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Re: Answering Public Questions On UFOs & Aliens

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 22:51:46 -0000
Archived: Sun, 25 Nov 2007 12:31:35 -0500
Subject: Re: Answering Public Questions On UFOs & Aliens

>From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2007 23:28:42 -0500
>Subject: Re: Answering Public Questions On UFOs & Aliens

>But to say not amateur astronomer has ever seen a 'UFO' is
>clearly wrong. Hynek did a survey in 1952 and Sturrock in
>1975(?) and both were told of sightings. And, how about the
>'daddy' of all astronomer sightings, that of Clyde Tombaugh back
>in the late forties ('47?).

Hello, here's two extracts on that Tombaugh sighting

"August 20th, 1949:

Clyde Tombaugh, discoverer of the planet Pluto in 1930, saw at
about 10:45 p.m. while sitting outside his home at Las Cruces,
New Mexico, with his wife and mother-in-law, between six and
eight greenish objects which were travelling soundlessly across
the sky.

He reported - 'In all of my several thousand hours of night
sky-watching, I have never seen anything so strange as this. I
was so astonished that my impression of it was somewhat confused.
How I wished I could have had some binoculars at hand. No sound


Letter from Clyde Tombaugh to Richard Hall, dated September 10th
1957: 'Dear Mr.Hall: Regarding the solidity of the phenomenon I
saw: My wife thought she saw a faint connecting glow across the
structure. The illuminated rectangles I saw did maintain an
exact fixed position with respect to each other, which would
tend to support the impression of solidity. I doubt that the
phenomenon was any terrestrial reflection, because some
similarity to it should have appeared many times. I do a great
deal of observing (with telescopic and unaided eye) in the
backyard and nothing of the kind has ever appeared before or


The next paragraph on that web-page reads:

"After making some searches was able to post a message -
referring to the very last time reports were obtained from
professional astronomers - but only by fellow astronomer J Allen
Hynek presenting himself as willing to 'chat - off the record."

Their new, and increasing reluctance to talk was presumably due
to fear of official 'punishments'.

The testimony is in a report from Dr Hynek written (for the USAF)
in Aug 1952 at:




Pages 958 to maybe 980"

The earlier part of the web-page is a list of reputable
sightings, from 1869 to 1950's, when _reporting_ of sightings
seems to come under pressure from media (and gov't?) and to
eventually dry up.


Ray D

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