UFO Sighting on the Nullarbor
(Investigator 66, 1999 May)
From the 20th to 24th March 1999 there were reports about a UFO sighting on the Nullarbor Plain.
Apparently three stranded aliens and their 2km wide UFO had crash-landed 160km North of Haig.
A Sydney woman raised more than $50,000 from benefactors and proceeded to Kalgoorlie to go out in the Desert and find the aliens. She was convinced they needed help in the form of lifting gear, water and welding gear.
The next report was said to have brought a Japanese team of UFO hunters to Perth and they claimed to have satellite photos showing a strange array of lights in the desert.
The UFO National Hotline in Melbourne was also contacted in order to help with the rescue.
All far fetched? Well let's see how such a story could start.
The Japanese satellite photos show strange lights on the Nullarbor Plain. I think this is quite possible, but the interpretation of it is possibly wrong.
The Nullarbor Plain is one of the largest expanses of flat treeless plain on earth. It is six times the size of Belgium, stretching across lower Western and South Australia. Once part of the seabed, it is now traversed by a single road and further north by a single railway track.
One of the few transcontinental trains, the Indian Pacific, runs twice a week in either direction between Sydney and Perth. Distance: 4352km. The train also travels on the longest section of straight track, 478km. Most of the track is single and sidings are provided for "overtaking and passing".
Now why do I tell you all this? I have seen what could have been mistaken for a UFO approximately 2km long, as claimed on the satellite photos.
The line is also used for goods trains and many of them can be up to 2km long. I think you can follow my thoughts! Yes the goods train sometimes may sit on a siding and wait for the Indian Pacific to pass as it has priority. How long does it have to wait? Well, sometimes many hours because over a distance of 1200km only a few sidings are provided.
The Indian Pacific may also wait on occasions, and it does this with all lights on. Hence it should be possible to photograph it from space.
The plain is totally flat, no trees, no big rocks and no houses so light can be seen over long distances. The ground is light gray in many places and is ideal for reflections. I have driven across the Nullarbor at night and approaching headlights can be seen 20 minutes before you actually meet the vehicle.
The Nullarbor is also great for temperature inversions and often you can see car headlights upside down in the pitch-black sky at night. There are only a few settlements left so Nullarbor is free of light pollution.
One last snippet of information, our longest iron ore trains are up to 2.6km long.
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