News and Reviews.
Hello readers and welcome to another edition of “ News and Reviews”
A little bit about myself I have known both Robert and Diane since 1995 when I first had a sighting and didn’t know who to tell. I found them in the local paper and went along to one of their meetings when they were not long starting out on their own. It was great to find two people who were so actively interested and passionate about their views/beliefs and both Robert and Diane made me feel really welcome, even before I told them about my experience/sightings. After going to a few meetings I decided I wanted to become a subscriber to their Magazine, great articles to read as well as local news in what’s happening our own backyards ! I was truly pleased to find a great magazine that was locally made right here in Australia.
After some time their inspiration had rubbed off to me, about the year 2000 I became an AUFORN researcher and helped with investigations, Night watches, 1800 sightings hotline call monitoring and Monthly meetings that were held in our local area. Something which I find truly enjoyable both for myself as well as for others. I really enjoy being a part of
AUFORN, and hope to continue to be part of their great organisation for many years to come.
The 2nd International Scientific & Metaphysical Symposium
Philip Gardiner, Denise Blazek, Rob Mcintyre, Andy Thomas, George Knapp, David Reneke, Suzanne Hansen, Mary Rodwell, Wallace Thornhill, Paul Baird.
All the guest speakers were great to listen to, so much better to hear them talk about their experiences, fields and subjects. Don’t get me wrong I have read some of their books and find them interesting but to hear them speak is really worthwhile. Makes you feel more part of what’s going on. ( All the
conference video talks will be available to purchase through the Ufologist Magazine soon )
We did a bit of sightseeing together in Sydney, checked out the Opera House, Museum of the Freemasons, Darling Harbour and a River cruise in the evening to see the Sydney city by night. Not to mention we found a few great local pubs hidden away in city! Both Philip and George are professional, remarkable and inspirational people who made me feel welcome as an enthusiast in our fields and also with their sightseeing adventures. Memories which will last with me forever. I really hope to see them again in my travels.
Many people who came to the conference had the chance to meet and talk to the speakers at the Conference Dinner on the Saturday night, great opportunity for all who had a few questions of their own. Time was somewhat limited during the actual conference talks as we had many speakers to listen to and limited time !
I recommend to you all that if there ever is another conference that you do not miss out. Opportunities to listen to and meet our guest speakers especially do not come around all the time, well worth every penny.
Keeping an eye on our skies
Cold winter evenings are often the best for watching the skies, whether this be for UFO’s or planet gazing, star clusters and the like. Most people often stay indoors which in turn, results in missed opportunities to see something “out there” . Not only do we know this because it’s cold, but also because the AUFORN hotline slows down on the number of call-ins we receive. Please keep in mind that we have a few of the planets this month which will be very bright in the night sky and you don’t want to get that confused with a sighting ( as we do get many calls relating to bright stationary objects which in fact turn out to be just planets ) Venus will be very prominent in the evening western sky ( maybe approx 30cms at arms length from the horizon ) mars will be bright and getting brighter about 1 to 2 hours before sunrise in the north eastern horizon. Actually at the moment Mars is nearly as bright as Beta Centauri ( the 2nd brightest of the pointer stars )And of course Jupiter which is at one of its brightest as seen from our earth, all night long. So keep an eye on our local skies ! you never know what you might see tonight.
Life on other Planets.
In 1986, on his death bed, retired Major Jesse Marcel told his son; "You must tell the world the truth about Roswell. When the military no longer has a hold over you and your family, please set the record straight!"Major Jesse Marcel was the head of intelligence at an Army Air Field located at Roswell, [New Mexico]. On July 7, 1947 Major Marcel was sent to inspect what was being reported as the crash of an unidentified object on a ranch seventy-five miles northwest of the base. After inspecting the crash site, Marcel stopped by his home to show his family what he had discovered. Jesse Jr. was only eleven years old at the time, but vividly remembers his father's excitement, and seeing and handling a foil-like material that his father said was scattered around the wreckage. It was shiny and paper thin, but could not be torn or cut. It also retained a memory, mysteriously unfolding each time his father tried to fold it. And then there was that beam of metal several feet long, which was covered with hieroglyphic-type writing and markings. It was indeed something that was not of this world.
Upon return to his Air base, Major Marcel's superior officer, Col. William "Butch" Blanchard, ordered him to fly the material to Wright Patterson Air Base in Akron, OH, first stopping in Fort Worth, TX to show the strange findings to Gen. Roger Ramey,,the head of the Eighth Air Force. When Ramey learned that Blanchard had issued a press release stating they had recovered a "flying disc," and that it was being flown to Wright-Pat, Ramey was livid, and immediately called a press conference. Marcel would be photographed (see photo right) holding remnants of a weather balloon, and was forced to tell the media that these were his only findings at Roswell. From that time on, and despite dozens of collaborating witnesses at the crash site, Major Marcel was forced to live with that lie the rest of his life.
Source MMD Newswire.
Planet of promise could harbour life.
For the first time, astronomers have discovered a planet far, far away that might be similar to Earth. This distant world, which pirouettes around a dim bulb of a star with the unglamorous name Gliese 581, may possibly sport a landscape that would be vaguely familiar to us - a panorama of liquid oceans and drifting continents. If so, there's the chance that it's a home to life - perhaps even advanced life.It's been a dozen years since the first planet around a star other than the Sun was uncovered. Since then, small teams of astronomers have been flushing out fresh planetary prey at the rate of about one every two weeks. Today, it's easy to have a blase attitude about this continuing drizzle of new worlds. With more than two hundred planets already on the scoreboard, adding yet another sounds redundant.But this planet is different.It's different mostly because it's small. Nearly all the earlier discoveries were of massive worlds, lumbering giants comparable to Jupiter or Saturn. Such behemoths are likely to be buried in thick and toxic atmospheres, and seem ill-suited for supporting life.
Mind you, it's not that nature prefers the creation of such brawny planets; it's only that the wobble technique used to find them strongly favors the heavyweights.However, by measuring the motions of bantam stars, such as the red dwarf Gliese 581, it's possible to uncover lighter-weight worlds, since detectability depends on the ratio of stellar to planetary mass. Gliese 581c, as the new find is called, is the smallest yet discovered around a normal star, a mere 50% larger across than Earth. This diminutive size suggests (but does not prove) that it's a rocky world, like Venus, Earth or Mars.