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US experts to check Melbourne UFO film

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Video footage of mysterious lights in the Pakenham sky have been sent to the US and Europe to be analysed by flight and UFO researchers.
David Farthing, 56, a Pakenham chef, caught the 2 1/2-minute event on a home video camera on July 28.

Mr Farthing first saw the objects about 10pm from his bedroom window, before he and his wife moved outside with a video camera. "It was a yellowy-red fireball, I thought it was a meteorite," he said.

But as the object oscillated in the sky and appeared at times to be stationary before being joined by other lights, Mr Farthing said he became convinced it was not a meteorite.

"In the distance it looked enlarged on the horizon," he said.

"As I started to film it, it moved quite quickly.

"What I found interesting was that it was pulsating and seemed to change pattern or colour.

"It was fascinating and I have no explanation.

"In my heart I can't say it was man-made."

Paul Norman, of the Victorian UFO Research Society, said the video was the first of its type to capture an event where lights appeared to be moving in unison.

"The video may be able to show the nature of the lights," Mr Norman said.

Cases where larger objects were seen operating with smaller objects are the best evidence of intelligent control, he said.

Another object had been filmed the previous month in nearby Ferntree Gully. The footage was shown on the Seven News Service. Click for full story.

On June 26, 2001, a fireball type object was seen by the crew of an Ambulance traveling South along Burwood highway. They thought it was a meteor in flight except for the fact that it continued to fly horizontally to the ground. It appeared to be heading towards Upper Ferntree Gully. It was seen to travel from Montrose towards Belgrave...but then it reversed...slowed down..and then went up..until it was out of sight. The witness described that it lost the burning appearance...and resembled a streetlight when it went up.
This same object was seen by two staff of the nursing home where the ambulance was visiting.

On June 16, 2001, Melbourne's Herald-Sun newspaper reported that a dark gray disk was observed in the skies over Wantirna, Lilydale and Knox in Melbourne's east between 9.30 and 9.50pm. The National Space Centre recorded 24 calls reporting the objects presence. Ross Dowe from the Centre for UFO Research, said reports stated that the disk had a dome on its underside. There were also several flashing lights around the circumference.

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