September 15, 1972
UFO researcher and engineer "saw what appeared to
be a metallic egg-shaped object traversing the twilight
sky, north to south. It was moving in a horizontal trajectory,
at a speed roughly equatable to that of a low flying light
plane... It had an apparent angular size at arms length
of about one inch, and gave me the subjective impression
of a sizeable object flying at several hundred feet."
Australian UFO researcher, engineer, and UFO witness Bill
UFO Researcher Bill Chalker
A PERSONAL DAYLIGHT DISC SIGHTING
of the UFO problem was far from my mind at twilight, on
September 15th, 1972, as I was returning from a Chemistry
practical class. Weighing heavily on my mind was the thought
of dinner and a chance to relax after an exhausting day.
What followed was therefore totally unexpected and came
as a stunning surprise."
I crossed the grounds of Earle Page College, my residence
on campus, at about 5:50 p.m., my attention was drawn
to two students, not known to me, who were intent on something
in the sky. As I drew closer to them, their conversation
could be heard. "Do you see that?" "Yes",
said the other, "But I don't want to." Curious,
I turned in the direction of their gazes and saw what
appeared to be a metallic egg-shaped object traversing
the twilight sky, north to south. It was moving in a horizontal
trajectory, at a speed roughly equatable to that of a
low flying light plane."
object was in my view for about 15 seconds, until it was
obscured by college buildings. I rushed through the college
buildings, and out to the other side, which afforded a
clear panoramic view for some considerable distance. To
my surprise, the aerial object was not in sight."
had an apparent angular size at arms length of about one
inch, and gave me the subjective impression of a sizeable
object flying at several hundred feet. Obviously, there
was no way of being certain of that impression. The object
appeared to be completely silent, in contrast to the noisy
aircraft that frequently pass over the university. To
my eye, its shape was very well defined, with no surface
was it? I was never able to identify the object, despite
attempts to reconcile it with aircraft, balloons and similar
prosaic explanations. Any of these possiblities should
have been still observable as I came through the college
was puzzled. "UFOs" had been in the news that
week, but much of the coverage was of a dubious nature.
The focus of the media attention was on "a bright
silvery light", observed on several consecutive mornings
at Taree, on the mid north coast of New South Wales. The
afternoon papers in Sydney, particularly the "Daily
Mirror", were having a field day, complete with front
page photos and huge headlines about the aerial "mystery".
The details available made me wonder if news was a little
slow down in "the big smoke". I was able to
quickly confirm my own hypothesis, that the early morning
apparition was "the queen of UFO misidentifications",
namely Venus. Predictably when this became clear to the
tabloid press, the prominence given to the answer was
a lot less than the original coverage. There was intriguing
activity happening elsewhere in Australia at that time,
but it did not get the attention it deserved."
on the same day of my sighting, a student told me of some
unusual events that had occurred at about 3 a.m. that
morning on a property to the west of Armidale and apparently
involved a bizarre apparition, looking like "a monk
in a shroud". The sudent was acquainted with me through
meetings of the fledging university psychic phenomena
society. I had been co-opted to chair its "ghost
and poltergiest" subcommittee, which I saw as an
opportunity for a net to catch all manner of "fringe"
phenomena, and hopefully some UFO phenomena."
when I further clarified details, the event seemed to
involve a bizarre form of apparitional "possession"
at a site that became haunted by UFOs - the Mount Butler
affair. What it would show was that the dimensions of
UFO problem were far from clear and the best approach
was to be both critical and open-minded."