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Reported Sightings to VUFOA

As you can imagine we have had a huge response to our sightings database. We have been working very hard in the background to investigate and complete each case we receive. Our "PIT CREW" has now managed to complete many of these cases. We are very pleased to present to you our findings. 


Please keep in mind many cases either lack information or provide witnesses who are no longer keen to assist in following up on their initial reports.

VUFOA Video Case – ‘Ball-Lightning Type Phenomenon’, October, 2014

This video was submitted to VUFOA by a member of the public who correctly

believed it would be of interest to us. The footage was taken by Vanessa Ciupici, Frank’s sister.


The event occurred at approximately 1:30am on Monday the 27th of October, 2014.

The location of the phenomena was approximately South-East of Endeavour Hills Lookout, Endeavour Hills, Victoria. The witnesses, Vanessa Ciupici and another person, were watching a severe electrical storm from the lookout, facing South-East towards the suburb of Dandenong. In the path of this view are high-voltage transmission lines, supported by typical transmission towers. An approximate image of the area can be seen below.


Vanessa was “snap chatting” with friends as the electrical storm was in full swing.

She was running a snap chat video of the event, which automatically ceases after 10

seconds. It was within that 10 second video footage that the event fortuitously occurred. She also observed the event with the naked eye, in real time, as did her companion. Of particular importance, Vanessa stated that following the cessation of the video recording, the phenomenon rapidly dissipated. During a phone interview, Vanessa stated:


“I know it’s a UFO.. Why would a plane be flying around in the rain, and lightning doesn't make sense, and how could it move as fast as it did. It just came straight down really fast. For a second I thought it was a shooting star. Then it stopped, went up and down really fast like hovering, then went right and shot off and disappeared. I never believed in UFO’s until I saw it.”


The weather in Melbourne’s Eastern and South-Eastern suburbs during the night was unusually severe. The Weather Channel’s Senior Meteorologist Tom Saunders stated:


“…about 80,000 strikes were recorded in Victoria and South Australia during hours between 9pm [October 26th] and 5am [October 27th]. Melbourne’s CBD received 29mm of rain between when the storms began (about 1am) with 10 to 20mm falling across the rest of the metropolitan area”.


Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Steven McGibbony said after the storm event:


“….the storm originated in south and south-eastern South Australia yesterday afternoon before moving over Victoria to hit most of the state’s west and central areas. As it moved across the Latrobe Valley, the lightning activity eased and there was more showers and rain.”



Analysis and Conclusions


Only a fairly superficial analysis is required to conclude that this is most certainly

a ‘ball lightning type phenomenon’. This is clearly evidenced both by its occurrence in the midst of a severe electrical storm, and its close association with electrically uninsulated, high voltage transmission lines. The towers supporting these lines can be discerned to the right of centre (the first flash of lightning observable in the video appears behind the base of one of these), and the phenomenon initially materialises at the same height as the top of these towers, and hence at the presumed height of the lines they support. 


The involvement of these lines in the generation of the phenomenon is further suggested by its’ significantly greater luminosity upon first manifesting, and subsequently dimming as it descends. Further, phenomena of this sort have often been reported as associated with similar high-voltage transmissions lines in the past (see the links below). This type of ‘ball lightning’ phenomena has been reported to move in varied directions and for up to 15 or even 20 seconds without

vanishing.


Phenomena of this type have often been discussed in terms of a potential explanation for some UAP reports, and there is little doubt that there are indeed occasions where this has been the case. Thus to have this opportunity to clearly observe the appearance and behaviour of an unambiguous example of this type of phenomenon is most valuable.


Such phenomena are themselves a matter of some controversy, as their precise

characteristics and explanation remain as yet uncertain. This video could therefore

be characterised as having captured an ‘L-UAP’ – ‘Little-Understood Atmospheric

Phenomenon‘, and its contents may perhaps contribute to an improved understanding of the physics underlying such events. In this context, the apparent changes in luminosity and shape, and the specifics of the path traversed, may be instructive to those conversant with the relevant physics. It is to be lamented that the video ends before the event itself concluded.



For more information, the following are recommended:


http://csironewsblog.com/2012/10/12/goodness-gracious-great-balls-of-lighting-2/


http://www.sott.net/article/280220-Chinese-scientists-claim-they-ve-solved-mystery-behindball-lightning


http://www.sci-news.com/othersciences/geophysics/article00651.html


http://www.strangerdimensions.com/2013/11/03/video-electric-fireball-travels-power-linesquebec/



Our thanks to the individuals (Vanessa and Frank Ciupici) who made this footage available.


Paul Dean and James of (VUFORS/VUFOA)


(With Assistance from Keith Basterfield)


Final Editing Ivan Rigoni Director of Investigations VUFOA

Atmospheric Electricity and Plasma Interpretations of UFOs

Martin D. Altschuler


7. Ball Lightning

Among the most mysterious manifestations of atmospheric electricity is the phenomenon of ball lightning or Kugelblitz. A glowing ball either:


1. appears after a cloud-to-ground lightning flash and remains near the ground, or

2. is first seen in midair, descending from a cloud or arising from no obvious cause, thereafter remaining aloft until it vanishes. Collisions with aircraft have caused verified damage, indicating that ball lightning is not restricted to ground level.

Most witnesses report that ball lightning is clearly visible in daylight although not as bright as an ordinary lightning flash. Some 85% of the observers agree that the size and brightness of the ball remains roughly constant throughout the period of observation and that no changes occur even immediately prior to its disappearance. A minority report brightening and color changes just before the ball vanishes. The colors red, orange, and yellow are most common, but most other colors are seen occasionally. Some researchers believe that blue or blue-white Kugelblitz is associated with higher energy, although there is no statistical basis for such an

assertion. The reported diameters of Kugelblitz range between 5 and 80 cm with a median of about 30 cm. One survey lists three complexions of ball lightning:


1. a solid appearance with a dull or reflecting surface, or a solid core within a translucent envelope,

2. a rotating structure, suggestive of internal motions,

3. a structure with a burning appearance.


The last type seems most common. About 1/3 of the witnesses detect internal motions or rotation of the ball itself, although this may depend on the distance of the observer. A majority of onlookers report the motion of the ball to be slow (about 2 meters/sec.) and horizontal, with no apparent guidance by the wind or by the ground. One in six observers report speeds in excess of 25 m/sec. Several reports do indicate some guidance from telephone or power lines and by grounded objects. An odour of brimstone (burning sulphur) is often reported by nearby observers, especially at the time of decay.


The median lifetime of ball lightning is roughly four seconds, with 10% reporting over 30 seconds. Determination of lifetime is difficult because 


1. subjective time during an exciting event is often in error, and

2. few observers see a ball from the time it is created until the time it disappears.

Selection of reports - these will be changed occasionally

  Event Date and Time 09-Nov-2014 19:50:00
Suburb / Town Name Landsborough
Post Code 3384
State or territory Victoria
Event Duration 10 Minutes
Object movement Appeared to be propelled
Please include additional information
It was not yet dark. There were two objects, high in the West, which I thought were meteors until I viewed them through binoculars. They, each, had not one tail but two parallel tails. The tails were not long and broken like meteors, but short and perfect and more like plasma than fire. Each object appeared to have the same length twin tail. Also they moved too slowly to be meteors, sometimes appearing to stop altogether. Eventually they disappeared over the horizon. Also, what alerted me to look up at the sky to begin with was a sound like a crack of thunder. Otherwise there was no other noise. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Event Date and Time 29-Sep-2014 00:00:00
Suburb / Town Name Glen Waverley
Post Code 3232
State or territory Victoria
Event Duration 1 Minute
Object movement Floating
Please include additional information
On Monday 29/09/14 at about noon we were travelling on Great Ocean Road (possibly somewhere between Lorne and Apollo Bay) when we stopped to admire the view. My daughter (11) took some pics with her iphone4. Not sure what this is - could be a bird? I was also looking at the view but in the other direction and didn't notice this but it came up on her photo. Could be nothing - just thought I'd seek opinion. Thanks :-) --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Event Date and Time 06-Sep-2014 19:00:00
Suburb / Town Name melbourne, elsternwick
Post Code 3085
State or territory Victoria
Event Duration 1 Minute
Object movement Appeared to move under intelligent control
Please include additional information
circle of white lights, maybe 5 or 6 large very dim white lights in a circle moving as one --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Event Date and Time 06-Sep-2014 16:20:56
Suburb / Town Name Brunswick
Post Code 3056
State or territory Victoria
Event Duration 1 Minute
Object movement Floating
Please include additional information
My partner saw it as well. It was a bright floating round object towards West of Brunswick, VIC. It was moving in a circular floating motion and emitted bright white light like a bright star. Then we were watching it for about a minute or two then it suddenly disappeared as if it was sucked by the sky. No clouds were nearby and the moon is up in bright day light towards East of Brunswick. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Event Date and Time 28-Aug-2014 19:00:00
Suburb / Town Name Inverloch
Post Code 3996
State or territory Victoria
Event Duration 10 Minutes
Object movement Floating
Please include additional information
No sound there was 2 they seemed to stop and then moved off in opposite directions 1 to the NW & 1 to the SE. The photos attached are poor as they have a lot of camera movement. The one with the dots clear is what I have put in over the moved image and the colour of the dots I have placed is correct to what we saw. There was 4 of us . --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Event Date and Time 06-Aug-2011 11:30:00
Suburb / Town Name Traralgon
Post Code 3844
State or territory Victoria
Event Duration 40 Minutes
Object movement Erratic
Please include additional information
The object was vertical, approximately 10 - 15mts tall, metallic. Long and thin, in the middle a large, round shape, with two smaller round shapes equidistant from the centre. It was very high in the sky, and slowly came lower, then moved up again in changing directions and at different altitudes. I called my kids to come and have a look. I then had to go to golf. My son and I watched the object all the way, about 15 minutes. We watched it rise, and eventually disappear. It had the same profile as an aeroplane if you looked at it front on, but the wings vertical, not horizontal.
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In the Media - South Gippsland Sentinel Times

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2015 VUFOA Ufology Conference

We will begin planning for our 2015 conference soon and we promise it will be bigger than 2014.


International guest speakers will attend the event and with a venue that will double the capacity of 2014.


Special accommodation packages will be on offer, we believe it will be the best event held in Australia for many years.


So look out Australia, VUFOA will show much ACTION in 2015. 

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VUFOA Reported Sightings

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For the very first time VUFOA has now released for public viewing, the reported cases we have received over the last couple of years.

If you are a member you can now access this information from the MEMBERS section.

We hope YOU enjoy reading them, at the moment we are quietly working our way through all of them and soon will will begin to close each one with our Investigators conclusions.


Colour Rendering

Today we can do some amazing things on the technical side of photography. Here we have the only known photograph of VH-DSJ, Fred Valentich's plane. We have tried to recreate the colour scheme based on those that knew what that was. 





We hope you feel just a little closer to this plane. Please note that is not Fred in the photograph but probably another pilot that hired this Cessna 182L. We have also rendered a colour version of Fred in his uniform.

A Message From George Simpson

Hello everyone

We have a tape recording of a retailer in Coonabarabran talking in 1995 about a farmer who came into his shop, and they got talking. We don't have the name of the farmer, all we have is that he came from SA, moved up to NSW to do lucerne farming, and had this story to tell.

The farmer claimed that he saw a large ( 30 m diameter) 'saucer' hover over his farm, the morning after Freddy Valentich went missing. He also said that it had a Cessna stuck to the outside of it, the entire aircraft. The farmer could see the plane's registration number, and so he scratched it into his tractor with a nail. It was apparently VH-DSJ.

It would be great to find out who the farmer was, and to interview him, or any family member who remembers the story. The problem is that we do not have this farmers name. It's pretty difficult to find someone when you don't have a name to go by.
If this story rings a bell for you, please email me

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VUFOA is delighted to announce that we have teamed up with one of Australia's leading Astronomers David Reneke. David is deicated to bringing you all the latest from the field of Astronomy, we encourage you to visit his website www.davidreneke.com and his Facebook page. David presents lots of interesting information on astronomy and together we are proud to present a balanced and sensible view of the subject of UFOs. Welcome to VUFOA David, we are pleased to be working with you!
 
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Classic UFO Media Reports

MELTON UFO - 1980's REPORT BY CHANNEL 7

 

The Tully Nest - Bill Chalker

VUFOA Docshare Web Page

It's amazing what information we have gathered over the years, we have tried to share all these documents in one place. We call it the VUFOA Docshare page, you will find it in the list on the right of this page. The great thing is you can download them right awayand read them when your ready. We would also encourage you to upload any documents you may want to share. Its a happy fun kinda place to visit for all the UFO community.


Happy Reading !!


 

Diane and Robert Frola - Report By Christen Hill

Dominic McNamara - AUFORN - Report By Today Tonight

Lightning balls created in the lab

NEW SCIENTIST MAGAZINE


Ball lightning could soon lose its status as a mystery, now that a team in Brazil has cooked up a simple recipe for making similar eerie orbs of light in the lab, even getting them to bounce around for several seconds. Watch a movie of the bouncing balls here.

Thousands of people have reported seeing ball lightning, a luminous sphere that sometimes appears during thunderstorms. It is typically the size of a grapefruit and lasts for a few seconds or minutes, sometimes hovering, even bouncing along the ground.

One eyewitness saw a glowing ball burn through the screen door of a house in Oregon, navigate down to the basement and wreck an old mangle, while in another report, a similar orb bounced on a Russian teacher's head more than 20 times before vanishing.

One theory suggests that ball lightning is a highly ionised blob of plasma held together ...

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