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Wooyung (Tweed), March 10 2008, 6.50pm

Wooyung (Tweed), March 10 2008, 6.50pm

On Monday 17 March 2008 I observed a bright spherical white-light UFO, judged to be about 10 metres (30ft) in diameter, appearing to look twice the size and brightness of Venus, observed at 7.50pm daylight savings time (6.50pm eastern standard time) at dusk from my home 1.5 kilometres inland from Wooyung Beach in the Tweed-Byron Shire area and viewed for about five minutes. It was first observed travelling slowly south and directly towards me at approximately 1000 metres above the ground, moving through scattered clouds with occasional stars visible above and with a half moon shining brightly to the north.

At first I wondered if it was the landing lights of an aircraft that had taken off from Coolangatta Airport and was travelling much further east than such aircraft normally do. However no red, green or strobe lights were visible and no noise emanated from the craft. It was travelling through low light cloud and almost disappeared when travelling through a dense cloud before re-emerging into light cloud and clear sky. As it passed directly overhead I observed and then heard the approach of a commercial airliner on descent to Coolangatta flying north one kilometre off the northern NSW coast. The bright spherical white light UFO then changed course and curved towards the north-east so that it was obviously in a collision course with the airliner. The UFO remained at the same elevation and speed and passed through a denser cloud. This caused its appearance to change so that the light at the rear of the object extended a short distance and its shape now appeared to be like a comet with a short tail, the entire object perhaps 20 metres (60ft) in length and still almost directly overhead. Emerging from the dense cloud it then regained its original appearance and I was able to view both the airliner with its normal landing lights, and faint pilot and passenger window lights all visible, contrasting with the bright spherical white-light UFO converging on it as it continued its curved course to the northeast it still looked the same as when it was first approaching me.

It then occurred to me that the bright white object should be clearly visible to passengers on the left-hand side of the airliner and approaching them on a possible collision course. Both the airliner and the UFO were travelling at the same speed and elevation with the airliner travelling north and the UFO travelling northeast. The UFO then appeared to pass directly in front of the airliner perhaps 300 to 400 metres away and should have been clearly visible to the pilots. It was difficult to judge if the UFO was just above, below or at the exact elevation of the airliner but the difference would not have been more than about 50 metres.

Even though the UFO was now travelling away from me and I was therefore viewing it from behind, it looked identical as to when it was approaching me and when directly overhead. Both airliner and UFO passed behind trees. I spent some time afterwards keeping a watch in case it returned but saw nothing else unusual.


Tweed Valley Way, Wooyung, New South Wales, Australia


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