In recent times the Blackwood region has become a hotspot for UFO sightings and recently a Bridgetown resident photographed a UFO in Bridgetown's sky.
77 year old Robert Meldrum lives on one of the highest vantages of Bridgetown, near the well-known Bridgetown Lookout, and his front verandah is a pilgramage to one of the great views of the valley town. He and his wife retired to Bridgetown ten years ago. Mr Meldrum is an avid photographer who on the afternoon of Sunday April 22 was shooting photographs of cloud formations from his front verandah.
"It was about 5pm on the Sunday, and light and dark were in play. I was trying to photograph a rainbow after having been intrigued by the cloud formations," said Mr Meldrum.
"I didn't see the UFO while I was on the verandah however later when looking at the photos I noticed something in the top right hand corner of one of the photos and then did a close-up."
"It looked rocket-like, however it was not a plane, not any design I've seen, it was nothing that made sense, so it qualifies for an unidentified flying object, a UFO," he said.
"I was chasing rainbows and instead I found a UFO."
Mr Meldrum worked in mining - mineral exploration, and seasoned as a fly-in fly-out he has "many peculiar geophysical experiences of the unexplained."
"After a life of flying all over the north there have been many things seen high in the atmosphere that we can't explain, so I keep an open mind. I'm not saying I've seen flying saucers however many of us have seen what we yet can't explain."
The Donnybrook-Bridgetown Mail has forwarded a copy of the photograph to the Australian Space Academy, to NASA and to the Weather Bureau.
A recent study has estimated that the number of habitable planets orbiting the most common type of stars in our galaxies are in the tens of billions. The study by astronomers was based on the European Space Agency's HARPS spectograph in Chile, and used a sample of 102 red dwarf stars to estimate that 41% of the dim stars might be hiding planets "in their habitable zone."
Famed astronomer Carl Sagan once pondered what would happen if advanced extraterrestrial life came into direct contact with humans.
"They might find amusement in some talent we have that they lack and use us as entertainment, just as we keep sea lions in captivity because of their remarkable ability to balance rubber balls on their noses," he mused.
NASA astrobiologist Jacob Haqq-Misra said that astronomers are capable of detecting spectral changes in light coming from Jupiter-size planets up to 200 light years aways, however this is a very small neighbourhood in galactic terms, with the Milky Way 100,000 light years wide. More advanced civilisations would be capable of seeing farther.
Dr Haqq-Misra said that if there are other more intelligent civilisations out there, which is the likelihood, they have learned "to live within (their) means."
"The bottom line is, if there are intelligent civilisations out there, they pretty much have to have figured out how to grow in a sustainable way. We are not doing that, and (other civilisations) might make some moral judgment on how we are managing our resources." He said may be if they're nice Aliens they might feel sorry for humans and help us, and then again if they find humans a basket-case then what is left of humans may finish up like the sea lions, in captivity "balancing balls on their noses."
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