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    UFO sleuth with an eye to the sky By Claire Konkes 24-02-2005 From: The Mercury http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,12355262-1244,00.html REPORTS of an
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      UFO sleuth with an eye to the sky
      By Claire Konkes
      24-02-2005
      From: The Mercury

      http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,12355262-1244,00.html

      REPORTS of an unidentified flying object in Tasmania's Midlands on Regatta
      Day are still coming in to a Hobart UFO investigator.
      Since the first sighting was reported in The Mercury last week, six people
      have come forward to say they saw a large bright light, says Keith
      Roberts, who has collected data at the Tasmanian UFO Investigation Centre
      since 1969.

      Mr Roberts said the first report shortly after midnight on Regatta Day
      came from three women who said they saw a large craft flying beside them
      in a paddock.

      Since then, six people have told him of a bright light around Mangalore
      late in the evening on Regatta Day.

      "It's not the same event obviously, but they are all within 24 hours," he
      said.

      The Mangalore sighting is the first multiple-reported sighting in nearly
      10 years.

      Surprisingly, Mr Roberts does not believe in aliens.

      "I don't know why the thing is there - that's why it's called
      unidentified," he said.

      Instead of being an aspiring alien hunter, the amateur astronomer said he
      enjoyed keeping records of the sightings and investigating the mystery
      behind them.

      He said 80 per cent of the phone calls he gets at his South Hobart home
      are easily explained over the phone.

      Many people are told their UFO is a bright star, satellite or meteorites,
      he said.

      Balloons and flares, and the occasional storm or aurora are also easily
      explained.

      Calls to police, the airport and the Bureau of Meteorology explain a
      further 15 per cent - leaving about 5 per cent that remain a mystery.

      In recent years, Mr Roberts said, he could expect about 50 telephone calls
      from people annually, but he has already had 20 this year.

      Copyright 2005 News Limited.
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