Project aims to focus on UFO sightings
■ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .au or 0422 278 103.
For more on the research, visit his blog at http://ufos-scientific research.blogspot.com.