A UFO landed on the Dolomites?

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In recent years, the percentage of close encounters on the total number of Italian UFO sightings has dropped significantly, even below 5%, i.e. more or less to 10 case histories per year. The rare cases of “UFO landing” reported by witnesses are therefore of particular interest.

The latest one took place on  July 7th, when an American tourist allegedly had an experience quite out of the ordinary on the Dolomite mountain path connecting two cabins near Auronzo di Cadore (in the province of Belluno).

The report was sent to the MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) Case Management System and we report its contents by summarizing what written by the witness, a professional photographer who was taking an evening excursion in the  Tre Cime di Lavaredo natural park, in order to take pictures of the sunset and later of the Milky Way.

sentiero-lavaredoOn the evening of Friday, July 6, the man had left his car in the parking of Rifugio Auronzo and had walked along the path climbing to Forcella Lavaredo for an hour’s walk to Rifugio Locatelli, on the opposite side of Mount Paterno.

Around midnight he decided to get back along the path in total darkness, lit only by his torchlight.

rifugio_auronzo_forcella-longeresShortly before one o’clock A.M., after having passed Cappella degli Alpini (when he was now in sight of Rifugio Auronzo parking area) he turned back and was astonished to see “a large bright orb-like structure, consisting of many many bright lights, sitting stationary and silently” on the cliff edge about 170 meters away, where he had passed a few minutes before. He could not see a real structure but only the multicolored lights, which covered an area as large as a two-story cabin.

lavaredo-cut-drawingAfter a brief look at what did not look like anything known to him, literally terrified at the idea of having ​​been noticed because of his torchlight, the witness decided to run to his car. In doing so he turned back a few times, but renounced to take his camera out of the backpack to photograph the thing.

In hindsight, the man tried to make some hypotheses: a large tree with Christmas lights on, fifty+ drones hovering at that point, another cabin not listed on the map suddenly turning all lights on. None of these, however, persuaded or reassured him, and that’s why he thought it might be a UFO.

The next day he sent his report to the American UFO organization, which opened an investigation file on the case, assigning it to  MUFON Italian branch.

In the pictures from above to below:
the three Cime di Lavarone at night (source: TripAdvisor);
– the path from Rifugio Auronzo to Forcella Longeres (photo by Marco P. from Tripadvisor);
Rifugio Auronzo and its parking area, seen from the above path (source: it.wikipedia.org);
– witness’ drawing illustrating his sighting (source: MUFON)]

CNEGU 40 years

cnegu-logoby Bruno Mancusi

On May last weekend, the Comité Nord-Est des Groupes Ufologiques (CNEGU) celebrated its fortieth anniversary at its 120th quarterly meeting held in Chaux-la-Lotière (near Besançon).

CNEGU was indeed create in October 1978 in Nancy, as a federation of UFO associations from north-eastern France and Luxembourg. The founding groups were GPUN (Groupe Privé Ufologique Nancéien), CVLDLN (Cercle Vosgien Lumières dans la Nuit), Groupe 5255 (52 = Haute-Marne, 55 = Meuse), CLEU (Commission Luxembourgeoise d’Etudes Ufologiques). Other associations active in that northeastern quadrant of the “Hexagone” joined the committee in later years.

Over the years all those groups have disbanded and no longer in activity, but the Comité Nord-Est des Groupes Ufologiques is still well and alive (without a real formal structure) as a committee formed by individual ufologists who survived the dissolution of each one’s groups.

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Among the main achievements of CNEGU, beside many field investigations, archival research, catalogs and several monographic publications, a special mention goes to the annual magazine Les Mystères de l’Est (published between 1996 and 2012) and the  VECA (Voyage d’Etude des Cercles Anglais) initiative to investigate crop circles in the UK.

 

Members of the Committee took part in almost all the most important initiatives of French ufology in these 40 years, from the European coordination (CECRU, EuroUfo) to the establishment of SCEAU (the Association for the Safeguarding and Conservation of UFO Studies and Archives), from the first intervention team on behalf of GEIPAN to the participation in the CAIPAN colloquium, keeping on a serious and real activity, preserving a wealth of skills and experience matured in four decades, based on the commitment and work of dozens of people. cnegu-partecipanti

In the top picture: the 3rd meeting of CNEGU, held in Luxembourg in May 1979.

In the bottom picture: the main activists celebrating CNEGU forty years (from left: Raoul Robé, Michel Piccin, Gilles Durand, Thierry Rocher, Gilles Munsch, Jean-Claude Leroy, Eric Maillot).

Another UFO Thesis in France

by Bruno Mancusi
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A new French thesis on UFOs: the dissertation entitled “Le soucoupisme français: 1945-2012″ (French Saucerism: 1945-2012), by Thomas Margout, who obtained a doctorate in history at the University of Western Brittany in Brest (France), on December 8th, 2017.

Just a year after that of Manuel Wiroth, this is the second university thesis on the history of the UFO movement in France.

Margout is not unknown in the UFO environment, since for the writing of his thesis he had asked the help of our colleagues from the SCEAU (Sauvegarde et Conservation des Etudes et Archives Ufologiques) and had also attended GEIPAN scientific conference on UFO CAIPAN in July 2014, with a poster illustrating his work.

So it was a surprise to read an interview he gave to daily newspaper “Le Télégramme de Brest” on 11 December 2017, in which he stated, among other things: “The overwhelming majority of ufologists are perfectly serious people, who saw a phenomenon that they cannot explain”, thus confusing ufologists and witnesses.

From the text now available it has been possible to understand that the confusion between ufologists, witnesses, contactists and sect followers was not a mistake but a choice of his. In fact, Margout himself explains: “In most cases, these investigators were also witnesses, they are here in the role of gathering and collecting testimonies similar to theirs”. So an ufologist would simply be a witness who questions other witnesses, although the author is not giving any statistics that prove his statement.

Thomas Margout’s thesis is divided into two volumes, available for free from here: vol. 1 and vol. 2. The first contains the thesis itself and the second contains data and statistics largely obtained from the UFO journal “Lumières dans la nuit”. The first volume is divided into four “generations”:
1. the birth (1945-1977)
2. the new ufology (1977-1993)
3. the X-Files generation (1993-2000)
4. independence (2000-2012).

Some choices of data and interpretations by the author are indeed questionable, and that is worthy a more detailed review.

[Pictured above: Thomas Margout during his speech at CAIPAN 2014]

Italy 2017: Less UFO Reports from Witnesses

by Giorgio Abraini

In line with the trend of the last few years, the number of UFO reports in Italy seems to fall further down, based on a first analysis of data collected for the year 2017 from the CISU (Italian Center for UFO Studies), which has been monitoring UFO sightings in Italy since 1985 (over 25,000 reports since 1945).

If it’s true that the 113 sighting questionnaire forms received directly from witnesses through CISU website in 2017 are slightly more numerous than the previous year, if considering also the third-party sources (websites, newspapers, other UFO organizations) it seems probable that the final result will be a further, marked decline in sightings, confirming the same trend already seen in previous years.

One year ago, in the early days of 2017, you could already count around 500 sightings for 2016, later increased up to the total of about 600 reports known as of today. According to the real-time catalog CisuCat coordinated by Pasquale Russo on the website UfoWeb, we can now count as little as 250 for 2017.

Of course this total is destined to rise as 2017 sightings continue to emerge during the current year. However, based on the data available so far it is possible to estimate a total not exceeding 450-500 sightings, i.e. a significant drop compared to the 600 reports known today for 2016.

Baure, Jean-François (France)

Born in 1970, he’s a generalist engineer with a specialisation in electronics & signal processing (after Maths Sup and Maths Spe).
He worked nearly 10 years for the D.G.A. (French weapon procurement agency). After a Master 2R in applied mathematics, he’s now a teacher in mathematics.

In the meantime, he has been scientific coordinator of UFOCOM web site for a few years, trying to gather scientific expertise from different fields (astrophysics, biochemistry, aerospace, digital processing of images/video, …) to be in position to study any material made available to the UFOCOM. His main interest was the Belgian UFO flap that began in the late 80s early 90s. He studied some of the F16 radar lock on data provided by A. Meessen.

He published a recent work with Martin Shough, David Clarke, Paul Fuller and others about a strange aerial luminous phenomenon observed by pilot(s) above the Channel Islands.

He has always been strongly attracted to the idea that life is blooming throughout the universe, and he’s inclined to wonder whether advanced life forms could be visiting/studying/monitoring the homo sapiens evolution and his long march towards the stars. Consequently, he’s interested in all the ways to bring the available UFO related field data to science, even if it is very challenging to work on this collected data, sometimes very sparse, and if in the end, it remains hazardous to discriminate between phenomena originating from earth and phenomena extraterrestrial in nature. He has the longlasting feeling that one must cross many science fields (combining “hard sciences” and social or human psychology, cognitive sciences,…) to properly approach the UFO phenomena.

He’s admirative of the science camps of the Hessdalen project, and of any attempt to make experimental science (gathering ad hoc sensors) on a set of rare phenomena. He’s also curious to see whether the Internet promises (collective intelligence, team working, data-mining, …) combined to all the new mobile technology (imaging, geolocalizing,….) will help the study the UFO phenomena.

E-mail: jeffbaure@gmail.com

Björn Borg’s Bibliography

UFO-books by UFO-books by Björn Borg (in Finnish or Swedish):

1a. Tosiasioita ufoilmiöstä. Printed version in Finnish published by UFO-Finland in 2001.
1b. Tosiasioita ufoilmiöstä. Updated version in Finnish on CD-ROM 2011.
1c. Fakta om UFO. Same as above but in Swedish. Updated version on CD-ROM 2011.
2a. Onko ufoilmiössä logiikkaa?. Printed version in Finnish published by UFO-Finland in 2003.
2b. Onko ufoilmiössä logiikkaa?. Updated version in Finnish on CD-ROM 2011.
2c. Finns det logik i fenomenet UFO?. Same as above but in Swedish. Updated version on CD-ROM 2011.
3a. Tähtitieteilijät ja ufot. Printed version in Finnish published by UFO-Finland in 2004.
3b. Tähtitieteilijät ja ufot. Updated version in Finnish on CD-ROM 2011.
3c. Astronomerna och UFOs. Same as above but in Swedish. Updated version on CD-ROM 2011.
(Books no. 3 contain information about what about 550 astronomers have said about UFOs)
4a. Tiedemiehet ja ufot. CD- ROM version published by FUFORA in 2008.
4b. Tiedemiehet ja ufot. Printed version published in 2006.
4c. Vetenskapsmännen och UFOs. Same as 4a but in Swedish. Updated on CD-ROM 2011.
4d. Tiedemiehet ja ufot. CD-ROM in Finnish updated 2011.
(Books no. 4 contain information about what about 2500 Ph.D:s and professors have said about UFOs).
5a. Ufot ja MIB. Updated version in Finnish on CD-ROM 2011.
5b. UFOs och MIB. Updated version in Swedish on CD- ROM 2011.
(Books no. 5 contain all the MIB- stories found in about 1437 references).
6. Ufojen varjossa. CD-ROM published by FUFORA in 2008.
7. Kirjallisuuslista. CD-ROM in Finnish updated in 2011. Lists about 2400 ufobooks in English and Finnish.
8. Litteraturförteckning. CD-ROM in Swedish updated in 2011. Lists about 2400 ufobooks in English and Swedish.
9. Ulkomaista ufokirjallisuutta. Published by the author 2011 on CD-ROM in Finnish. Contains reviews of 372 ufobooks published in English. 224 of these reviews are published on UFO-Finland’s homepage.
10a. Outoja kohteita Suomen taivaalla. Printed version in 2007. Contains information of Finnish UFO-Photographs and is a byproduct of Björn Borg’s cooperation with Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos for the FOTOCAT project.
10b. Outoja kohteita Suomen taivaalla. Same as above but updated version of 10a) on CD-ROM 2011.

All those books are continuously updated and they have one common list of references, including 1437 references as of December 2011.

Also Editor-in-Chief. for FUFORA´s yearbook Uforaportti 15-16 (2009), Uforaportti 17 (2011) and Uforaportti 18 (2011) and forthcoming Uforaportti 19 (2012).

Franck Boitte’s Bibliography

a) Articles (in French):

1. “Learnings from the 1950 Spanish Ufo wave”
Inforespace 7, 1973, 1¾ p – International News

2. “Brazil in Heat : Rio de Janeiro, 26.06.1970, Itatiaia, 30.08.1970, Pirassununga, 12.02.1969″ with C. Bourtembourg
Inforespace 8, 1973, 6½ p – International News

3. “What should we consider as proof in ufological research?”
Inforespace 9, 1973, 3½p – Researchers’ reflexions.

4. “Adamski, a welcomed reevaluation (part 1)”
Inforespace 10, 1973, 7½ p – Miscellaneous

5. “Adamski, a welcomed reevaluation (part 2),” with Dr. J. Scornaux
Inforespace 11, 1973, 6¼p – Miscellaneous

6. “October 1972 Merry go Round at Spa Nivezé” with J.L. Vertongen
Inforespace 11, 1973, 7½p – Investigation Report

7. “42 UFOs observed above a lake in the United States, or the development of a mini-wave (Saylors, Penns, USA, 01.03.1973)”
Inforespace 13, 1974, 1½p – International News

8. “RR1 Landing at Aische-en-Refail (24.01.1974)” with J.L. Vertongen
Inforespace 16, 1974, 3¼p – Investigation Report

9. “Flawinne, 19 and 21.03.1974: identified”
Inforespace 17, 1974, 2p – Investigation Report

10. ” New developments in the Aische-en-Refail case (24.01.1974)”
Inforespace 17, 1974, ½p – Investigation Report

11. “Easter UFO (14.04.1974)”
Inforespace 20, 1975, 7¾p – Investigation Report

12. “Type 2 Close encounter in the outskirts of Wavre” (May 1972)
Inforespace 23, 1975, 4p – Investigation Report

13. “Ion Hobana answers SOBEPS’ questions : state of ufological research in Romania”
Inforespace 23, 1975, 5p – Interview

14. “Soldier Jose Antonio da Silva’s incredible adventure (Bebedouro, Brazil, 03.05.1969 (part 1)”
Inforespace 26, 1976, 8½p – Famous World Case Study

15. “Cosmic adventure of mankind (part 1): satellites and space probes”
Inforespace 26, 1976, 4½p – Scientific Info

16. “Cosmic adventure of mankind (part 2): Life on the planets of our solar system?”
Inforespace 27, 1976, 3p – Scientific Info

17. “Soldier Jose Antonio da Silva’s incredible adventure (part 2)”
Inforespace 27, 1976, 9¾p – Famous World Case Study

18. “Cosmic adventure of mankind (part 3): attempts to communicate with distant civilizations”
Inforespace 28, 1976, 4¼p – Scientific Info

19. “Bebedouro and the 1969 Brazilian wave”
Inforespace 29, 1976, 4½p – Famous World Case Study

20. “Cosmic adventure of mankind (part 4): principles of interstellar communication”
Inforespace 29, 1976, 3½p – Scientific Info

21. “Cosmic adventure of mankind (part 5): recent achievements”
Inforespace 30, 1976, 4¾p – Scientific Info

22. “Cosmic adventure of mankind (part 6): are UFOs signals of extraterrestrial visitors?”
Inforespace 31, 1977, 3p – Research and studies

23. “RR1 Close Encounter in Péruwelz (summer 1975)”
Inforespace 32, 1977, 3½p – Investigation Report

24. “Aische-en-Refail again : second and last time…? (Late November(?) 1966 and 24.01.1974)”
Inforespace 33, 1977, 5½p – Investigation Report

25. “Reports on low hovering Ufos at Sivry (05.05.1976)”
Inforespace 36, 1977, 4¾p – Investigation Report

26. “Near landing at the Champ du Bois (France, 07.05.1975)”, with J.M. Bigorne
Inforespace 36, 1977, 1½p – Investigation Report

27. “Ball lightning or UFO?” (Perwez, 2nd half of April 1974; Vedrin, 03.06.1974),
Inforespace 37, 1978, 4¼p – Investigation Report

28. ” Vilvoorde’s humanoid revisited : 5 years later”
Inforespace 40, 1978, 5½p – Investigation Report

29. “UFOs and CIA” (part 1)
Inforespace 41, 1978, 7½p – Ufos and society

30. “UFOs and CIA” (part 2)
Inforespace 42, 1978, 2p – Ufos and society

31. “Antonio Villas Boas’ RR4 : the symbolic aspect”
Inforespace 42, 1978, 3p – Famous World Case Study

32. “Roundtable with Dr. Hynek”
Inforespace 48, 1979, 3½p – Interview

33. ” Three young girls’ UFO (06.07.1981), part 1″
Inforespace 60, 1982, 7p – Investigation Report

34. “Three young girls’ UFO : when the moon comes in (part 2)” with M. Bougard
Inforespace 61, 1982, 4½p – Investigation Report

35. “On the possible meaning of the signs engraved in the plaster footsteps made in Desert Center, November 20th, 1952″
LDLN Magazine 287-288, may 1988, 6p – Famous World Case Study

36. “How to investigate Ufo cases”
Inforespace 81, 1991, 5½p – Methodology

37. “An analysis of investigation reports for the 89-91 period (part 1)”
Inforespace 84, 1992, 11¼p – Research and studies

38. “An analysis of investigation reports for the 89-91 period (part 2)”
Inforespace 85, 1992, 20½p – Research and studies

39. “Friend Michel Farewell”
Inforespace 86, 1993, 3½p – Miscallenous

40. “The irrational and its inhabitants: analysis of a Master Degree thesis”
Inforespace 87, 1993, 7p – Miscellaneous

41. “Feignies (France) 16 or 17.03.1990″, with J.M. Bigorne
Inforespace 90, 1994, 8p – Investigation Report

42. “Christophe Campiglia, an interview (part 1)
Inforespace 90, 1994, 9½p – Interview

43. Christophe Campiglia, an interview (part 2)
Inforespace 91, 1995, 11p – Interview

44. “Book: ” Supraterrestrial Contacts: lures and manipulations” by J. Sider
Inforespace 91, 1995, 4½p – Book review

45. “The Belgian anomaly is still flying (United States, November 1994-March 1995)
Inforespace 92, 1995, 3½p – International News

46. “Index of the 100 first numbers of Inforespace and Related Publications”
Inforespace 105, 2002, 1995, 1p – Miscellaneous

47. “The D. Affair – an investigation report by Bruno Bousquet” (part 1)
Inforespace 105, 2002 – 11p – Famous World Case Study

48. “The D. Affair” (part 2)
Inforespace 106, 2003, 16p – Famous World Case Study

49. “Sequels to the D.Affair”,
Inforespace 107, 2004, 11p – Famous World Case Study

50. “Limits of Perception”
Inforespace 108, 2004, 4½p – Researcher’s reflexions

51. “Ufology, ecology and the Polish files” (translation from the english and Polish, in collaboration with R. Lesniakiewicz.
Inforespace 109, 2004, 13p – International News

52. ” A trip to Jules Verne’s country : Nantes’ Sixth Utopiales”
Inforespace 112, 2006, 13p – 14p – Ufos in society

53. “(When) Ufos enter the arena”
Inforespace 92, 1995, 3½p – Ufos in society

54. “Index of the 100 first numbers of Inforespace and Related Publications”, 2003
Inforespace 114/115, 2007, 1p – Miscellaneous

55. “The 1954 Belgian Ufo-Wave : Blockbuster Year for European Ufology”
UfoMania Magazine 44, sept. 2005 – 1p – Book review

56. “Incommensurability, Orthodoxy and the Physics of High Strangeness : A six layer Model for Anomalous Phenomena” – Dr. J.F. Vallée and Eric W. Davis, translation by F. Boitte,
UfoMania Magazine 46, march 2006 – 6p – Methodology

57. “Nantes Sixth Utopiales : Jules Verne”
UfoMania Magazine 46, march 2006 – 6p – Ufos and society

58. “Franck Boitte : an interview”
UfoMania Magazine 48, sept. 2006 – 6p – Interview

59. “Incommensurability, Orthodoxy and the Physics of High Strangeness : A six layer Model for Anomalous Phenomena” – Dr. J.F. Vallée and Eric W. Davis, translation by F. Boitte,
LDLN Magazine 385, avr. 2007 – 6p – Methodology

60. “The Valdes Affair : Putre, Chile, 25/04/1977″
UfoMania Magazine 53, dec. 2007 – 5p – Famous World Case Study

61. “The Roswell Legacy” by Col. Jesse Marcel Jr.
UfoMania Magazine 54, mars. 2008 – 8½p – Book review

62. “A Belgian triangle reported in France : Beauche (Eure et Loir (28) – end 1992 or early 1993”
UfoMania Magazine 57, dec. 2008 -6p – Investigation Report.

b) Books (in French)

The 1954 Belgian Ufo-Wave : Blockbuster year for European Ufology, 116p, 2005, privately-published

A well documented repeat abduction case : the Andrea Roberts’ affair in J. Sider, The Ufo Magic Connection, JMG editions, 2009, pp. 269-296.

Two appendixes in Gonzalez, Julien, OVNI: le dossier
des rencontres du troisième type en France
, Clamecy, 2010:
– Appendix 2 (pp.297-326): General Catalog of belgian CE-3: a summing-up of 29 CE-3 for the period 1935? – 1995.
– Appendix 3 (pp.327-349): Investigating UFO Methodology: how to make ufology apppear more scientifically respectable.

Is there a Future for Belgian Ufology after the Petit-Rechain fiasco (Part1): UfoMania Magazine 68, dec. 2011 – 4p.
Is there a Future for Belgian Ufology after the Petit-Rechain fiasco, Part 2: UfoMania Magazine 68, dec. 2011 – 7p.

Welcome to the new web site

Welcome to EuroUFO.net portal! This is the revamped web site of the EuroUFO project, which was started as such during a meeting of about 20 european UFO researchers, in 2005.

The aim of this web site is to give an overview of people, research projects and ongoing activities by a selected community of European ufologists sharing a scientific-oriented approach and willing to cooperate.

This web site is a collaborative effort. That means the contents are managed by several researchers in different time. We are working to offer as much material as we can, but please consider that until we complete the migration from the old (badly hacked) site, some pages can be temporarily empty.