Well, it is the end of the working week! Adelaide's maximum temperature today was a delicious 24 degrees Centigrade; beautiful and sunny, with the deep blue skies we get in Australia.
I tried to get a look at this year's Leonid meteor shower which peaked in the last few days. The first day, I was up at 4am but it was totally cloudy. The second day I left it until 5am but by then it was already too light and only the brighter stars were visible in the skies. Oh, well, there is always next year.
On to the post. Regular readers will know that I am a follower of all things Jacques Vallee. Well there is a new book out co-authored by Vallee and Chris Aubeck. Its title is "Wonders in the Sky: Unexplained Aerial Objects from Antiquity to Modern Times." ISBN 9781 5854 2829 5. Published by Penguin. 2010. 528pages.
It includes a catalogue of 500 observations starting in ancient Egypt, which the authors argue show that the UFO phenomenon had always been with us, and did not simply start in 1947 in the USA. This is in line with Vallee's long time argument that the UFO phenomenon has a very long history and that it should be studied in that context.