Remember the Betty and Barney Hill abduction case. Took place on September 19th, 1961. A part of it goes as follows:


Approximately one mile south of Indian Head, the craft rapidly descended toward the Hills' vehicle causing Barney to stop directly in the middle of the highway. Opening the car door for a closer look, he pocketed his pistol and grabbed his binoculars. The craft descended to approximately 80-100 feet above the Hills' "57" Chevy and filled the entire field of the windshield through which Betty was observing. Barney stepped away from the vehicle and moved closer to the object, which shifted like a pendulum from the west side of the car, east above the adjacent field. Using the binoculars, Barney claimed to have seen about 8 to 11 humanoid figures who were peering out of the craft's windows, seeming to look at him. Suddenly, with military precision, all but one of the figures moved to what appeared to be an instrument panel as though they were about to perform an important task. The one remaining figure continued to look at Barney and communicated a message to him to "stay where you are and keep looking." At that instant red lights on what appeared to be bat-wing fins began to telescope out of the sides of the craft and a long structure descended from the bottom of the craft. The silent craft approached to what Barney estimated was within 50-80 feet overhead and 50-100 feet away from him.

From Wikipedia



In 1966, writer John G. Fuller scored the cooperation of the Hills and Dr. Simon, and wrote the book The Interrupted Journey about the case. The book included a copy of Betty's sketch of the "star map". The book was a quick success, and went through several printings.

In 1968, Marjorie Fish of Oak Harbor, Ohio read Fuller's Interrupted Journey. She was an elementary school teacher and amateur astronomer. Intrigued by the "star map", Fish wondered if it might be "deciphered" to determine which star system the UFO came from.

Assuming that one of the twelve stars on the map must represent the Earth's sun, Fish began studying star charts in hopes of matching the star map to known stars. Eventually, she concluded that the UFO might have come from planets orbiting Zeta Reticuli. As a result of Fish's hypothesis, some have dubbed the Hills' account The Zeta Reticuli Incident. Most Ufologists, however, continue to prefer the Hill Abduction or some similar term.



Using the program, see Astronomy, the best match I came up with was this:



Zeta 1 and Zeta 2 Reticuli are considered a binary and are represented by the crosshairs.

Gliese 86.1 is way off on the lower left.


The following is the original Hill drawing, from the book mentioned above. The numbers are mine:


  300dpi, Hill.jpg, 760KB, no numbers. Original drawing.


All points associated with lines will be referred to as lined points.


Iíve made an effort to match this drawing using the following criteria:

1). The program considers points 10L and 10L2 as a binary, with <=0.1 parsecs separation, and within 25 parsecs of our sun.

2). The binary is in the foreground with point 8L behind it and the rest behind 8L.

3). The program looks through a sphere containing 7957 objects with a radius of 50 parsecs.


The following procedure was followed:


I pick a point to represent our sun from the 11 lined points, excluding the binary. Lets call this point Sol. I then manually measure the distance from Sol to all the other points. I also measure the angle which each point makes with Sol with 0 degrees being to the right and rotation going counter clockwise.

The program then searches for a star at the angle made by the binary and checks if it is within 25 parsecs of us. If it finds one it then searches for others within 0.1 parsecs of it. If a match is found the distance between this binary and Sol is recorded relative to the current XY plane.

All of the distances measured on the Hill drawing are divided by the binaries measured distance. This gives a relative number, for each point, which the program can use.

The program next searches for the other 9 stars by first matching their angles then dividing their distances to Sol by the binaries recorded distance. If these number are the same, within a certain percentage, to that measured it has a match. If the program finds a minimum of 6 points matching, regardless of how many stars there may be per point, it saves the necessary information to a file so that I may bring it up on the screen latter. The program then moves on to the next XY plane and repeats the process.

The program initially starts by looking down the Z axis at the XY plane. It then rotates this plane 360 degrees, in 1 degree increments, looking for matches. The X axis is then rotated 360 degrees, in 1 degree increments, and the process repeats. Next the Y axis is rotated 180 degrees, in 1 degree increments, and the first two processes repeat.

The program will search for and display the nonlined stars when viewing the 6 point min., or greater, matches. Match count is always relative to lined stars only. The nonlined stars are bonus matches and are included in the total percent matched.

For each new XY plane the program calculates a number of values, including the XY plane distance and the angle, for each star relative to the point used to represent Sol.


Point 7L produced 93320 six point min. matches. Here the foreground and background position of stars doesnít matter. All thatís of importance is that the angle and distance relative to Sol matches. If the foreground and background position is taken into consideration this number drops to 10299. If only nine point min. matches are looked at you have 2 matches. The greater point matches are included in the lesser matches. Nonlined stars are not included in this, or the following, point counts though the program does display them.

Point 1L produced 3,511 six point min. matches. 325 matches when considering position. 17 seven point min. matches.

Point 2L produced 4,238 six point min. matches. 463 matches when considering position. 24 seven point min. matches.

Point 3L produced 3,222 six point min. matches. 342 matches when considering position. 1 eight point min. match.

Point 4L produced 3,201 six point min. matches. 301 matches when considering position. 10 seven point min. matches.

Point 5L produced 22,842 six point min. matches. 2,183 matches when considering position. 12 eight point min. matches.

Point 6L produced 76,292 six point min. matches. 7,928 matches when considering position. 2 nine point min. matches.

Point 8L produced 25,018 six point min. matches. 2,847 matches when considering position. 12 eight point min. matches.

Point 9L produced 266,552 six point min. matches. 29,597 matches when considering position. 1 ten point min. match.

Point 11L produced 19,820 six point min. matches. 2,532 matches when considering position. 1 nine point min. match.


The program to view these matches is HillView.exe. Itís contained in, 14.4MB. Right click on the link to save the file. The MD5 sum for is e84e451d94e6772a501a0f4fb44bd37f.

This file contains:

1). HillView.exe, the program.

2). 1L.txt, 2L.txt, 3L.txt, 4L.txt, 5L.txt, 6L.txt, 7L.txt, 8L.txt, 9L.txt and 11L.txt which contain the search results for the respective points.

3). stars.txt contains the stars name, alternative name and positional data.


The zip file should be uncompressed into its own folder then run HillView.exe. A file called XLXp.txt is created whenever a point is viewed. This file contains the matches viewed for a particular point. For example, if point 5L is used to represent Sol and you view 7 point min. matches a file called 5L7p.txt will be created listing the matches viewed. The displayed crosshairs always represent Sol.


The following shows the best match found. Use 9L, 9, Wy=89, nothing checked, then press View.

150dpi, HillBest.jpg, 83KB.