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Hessdalen - a small valley in Norway with many UFO sightings. The big UFO flap from 1981 to 1984. The results of Project Hessdalen 1984/85. The automatic measurement station 1998. The plans of a UFO centre in Hessdalen. The plans for Project Hessdalen. Summary.

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Hessdalen- a small valley in Norwaywith many UFO sightings.

The big UFO flap from 1981 to 1984.

The results of Project Hessdalen 1984/85.

The automatic measurement station 1998.

The plans of a UFO centre in Hessdalen.

The plans for Project Hessdalen.

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  • Hessdalen is a small valley in Norway.

  • The valley is only 15 km long and has about 170 inhabitants.

  • A big ”UFO-flap” started in December 1981 and lasted until the summer of 1984. Up to 20 observations a week.

  • Today there is in the order of 20 observations a year

  • 85% of the observations described a big ”light”, 15% talked about ”the object”.

  • Project Hessdalen started in the summer of 1983.

  • The project made a day-and-night field investigation in Hessdalen from the 21.January to the 26.February 1984.

  • An international workshop with 27 scientists from 8 countries was held in Hessdalen in 1994.

  • An automatic measurement station was put into operation in Hessdalen in 1998.

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Hessdalen is situated in the southern part of Norway, 35 km (21 miles) north-north-west of the town Røros, in the municipality of Holtålen.

The valley goes in a north-south direction and has mountains in the west and in the east.

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The lake Øyungen is in the southern part of Hessdalen 

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A lot of observations have been made around Lake Øyungen.

Saturday the 11th October 1997, at 23:45, two boys saw a big light moving from north to south. One square kilometer of the lake was illuminated. Some minutes after the light was gone, a ring of light was seen in the lake.

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 Hessdalen seen from Mount Rognefjell in the east, looking towards Mount Finnsåhøgda and Mount Fjellbekkhøgda in the west

A view from Mount Finnsåhøgda, looking towards the east.

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Hessdalen 1982:”The light disappeared during the exposure time.” The photographer caught the disappearance on film.

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Three flashes were seen in Arendal on the 18th November 1981, similar to those seen in Hessdalen. The flashes were filmed over an exposure time of 30 seconds. The ”light” changed during those three flashes.

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The ”UFO-phenomena” can change direction quickly.

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The ”UFO-phenomena” can move fast:

Exposure time: 1/60 second =>100,000 km/h +

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18th March 1982,

Observer: Leif Havik

A black ”object” with two yellow/white lights in the back, and one red light in the front was seen. One picture was taken..

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Hessdalen 18th March 1982, at 19:33.

Photographer: Leif Havik. Exposure time: 1/15 second

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Some of the drawings

made by observers.

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Picture taken the 25th.September 1982, in Hessdalen, by Arne P.Thomassen

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Observer: Leif Havik,

12th February 1983, at 17:53

Two pictures were taken..

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12th February 1983

at 17:53

Obs:Leif Havik

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On the 19th September 1980 August Holen was surprised by 3 UFO’s when he was hunting in Hessdalen.

Holen suddenly had a feeling of some pressure in the air. He felt as if the oxygen was taken away from him. Then he felt ”something” behind him, at the same moment he saw a shadow coming slowly from behind. He turned around and saw three UFO’s only a few metres away. They were about 4 metres in diameter. Some seconds after that all three turned on their edge and disappeared at high speed, with the base in the moving direction.

Holen has not been hunting since then.

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Holen’s description of the base.

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A lot of articles in the newspapers.

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Project Hessdalen was founded on the 3th June 1983.

A plan for a field investigation was made

during the autumn.

40 people participated in the field work, that lasted

from the 21th January to the 26th February 1984.

The Project Hessdalen headquarters during the fieldwork in Hessdalen 1984

A view from the headquarters

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Recordings were made even when nothing was seen by the observers. (Invisible) Highest speed was 30.000 km/h.


Sometimes there was EM-noise in a broad frequency band.


Some observations were made during large magnetic activity.


There were reactions on the laserbeam.


The ”light” decreased in intensity when an airplane passed by.

53 visual observations during the fieldwork

A rocking motion was sometimes felt.

Summary of the results.

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Project Hessdalen headquarters 1985

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After the fieldwork 1984:

A new 14 day fieldwork in 1985.

No visual observations during these days

We began distributing

the results out to the public and the scientific community

The results from1984 were presented in:

  • Newspapers

  • Journals

  • Lectures;- >70 lectures around the world

  • TV;- more than 50 different TV programs

  • Radio;- more than 50 different radioprograms

  • Several books.

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The first international workshop on the unknown atmospheric light phenomena in Hessdalen

 Organised in Hessdalen, March 1994.

 27 scientists from8 different nations participated.

Nobel nominated Professor Boris Smirnov said:

”The phenomenon contains some qualitative elements which at the present time has no analogue in science. Thus the solution of this problem must lead to new concepts in science”

Dr. David Fryberger from Stanford University said:

”The Hessdalen project has established beyond doubt that the Hessdalen lights are real physical phenomena. …these phenomena lies outside of already known physics”

The press changed after this workshop.

No more ”smiling” when reporting about observations in Hessdalen

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The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) program was established at Princeton University in 1979 by Robert G. Jahn, then Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, to pursue rigorous scientific study of the interaction of human consciousness with sensitive physical devices, systems, and processes common to contemporary engineering practice. Since that time, an interdisciplinary staff of engineers, physicists, psychologists, and humanists has been conducting a comprehensive agenda of experiments and developing complementary theoretical models to enable better understanding of the role of consciousness in the establishment of physical reality.


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Some areas in Australia have similar ”light-phenomena” to Hessdalen.

PEAR Lab, at Princeton University, organised an expedition to Australia, 1995, together with Project Hessdalen

”Min-min light” in Australia

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Substantial magnetic activity was measured on one of

the four observation days.

Recordings done by the magnetograph. - 8.October 1995, in Australia

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SSE provides a critical forum of rationality and observational evidence for the often strange claims at the fringes of science


We point out that science does not begin with textbooks: it begins with the unknown and ends with textbooks.

We point out that today's anomaly may become tomorrow's technology.

SSE director Professor Peter Sturrock

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Workshop on physical evidence.

In october 1997 SSE organised a workshop, where a group of scientists gathered to discuss if there was enough scientific evidence on UFO’s, and whether scientists should begin research into the phenomena.

The workshop was called:

”Physical Evidence Related to UFO Reports”

held at Pocantico Conference Centre,

just outside New York.

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The participants

Participants: Left to rightT. Holzer, V. Eshleman, M. Rodeghier, J. Schuessler, H. Melosh, J. Jokipii, H. Puthoff, D. Pritchard, P. Sturrock, C. Tolbert, F. Louange, L. Rockefeller, J. Velasco, I. von Ludwiger, H. Diamond, M. Sims, J. Vallee, B. Haisch, B. Veyret, R. Haines, M. Swords, J. Papike, G. Reitz, E. Strand

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Originally released by Stanford University News Service, June 29, 1998


Marsha Sims, Executive Editor, Journal of Scientific Exploration, phone: 650-593-8581, fax: 650-595-4466

Scientific panel concludes some UFO evidence worthy of study

(Complete Report and Supporting Documents On Line)

Stanford, CA, June 29, 1998 --- In the first independent review of UFO phenomena since 1970, a panel of scientists has concluded that some sightings are accompanied by physical evidence that deserves scientific study. But the panel was not convinced that any of this evidence points to a violation of known natural laws or the involvement of an extraterrestrial intelligence.

The review was organized and directed by Peter Sturrock, professor of applied physics at Stanford University, and supported administratively by the Society for Scientific Exploration, which provides a forum for research into unexplained phenomena. The international review panel of nine physical scientists responded to presentations by eight investigators of UFO reports, who were asked to present their strongest data. Von R. Eshleman, professor emeritus of electrical engineering at Stanford, co-chaired the panel.

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The report from the workshops say:

Observations continue to be reported from the Hessdalen valley; the rate is now about 20 reports per year. An automatic measurement station, for installation in Hessdalen, is now being developed and prepared at Ostfold College (Norway), which is the present base of Project Hessdalen. This station will include a CCD-type camera in the visible region. The output from the CCD-camera will be fed automatically to a computer which will trigger a video recorder. This automatic station will hopefully prove to be but a first step in the development of a network of stations.

As a result of this presentation, the panel concluded that there would be merit to designing and deploying a not-too-complicated set of instruments. These should be operated according to a strict protocol in regions where the probability of significant sightings appears to be reasonably high.

On the 7th August 1998, one month after the report was presented, Project Hessdalen at Østfold UniversityCollege put the station into operation in Hessdalen

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Hessdalen AutomaticMeasurementStation

consists of two computers, one CCD camera, one video-recorder and one magnetograph.

Computer 1analyses pictures from the CCD camera every second. If something interesting is seen by the computer, it starts the video recorder and the picture is relayed to the Internet.

Computer 2reads the magnetic field, and relays it to the Internet each hour.

152 interesting pictures have been recorded

during 22 month of operation.

From these, 72 have been investigated, 42 are still unexplainable

The station takes one picture each hour, which is relayed on to the Internet.

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Hessdalen Automatic Measurement Station (AMS), is located (in the blue box) on a field in northern Hessdalen. It faces west.

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The view of the CCD-camera

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Interesting picture 9th October 1998, at 18:16

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Interesting picture 20th November 1998, at 03:46

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Two helical lights.

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Unknown light phenomena

5 minutes later, 5 women saw a strong ball of light move across the road, just in front of their car.

The moon

The church



Observation 4.September 1998 at 01:01:20

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The plans for Hessdalen AMS

  • The first step is to install:

  • two new, (0.003lux) black-and-white CCD-cameras.

  • one color CCD-camera with zoom mounted on to a pan-tilt unit. This will be a tracking system

  • New software that allows daylight observations to be recorded.

  • Distance can be calculated

  • Close-up picture/video can be recorded.

  •  Better mapping of what is happening.

Everything shall be presented on the Internet:



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The plans for Project Hessdalen

  • Program and install the two-camera system and the tracking system.

  • Make more and better instrumentation at Hessdalen AMS.

  • Build and run a database with data from automatic stations, and UFO-sightings.

  • Analyse data and start other activities for finding an answer to the UFO question.

  • Develop small automatic measurement stations, that can be located in areas with much UFO activity.

  • Build a data network to databases with relevant information.

What’s happening this summer:

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Director Dr Stelio Montebognoli is running the radioastronomy research centre in Medicina, outside Bologna, Italy

  • Stelio and 7 scientists from his centre are coming to Hessdalen this summer, to put up a LF radio-wave analyzing system. This system will (preliminary) run for one year in Hessdalen.

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The plans for a UFO centre in the Hessdalen district.

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Norwegian UFO Centre

  • NUFOC was formed in January 2000, an initative taken by Holtålen Municipality.

  • A centre costing up to US$ 3 mill.

  • The centre will:

  • provide the right environment for researchers working on charting and solving the UFO mystery.

  • inform the general public on Hessdalen UFO’s

  • spread basic scientific knowledge on UFO’s to the general public.

  • form a discussion forum where theories about UFO’s can be presented.

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  • Norwegian UFO Centre AS will consist of three sections:

  • A visitors centre in the town of Ålen, by Route 30.

  • Remote viewing location, sited at a vantage point where most UFO’s have been observed in Hessdalen.

  • An observation tower, equipped with scientific instruments, in Hessdalen.

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We hope that you can help us with these plans. This will benefit us all.




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Thank you for your attention

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Gult lys med røde blink

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Hessdalen, oktober 1982.

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