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UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 10

From: John Hayes <webmaster.nul>
Date: Thu, 11 Mar 2004 20:59:41 +0000
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Subject: UFO ROUNDUP, Volume 9 Number 10

Posted on behalf of Joseph Trainor.


Volume 9, Number 10
March 10, 2004
Editor: Joseph Trainor

E-mail: Masinaigan.nul
Website: http://www.ufoinfo.com/roundup


      "A mysterious circle in the sky had East Anglians
scratching their heads last night." (Monday, March 1,
      "The giant halo was spotted above the region from
about 5:30 p.m. yesterday, leaving people wondering if
they had just seen a UFO."
      "A number of readers contacted the East Anglia Daily
Times (EADT) to report the sighting from towns and
villages across Suffolk (UK)."
      "EADT designer Chris Mills captured the phenomenon on
camera from a spot close to the Ipswich Railway Station."
      "'I'd just left the station when I saw a plane in the
sky making vapour trails,' he said.  'But in front of it,
and seemingly much lower in the sky, was a perfectly round
cloud--like a halo above the area around the Ipswich town
stadium.  I had a camera with me, so I took a picture of
it.  It's either one for the X-Files or means the Blues
can do no wrong.'"
(Editor's Note:  The 'vapour trails' could be chemtrails,
a phenomenon seen frequently in the USA and also in Brazil
and Italy.  This case strengthens the argument that the
chemtrails are some kind of anti-UFO weapon.)
      "Jim Keating, from Fornham St. Martin, spotted the
giant halo while driving in Bury St. Edmunds at about 6
      "'It was like a vapour trail but a complete circle
and must have been about 20 to 30 metres (67 to 100 feet)
across.  I don't know what it was.  I've never seen
anything like it before,' he said."
(Editor's Note:  Bury St. Edmunds is one of the most
notorious UFO hotspots in UK and was the scene of a UFO
flap back in the Eighteenth Century.)
      "Dale Scott also spotted the mysterious ring from his
house in Framsden, near Framlingham, and took a couple of
pictures on his digital camera."
      "'It was very strange, like a massive smoke ring in
the sky.  I've got no idea what it was,' he said."
      "There was speculation whether the halos were rings
around the moon, caused by refraction of moonlight from
ice crystals in the atmosphere."
      "Neither EADT weatherman Ken Blowers nor Roy Golding
from the Orwell Astronomical Society could shed any light
on the mystery.  The National Air Traffic Services could
not help, either."
      "But a meteorological officer from Wattisham Airfield
said the halo had probably been caused by an aircraft."
      "'It was a condensation trail (contrail in the USA--
J.T.) that formed an exact circle, which was visible
before sunset.  We don't think it was a crystal cloud
around the sun or the moon,' he added."
      "'We don't think that it was anything extra special--
it was probably an aircraft having a jolly.'"
      Elsewhere in UK, on Thursday, February 19, 2004, at
3:30 p.m., Victor Minett was in the Burton Dassett Hills
in South Warwickshire when he spotted a UFO."
      Victor reported, "We didn't see the UFO at the time
but took a photo of a strange object in the sky as we were
photographing a lake.  It was a round, dark object, but we
can't really tell if it was spherical or disc-shaped.  It
was a few hundred feet up.  It appeared to be standing
      Victor's photo is on the BBC Web site for
Warwickshire.  UFO Roundup readers can access the site at
http://www.bbc.co.uk/coventry/features  (See the East
Anglia Daily Times for March 2, 2004, "Mystery of circle
in the sky."  Many thanks to Jim Hickman for this
newspaper article.  Victor's sighting was an Email Form


      On Thursday, February 26, 2004, at 4:30 a.m., Mrs.
Nicole S. saw a formation of luminous UFOs over Toowoomba,
Queensland state, Australia.
      "There were large spots of light formed in a circle,"
Nicole reported, "Then the same formation in a circle but
smaller.  There was a large one and a smaller one just off
to the side of it.  All of the spots of light were
spinning around in circles and, at the same time, they
were darting across the sky."
      "I was driving east along" Gorman Street "and the
formation was southeast.  As I was driving and watching it
dart across the sky, it went out of sight across the top
of my car.  I then had to stop at a set of lights,
proceeded through the set of lights and caught sight of it
again.  The formation had moved more south but was still
in the east."
      "I did think maybe it was lights coming from the uni
(university--J.T.) in the area but thought at 4:30 a.m.,
probably not.  I then had to turn off the street" onto
Stenner Street "and I was driving east, which was when I
lost sight.  They were quite high in the sky and very
large.  From ground level they looked at least 15 feet
(4.5 meters)" across.  "Altitude roughly 800 to 1,000 feet
(240 to 300 meters).  The sky was overcast."
      Toowoomba, Qlnd. is about 210 kilometers (126 miles)
west of Brisbane.  (Many thanks to John Hayes and Diane
Harrison of the Australian UFO Research Network for this


      On Saturday, March 6, 2004, at 11:44 p.m., eyewitness
Marek reported, "A friend and I were sitting and chatting
in our lounge" in Riviera Pretoria Gauteng, South Africa,
"looking outside northwards, and I pointed out what I
thought was a flare.  It grew brighter but remained
motionless, without a flare's usual downward path.  It
then abruptly faded and moved off to the east in a
perfectly straight line.  We lost sight of it as it moved
behind the mountains."
      Marek described the UFO as "like a flare, bright
white, then yellow.  Round.  Brightness faded too quickly
for a flare.  Then it moved off at maybe 1,200 kilometers
per hour (720 miles per hour--J.T.) by our distance
estimate."  (Email Form Report)


      "Venezuela's social and political situation remains
tense," reported ufologist Hector Arturo Escalante.
"Hundreds of people are demonstrating up to twice a month
in the capital city (Caracas--J.T.) to publicly express
their political ideals and statements.  Parallel to the
confrontational situation, there has been a rise in UFO
      "On (Friday) January 23, 2004, a new chance photo of
a UFO was taken during a revered and much-attended
political demonstration in Caracas.  The celebration was
the '23rd of January,' a yearly holiday celebrated in the
country since 1958 in commemoration of the overthrow of
the dictator Marcos Perez Jimenez."
      "On the anniversary, a considerable group of
Venezuelans" supporting the government of President Hugo
Chavez "marched through the main streets of Caracas to
celebrate 46 years of democracy in Venezuela."
      "As is my custom," Escalante reported, "I took many
photos of the sky.  When I took the first photos, the time
was between noon and one o'clock, and the skies were
partly cloudy.  On the second opportunity, another
'strange' thing was photographed; it was a dark elongated
object over the western end of the city, not farm from the
Miraflores presidential palace, an electric power station"
just west of the Plaza O'Leary "and the Cagigal
      On Wednesday, February 4, 2004, "for the third
consecutive time, it was possible to obtain another UFO
image.  In this new image, the UFO appears to be hovering
over the central districts of the city (Candelaria, Santa
Teresa, El Silencio and Quinta Crespo--J.T.), just as a
multitude of government supporters arrived in barrio La
Rinconada to pay tribute to those who fell during the
attempted coup and Commander Hugo Chavez's first
participation in politics."
(Editor's Note: On the morning of February 4, 1992, a
group of insurgents led by Hugo Chavez tried to drive
then-President Carlos Andres Perez out of office in an
abortive coup d'etat.)
      Images of the Venezuelan UFOs can be seen at the
following Web site--http://www.ovniaventura.com  (Muchas
gracias a Scott Corrales y Hector Arturo Escalante para
esas noticias.)


      Venezuela wasn't the only country in South America to
report UFOs.  A five-day UFO flap had Portenos scanning
the night skies over Buenos Aires, the capital of
      The flap began the evening of Monday, February 23,
2004 when "a large, intense yellow-orange UFO" appeared
over the Rio de la Plata, just offshore from the
waterfront area of La Boca.  From there, the glowing
object darted over the Casa Rosada presidential palace,
then headed north to the Avenida Nueve de Julio and flew
over the city's Santa Fe district.
      "Bright yellow UFOs appeared the following night,"
Tuesday, February 24, 2004, with sightings from the
Avellaneda Bridge over the Rio Riachuelo and the suburban
districts of Palermo and San Isidro.
      On Wednesday, February 25, 2005, the UFOs returned
again, this time, crisscrossing the skies over the
Corrientes-Lavalle district (the "Broadway" of Buenos
Aires--J.T.), Luna Park and Charcas.  "They were literally
flying in every direction," reported Argentinian ufologist
Ricardo E. D'Angelo.
      More sightings over El Centro and the Casa Rosada
were reported on Thursday, February 26, and Friday,
February 27, 2004.  "Again, they were flying in all
directions," D'Angelo reported.  (Muchas gracias a Ricardo
E. D'Angelo para esas noticias.)


      On Wednesday, January 21, 2004, at 6:45 p.m., Niki
Leighton and her son were driving on a mountain road near
Wolf Creek, Oregon when they spotted a UFO.
      "It was hovering at about 750 feet when we came
around the corner," Niki reported, "My son and I were on
our way to the fire station for the Wednesday night drill
when we saw a very bright ball of light hovering just over
the mountaintop (i.e. London Peak, just west of Wolf
Creek, Ore.--J.T.)  And then it went straight up.  It was
like a very bright ball of light and big.  Don't know if
there was press coverage.  We live in the woods and do not
get the paper or TV reception."  (Email Form Report)


      "One of NASA's robotic rovers has found evidence that
parts of Mars was once soaked with enough water to sustain
life, scientists said Tuesday," March 2, 2004.
      "'Opportunity has landed in an area of Mars where
water once drenched the surface,' said Ed Weiler, a NASA
space science administrator."
      "The conclusion is based in part on salts found in
ancient bedrock.  Scientists hope to tell in coming weeks
whether salt water once filled an open sea or simply
percolated through the rock as groundwater."
      "At a Tuesday briefing at the space agency's
headquarters, scientists released results from the rover's
investigation of a bedrock outcrop.  A piece of the
outcrop, named 'El Capitan,' has caused much interest
among the scientists."
      "Now dry, the rock shows evidence of having been
submerged in water, conditions friendly to the existence
of microbial life."
      "'This was a habitable place on Mars at one point in
time,' said rover science chief Steve Squyres of Cornell
University.  However, he cautioned, 'that doesn't mean
there was life.'"
      "The rover landed inside the small crater crowned
with layered rock on January 24, 2004.  NASA designed the
$820 million twin rover mission, Opportunity and the
Spirit probe on the other side of Mars, to investigate the
possible existence of long-ago habitable conditions.
Scientists have long known that Mars holds water ice in
its poles and likely under its surface, but they have been
uncertain about the role water played in the planet's
      "The NASA team tested the chemistry of two holes
drilled into the bedrock.  The rocks hold sulfur and
bromide salts in as much as 40 percent of their material,
an unmistakable sign of water weathering the rock, Squyres
      "Also, the rock showed signs of crystals left by
water and spherical 'blueberries' left in the bedrock that
precipitated in place, like pearls formed by oysters."
      "Spirit rover has found evidence of water activity in
a volcanic rock on the other side of Mars from where its
twin, Opportunity, discovered signs that the ground there"
in Meridiani Planum "had once been drenched."
      "The amount of water at Spirit's site at Gusev Crater
would have been much less than what is indicated at
Opportunity's site in Meridiani Planum, Ray Arvidson,
deputy principal investigator of the rover mission said
Friday," March 5, 2004.
      "The findings came from the study of a rock dubbed
'Humphrey' that Spirit came across en route from its
landing site to a big crater named 'Bonneville,' Arvidson
told a news conference at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory"
in Pasadena, California.
      "Spirit used its abrasion tool to grind below the
rock surface and reveal cracks filled with apparent
minerals, an indicator of water action familiar to
geologists studying Earth rocks."
      "Scientists are unable to determine when the water
may have been present, but the evidence suggests it was
during the long-ago formation of the planet."
      "Scientists making the announcement about
Opportunity's discovery earlier this week could not say
whether there had been standing surface water or even an
ocean there, but data showed water had flowed or
percolated through those rocks."
      "Arvidson said there was much less water indicated by
      "Both rovers continue to work well, mission officials
said."  (See USA Today for March 3, 2004, "Mars rover
finds evidence of ancient water," page 3A, and the
Minneapolis, Minn. Star-Tribune for March 6, 204, "Second
rover finds signs of water on Mars," page A9.)

      That's it for this week.  Join us next time for more
UFO, Fortean and paranormal news from around the planet
Earth--and occasionally, Mars--brought to you by "the
paper that goes home--UFO Roundup."  See you next week.

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