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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
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:
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
In the Media - South Gippsland Sentinel Times
Age Of Reason 2014 UFO Conference
A big thank you to all who supported and attended our "AGE OF REASON" UFO Conference. It was a huge success with over 110 people attending.
Video of the night is now available via YouTube or visiting our VUFOA-TV webpage on this website.
Speakers for the night also included Mr Keith Basterfield as seen in the photograph below. A big thank you to all the presenters who made this a special evening.
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IF YOU HAVE DONE A CASE STUDY THEN SUBMIT IT TO THE DATABASE
Providing this vital information will at last provide a central information storage facility. On going work in the background will allow individuals to use this data as a library of all Australian cases.This information although not yet available, will in time become the hub for Australian UFO information.
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VUFOA Reported Sightings
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.
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
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
Sky Watch Night 2015
David Reneke - Astronomy
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!
David Reneke | Space and Astronomy News | Space News, Astronomy News, Telescopes,...
Space News, Astronomy News, Telescopes, Astrophotography, UFOs
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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