Apparently My Home Town (Perth) Is Beset By UFOs…

Today’s newspaper (that I usually avoid and usually wouldn’t get an alert for, unless it mentions matters of a pseudoscientific or paranormal nature) – well, how about some UFOs about 20km (12 miles) from the city?

In Darlington… up in the hills… and about 20km south of the flight-paths that takes you to the cities in the East, from my little bit of research.

Apparently there’s hundreds of UFOs out in that area.


You’d hope that the airlines would be doing a little more of those Top Gun-style manoeuvres to get the hell out of their way, since their flight path is fairly near to that suburb. I generally find it plain sailing when I head back home.

Rob Hartland has taken more than 20,000 photos of the day-time sky in the past six months and analysed them on his computer“, says the article, authored by Trevor Paddenburg: 

…He says since then he has identified a dozen different UFOs including round, square and saucer-shaped craft, posting the photos to his website for extra-terrestrial buffs and sceptics to ponder.

It comes after The Sunday Times last week revealed more than 400 West Australians had sought advice or counselling through the Australian Close Encounter Resource Network after claiming to see UFOs or meeting extra-terrestrials.

Note: if you go to the WispyClouds site, it says “We don’t see these craft with the naked eye but detect them on the digital images when viewing and enlarging them on a computer screen”.

I’ve personally never heard of the Australian Close Encounter Resource Network, but after checking out their website, I see that advertisements for their conferences only go back to the mid-2000s and a tour by their Founder Mary Rodwell advertised way back in March, 2012 is on the front page.

The editor of the newspaper seems less than convinced, but then – being less than convinced and not running the story doesn’t sell newspapers, I guess.

The Sunday Times picture editor Jackson Flindell said Mr Hartland’s images did not appear to have been tampered with, but dust on a digital camera’s image sensor could cause anomalies in digital photographs, while powerful magnification could also distort images in some cases.

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  • Troy L.

    Hmmm. Tongue firmly in cheek, that the UFOs are invisible to the naked eye and so frequent bespeaks of a safari tourism operation by Predators, hunting that most dangerous of prey, the Rather Cross Wombat. After all, hunting humans is so passe.

  • Cuttlefish

    Well, I guess technically they *are* unidentified (by the photographer, at least)…. Of course, we don’t actually know if they are flying, or even much of “objects” Dust motes are objects, but does lens flare count?

    • Kylie Sturgess

      Good question. The fact that they only turn up later in computer analysis is an issue. I might see if there’s someone local to talk to about it?