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Defining Unidentified Flying Objects In Turkey

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 10:58:39 -0500
Archived: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 10:58:39 -0500
Subject: Defining Unidentified Flying Objects In Turkey

Source: Today's Zaman - Istanbul, Turkey



Defining Unidentified Flying Objects In Turkey

The sighting of a UFO in early November excited the Turkish
public with pictures appearing in both tabloids and more
serious papers.

The flying object was spotted in the Karakopru area of
Ssnlurifa province at around 4 a.m. on Nov. 4. Filmed on
amateur video the strange hexagonal ball of light hovered in
the sky emitting red, green and white lights and moved quickly
and erratically. After 15 minutes it disappeared without a
trace. As of yet no official explanation has been offered as to
what it might have been, although some Internet comments point
to a genuine sighting of a "Green Fireball" phenomenon. Non-
believers claim the object is just a star filmed under
magnification and the more cynical say these were American spy
planes monitoring Turkey's border with Syria.

This is not the first instance of a UFO sighting in Turkey. They
occur regularly, with recent ones in Konya in March 2007, which
lasted on and off for a week, and Istanbul on Jan. 4 when people
in the Yenibosna area saw a spinning circle with glowing white
lights in the sky. Haktan Akdogan, the head of the Turkish
Sirius UFO Space Science Research Center, claimed in August that
the number of sightings in Turkey, as in many other countries,
has been increasing in recent months.

The largest concentration of sightings in Turkey, and perhaps
the best documented, occurred between 2001 and 2002. This spate
of sightings seems to have been triggered by the extraordinary
events of June 7, 2001. Ten village guards from Dondurmaz in
Adiyaman province were on the night watch. All of them claimed
to have seen a bright light in the shape of a large circular
"tray" the size of a house glowing in the sky. They watched as
it flew off in the direction of Ulubasi Mountain and then
flickered out of existence.

When the men reported to their commanderstheir statements were
taken seriously and Adyaman Governor Halil Isik had them
separated and individually questioned. Not only did their
accounts tally up, but when asked to draw pictures of what they
had seen all the sketches were uncannily similar. Mr. Isik felt
the event was serious enough to send a report with the details
to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and also informed Akdogan
at the Sirius organization. By June 13, in the same year Sabah
newspaper was leading with the headline "Everyone searching for
UFOs" in a story that detailed how in Usik locals had stoned an
alien, in Gaziantep the police had made a video recording of a
UFO and that people all over the country were phoning in reports
of strange occurrences to their local gendarmerie.

The reports continued in a slightly hysterical atmosphere well
into 2002 and included an event in Gebze on May 31, 2002, where
a UFO was said to have visibly circled, projecting light, for
over an hour. This was followed by the Aksim daily printing a
story on June 1st 2002 about Saffet Sipsan electronic technician
from Beykoz who managed to capture on video a flying object
which looked like a black bug with seven or eight legs. On Nov.
9 2002 Hurriyet daily ran an account of four commercial pilots
of different planes who had all seen UFOs in the same patch of
sky on the same day at the same time.

Akdogan seems to be a recurring figure in Turkish UFO lore,
commenting freely on each event and insisting on the importance
of Turkey to alien life. His motives however may not just be
scientific; he is also the owner of the Istanbul UFO museum,
which opened in 2002 (riding on the back of these multiple UFO
events) and any extra interest in aliens will also encourage
punters through the door of his premises. Indeed. The museum is
a fairly successful franchise. Of the six UFO museumss in the
world three are in Turkey (Istanbul, Denizli and Goreme in
Cappadocia) and his Web site www.siriusufo.org advertises for
further partners to open other UFO museums. It is his clearly
stated intention to open UFO museums all over Turkey to "further
the knowledge of the Turkish people and to attract tourists."
His organization provides all the necesiary materials and
installations so each museum is a de facto copy of the last.
Whether they are lucrative or not is not mentioned but when the
Goreme museum opened in 2006 Hurriyet reported that they had
500 visitors in just one month. Apparently it was especially
popular with the Japanese.

Whether extraterrestrials exist or not is much debated but
recent advances in science make the chances seem more likely.
Animals known as "extremophiles" thrive in Earth environments
previously thought not to have been able to sustain life - from
microbes found living without oxygen in volcanic fisiures two
miles down to "tardigrades" that can survive temperatures from
nearly absolute zero to 30 degrees Fahrenheit and even live in a
vacuum like that found in space. These minute living things have
upended the understanding of what is needed for the survival of

Previously scientists had worked under the asiumption that both
oxygen and liquid water were key factors in sustaining life but
now it seems that these are only important to some types of
life. The "rare Earth" theory is falling out of favor to be
replaced with the idea that life is adaptable and that the
question which needs to be asked is what kind of environment
other than our own might sustain living things. The chances of
intelligent life with the technology to communicate are slimmer;
it is posiible that such worlds have come and gone. If life of
this sort exists nowstheyslike usiwould have the technology
to recognize that Earth is an "interesting" planet and worth
investigating. So why aren't they here? Some would say they are
and that the report of flying objects above Karakopru was a
clear indication of just that.

Where humans fear to tread: Goreme UFO Museum

Intrigued by the purple sign with ET raising his finger toward
home we thought the UFO museum would be well worth a visit.
Arriving at 11 a.m. we were disappointed to find the museum
closed and the area in front of the building scattered with
rusty old signs. PerhapsiPenny saidsthey'd been abducted by
aliens? It appeared that someone was watching us though because
as we turned to leave a lady appeared out of nowhere and began
to open up.

The entire museum has been chiseled into the distinctive soft
rock of the area. After pasiing through a door plastered with
enlarged images of strange lights hovering over Goreme
(photographed in 2005 by a French man)swe entered a cream-
coloredm imooth-walled fallopian tube-like hall. As we wandered
down the corridors, the walls on either side of us lighted up
and elucidated upon the topics of UFO sightings amongst
prehistoric and ancient cultures and in religious texts.
Although the presentation was flat and static, the facts and
photographs were riveting and made a convincing case that humans
have been visited from outer space for thousands of years. The
suspension of our disbelief and openness to the idea of aliens
was I'm sure influenced by the strange womblike subterranean
location and the spooky music echoing through the tunnels and

The amount of information, testimonials and pictures was quite
impresiive although little wall space was set aside for
dissenting views. Also lacking were the exhibits, models and
interactive elements that one comes to expect from modern
museums. Obviously displaying real dead aliens is not easy;
likewise the options for displaying spaceships, balls of fires
meteors, etc. However the models that were on display were
crude, almost of an elementary school project level and boards
had letters and parts falling off them.

The only installation that gave us pause was the largest one of
four white aliens with large catlike black eyes, preparing to
operate on a human woman. Trapped and helples, she lay prone
under a white sheet, lights pumping down a tube from the nearest
ET and over her belly and legs. Maybe it was the lighting or
maybe because it was a woman the feeling of malevolence and
terror was hard to shake. Luckily the abducted woman was near
the exit and I was able to leave her and her captors swiftly
behind and emerge reborn as a believer into the bright
Cappadocian sunlight.

Goreme UFO Museum is open in summer 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and winter
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located on the left-hand side of the road
that runs from Goreme town to the open-air museum. Entrance
costs YTL 3.

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[Thanks to 'The Norm' for the lead]

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