Fwd: UFO sleuth with an eye to the sky (Australia)
- UFO sleuth with an eye to the sky
By Claire Konkes
From: The Mercury
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
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
The Mangalore sighting is the first multiple-reported sighting in nearly
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
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,
Balloons and flares, and the occasional storm or aurora are also easily
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.