Project aims to fo­cus on UFO sight­ings

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

■ Ade­laide-based sci­en­tific re­searcher Keith Baster­field is call­ing for Pil­bara res­i­dents who have had a per­sonal UFO sight­ing to par­tic­i­pate in his new re­search project.

Af­ter more than 25 years of ex­pe­ri­ence doc­u­ment­ing UFO sight­ings across the coun­try, Mr Baster­field has now turned his at­ten­tion to a year-long re­search project in re­gional WA.

“I’ve al­ways been fas­ci­nated with as­tron­omy and the pos­si­bil­ity of life out­side of earth,” he said.

“Back in the 1980s I started in­ter­view­ing peo­ple around the coun­try and ended up writ­ing a book which cat­a­logued sev­eral hun­dred sight­ings from around the coun­try.

“Twenty years later, I wanted to fo­cus on re­gional ar­eas; there is a lack of re­search around WA in par­tic­u­lar.”

Mr Baster­field said he had al­ready found sev­eral in­ter­est­ing re­ports out of the North West near Ex­mouth.

“On an af­ter­noon with clear blue sky a cou­ple of US navy per­son­nel re­ported in­de­pen­dently a sight­ing of a big black sphere which was hov­er­ing over the (Ex­mouth US mil­i­tary) base for sev­eral min­utes be­fore it took off at high speed.

“An­other in­ter­est­ing case hap­pened near Ex­mouth at the RAAF base, where per­son­nel were set­ting up a train­ing ex­er­cise and saw an un­usual light which hov­ered above them for sev­eral min­utes and cut off communications with air­craft above.”

Mr Baster­field said to this day the two in­ci­dents re­main a mys­tery.

“In 9 out of 10 un­in­ves­ti­gated re­ports, when I look at them I can find a con­ven­tional ex­pla­na­tion,” he said.

“Peo­ple of­ten mis­take satellites, plan­ets, lights, stars and air­craft for UFOs.”

Mr Baster­field can be con­tacted via kei­th­baster­field@ya­ .au or 0422 278 103.

For more on the re­search, visit his blog at http://ufos-sci­en­tific re­

Pic­ture: Keith Baster­field

Keith Baster­field

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