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Response To The Lord Martin Rees

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 07:23:50 -0400
Archived: Thu, 27 Sep 2012 07:23:50 -0400
Subject: Response To The Lord Martin Rees




Source: HuffPo.Com

http://tinyurl.com/9rfjkwb

09/26/2012


Astronomers And UFOs: A Response To The Lord Martin Rees
Dan Mack

Lord Martin Rees recently offered The Huffington Post his
opinion about UFOs:

http://tinyurl.com/8rrk7cx


"No serious astronomer gives any credence to any of these
stories ... I think most astronomers would dismiss these. I
dismiss them because if aliens had made the great effort to
traverse interstellar distances to come here, they wouldn't just
meet a few well-known cranks, make a few circles in corn fields
and go away again."


Such sweeping statements from well regarded scientists are
endlessly frustrating to the UFO researcher. Particularly given
that interest in UFOs actually drives some people to study
astronomy! Unfortunately the idea that only kooks see UFOs is
prevalent.

But because Lord Rees is a scientist, the correct answer is to
provide him with scientific data that is directly relevant to
his claim. I am aware of only three attempts to scientifically
gauge what percentage of astronomers see UFOs. Two show that not
only do astronomers see UFOs in America, but many are afraid to
report their sightings because they fear professional and public
ridicule. The final source indicates that astronomers see UFOs
at a dramatically greater rate than the general population.

On August 6, 1952, Astronomer J. Allen Hynek offered the USAF's
Project Blue Book a "Special Report on Conferences with
Astronomers on Unidentified Aerial Objects."

Hynek interviewed some 45 astronomers on their experiences and
opinions about UFOs during and following the meeting of the
American Astronomical Society that June. Hynek provides some
notes on each individual astronomer and their opinions. Here's
what some astronomers thought in 1952:


[More at site... Thanks to Ray Dickenson for the lead]




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