You are driving on a road at night. You are enjoying your trip, and you see the scenery of other cars, trees, and maybe even stars. Nothing out of the ordinary even enters your mind until you see a large, vibrant light following your car. You panic and step harder on the gas pedal. Your anxiety increases once you realize that this ball of light attacks you. This scenario is exactly what happened to the Knowles family.
Thousands of people claimed to have seen UFOs and extraterrestrials in various civilizations for millenniums. Since the time of the ancient Egyptians, all the way to the 21st century, people have claimed to have been visited, seen, or even abducted by beings from other planets. Even though a good portion of UFO and extraterrestrial encounters have been proven to be hoaxes, there are many incidents that have evidence and witnesses. One of the most famous UFO encounters in Australia happened to the Knowles family while they were traveling for a vacation. Many people believe this encounter happened, and there were multiple witnesses on the road.
The Knowles family were cruising on a highway called the coastal Eyre Highway. It was around three or four in the morning as Sean Knowles was driving with his two brothers and mother. At first, the night seemed normal. He was driving in a desert area without trees or any signs of civilization for miles. Other than the desert and the night sky, the only thing he saw were other cars driving around him. His night changed when he noticed a bright ball of yellow light hovering towards their car.
As the bright ball of light approached them, Sean increased the speed to around 125 miles per hour, attempting to outrun the light. Despite his efforts to escape from the ball of light, it caught up to them, and grey gas filled the car. The gas had temporary psychological and physical effects on them. Their voices had a lower tone, and everything around them seemed like it was slowing down. After hearing the sound and feeling the vibration of something falling on top of the roof of the car, they felt the car levitate. After several seconds, the car dropped, causing one tire on the back of the car to blowout. The Knowles family exited the car because the flat tire made it difficult for the car to move fast enough to escape the ball of light. They discovered a bush to hide in until the ball of light traveled somewhere that was out of their sight.
Similar to other UFO and extraterrestrial encounters with at least some form of evidence and multiple witnesses, this incident gained intense media coverage. In less than two days, the Knowles family was being interviewed on the news. To this day, many believe that the Knowles family was being attacked by an extraterrestrial spacecraft. When they first reported the encounter to the police department, the police thought they were likely pulling a prank or attention stunt. After investigating, the police took the case seriously.
Evidence of the Knowles family UFO attack
Some critics claim that the voice distortion during the encounter could have been due to the family having dry or hoarse voices because they were traveling through a desert for hours. The problem with this theory is that having a dry or hoarse voice isn’t an uncommon phenomenon. It is common for elementary school students to have these issues, so the odds of the Knowles experiencing these symptoms for the first time and not knowing how this sickness affects the human body are slim. There were witnesses that saw a ball of light following the Knowles. However, no one was there when the vehicle was levitating. Critics claim that the tire could have popped because of excessive speed. This claim could be true because a tire experiences an enormous amount of friction at 120 miles per hour.
That doesn’t explain why the Knowles and other drivers witnessed a ball of light following their vehicle. Some critics claim that what they saw could have been a superior mirage. In Melbourne, Australia, superior mirages are more common than in other areas. Some people respond to the critics by stating that if it was a mirage, why did it follow their vehicle so precisely for such a long time. The ball of light moved like it was being operated by a pilot.
What do you think about this UFO sighting? Do you believe that the Knowles actually saw a spacecraft of extraterrestrial origin? Do you think it was a superior mirage? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
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