Summary: The Aug. 1-2 sighting of UFOs over Baku's oil company district, Bayil, as reported by the opposition daily Musavat raised a few eyebrows ? most of them sarcastically. Did it mean that so- called flying saucers run on petrol as well at anti-matter? According to Fuad Gasimov, academician and head of the Seismological Department of the National Aerospace Agency the often-sighted space craft have bases deep in the Caspian, one off the north part of the Absheron Peninsula, the other in the north sector of the Caspian Sea.
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The Aug. 1-2 sighting of UFOs over Baku's oil company district, Bayil, as reported by the opposition daily Musavat raised a few eyebrows ? most of them sarcastically. Did it mean that so- called flying saucers run on petrol as well at anti-matter?
According to Fuad Gasimov, academician and head of the Seismological Department of the National Aerospace Agency the often-sighted space craft have bases deep in the Caspian, one off the north part of the Absheron Peninsula, the other in the north sector of the Caspian Sea.
"I had been associated with the Institute of Earth Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R. during the Soviet era," Gasimov told the Baku Sun. "Since then we have information on the existence UFO bases around Baku. But it was strongly kept as a military secret."
Gasimov says that he worked with a Soviet organization that charted UFOs. The organization sent an expedition to Baku and the Absheron Peninsula, where they discovered UFOs bases around the Nardaran and Pirshagi districts and around the Siyazan water spring. The entrances to these bases, he says, are found deep underground.
The Caspian region isn't the only home for UFOs, he says. The Pacific and Atlantic oceans, in particular around Bermuda are also home to alien bases.
Gasimov is not Baku's only ufologist. Other than the incidents at Nardaran, flying saucers zoom in as the No. 2 topic of conversation in the villages around Baku.
Vidadi Emrullaoglu, 85, a resident of Mardakan village, swears he saw a UFO with his own eyes. He says that while drinking tea on his balcony he observed a huge shining object going toward the sea.
It wasn't the first time Emrullaoglu has spotted an alien vessel, he says. In August last year, he and his neighbors were terrified by three shining objects in the sky.
"I saw it with my own eyes," he says. "Again, they were like a huge circles with terrifying lights around it. They seemed very close to you, but the interesting thing is they would disappear rapidly."
Of course, alien visits and UFO sightings have been a theme of discussion among scientists long before the X-Files. Rovshan Salmanzadeh, Ph.D is head of the department of solar-physics at the Shamakha Observatory works in this sphere professionally. However, he is quick to note that he refuses to believe in UFOs until the day he's personally verified that what he saw was an alien craft.
He told the Baku Sun that under the Soviets at the end of the 1980s, Azeri scientists produced theoretical studies, or functioning principles, for types of flying objects such as UFOs. Most requests came from the Ministry of Defense of the Soviet Union. He notes that this was the period of the United States' Strategic Defense Initiative, also known as the Star Wars space defense plan.
While everyone knows now that all Star Wars did was make a lot of U.S. defense contractors rich, back in the day, the U.S.S.R. took it seriously and wanted its own scientists to come up with a possible answer to SDI's space shield. Azeri scientists were called on to develop a Soviet UFO.
After the collapse of U.S.S.R. Salmanzadeh says, all research about the theoretical principles of flying objects prepared by Azeri scientists were sent to Moscow, sometime in the early 1990s.
So can anyone here come up with credible evidence as to the existence of alien craft? Salmanzadeh claims to have observed a flying object that looked like a UFO in October 1999. He was on his way back to Baku after an international conference at the Shamakha Observatory. He and some colleagues took photos of the craft, which they named Tusi-800. But in the end, they couldn't clarify whether it was a genuine close encounter or simply a plane flying a long distance away.