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The Truth Out There Comes To Science Centre

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 10:07:44 -0400
Archived: Mon, 10 Sep 2007 10:07:44 -0400
Subject: The Truth Out There Comes To Science Centre

Source: The Edmonton Journal, Alberta, Canada


Monday, September 10, 2007

The Truth Out There Comes To Science Centre

World's UFO experts converge in Edmonton for two-day conference
Bill Mah
The Edmonton Journal

If you believe we are not alone, you're not alone.

Once sneered at as the domain of Klingon-speaking sci-fi fans
and fringe researchers, UFOs are invading the mainstream.

In Edmonton, the Telus World of Science is boldly going where
the planetarium and science museum has never gone before. It's
hosting a two-day international conference on unidentified
flying objects starting Sept. 14.

Officials at the former space sciences centre - now sponsored
by a major telecommunications corporation - know the stigma
surrounding flying saucers. But they felt it was worth the risk
to its reputation to respond to enquiring minds about mysterious
sights in the sky and ask "Who's out there?"

"The science centre gets calls from people about what they see
in the nighttime sky, or daytime sky for that matter, and some
of them reported to us could be explained readily, but other
things have been weird and couldn't be explained with the usual
rational explanations," said Frank Florian, director of space
sciences at the centre.

"What we want to do is open this up and see if there's anything
there. We don't know."

People who study possible alien encounters and call themselves
"ufologists" welcome such serious scrutiny by a respected
institution that usually showcases textbook science to tourists,
families and school groups.

"I think Frank Florian has a lot of guts," said Stanton
Friedman, a nuclear physicist and original civilian researcher
of the alleged spacecraft crash in Roswell, N.M.

He has been invited to speak at the science centre's UFOs and
Intelligent Life in the Universe: Who's Out There conference.

Friedman, who has lectured since 1967 that flying saucers are
real, says the scientific community and traditional news media
are finally starting to treat the subject of extraterrestrials
without smirking.

"There has been a change of attitude."

He points to a Jan. 1 Chicago Tribune story reporting that about
a dozen United Airlines workers witnessed a flying saucer
hovering low over O'Hare International Airport before bolting
upward into the clouds. The incident was picked up by other
major news outlets such as CNN, National Public Radio, MSNBC and

"I believe the press realized that... gee, respectable people
are interested in this, so there have been several stories this
year that have gotten much more coverage than I believe they
would otherwise have received," Friedman said.

Opinion polls suggest one in 10 Canadians - some three million
- have seen a UFO.

From 1994 to 2006, official reports of unidentified flying
objects by Canadians have nearly quadrupled to 738 from 189.
Internet UFO reporting sites provide convenience and anonymity
for sighters like never before.

"We do get reports from literally all walks of life, from
professionals and non-professionals. The stigma has gone," said
Chris Rutkowski, a UFO researcher and co-author of The Canadian
UFO Report: The Best Cases Revealed.

In Alberta, UFO accounts hit an all-time high of 99 in 2004.
That year, Rutkowski notes in his book that even the pilot of
then prime minister Paul Martin's jet witnessed a "very bright
light falling from the sky... with smoke trailing" in southern
Alberta and reported it to Edmonton International Airport

In 2005, Albertans reported 90 sightings and in 2006 there were
55. Rutkowski doesn't know why the province is bucking the
national growth trend.

"We do find that most UFO sightings throughout the course of the
year do have possible explanations. Only a small percentage
every year are what we call high-quality unknowns."

Rutkowski thinks Paul Martin's pilot, for example, saw a bit of
blazing comet debris.

Jim Moroney, head of the Alberta UFO Study Group who will speak
at the conference, believes UFO sightings signal the world is
undergoing a process of contact by extraterrestrials and it's
vital for people to try to find out what their intentions are
and what our response should be.

"The question has begun to really be asked much more seriously
than it ever has in the past," Moroney said.


UFOs and Intelligent Life in the Universe: Who's Out There?

What is it?: A UFO conference featuring U.S. and Canadian

Where is it?: Telus World of Science, 11211 142nd Street.

When is it?: Friday and Saturday

Cost: $80 plus GST, reduced for members

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