “Astronomers
and UFOs” published, listing numerous sightings by astronomers.
To skeptics and astronomers such as Dr. Nick Lomb, you need
to realise that some “serious observers”, indeed astronomers and professionals,
do observe UFOs, and it is often the uniformed opinions of their peers that
prevent the reporting of their UFO sightings.
Another lost opportunity to discover something fascinating that is being
reported by serious observers, not just amateurs, but a serious
engagement by science of the UFO mystery could change this unsatisfactory
dynamic, leading to the development of a productive field of UFO science.
Coordinator of the Sydney based UFO Investigation Centre (UFOIC) & the Anomaly Physical Evidence Group (APEG). Information about sightings and research are most welcome.
Author of "The OZ Files - the Australian UFO Story" (1996), "Hair of the Alien - DNA and other forensic evidence of alien abduction" (2005), and "UFO History Keys - Examining the UFO controversy from a historical perspective" (2011). Enquiries via firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O. Box 42, West Pennant Hills, NSW, 2125, AUSTRALIA. In "HAIR of the ALIEN" (order via www.amazon.com) my primary focus is promoting a forensic scientific approach to examining the alien abduction controversy, concentrating on the DNA approach where compelling biological evidence is available.