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In 2012 verloor ze haar moedige strijd tegen kanker!
In 2011 startte ik deze blog, omdat ik niet mocht stoppen met mijn UFO-onderzoek.
UFO'S - MET HET LAATSTE NIEUWS OVER UFO'S BOVEN BELGIË EN IN ANDERE LANDEN...
UFO's in België en de rest van de wereld In België heb je vooral BUFON of het Belgisch UFO-Netwerk, dat zich met UFO's bezighoudt. BEZOEK DUS ZEKER VOOR ALLE OBJECTIEVE INFORMATIE ww.ufo.be.
Verder heb je ook het Belgisch-Ufo-meldpunt en Caelestia, die prachtig, doch ZEER kritisch werk leveren, ja soms zelfs héél sceptisch...
Voor Nederland kan je de mooie site www.ufowijzer.nl bezoeken van Paul Harmans. Een mooie site met veel informatie en artikels.
MUFON of het Mutual UFO Network Inc is een Amerikaanse UFO-vereniging met afdelingen in alle USA-staten en diverse landen.
MUFON's mission is the analytical and scientific investigation of the UFO- Phenomenon for the benefit of humanity...
Je kan ook hun site bekijken onder www.mufon.com.
Ze geven een maandelijks tijdschrift uit, namelijk The MUFON UFO-Journal.
Since 02/01/2013 is Pieter not only president (=voorzitter) of BUFON, but also National Director MUFON / Flanders and the Netherlands. We work together with the French MUFON Reseau MUFON/EUROP.
5 Ancient Sites Many Believe Were Built By Aliens
5 Ancient Sites Many Believe Were Built By Aliens
The idea that early mankind was influenced by beings, not of Earth has widely spread in modern society.
With the emergence of the so-called Ancient Astronaut Theory, people have started questioning whether it is possible that in the distant past, perhaps tens of thousands of years ago, ancient mankind was visited by otherworldly beings, by spacefaring civilizations, which came to earth and helped instigate humankind.
On Earth, evidence of alien contact is, according to many, vast.
Many ancient sites on Earth defy explanation. For centuries have experts tried unraveling the mysteries how some of these sites were built. Scholars have wondered about how ancient civilizations had the ability to move supermassive blocks of stones, for hundreds of kilometers, from their quarries to the construction sites. They have tired solving the mystery of how they quarried some of these rocks, and with what kind of tools.
The more they searched, the more questions arose.
Since many questions were left unanswered, some people have started wondering whether some of these sites may have actually been built by aliens?
1. Sacsayhuaman—an ancient alien fortress?
Stones at Sacsayhuaman.
Located outside of Cusco is a massive ancient fortress called Sacsayhuaman. This ancient site was built with supermassive stones that have been chiseled and put into place like an enormous jigsaw puzzle. The ancient fortress walls are composed of Andean rocks that weigh more than 300 tons each, and were carried—transported—from more than 50 kilometers away. Furthermore, somehow these massive stones were lifted and fitted into place with laser-like precision.
Many people argue that cutting, transporting and fitting 300-ton-stones is something that the ancients could have achieved, but only with the help of interstellar visitors.
While personally, I believe that the builders of Sacsayhuaman were of terrestrial origin, I believe they had in their possession advanced ancient technologies that allowed them to achieve such incredible feats.
2. Teotihuacan—the city of Gods
A view of Teotihuacan. Image Credit: Shutterstock.
Teotihuacan is a massive ancient city best known for it massive pyramid complex and incredible astronomical alignment.
The city of the Gods was created thousands of years ago, and its design, architecture, and mysterious characteristics have led many people to believe it was built not by human hands.
One of the most massive structures in Teotihuacan is the Pyramid of the Sun. Interestingly, this structure is also one of the largest such constructions in the Western Hemisphere. Furthermore, the pyramid’s curious alignment is believed to be based on calendrical cycles.
3. The Pyramids of Giza
The Great Pyramid of Giza.
Image Credit: Shutterstock.
How the Pyramids of the Giza plateau were built remains an unsolved mystery. Despite the fact that there is written evidence which explains how some of the blocks were transported to the pyramid, archaeologists really don’t know how the pyramid was built. How did the ancient Egyptians stack the massive blocks of stones? How did they move them as the pyramid grew? What was the true purpose of the pyramid? Why is it that the three main pyramids are aligned with Orion? Why haven’t experts found a mummy inside the pyramid, if it was built as a resting place? Why are there still undiscovered chambers inside it? How is it possible that the builders placed the Great Pyramid at the exact center of Earth’s landmass, more than 4,500 years ago?
All of these questions have led to numerous theories which suggest that the Pyramids were built not by human hands, but by an otherworldly influence.
4. Puma Punku
At a distance of around 45 miles west of La Paz Bolivia we find one of the most magnificent ancient sites on the surface of our planet.
The sheer number of megalithic stones found at Puma Punku are amongst the largest found on the planet. Puma Punku shatters all traditional views on ancient cultures. The incredibly precise stones, precision cuts, and polished surfaces have defied explanation for centuries. The andesite stones used in the construction process of this megalithic site were cut with such precision that they fit together perfectly, and are interlocked with each other without the use of mortar. This ancient site continues to defy the countless theories put forth by mainstream scholars, historians, and scientists. Many people argue that this ancient site was not the product of man, but of the gods who came down from heaven, thousands of years ago.
5. Stonehenge—an ancient alien landing pad?
Located outside of Salisbury we find a massive circle composed of stones, ranging in weight between 30 and 60 tons. Believed to have been built during the Neolithic, this fascinating ancient site inspired great authors like Erich von Däniken to ponder whether it’s a massive model of our solar system and whether it may have been used as a landing pad for alien spacecraft.
Today, modern scholars are still unable to decipher the mystery behind Stonehenge. Experts are unable to figure out how the ancient transported the massive stones, nor why they are positioned like they are.
Featured image credit: Leon Tukker. Freelance concept/environment artist and Illustrator.
Since its epic touchdown on the Red Planet in 2012, Curiosity has driven an 11-mile (18-kilometer) route from its landing site inside Gale Crater to the huge crater’s northern rim. Perched from this vantage point, the rover captured this astonishing panoramic view that not only features the whole enterprising route but also shows much of the crater’s horizon view.
A detailed look of Gale Crater horizon as seen by Curiosity from its “Vera Rubin Ridge” viewpoint.
The component images of the panorama were shot three months ago by the rover’s Mastcam from the northern edge of the Vera Rubin Ridge. Meanwhile, the rover has approached the southern edge of the ridge, examining outcrops along the way.
Clear skies typical of Martian winters allowed the rover to shoot distant details, such as a hill on the northern horizon which was strikingly 50 miles (85 kilometers) away from the rover. The tall mountains you can see surrounding the rover are actually the crater’s walls, some as tall as 1.2 miles (2 kilometers). One can only imagine the size and the force of the impactor that formed the 96-mile basin around 3.8 billion years ago.
Thought your holiday panoramas were cool?
“Even though Curiosity has been steadily climbing for five years, this is the first time we could look back and see the whole mission laid out below us,” said Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
“From our perch on Vera Rubin Ridge, the vast plains of the crater floor stretch out to the spectacular mountain range that forms the northern rim of Gale Crater.” The rover photographed the scene shortly before northern Mars’ winter solstice, a season of clear skies, gaining a sharp view of distant details.
Curiosity’s Mastcam took the component images on Oct. 25, 2017.
In case you notice something weird about these pictures, according to NASA, the panorama “has been white-balanced so the colors of the rock materials resemble how they would appear under daytime lighting conditions on Earth.”
In the annotated version featured below you can see Curiosity’s plotted route from its landing site to Yellowknife Bay (where the rover found evidence of an ancient freshwater-lake environment), all the way through Darwin, Cooperstown, and then Kimberly, Namid Dune, Murray Buttes, Ireson Hill, before crossing the tricky Bagnold Dunes to reach Vera Rubin Ridge.
The Curiosity team received the new images from a relay-link with NASA’s MAVEN orbiter, which beamed back over a gigabit of data in one single relay session — that’s the first time in history that much data has been sent in one go from Mars. And to think, all that data was sent from millions of miles away. Take that, Comcast!
“MAVEN definitely has the potential to move lots of data for us, and we expect to make even more use of it in the future,” said JPL’s Roy Gladden, manager of NASA’s Mars Relay Network Office.
Next, the Curiosity mission is scheduled to drill samples from Vera Rubin Ridge before proceeding to Clay Unit. Curiosity’s drill has been suspended due to a hardware malfunctionsince 2016 so it will be very exciting how the mission pans out.
Aliens zijn al 4000 keer op aarde geland. Steven Greer onthult in tv-interview waarom men dit geheim wil houden
Aliens zijn al 4000 keer op aarde geland. Steven Greer onthult in tv-interview waarom men dit geheim wil houden
Het UFO-onderwerp ligt verscholen onder een mantel van geheimhouding en dat heeft te maken met de technologie waarop deze vliegende voorwerpen zijn gebaseerd. Dat heeft Steven Greer gezegd op RT America.
De financiële kartels eisten vanaf de jaren vijftig dat alle informatie over dit onderwerp geheim zou blijven, omdat ze niet wilden dat mensen erachter zouden komen dat we al heel lang zonder olie en gas kunnen, aldus Greer.
“Het heeft weinig te maken met groene of grijze mannetjes,” zei hij tegen voormalig gouverneur Jesse Ventura. “Het heeft alles te maken met machtsmisbruik.”
Als mensen ontdekken dat we niet alleen zijn zal dat de financiële kartels biljoenen kosten omdat wetenschappers dan gelijk de vraag gaan stellen hoe de aliens hier naartoe zijn gereisd.
Met andere woorden: als naar buiten komt dat UFO’s geen olie of gas nodig hebben stort het systeem van de petrodollar in elkaar en loopt de elite honderden triljoenen aan olie-inkomsten mis.
Greer merkte op dat het leger deze geheimen naar buiten wil brengen, maar dat de inlichtingendiensten en grote corporaties hier een stokje voor steken.
4000 gedocumenteerde gevallen
Op de vraag hoe diep dit gaat antwoordde hij dat zelfs de president, stafchefs en CIA-directeur geen toegang hebben tot de geheime UFO-projecten binnen de Amerikaanse overheid.
Volgens dr. Greer zijn er minstens 4000 gedocumenteerde gevallen waarbij UFO’s op het aardoppervlak zijn geland.
Maar waarom lees je dit dan niet op de voorpagina van alle kranten? “De media zijn onderdeel van het probleem.”
These kind of mysterious objects have also been reported from Spain, Turkey, Australia, Brazil and other countries, last year.
People wonder where these objects came from as they have no markings and they not burn due to friction when they entering into earth’s atmosphere, but according to officials, the three spheres are the fuel tanks of the SL-23 rocket that re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on the same day.
But are these objects really fuel tanks or maybe they are extra-terrestrial in origin?
Le Dr. Hynek fut l'un des scientifiques les plus impressionnants que j'aie rencontré en travaillant sur le projet ovni, et j'en ai rencontré un bon nombre. Il évita de faire 2 choses que certains d'entre eux faisaient : vous donner la réponse avant de connaître la question ; ou immédiatement commencer à exposer ses réalisations dans le domaine de la science. Les scientifiques ne font pas toujours de la science .
Hynek naît le 1er mai 1910 à Chicago (Illinois) de parents tchécoslovaques. Il obtient un B.S. de l'Université de Chicago en 1931, puis un doctorat en astrophysique en 1935, où il rejoint l'équipe de l'observatoire McMillin. Travaillant avec N. T. Babrovnikhoff, Hynek observe Nova Herculis en 1934 et Nova Lacerta en 1936. En 1946 la direction assurée par Emerson McMillin est reprise par Hynek jusqu'à la retraite du professeur Manson. Il occupe à cette époque une double fonction, en assurant également la direction de l'Observatoire Perkins.
Un premier signe
Au printemps 1948, Hynek est recruté par l'USAF pour faire partie de la 2nde génération d'experts du projet Sign :
J'enseignais l'astronomie à Colombus, l'Université de l'Ohio. Un jour 3 hommes — et ils n'étaient pas vétus de noir — sont venus me trouver, envoyés par la base Air Force de Wright Patterson située à Dayton, dans les environs. Je me souviens qu'ils ont commencé à me parler de la pluie et du beau temps, de choses comme ça, et finalement l'un d'entre eux m'a demandé ce que je pensais des soucoupes volantes. Je leur ai répondu que pour moi c'était un ramassis d'absurdités, et ça a paru les mettre à l'aise. Alors ils en sont venus au sujet de leur visite. Ils ont déclaré qu'ils avaient besoin d'un conseil en astronomie parce que leur mission consistait à tenter d'éclaircir ces histoires de soucoupes volantes. Ils disaient avoir besoin d'un astronome pour faire le tri entre les phénomènes liés aux météorites, et autres objets célestes. J'ai pensé que ce serait amusant d'accepter, et de bénéficier d'une classification top secret, et tout le reste.
En tant que spécialiste en astronomie, il est chargé de trier les observations en faisant la part de ce qui revenait aux phénomènes d'origine astronomique. A cette époque, certains membres importants du projet croient à l'origine extraterrestre de certains des objets observés :
Certains participants avaient l'air de considérer le problème assez sérieusement. En même temps, il s'était creusé un fossé important au sein de l'Air Force entre 2 écoles de pensée : d'un côté il y avait ceux qui préparaient sérieusement un rapport d'évaluation destiné au général Vandenberg, mais de l'autre il y avait un groupe d'opposants qui finalement emportèrent le morceau, et les plus motivés furent disséminés dans différents endroits. En d'autres termes, les négatifs avaient eu le dernier mot.
Hynek, lui, demeure plutôt sceptique :
Ma propre participation à ce "Projet Sign" n'avait rien arrangé à cette situation, parce que je pense que la plupart de mes propres évaluations étaient empreintes d'une tournure négative. J'allais chercher très loin des explications naturelles, parfois même quand ça ne tenait pas debout. Je me rappelle ce cas du Canyon de Snake River — je pense que c'est celui-là — où un homme et ses 2 fils avaient vu un objet métallique descendre en tourbillonnant dans le canyon, ce qui avait entraîné un balancement au sommet des arbres. En voulant à toutes fins établir une cause naturelle à ce phénomène, j'ai déclaré que c'était une sorte de remous atmosphérique. Bien entendu je n'avais jamais constaté un tourbillon de ce genre, ni je n'avais au fond une quelconque raison de croire que ça puisse même exister. Mais j'étais tellement préoccupé d'y voir une cause naturelle que j'arrivais à me convaincre qu'il ne pouvait y avoir d'autre explication. Il m'a fallu pas mal de temps pour changer ma tournure d'esprit .
On peut le lire ici ou là proposant des explications triviales à diverses observations, comme celle de Arnold.
En 1951 il assemble un photomètre photoélectrique pour le réfracteur de McMillin. L'année suivante il entâme une recherche sur la scintillance des étoiles le jour dans le cadre d'un "Projet de Vision Astronomique" financé par l'USAF.
En 1952 une vague d'observations va toucher l'Amérique. Dans le cadre du Projet Stork, Hynek est chargé de sonder discrètement ses collègues astronomes au sujet des ovnis, ce qu'il fait du 22 juin au 11 juillet . Cet été-là dans un débat à la conférence de l'American Optical Society de Boston il ridiculise Donald Menzel . En septembre, il fait l'objet d'une enquête discrète du FBI .
En 1956, l'astronome Fred Whipple, de l'Université d'Harvard, engage Hynek en tant que directeur associé du projet Moonwatch. Il est chargé d'organiser le lancement de satellites et la formation des astronomes qui doivent les diriger. Ce travail attire sur lui l'attention des médias et du public. Durant la même période, il est aussi consultant scientifique auprès de l'USAF en matière d'ovnis, pour la simple raison qu'il est l'astronome le plus proche de la base de Wright Field, à Dayton (Ohio). Cette base centralise les recherches ufologique, appelée projet Sign.
A cette époque Hynek interroge formellement une quarantaine de ses collègues astronomes : un peu plus de 10 % indiquent avoir observé des phénomènes inexpliqués .
A partir de 1955, Hynek est occupé à plein temps sur la mise en place d'un réseau de caméras Baker-Nunn, visant à installer 12 stations de repérage de satellites en divers points du globe. Il engage dans ce projet A. "Bud" Ledwith (qui l'avertit de l'affaire de Kelly-Hopkinsville) pour travailler sur les mécanismes d'horlogerie à quartz des chambres photographiques, puis Walter Webb lorsque le réseau est opérationnel 2 ans plus tard, en février 1957.
En 1959 Hynek abandonne son poste à l'Observatoire pour occuper un professorat à la Northwestern University. En 1960, il devient le patron du département — moribond — d'astronomie de l'université d'Evanston (Illinois). Il le réforme et le réorganise totalement, tout en créant un nouveau centre de recherches astronomiques.
Hynek aurait fort fort bien pu passer le restant de ses jours sans se préoccuper des ovnis et du projet Blue Book. Mais cela aurait été compter sans le destin, en l'occurence l'arrivée d'un étudiant français, Jacques Vallée. Depuis sa tendre enfance ce dernier s'intéresse aux ovnis. Vallée fait prendre conscience à Hynek des manipulations dont il a été la victime, ainsi que de celles dont il a été à l'acteur, bien qu'inconsciemment. Un revirement s'opère, et en avril 1963, Hynek écrit dans Yale Scientific Magazine : Le témoin moyen est au-dessus de la moyenne, honnête et sérieux. Aucun examen vraiment scientifique du phénomène ovni n'a été entrepris malgré l'énorme volume de données brutes
Jacques Vallée et Hynek
Hynek et Vallée en 1978 
Un an plus tard en avril 1964, il est amené à enquêter sur le cas Zamora dans le cadre de Blue Book . Ce cas est un de ceux qui marque le plus Hynek qui enquête plusieurs jours pour essayer de trouver le moindre indice qui puisse jeter un doute sur cette affaire. Il n'en trouve pas. Malgré cela, en accord avec le Pentagone, il dicte à Zamora une version éliminant le symbole observé (ci-contre) et la présence des humanoïdes en blanc.
En 1965, Hynek cautionne le premier ouvrage de l'étudiant Vallée, Anatomie d'un Phénomène, et renie ce qu'il avait défendu. Il le fait prudemment, à mots couverts, en redigeant le texte de la 4ème de couverture (un peu plus tard, il écrira la préface du 2nd ouvrage de Vallée, co-écrit avec son épouse Janine).
Le 8 novembre, il déclare : Au lieu d'enquêter sur les apparitions d'ovnis, on ferait mieux d'enquêter sur les gens qui les signalent.
Hillsdale ou le revirement
Hynek et Robert Taylor à Hillsdale en mars 1966
Quelques mois plus tard, le 21 mars 1966, intervient l'affaire du "gaz des marais", à Ann Harbor, dans le Michigan. Un télex de l'United Press International tombe :
40 personnes, dont 12 policiers, ont déclaré avoir vu un objet étrange qui semblait gardé par 4 vaisseaux d'accompagnement, se poser dans un marais proche, pendant la nuit de dimanche.
Le 23, Hynek est sommé d'expliquer l'incident. A court d'arguments, il évoque le gaz des marais. L'explication ne tient pas debout face aux témoignages et décrédibilise totalement Hynek et l'USAF, qu'il représente alors. La presse en fait ses gorges chaudes. Hynek à la conférence de presse du "gaz des marais" à Détroit, en mars 1966, commentant sur la ressemblance d'une photo d'Adamski avec une couveuse pour poulets.
Hynek à la conférence de presse du "gaz des marais" à Détroit, en mars 1966
Va suivre ce qui va apparaître comme un revirement capital de Hynek. Celui-ci exprime une série de critiques sur la façon dont l'étude des ovnis a été gérée par l'USAF , contrant ainsi Quintanilla, le nouveau chef du projet Blue Book. Il rappelle que des ovnis ont été vus par des scientifiques. Plus tard, il décrira ainsi le projet Blue Book :
J'étais là au [Projet] Blue Book et je sais quel était leur travail. On leur disait de ne pas exciter le public, de ne pas faire de vagues... A chaque fois qu'arrivait un cas qu'ils ne pouvaient pas expliquer — et il y en avait quelques uns — ils y faisaient particulièrement attention, et laissaient çà aller aux médias... Pour les cas très difficiles à expliquer, ils faisaient des pieds et des mains pour en laisser éloignés les médias. Ils avaient un travail à faire, que ce soit bien ou mal, empêcher le public de s'exciter.
Les scientifiques accusés sur les "soucoupes volantes"
CHICAGO, 17 septembre (UPI) — Un astronome de l'Illinois a critiqué ce qu'il appelle l'échec à enquêter sur les rapports persistants d'objets volants non identifiés en dépit du fait que des observations de nombreuses "soucoupes volantes" restent expliquées.
The New York Times, 18 septembre 1966
Le Dr. J. Allen Hynek, président du département d'astronomie de l'Université Northwestern et consultant pour l'Air Force sur le sujet, a cité ce qu'il appelle le phénomène persistant et dérangeant.
Dans une lettre au magazine Science, il appelle à une investigation scientifique pour dissiper 20 ans de confusion.
Il a accusé les scientifiques de ne pas s'intéresser de l'étude des objets par peur d'abîmer leur stature professionnelle. De nombreuses observations peuvent être expliquées par des phénomènes naturels, a indiqué le Hynek, mais un nombre considérable défient l'explication. Le Dr. Hynek a déclaré qu'il était faux de supposer que l'ensemble des rapports étaient le résultat d'hystéries ou crackposts ou de cinglés, ou le produit de personnes peu éduquées ou non fiables.
En 1967, il participe à la 13ème Assemblée Générale de l'Union Astronomique Internationale à Prague, où il a notamment l'occasion de constater le double langage des soviétique au sujet des ovnis. D'un côté le phénomène est nié, mais de l'autre Felix Ziegel commence à appeler de ses voeux une étude multipartite. Hynek s'inquiète d'une avancée secrète des russes sur le sujet .
Le 29 juillet 1968, Hynek participe au symposium sur les ovnis organisé par le Congrès américain. Il y fait une déclaration officielle  reprenant certains de ses articles antérieurs  .
Retour au civil
En 1969 sort le rapport de la commision Condon, que Hynek ne manque pas de critiquer . Le rapport marque aussi la fin de l'implication officielle de l'Air Force dans l'investigation du problème ovni, et Hynek est congédié de son poste de conseiller scientifique du projet Blue Book. A partir du 1er juillet, il ne travaille officiellement plus pour l'armée.
En 1972 Hynek publie son 1er livre sur le sujet , dans lequel il décrit son audition devant le comité O'Brien, sa critique du rapport Condon et du projet Blue Book, la justification que lui demande l'USAF de cette critique, et crée son fameux système de classification des observations d'ovnis.
Hynek fondateur du CUFOS
Convaincu du manque de franchise de l'USAF qui vient de quitter au sujet des ovnis et du besoin d'étudier sérieusement ce phénomène réel, il fonde en 1973 le CUFOS avec son "collège invisible", un groupe de scientifiques anonymes craignant de perdre leur crédibilité et donc leur financements s'il avaient la maladresse d'étudier ouvertement sur le phénomène.
En 1974, il demande à Jacques Vallée de travailler à ses côtés à l'occasion d'un contact avec Bob Emenegger et Alan Sandler. Il publie Nouveau rapport sur les ovnis. En 1975, il publie un article sur les ovnis  dans une revue interne du FBI.
Il devient une sorte de porte-parole des ufologues, notamment en collaborant avec Spielberg pour Rencontres du 3ème Type. Il est conseiller technique pour le film, et vante en cette occasion à Spielberg les qualités de Jacques Vallée, qui servira de modèle pour le personnage joué par François Truffaut. Spielberg rendra hommage à Hynek en le faisant apparaître un instant dans la séquence finale de son film.
Dr J. Allen Hynek dans "Rencontres du 3éme type"
La 1ère fois que je fus impliqué dans ce domaine, j'étais particulièrement sceptique à propos des gens qui disaient avoir vu des ovnis à diverses occasions et complètement incrédule quant à ceux qui déclaraient avoir été à bord de l'un d'eux. Mais j'ai dû revoir mon jugement.
Je me souviens de l'époque de Galileo lorsque j'essayais d'amener les gens à regarder les tâches solaires. Ils se disaient que le Soleil était le symbole de Dieu; Dieu est parfait; donc le Soleil est parfait; donc les tâches ne peuvent exister: donc il n'y a pas à regarder .
Le 27 novembre 1978, il plaide à l'ONU pour une prise en charge sérieuse du problème des ovnis.
En 1979, il publie Aux limites de la réalité, co-écrit avec Jacques Vallée.
En 1984 Hynek il déménage à Scottdale, et confie la direction du centre CUFOS de Chicago à Rodeghier.
En 1985, il s'intéresse au projet Hessdalen (Norvège) et part là-bas suivre les études de lui-même. Il rend des visites fréquentes à Willy Smith, avec qui il développe l'UniCat. Sa dernière visite à Smith a lieu du 20 au 31 août.
Atteint d'une tumeur maligne au cerveau, Hynek doit subir le 5 septembre une 1ère opération chirurgicale. Sa santé va décliner rapidement, et il décède le dimanche 27 avril 1986 au Memorial Hospital de Scottsdale (Arizona).
Auteur de :
Hynek, J. A.: "How to photograph a UFO", Popular Photography, mars 1968, pp. 69-110-112-114
En 1972, J. Allen Hynek publie un ouvrage  dans lequel il publie un système de classement des observations d'ovnis en différentes catégories, indépendamment de l'enquête. Cette classification définit, en fonction de la visibilité ou de la proximité de l'objet, les :
Les Lumières Nocturnes (LN)
Les Lumières Nocturnes (Nocturnal Lights) réprésentent dans le système de classement de Hynek toutes lumières anormales vues à distance dans le ciel nocturne dont la description exclut les possibilités de feux d'avions, étoiles, météores et autres rentrées atmosphériques. Cette catégorie regroupe la plus grande portion d'observations d'ovnis et les événements de plus faible étrangeté ; ils ne fournissent généralement que peu d'information en raison des piètres conditions de visualisation liées à l'obscurité et à la distance. Les NL peuvent être caractérisées par un nombre ou une formation de lumières inhabituelle, une taille ou une forme particulière, des variations de couleur, des traînées bizarres, des halos, etc.
Évidemment, ce qui est observé la nuit, doit 'obligatoirement' produire de la lumière! Voilà pourquoi Joseph Allen HYNEK a choisi cette expression, LN, pour définir tout objet dont le mouvement, la luminosité, la vitesse et aussi parfois la forme, composent les caractéristiques englobant la définition de Lumières Nocturnes (LN).
Généralement observé à de grandes distances de l'observateur, l'OVNI ne ressemblera alors qu'à une masse lumineuse au comportement erratique. Dans cette catégorie, nous retrouvons la plus grande quantité de cas de méprises de la part des observateurs. C'est justement en raison de la distance qui sépare le phénomène de ces derniers qui pourrait représenter le principal facteur problématique.
Aussi, rien n'est plus difficile à estimer et à évaluer dans un ciel noir qu'un objet en mouvement car les objets de référence au sol deviennent alors inefficaces. Finalement, même dans les cas de prises de photographies ou lors de la réalisation d’une bande vidéo, l'absence de calibration de ou des images rend l'identification périlleuse voire impossible. Il ne reste alors que les fonctions de probabilité et d'étrangeté pour classifier la notification, ce qui, nous en convenons, ne nous apprend rien de plus sur la NATURE et l'ORIGINE véritables des OVNI.
Enfin, mentionnons que toute masse d'énergie lumineuse non identifiée sera classifiée dans les LN.
Des exemples de NL sont :
Deux "étoiles" tournèrent chacune autour de l'autre, séparées par des diamètres de 1,5 Lunes ; l'orbite était dans le sens contraire des aiguilles d'une montre une fois toutes les 2 s. La rotation stopaa brusquement, et les lumières restèrent brièvement immobiles. Puis elles commencèrent à s'éloigner l'une de l'autre ; la lumière allant vers le sud s'arrêta mais la lumière allant vers le nord continua, plus vite qu'un avion, bien que plus lentement qu'un météore ; Vues à 21 h 45 le 14 mai 1970 à Bangor (Maine) pendant 2 ou 3 mn par 2 témoins. Signalé par un diplômé du MIT au Centre National pour la Recherche Atmosphérique.
Les Disques Diurnes (DD)
Les Disques Diurnes (Daylight Discs) représentent dans le système de classement de Hynek des objets discoïdaux vus à distance dans un ciel diurne. "Discoïdal" n'est en fait pas limitatif ici, les DD pouvant être caractérisées par des formes diverses, aussi bien celles de cigares, sphères, oeufs, ovales et sources ponctuelles (pouvant d'ailleurs toutes représenter un disque vu à une position différente) que de "soucoupes volantes". Seule une petite portion des observations signalées intervient dans la journée. Des DD ont généralement une couleur prédominante blanche ou argentée, montrent une accélération extrêmement rapide sans bang sonique (ils sont généralement silencieux) et/ou des mouvements particuliers tels que ceux de descente en "feuille morte" ou à l'apparence "d'angle droit" (ou très rapide).
Beaucoup plus rares que les LN, les Disques Diurnes représentent un beau défi pour la recherche sur les OVNI. Habituellement, l'oeil humain est plus facilement en mesure d'évaluer les distances, dimensions, déplacements angulaires entre autres parce que la lumière du jour permet un éclairage complet de la scène et, contrairement aux bâtonnets de l'oeil qui sont les seuls à fonctionner lorsqu'il fait nuit, les cônes entrent aussi en action et permettent de capter les... couleurs! Voilà pourquoi nous voyons surtout en noir et blanc la nuit car l'éclairage n'est pas suffisant pour exciter les dits cônes.
Cette classification visait juste quand HYNEK l'établit dans les années 50, car les phénomènes observés et rapportés mentionnaient presque toujours une forme de type discoïdale ou ovoïde. Ce n'est plus tellement le cas au troisième millénaire. Nous y reviendront plus loin. Il existe quelques variantes de la classification DD, comme OD pour Objet Diurne (référence à OVNI) qui englobe toute les formes géométriques observables. Ainsi, tout objet volant observé le Jour sera classifié comme un OD ou DD.
Des exemples de DD sont :
Disque avec dôme, de 5 à 6 fois le diamètre du Soleil — plat, gris argenté, pas de lueur réfléchie du Soleil, qui était derrière l'observateur. Le disque volait selon une trajectoire stable, directe, approximativement à 1/4 de mile de distance ; il vira vers le haut et accéléra rapidement dans les dernières 2 à 3 s, révélant une zone centrale sombre en-dessous. Vu à 16 h 10 le 11 octobre 1974, à Cloudcroft (Nouveau Mexique), par un astronome professionnel. Signalé à l'étude sur les ovnis de la Société Astronomique Américaine.
Les Rencontres Rapprochées du Premier Type (RRI)
Les Rencontres Rapprochées du 1er type (Close Encounter of the 1st kind ou CE1) représentent dans le système de classement de Hynek les observations d'ovni à distance proche (moins de 150 m/500 pieds) du témoin. Dans ce type d'observation la possibilité de méprise est théoriquement réduite au minimum, l'ovni se trouvant suffisamment près pour être dans le champ de vision immédiat du témoin. Les RR1 impliquent généralement des formes diverses (disques, ovales, sphéres, parfois dômes) en sustentation dans l'air et en rotation. On constate aussi souvent des accélérations rapides en des ascensions ou descentes très raides. Les observations sont presque toujours silencieuses, malgré la proximité de l'observateur.
Toutefois dans ce type d'observation l'ovni n'interragit pas avec l'environnement,
Dans cette catégorie, l'OVNI observé est vu de près bien qu'il n'entre pas en interaction avec l'environnement de manière directe. Certes, il pourra provoquer un choc émotionnel important chez le témoin ou chez les animaux mais cela n'ira pas plus loin. Au-delà de cette distance étalon de 150 mètres, nous parlons alors d'une Rencontre Éloignée du Premier Type (RE I), cette dernière constituant une sous-classe à la première.
Exemples de cas de RR1: 17 avril 1967 à Jefferson City (Missouri)
Les Rencontres Rapprochées du Deuxième Type (RRII)
Les Rencontres Rapprochées du 2ème type (Close Encounter of the 2nd kind, ou CE2) représentent dans le système de classement de Hynek une RR1 interragissant avec son environnement, généralement en laissant des indices physiques de sa présence (traces visibles sur le sol, brulûres où paralysies des témoins), créant des interférences EM (interférant avec l'alimentation électrique, l'éclairage, des moteurs de voiture, la réception TV ou radio). Comme les confirmations radar-et-visuelles, cette catégorie est considérée comme offrant plus de "preuves" concrètes d'un ovni qu'un seul témoignage.
Les RR2 impliquent généralement des formes diverses (majoritairement disques, ovales, sphères, parfois avec des dômes, pieds d'atterrissage, ouvertures, antennes, lumières) en ascension verticale, avec de la chaleur, de la vapeur, des rayons de lumière, en rotation, silencieux ou avec des sons étranges. Les effets constatés peuvent affecter :
le terrain (trace circulaire, ovale, sans forme, brûlure, dépression, déshydratation, laissant parfois la partie centrale intacte, 3 ou 4 empreintes d'appareil, voir empreintes de pas, radioactivité) les arbres et plantes environnants (branches brisées, écrasement, brûlure, plantes fânées) les véhicules environnants (phares, radio, démarrage), les effets disparaissant avec l'ovni ou non (plus rarement peinture brûlée par exemple)
le témoin : nausées, irration des yeux, maux de tête, brûlures, sensation de légèreté, engourdissement, choc, paralysie
les animaux environnants : comportement inhabituel, effraiement Avant 1979 un ufologue recense que 561 cas de type ont été rapportés.
Ces manifestations sont semblables aux premières, mais cette fois il y a des traces sur le sol, des évidences physiques mesurables après coup. La végétation aura été fréquemment aplatie, retournée et, dans quelques cas, brûlée. Des branches d'arbres auront été cassées, de la radioactivité sera anormalement élevée dans l'entourage immédiat de la manifestation; l'aiguille d'une boussole s'affolera indiquant une perturbation du champ magnétique ambiant. Des objets inanimés, tels des voitures, tomberont en panne. Le moteur cale, la radio s'arrête, les phares s'éteignent et une chaleur intense pourra envahir l'habitacle.
Au début, seulement les moteurs à explosion semblaient être affectés par la présence d'OVNI mais nous possédons plusieurs cas bien enquêtés de nos jours, provenant de partout dans le monde, où des moteurs Diesel (injection-compression) ont subi le même sort. De plus, les insectes semblent particulièrement sensibles à la présence d'un OVNI. Leurs chants cessent subitement lorsque l'OVNI se manifeste, et reprennent aussitôt après son départ...
Encore ici, la distance étalon établit demeure à moins de 150 mètres du témoin, au-delà de cette distance, nous parlons d'une Rencontre Éloignée du Deuxième Type (RE II).
Exemples de RR2: Langenburg en 1974 Nort-sur-Erdre (C) en 1987 Voreppe (M) en 1998
Les Rencontres Rapprochées du Troisième Type (RRIII)
Les Rencontres Rapprochées du 3ème type (Close Encounters of the 3rd kind ou CE3) 1 représentent dans le système de classement de Hynek une RR1 ou une RR2 dont on peut voir les occupants. Une variation des RR3 sont les enlèvements, ou RR4.
Ce sont les rapports mentionnant la présence d'entités d'apparence humanoïde, très souvent, dont le comportement donne à penser qu'ils sont les pilotes des OVNI. Toutefois, plusieurs notifications rapportent la présence de ces entités sans qu'il y ait simultanément un OVNI dans les parages? Voilà sans doute pourquoi l'expression humanoïdes ou entités intelligentes non humaines est plus appropriée puisque rien n'indique leur origine, i.e. extraterrestre.
Il va de soi qu'il s'agit ici d'une hypothèse intéressante qu'il faut envisager, au même titre que n'importe quelle autre, mais elle ne doit pas demeurer la seule, car elle n'est certainement pas la meilleure, surtout depuis les avancés récents en matière de la physique quantique, de la physique des cordes, des trous noirs, des univers multiples, dits aussi parallèles (hypothèses en accord avec la physique proposées par Andrei D. SAKHAROV et Stephen W. HAWKING et de nombreux autres).
Encore ici, la distance étalon demeure, par convention établie, à moins de 150 mètres du témoin; au-delà de cette distance, nous parlons d'une Rencontre Éloignée du Troisième Type (RE III).
Exemples de RR3: Flatwoods en 1952 Quarouble en 1954 Chabeuil en 1954 Villas Boas en 1957 John Flaxton en 1963 Wilcox en 1964 Socorro en 1964
Sans engin: Normalement, les RR3 impliquent la présence d'un engin assimilé à l'ovni. Cependant il existe des cas qualifiés de RR3 mais où aucun engin n'est apperçu aux côtés du personnage.
Exemples de RR3 sans engin:
Houston en 1953
LES CAS DE DÉTECTION RADAR OU RADAR-OPTIQUE (RO)
Les cas Radar-Optique ou Radar-Visuels (Radar Visual), représentent dans le système de classement de Hynek un ovni observé simultanément à l'oeil nu et au radar, avec une bonne concordance entre les témoignages. Ces cas impliquent une "preuve" instrumentale de la présence d'ovnis, ainsi qu'une captation quantitative de leurs caractéristiques de vol. Ils sont relativement rares. Cependant les microfilms du projet Blue Book révèlent 29 de ces cas. La littérature ufologique en suggère bien plus.
Il existe deux (2) modes de détection largement connus dans le monde de l'aviation civile et militaire: le premier se dit mode primaire et le second, mode secondaire.Les cas de RV interviennent presque toujours la nuit. Visuellement, ils apparaissent généralement comme une source de lumière ponctuelle ou de forme vague, stationnaire ou se déplaçant à grande vitesse, avec une accélération anormale, des inversions de trajectoire, virages serrés (mais généralement pas "à angle droit").
Exemples d'ovnis radar et visuels:
Rapid City du 5 au 6 août 1953 Lakenheath/Bentwaters du 13 au 14 août 1956 le vol du RB-47 du 17 juillet 1957 Base aérienne de Kirtland le 4 novembre 1957 Vol AF 3532 du 28 janvier 1994
Le MODE PRIMAIRE
Maintenant utilisé par les Forces militaires, le mode primaire assure toutes les détections d'aéronefs qui survolent le pays, quels qu'ils soient et d'où qu'ils proviennent. Cela assure la protection du territoire.
De plus, signalons qu'il n'est pas nécessaire qu'un aéronef possède un transpondeur à bord pour que le radar puisse identifier et placer la présence de ce dernier sur l'écran radar.
Le MODE SECONDAIRE
Pratiquement tous les aéroports civils fonctionnent avec des radars couplés. C'est-à-dire que l'aéronef DOIT posséder à bord, une petite boîte électronique contenant toutes une série d'information relatives à ce dernier, soit sa provenance, sa destination, sa vitesse, son altitude de vol, son plan de vol, le nom de la compagnie qui l'opère, etc. et le radar au sol NE SIGNALERA QUE LES AVIONS POSSÉDANT LEDIT TRANSPONDEUR!
Ceci a pour effet de nettoyer l'écran radar de nombreux autres types d'aéronefs que les contrôleurs n'ont pas obligatoirement la responsabilité de gérer dans l'approche finale de la piste d'atterrissage, ce qui diminue d'autant les risques de tous ordres.
Par exemple, les hélicoptères privés ou les Cessna peuvent atterrir à vue sans obligatoirement être visibles sur les écrans radars. Les pilotes n'ont alors qu'à demander à la tour la permission d'atterrir, ce qui permet d'accélérer la gestion de la circulation aérienne aux heures de pointe.Le résultat d'une telle mesure fait en sorte que les OVNI ne sont pas munis de transpondeurs, et donc, deviennent invisibles de facto sur les radars des centres de contrôles aériens des grands aéroports, d'où l'inutilité pour le public de contacter le centre de contrôle afin d'obtenir une confirmation matérielle de leurs étranges observations dans le ciel.
Mais les centres militaires de Bagotville ou de North Bay (nom de code: ROCC-EAST), rattachés au NORAD à Cheyenne au Colorado, possèdent l'équipement pour suivre à la trace un OVNI dans tout l'espace aérien canadien. Et nous vous faisons grâce ici des satellites en orbite qui eux aussi sont mis à contribution. Mais le public n'a pas et n'aura jamais accès à ce type d'information jugé secret défense.
OVNI-ALERTE suggère plutôt aux témoins éventuels d'une manifestation d'un OVNI de prendre contact avec notre organisme, et de signaler l'observation via son site Internet.
On y ajoutera plus tard d'autres catégories, non explicitement approuvées par Hynek :
Rencontre Rapprochée du 4ème type (RR4):enlèvement du témoin ou autre contact direct, le(s) témoin(s) prétend(ent) avoir été enlevés par les occupants d'un OVNI. Il y a deux types de rencontre RR4 :
Dans une “RR4 de classe 1″, les victimes sont non consentantes et peuvent éprouver une déformation grave de la réalité, des trous de mémoire, des symptômes caractéristiques du traumatisme du rapt tels que la crainte et l'inquiétude, des effets physiologiques comme la paralysie, et une désorientation dans le temps et l'espace. Le cas de l'abduction Hill est le plus célèbre.
Les “RR4 classe 2″sont des événements qui sont techniquement qualifiés d'enlèvement. Il s'agit pourtant de cas où le témoin suit volontairement l'entité.
Rencontre Rapprochée du 5ème type (RR5) : le(s) témoin(s) prétend(ent) être entrés en communication avec les occupants d'un OVNI. Beaucoup d'affabulateurs de la secte New Age prétendent avoir vécu une RR5. Le mystificateur Claude Vorilhon, fondateur de la secte des Raéliens, prétend lui aussi avoir été contacté par des extra-terrestres.
Rencontre Rapprochée du 6ème type (RR6) : Un ou plusieurs témoins (ou animaux) sont tués par un OVNI ou ses occupants. Les cas de mutilations de bétails qui ne trouvent pas d'explications rationnelles sont souvent imputés à une RR6.
Cette classification reste celle encore aujourd'hui la plus utilisée.
Son proche collaborateur Jacques Vallée proposera plus tard un système plus sophistiqué.
Comme d'autres, la classification de Hynek peut parfois être interprêtée comme répertoriant des facettes différentes d'un même phénomène (par exemple la LN ne serait qu'une version éloignée d'une RR3 pour prendre les 2 extrêmes) alors que rien de permet de l'affirmer (plusieurs phénomènes différents peuvent produire ces classes d'observation différentes).
Kuettner, J. P.: Critique de The UFO Experience, A Scientific Inquiry de J. Allen Hynek, dans Astronautics and Aeronautics, journal de l'AIAA, novembre 1973. Home
Leur provenance et la raison de leur présence est de l'ordre de la conjecture ; mais le fait qu'ils soient ici sur cette planète est au-delà d'un doute raisonnable [Hynek]
Nous avons l'habitude de nous informer rapidement au sujet de tout problème scientifique ou technique qui nous intéresse par le biais de livres, journaux professionnels, et résumés de bibliothèques. Pas tant que cela si le problème est la question ovni ! Il est pratiquement impossible d'obtenir des informations de fond factuelles sur cette question sans y consacrer un effort plutôt consommateur en temps. La littérature contient quelques traîtrises scientifiques objectives. Elle consiste en des livres orientés, polémiques ou des observations qualitatives publiées partout sauf dans des journaux scientifiques. L'auteur du livre, The UFO Experience: A Scientific Inquiry, se réfère à cette situation lorsqu'il déclare dans sa préface que "un bon livre" sur les ovnis est nécessaire. Il devrait être honnête sans préjugés ; il devrait être factuel et aussi bien documenté que possible. A l'évidence il a tenté d'écrire un tel livre et il est possible qu'il y soit parvenu.
On pourrait se demander pourquoi Hynek a attendu si longtemps pour dire ce qu'il sait et pense. Après tout, en tant que professeur d'astronomie de la Northwestern University, il a été en relation directe avec l'étude sur les ovnis de l'U.S. Air Force en tant que conseiller scientifique pendant plus de 20 ans, et il en sait sans doute autant sur les ovnis que n'importe quel scientifique dans le monde. Dans son livre les raisons deviennent claires : lorsque Hynek accepte initialement son rôle de conseiller auprès de l'Air Force il décrit ses sentiments comme suit : N'était-ce pas une occasion en or de montrer au public comment... l'application de la logique impersonelle et neutre de la méthode scientifique... pourrait être utilisée pour montrer que les soucoupes volantes étaient les fruits de l'imagination ? On peut se souvenir de sa suggestion du "gaz de marais" comme une possibilité de l'origine de certaines observations. Le livre actuel, cependant, se conclut avec la phrase suivante : Lorsque viendra la solution longtemps attendue du problème ovni, je pense qu'elle ne se révèlera pas vraiment être la prochaine étape dans la marche de la science mais un extraordinaire et complètement inattendu saut quantique. Apparemment Hynek hésita à écrire un livre représentant un tel renversement de considération scientifique, et cela a put lui prendre 20 ans d'implication continue pour se convaincre lui-même que ce livre devrait être écrit. De telles circonstances donnent à son travail une significativité supplémentaire.
Ce livre consiste en 3 parties : 1 - Le phénomène ovni, 2 - Les données et le problème et 3 - Où aller à partir de là ? Le style assez sec de l'auteur et son soucis d'éviter le sensationalisme décevront sans doute les lecteurs recherchant chez l'auteur d'un livre sur les ovnis soit un merveilleux conteur d'histoires. La Partie I enterre définitivement de tels espoirs ; et, à mon avis, aurait pu être plus courte. Le coeur du livre la Partie II, malgré les efforts de l'auteur pour l'éviter, rend la lecture fascinante. Elle contient un condensé de l'information de base sur les catégories spécifiques des observations d'ovnis. C'est ce type de matériau qui a du mal à sortir dans la littérature existante à moins qu'un prenne sur lui de plonger dans 20000 rapports éparses.
Dans les 2 premières parties, Hynek évite avec soin de s'empêtrer avec les auteurs de livres quasi-scientifiques existant dans la litérrature sur les ovnis. Plutôt que d'ajouter aux argumentations échauffées, il ignore simplement la plupart d'entre elles et économise ses munitions pour quelques pillonnages d'artillerie lourde contre 2 cibles qu'il traite dans la Partie 3 - le projet sur les ovnis de l'Air Force et l'étude de l'Université du Colorado.
Hynek livre les catégories d'ovnis suivantes :
1. lumières nocturnes 2. disques diurnes 3. signalements radar et visuels 4. rencontres rapprochées du 1er type (pas d'interaction avec l'environnement) 5. rencontre rapprochée du 2nd type (effets physiques sur l'environnement), et 6. rencontre rapprochée du 3ème type (occupants).
Pour chacune de ces catégories Hynek sélectionne 5 à 12 cas pour une description détaillée. Il fut impliqué personellement dans l'enquête sur certains d'entre eux. Le critère de sélection utilisé par Hynekévalue l'"étrangeté" et la "probabilité," qu'il trace sur une matrice. L'évaluation de l'étrangeté (de 1 à 9) est appliquée après une "recherche des explication physiques possibles," les valeurs les plus grandes étant attribuées aux cas faisant "outrage au sens commun".
Bien plus difficile est l'affectation du coefficient de probabilité car il implique des facteurs subjectifs, dont la crédibilité des témoins. Des jugements doivent être faits sur la fiabilité et l'éducation d'une personne, son comportement lors d'une interview, etc. Hynek n'affecte pas de coefficient dépassant 3 à des rapports ne provenant que d'un seul rapporteur même s'il ou elle a une réputation très solide. En d'autres mots les témoins multiples constituent un prérequis pour un coefficient de haute probabilité.
Les catégories d'ovnis (1) à (5) mentionnées ci-dessus sont évidemment d'étrangeté croissante et on pourrait peut-être s'attendre à ce qu'elles correspondent à une crédibilité décroissante. Etonnamment, ce n'est pas le cas ; nombre des "rencontres rapprochées" portent les plus coefficients de probabilité, un fait noté par Hynek, et une raison pour lui de les traiter à égalité avec les autres catégories. Hynek note également que la "diffusion d'étrangeté" est réduite et qu'il y a un motif de répétabilité permettant une classification. On pourrait mettre en question l'évaluation subjective des coefficients d'étrangeté et de probabilité. En l'absence d'enregistrement et de lecture à partir d'instruments, cependant, on peut douter à juste titre que de meilleurs approches soient concevables aujourd'hui.
Après avoir discuté des cas qu'il sélectionne dans chaque catégorie de types d'ovnis, Hynek fournit des nombres moyens et medium d'observateurs par cas, leurs regroupements professionnels, et une description qualitative de "prototypes". Des extraits de cette dernière pourraient servir d'illustrations :
1. lumières nocturnes : La lumière nocturne typique est une lumière brillante, généralement non ponctuelle, de taille linéaire indéterminée et de couleur variable..., suivant une trajectoire non attribuable à un ballon, avion, ou tout autre objet naturel et donnant souvent l'apparence d'un action intelligente... En ce qui concerne les trajectoires et le comportement cinématique, malgré des exceptions défiant des explications par une physique normale, même en acceptant une large exagération et erreur de jugement, les mouvements rapportés des lumières nocturnes ne semblent généralement pas violer les lois physiques.
2. disques diurnes : Généralement brillant ou luisant..., jaunâtre, blanc ou métallique. Montrant dans la plupart des cas ce que nous décririons de manière anthropomorphique comme un mouvement dirigé "avec but", avec la capacité d'accélérer extrêmement rapidement. Aucun son bruyant... semble être associé aux disques diurnes.
3. Signalements radar et visuels (ce chapitre intéressant contient de nombreux rapports d'observations simultanées par des témoins occulaires et des radar ainsi que des estimations quantitatives de vitesse. Le prototype est décrit comme suit) : L'opérateur radar observe un blip sur son écran qui... ressemble au type de blip donné pour un grand avion, n'est pas le résultat d'un défaut de fonctionnement, et ne ressemble pas à des "phénomènes météo". Une observations visuelle est typiquement une lumière, ou éventuellement une formation de lumières particulièrement peu familières à l'observateur... Les vitesses impliquées sont invariablement élevées, mais des combinaisons de haute vitesse à un moment et de survol stationnaire à un haute ne sont pas rares. Des inversions de mouvement et virages serrés, des virages non brusques à 90 °, sont caractéristiques des cas Radar-Visuels.
Les observations sélectionnées dans ces 3 premières catégories se réfèrent toutes à des objets distants et sont signalées par un pourcentage relativement élevé d'observateurs techniquement éduqués (40 à 60 %). Le nombre moyen de témoins par cas varie de 3,5 à 5,0.
Les 3 catégories suivantes ("Rencontres Rapprochées") concernent les observations situées entre 20 et 500 pieds de distance. De l'opinion de l'auteur la possibilité d'erreur de perception est éloignée dans ces cas à moins que les observateur n'aient souffert de "folie temporaire". Hynek consacre presque 80 pages de son livre aux rencontres rapprochées ; et le lecteur pourrait bien sympathiser avec l'hésitation de l'auteur à présenter ces éléments bizarres. Ces récits de cas illustrent la déconcertation des observateurs et leur difficulté à décrire ce qu'ils ont vécu. Evidemment Hynek a décidé de présenter l'ensemble des aspects observés du phénomène ovni, plutôt que de s'arrêter à un point arbitraire où les choses deviennent trop étranges. La catégorie des "rencontres rapprochées sans effets physiques" montre un nombre moyen d'observateurs par cas de 3,5, dont 35 % sont techniquement compétent. Le prototype est décrit comme suit :
Luminescence brilliante, taille relativement petite (de l'ordre de dizaines plutôt que de centaines de pieds), généralement de forme ovale - parfois surmontée d'un dôme - absence d'ailes, roues, or autres protubérances conventionnelles, et capacité à rester stationnaire et à accélerer très rapidement à de hautes vitesses ... les trajectoires sont largement verticales lorsque les vitesses sont hautes, décollages à 45 ° ou plus semblent être la règle.
La catégorie suivante concerne les rencontres rapprochées avec effets physiques. Hynek liste comme les plus courantes globalement observées les interférences avec le démarrage d'automobiles, les phares et la radio lorsque l'objet est à relativement proche. Il décrit de nombreux exemples, dont 1 implique de 7 cas de mise hors-service de voitures distinctes avec rétablissement automatique intervenant dans les 2 h. Le nombre moyen de témoins par cas est de 4,0 dans ce groupe, mais le pourcentage d'observateur techniquement formés est inférieur à celui du groupe précédent (13 %).
Enfin, Hynek arrive au plus étrange aspect des phénomènes ovnis - aux rencontres rapprochées avec "occupants." Il défend sa décision de ne pas écarter les rencontres d'occupants par 2 arquments. D'abord, elles sont trop nombreuses (plus de 300); et ensuite, il considère qu'on ne peut subdiviser le phénomène ovni, en acceptant certaines parties et en rejetant d'autres. Néanmoins, après une description approfondie de ce groupe d'observations déroutantes, Hynek conclut qu'il préfère laisser reposer le problème ovni sur les prototypes des 5 premières catégories... en gardant toujours à l'esprit qu'il pourra être découvert que les cas humanoïdes sont la clé de du problème dans son ensemble. On doit lire ce chapitre pour comprendre le dilemne de l'auteur.
Dans la 3ème partie du livre, Hynek takes severe issue with l'étude sur les ovnis de l'Air Force ("Blue Book") et le projet de l'Université du Colorado (projet Condon), y compris son approbation par l'Académie Nationale des Sciences. Il retrace l'histoire et les approches prises par ces études et les tient pour responsables du discrédit et du ridicule dont le problème ovni a souffert dans la communauté scientifique et de l'ingéniérie. Son principal reproche à l'étude de l'Air Force est l'incompétence, that against the Condon study prejudice et l'absence de concept scientifique valide. Hynek fait la remarque importante qu'une observation ne devrait être définie comme ovni que si elle reste inexpliquées après un examen technique sévère, alors qu'à son avis l'étude Condon ne requiert que l'observateur l'ait trouvée inexplicable - induisant ainsi beaucoup d'effort dépensé sur des cas sans intérêt.
Dans son dernier chapitre, Hynek suggère un nouveau départ pour l'ensemble du problème ovni. Il recommande une approche statistique afin de définir les paramètres du phénomène. Cela implique un traitement informatisé des données et un accord international sur les formats et le codage. Il propose un "institut" pour l'étude du phénomène ovni qui éliminerait l'approche actuelle strictement privée. Il servirait de point focal national ou international pour la collecte des données et de rapports. Le périmètre d'un d'un institut dépendrait des fonds et du temps disponible pour son équipe.
The UFO Experience représente sans nul doute la meilleure et la plus objective des introductions disponibles sur le problème ovni. Certains lecteurs seront déçus de ne pas y trouver une véritable "enquête scientifique", comme le suggère le titre du livre. Mais une telle enquête nécessiterait des efforts multidisciplinaires et des ressources considerable non accessibles à un scientifique privé. Peut-être aurait-il été préférable que Hynek omette ce sous-titre. Egalement, le traitement du problème de probabilité en chapitre 7 me semble faible. Des survols mineurs dans le livre présentent quelques problèmes ; par exemple, le "tableau probabilité-étrangeté" ne portant aucune légende et semblant incohérent avec le texte en Annexe 1. Ces imperfections peuvent et seront sans nul doute corrigées dans les éditions à venir.
Je vois le livre de Hynek comme un travail courageux rédigé par un scientifique respecté qui admet avoir changé d'avis et considère présenter un problème scientifique important et non résolu. Il ne fait pas de doute que Hynek sera critiqué par ceux qui considère le problème ovni comme "non existant". Un lecteur objectif devrait trouver la richesse d'informations contenue dans ce livre difficile à ignorer. Le même may hold for the international scientific and engineering community. Le livre de Hynek, d'ailleurs, a été traduit en plusieurs langues.
Joachim P. Kuettner, Président, sous-comité ovni de l'AIAA
Rare Cosmic Event: Watch The Super Blue Blood Moon Live Now
Rare Cosmic Event: Watch The Super Blue Blood Moon Live Now
Sky Gazers are you read? The Super Blue Blood Moon is happening right now, and NASA Television and the agency’s website will provide live coverage of the celestial spectacle.
If you don’t have a chance to witness in the sky, fear no more, as NASA has got you covered.
Hawaii and Alaska have the best seats, along with the Canadian Yukon, Asia, and Australia. The western United States, along with Russia, will also be able to enjoy the show.
In contrast, the Atlantic coast of the United States, Europe, most of Latin America and Africa will not be able to see the eclipse. Therefore, tune into NASA’s live stream of the event.
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If the weather conditions allow it, NASA’s broadcast will feature views from different vantage points located at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California; Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles; and the University of Arizona’s Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory.
This is your chance to witness extremely rare cosmic events: a supermoon, a blue moon, and a lunar eclipse at the same time.
A blue moon is the second full moon in a calendar month.
This time it happens to coincide with the perigee of the moon, the point of the orbit in which our satellite is closest to the Earth, which allows a larger and brighter vision than usual.
If you add to this a total eclipse, also called blood moon because of its reddish color, the show is something to remember.
NASA calls it the lunar trifecta, the first blood blue supermoon since 1982, a combination that will not be repeated until 2037.
The lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, the Earth, and the moon are perfectly aligned and the shadow of the planet is projected onto its satellite.
Scientists are ready to measure the sudden drop in temperature on the lunar surface.
During the event, which will last more than an hour, the temperature will drop to38 degrees (100 Fahrenheit), said scientist Noah Petro of the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Petro is in charge of the “Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter”, a spaceship that orbits the moon since 2009.
His team will take special precautions so that the probe does not cool during the eclipse.
Oh and… the moon will be located at a distance of 360,200 kilometers (223,820 miles) at the peak of the eclipse.
Startling and disturbing information relative to how sound can be used as a tool of control and manipulation can be found in the pages of a formerly classified U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency document dated March 1976. Its title: Biological Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation (Radiowaves and Microwaves) Eurasian Communist Countries (you can find it at this link). Written by Ronald L. Adams and Dr. R. A. Williams, of the U.S. Army (and specifically of the Medical Intelligence and Information Agency), it notes in part:
“The Eurasian Communist countries are actively involved in evaluation of the biological significance of radio-waves and microwaves. Most of the research being conducted involves animals or in vitro evaluations, but active programs of a retrospective nature designed to elucidate the effects on humans are also being conducted.”
Of deep concern to the United States military and the intelligence community, was the incredible revelation that the Soviets had developed technology that allowed them to beam “messages” into the minds of targeted individuals. Rather notably, the DIA and the Army concluded that such messages might direct a person to commit nothing less than suicide. Even if the person was not depressed, said Adams and Williams, the technology could be utilized to plunge them into sudden states of “…irritability, agitation, tension, drowsiness, sleeplessness, depression, anxiety, forgetfulness, and lack of concentration.”
The authors added: “Sounds and possibly even words which appear to be originating intra-cranially can be induced by signal modulation at very low average-power densities.” They concluded: “The Soviets will continue to investigate the nature of internal sound perception. Their research will include studies on perceptual distortion and other psycho-physiological effects. The results of these investigations could have military applications if the Soviets develop methods for disrupting or disturbing human behavior.”
When, in the mid-1980s, plans were formulated by the iron-fist regime of then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to base nuclear “Cruise” missiles at strategic military bases in the British Isles, it provoked massive demonstrations on the part of the general public – and particularly at a military establishment called Royal Air Force Greenham Common, a now-closed down installation in Berkshire, England.
As a result of the planned placement of missiles at Greenham Common, a large group of women peace-protesters set up camp outside the base. It wasn’t long, however, before many of the women began to experience a series of disturbing symptoms, including deep depression, overwhelming anxiety attacks, intense migraine-like headaches, alarming losses of short-term memory, and much more of a distinctly mind-destabilizing nature. As a direct result of this alarming and highly suspicious development, theories began to quickly develop and circulate to the effect that the women were being specifically targeted with electromagnetic weaponry, as part of an intensive effort to bring their demonstrations – which had generated a large amount of support – to an abrupt and permanent end.
Then, there’s the matter of New Mexico’s notorious “Taos Hum.” Live Science notes of the hum that it “seems to have first been reported in the early 1990s. Joe Mullins, a professor emeritus of engineering at the University of New Mexico, conducted research into the Taos Hum. Based on a survey of residents, about 2 percent of the general population was believed to be ‘hearers,’ those who claimed to detect the hum.” Those who were able to pick up the hum said it irritated them, provoked stress, and caused panic-attacks and insomnia.
In more recent years, such hums have been heard all around the world. In 2015, the U.K.’s Independent newspaper reported: “In Britain, the most famous example was the ‘Bristol hum’ that made the news in the late 1970s. One newspaper asked readers in the city: ‘Have you heard the Hum?’ and at least 800 people said they had.” Alarmingly, it was revealed that when the humming was at its absolute height, people were affected by intense migraines and even bloody noses. When the humming stopped, so did the side-effects. As for the specific sound, it was likened to a car engine which was “idling,” some distance away from the people affected.
In a 2016 article titled “A Maddening Sound,” writer Colin Dickey detailed a number of such examples, including this one: “Sue Taylor first started hearing it at night in 2009. A retired psychiatric nurse, Taylor lives in Roslin, Scotland, a small village seven miles outside of Edinburgh. ‘A thick, low hum,’ is how she described it, something ‘permeating the entire house,’ keeping her awake.”
Taylor’s initial thought was that perhaps the annoying – almost destabilizing – noise was coming from a factory close by. Maybe a generator. As a result, Taylor decided to do a bit of detective work, checking out the surrounding area, and even hanging out outside the homes of her friends and neighbors, in an effort to try and resolve the mystery. Unfortunately, and although the hum was clearly a real phenomenon, she failed to crack the mystery. Things proceeded to get worse: the hum plagued her during the night – to the extent that she even had hear ears examined by a doctor – who could find no problems at all. She began to suffer from a cross between vertigo and dizziness – to the point that she felt sick. Even the house itself felt as if it was shaking slightly.
In 2011, Andrew Liszewski wrote an article for Gizmodo with an eye-catching title: “Future Riot Shields Will Suffocate Protestors with Low Frequency Speakers.” Sci-fi, this was not. It was all too disturbingly real. Liszewski said: “It’s not the first crowd control tool to use sound waves, but Raytheon’s patent for a new type of riot shield that produces low frequency sound waves to disrupt the respiratory tract and hinder breathing, sounds a little scary.” Many might agree.
Are you tired of NASA, ESA, other space agencies, the military and most governments (does that cover just about everyone?) lying to you about what’s going on in space? Do you think you can do better? You probably can, if the discovery by one amateur astronomer recently is any indication. While listening for spy satellites (and using his real name – a brave fellow), he found a satellite that NASA lost contact with in 2005 and gave up for dead. Something switched it back on and now NASA is suddenly VERY interested in this astronomer’s findings.
On his blog, “Riddles in the Sky: A blog dedicated to observing, mostly classified, satellites,” Scott Tilley reveals that he was actually looking for ZUMA, the mysterious classified spacecraft that may or may not have been launched by SpaceX on January 7th – while SpaceX says it did its job and deployed the satellite, no communications seem to have been made with it … nor have there been any reports of it crashing. Theories range for it being a new stealth satellite that faked its own crash or its mission was brief and it destroyed itself.
On January 20th, Tilley found some unusual non-ZUMA data.
“I noticed a curve consistent with an satellite in High Earth Orbit (HEO) on 2275.905MHz, darn not ZUMA… This is not uncommon during these searches. So I set to work to identify the source. A quick identity scan using ‘strf’ (sat tools rf) revealed the signal to come from 2000-017A, 26113, called IMAGE.”
IMAGE before it was launched (credit: NASA)
IMAGE (Imager for Magnetopause to Aurora Global Exploration) was NASA’s first satellite dedicated to imaging the Earth’s magnetosphere. It was launched in March 2000 and operated flawlessly for over five years until it unexpectedly stopped on December 18, 2005. A Failure Review Board determined that a one-time event (NASA-speak for an unexplained glitch – aliens?) apparently tripped a power controller and turned it off (really?). The report concludes that something could reset the controller and bring the satellite back to life, but it didn’t say what. Gremlins? Aliens? A secret mission by SpaceX?
News of Tilley’s blog post quickly reached NASA and it began to carefully attempt to locate the signal and determine if it’s really IMAGE or something else. (Is anyone keeping track of things out there?) A statement from NASA explained:
“NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, has acquired time on the Deep Space Network (DSN) to focus on the source and determine whether the signal is indeed IMAGE. This process must take into consideration the vintage nature of the spacecraft, and includes locating appropriate software and commands to potentially operate the mission. We will share more information as it becomes available.”
And it surprisingly did. In another statement on January 29th, NASA confirmed the good news that the signal is indeed coming from an newly-awakened IMAGE … and the bad news that:
“The types of hardware and operating systems used in the IMAGE Mission Operations Center no longer exist, and other systems have been updated several versions beyond what they were at the time, requiring significant reverse-engineering.”
In other words, no one kept the floppy disks, ZIP drives or other antiquated media with the software on it to communicate with IMAGE. They’re probably now going through the list of retired engineers to see if anyone wants to come back and work on it. They should demand triple-pay at least.
Never give up
Once the software is updated, NASA will try to turn on the science payload again and see if anything still works. This could be great news since IMAGE was the last mission to study the global impact of magnetic storms.
If that happens, it would be a nice gesture if NASA let Scott Tilley peek into the secret room where the secret ZUMA files are being stored.
There are many facets of the UFO phenomenon, and many types of witnesses who have come forward with their own extraordinary tales. These often get lost in the deluge of such reports and indeed rantings, but sometimes there is a well-know and beloved celebrity who will come forward with their own accounts, theories, and experiences. These particular witnesses and spokespeople have a way of making people listen, somewhat reinvigorating the UFO debate in the process, and certainly one of the most vocal and well-known of these is none other than the popular Canadian-American actor, comedian, producer, screenwriter, musician and businessman Dan Ackroyd. Getting his start on the hit sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live and going on to star in such beloved classics as Ghostbusters, Aykroyd is a well-known name to many people. He also just happens to be a major proponent and researcher of UFOs with some truly bizarre tales to tell.
Dan Aykroyd has never been shy about his intense interest in UFOs, and this seems to be a fascination that reaches all the way back into his childhood. The actor was fist enamored with the phenomenon when he saw a photo of mysterious lights over Capitol Hill from all the way back in 1952, an incident in which fighter planes had apparently been scrambled to chase the fast-moving objects off. This interest was only strengthened when he saw the classic sci-fi film The Day the Earth Stood Still, which he saw as a perfectly plausible scenario. Aykroyd would have the first of his own many close encounters with UFOs in the mid-1980s in upstate New York, when he claims that he woke up in the middle of the night in a panic and told his wife, “They are calling me, I want to go outside.”
He claimed that he had had the irresistible compulsion to go outside, which he credits to voices in his head compelling him to do so. When he did go outside as instructed by the vices in his head he reported that he had seen a pink spiral over the Great Lakes area, and it would turn out that others had had the same urge to go outside at the same time and had seen the same thing.
Aykroyd would go on to become a fairly hard-core proponent of UFOs, and he would eventually make a documentary on his interests, called Dan Aykroyd Unplugged on UFOs, in 2005, and he even served for several years as the official Hollywood representative of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), and he has accrued a vast knowledge of UFO research and lore over the years that would put most UFOlogists to shame. In April of 2010, Aykroyd appeared on the well-known TV show Larry King Live, where the topic was UFOs and Aykroyd appeared as a pro-UFO representative in the debate, among a panel of scientists who had been brought together to discuss the physicist Stephen Hawking’s assertion that any aliens coming from the stars would be certainly malevolent. Aykroyd shared some famous cases of UFO abductions, such as those of Travis Walton and Betty and Barney Hill, and on the show he stated:
They are here, science should accept that they are here and look how they have come from a billion years in the future or the next dimension or wherever they are coming from. They have abducted people.
Aykroyd has appeared on other shows about his UFO beliefs, such as a 2015 episode of The HuffPost Show with host Marc Lamont Hill, where the topic turned to the strange and he talked candidly about the U.S. Air Force’s UFO alleged cover-up and some details about his own personal UFO sightings. When asked if he truly believed in UFOs, Aykroyd answered:
I do, absolutely, and I’m not alone. I have seen four, and I can’t say that they are alien craft and neither can the Air Force. The Air Force has been very interested in this. They don’t deny the existence of these hyperdynamic, super aerodynamic craft. They don’t deny. Their anguish comes in that they can’t tell you. They want to tell you anything but that they are extraterrestrial. Any excuse at all, even if they are unknown or unsolved. The Air Force cannot just come out and admit that there are extraterrestrial beings far in advanced of our culture that have built these machines. They are very interested in what is going on, but like us, they don’t know. I believe that there are probably many species coming and going and that the Air Force is very interested, but they can’t come out and say. Because then you’re going to go, ‘well wait a minute, the parish priest, the cop on the street, the President — you don’t got the power. They’ve got the power!’ You’d have complete breakdown of society.
On the show, Aykroyd went on to give some further details into his own strange UFO sightings, saying:
Two specifically were definitely aerial constructs of some kind. One of them with a light, and one of them dull gray, and they were structures – one of them going very slow, one of them hovering over me. Then there were the two that my wife and friends and I saw – a high altitude sighting many years ago in Martha’s vineyard. Two flying side by side. They were at about 100,000 feet up, and they were going fast.
Aykroyd has also gone on and on about UFOs on his Facebook page, often referencing research and books and talking about his conspiratorial ideas about government cover-ups. He actively plugged the 2014 book The FBI-CIA-UFO Connection: The Hidden UFO Activities of USA Intelligence Agencies on his page, which goes over the vast research done on declassified documents by a physicist named Dr. Bruce Maccabee, who spent thirty-six years at the Naval Surface Warfare Center. Aykroyd would say in a Facebook post of the book thus:
Ex-Naval Surface Warfare employee and physicist Dr. Bruce Maccabee has assembled the most extensively and meticulously researched body of documentary evidence ever compiled on the U.S. government’s genuine interest in the UFO phenomena. The USAF has NEVER denied the existence of these super-performance aerodynamic vehicles. The Air Force’s continued anguish over PUBLIC disclosure is not due to the military’s genuinely admitted reality of these machines’ existence but due to the government’s struggle to categorize the phenomena as being ANYTHING but extra planetary in origin.
Aykroyd also continuously praises and supports the organization called Mutual UFO Network (Mufon), for which he served as a consultant for a few years, and of who which he has said:
Basically, [Mufon are] scientists from all kinds of disciplines that have formed this group to analyze what is real and what is a hoax. Now you could say every one of them is a fake – that footage of 200 whirling white dots in the sky, or the Phoenix Lights [a series of lights seen over Phoenix, Arizona, in 1997] – which 17,000 people saw – the Tinley Park sightings in Illinois, where whole suburbs saw these triangles and wedges go over at three miles an hour. Is it a mass hallucination? If so, why is it appearing on digital cameras and film? They’re coming and going like taxis.
Although Aykroyd takes this research very seriously and can seemingly talk about it nonstop, he is still known to go off the deep end from time to time, to the point that even avid UFO fans might take pause, but which although fringe nevertheless seem just as well thought out as any other theories out there. When asked about why he thinks UFOs are here he has said:
There’s that old theory that humankind and this planet were seen as the centre of the universe. That was thrown away – how could we be so presumptuous? Well, I subscribe to that. I think we are the centre of the universe and that is why they’re coming. They’re visiting because this is the planet that produced Picasso, the atom bomb, penicillin … there are so many advances in science, art and culture. They have technology better than ours, but they didn’t paint like Renoir, they don’t dance like Mick Jagger, they don’t write like Samuel Johnson or William Faulkner. They are envious of us. We have the most beautiful planet – the Rockies, the purple fields of the United States, the Lake District, the Pyrenees, the turquoise seas of the tropics. They don’t have that. They may have gelatinous pools and crystal mountains and they’ve got the technology to flip from planet to planet or dimension to dimension but, you know, Keith Richards didn’t come from there. I think there are possibly some hybrids here. I think many are here for good purposes and want to improve our planet but I think some are here for malevolent purposes. Probably extracting sperm and ova, or taking cow’s lips and anuses for delicacies, being cruel to animals, that kind of thing.
Out of all of this, one of Aykroyd’s more bizarre tales is an incident in which he says he was confronted by the Men in Black, as he was talking to the singer Britney Spears of all people. Just before the cancellation of his TV show Out There, Aykroyd claims that he stepped out of the studio to take a call from Spears, who he had starred beside as her father in the film Crossroads. Britney Spears had called him to ask him to appear on Aykroyd’s old show Saturday Night Live with her, and as he talked he says he noticed a mysterious black car pull up on a nearby street.
Out of the car purportedly stepped a “very tall,” pale man in a black suit, who gave him a “dirty look” before getting back into the vehicle and driving off. Oddly, the producers of the show Aykroyd was filming shortly after were told to stop shooting a show they were making about UFOs, specifically one in which they had been interviewing a Dr. Steven Greer, of the Disclosure Project, who was about to spill tons of testimony of UFO witnesses and supposed insider information. The show never made it to air. It is an odd account to be sure, and one wonders just what in the world was going on here.
It is clear that the comedy great and renowned actor Dan Aykroyd truly believes what he is saying and has the knowledge and conviction to back it up. He talks about it with such enthusiasm that it is difficult not to be somewhat drawn into his world. It may not mean that any of this is true, but it is curious how having some fame can bring one’s views to the masses and get people thinking. The UFO debate has many players, theories, and directions it can go, and when a well-known celebrity opens up in the topic it tends to have wide-ranging effects. Whether any of what Dan Aykroyd says is true or not, it gives us something to think about, and is one more voice out in a sea of voices on the immortal topic of the UFO phenomenon.
Space experts tracking China’s long-defunct Tiangong-1 space station as it makes its final plunge back to Earth say there’s nothing to worry about … the 18,000-pound piece of space junk will burn up in the atmosphere and only small fragments, if any at all, will survive reentry and hit the ground … probably in the ocean. Tell that to people in Brazil and Peru. On the afternoon of January 27th, residents of Acre in northwestern Brazil saw a bright object streak across the sky in broad daylight (6:30 pm local time). Many captured the object on video (here’s one) but no one reported getting any kind of warning beforehand nor any sort of explanation afterwards.
Meanwhile, just across the Peruvian border, residents of the Puno region in southeastern Peru got a better show … and a bigger scare. El Comercio reported that people in Loreto, San Antonio de Putina, Moho and other neighboring areas not only saw the bright object but heard a “loud roar.” Again, no warnings were given and no explanations were forthcoming from local or Peruvian government authorities.
However, Peruvians may have heard about the big meteor huntin Michigan that was paying $20,000 per kilo of meteor matter and decided to go treasure hunting. On the morning of the 28th, another loud roar was heard, but this time it was in the Larancahuani community where hunters found something that was not a meteor but was definitely from outer space.
Near a hole that appeared to be a small impact crater about 30 cm (1 foot) deep, they found (video here) a rounded metallic object measuring about one meter (39 inches) in diameter and 40 kg (88 pounds) in weight. The object had protuberances on the top and bottom, giving it a resemblance to a round top. Those brave enough to get close said it smelled of electric welding, which is the distinct odor of burnt metallic oxides – not surprising if the object just fell from space. Those even braver enough to touch the object said “a sound similar to that which comes from a gas balloon is felt.”
Word of the object spread quickly and representatives of the Center of Interests Aerospace of the FAP (Fuerza Aérea del Perú – the Peruvian Air Force) showed up, declared it to be the “tank of an inoperative satellite that could have origin Chinese, Russian or North American,” turned it over to the army and ordered the local police to block the area in case of radiation. Radiation? That’s not good news for those who thought it felt like a “gas balloon.”
Another explanation circulating among those looking for answers was that the object was a part of a tank from a Russian rocket launched on December 26, 2017. That would have been the strange launch from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan of the Angolan satellite which Russia lost communications with for three days.
Not all residents of Peru and Brazil are satisfied with these explanations and we shouldn’t be either. The number of space launches has increased dramatically recently and incidents of falling space junk have gone up as well. If we can’t get sufficient warning of a falling 18,000 pound space station, what chance do we have with fuel tanks? Tell that to the people who get hit with the objects or are exposed to radiation or harmful chemicals.
Will we ever get sufficient warnings of falling space junk? Do the powers that be care?
Another staple of science fiction and horror movies may become a reality and could ruin any chance of humans landing a spacecraft – manned or otherwise – on the surface of Jupiter’s moon, Europa … one of the planetary bodies in the solar system that is considered capable of sustaining life forms. New research suggests that the surface of this moon is made of fine particles with a lot of air space in-between them. In other words, Europa appears to be covered with quicksand. Calling Indiana Jones!
Researcher at the Planetary Science Institute, led by senior scientist Robert Nelson, were studying the “photopolarimetric properties of bright particles that explain unusual negative polarization behavior at low phase angles observed for decades in association with atmosphereless bodies including asteroids 44 Nysa, 64 Angelina and the Galilean satellites Io, Europa and Ganymede” for a study published in Icarus.
In simpler terms, the polarization of light reflected from a solar system object depends on the reflective material and on the geometry of the surface. The angle from the Sun to Europa to an observer on Earth is called the “phase angle” and any polarization having greater than a 20 degree phase angle is considered positive. It’s lower in Europa’s case, giving it negative polarization. What this means in even simpler terms is that the light reflected off of Europa indicates that its surface material is some sort of extremely fine-grained particles (a fraction of a micron), like fine powdered snow, with void space between them above 95 percent. That combination of fine particles and loose density is the formula for outer space quicksand.
Is this bad news? Fans of The Princess Bride, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Blazing Saddles (movies with memorable quicksand scenes) and 1960s adventure movies (according to a survey by Slate, 3% of them showed someone sinking in quicksand or mud) know the answer. This will be bad news for the Europa Lander planned by NASA for a mission in 2024 … if this surface-skimming, photo-taking robot sinks, there won’t be a Doctor Jones or a fairy tale Giant to save it.
The good news is, science has proven that most movie quicksand is a myth … at least the part about getting sucked in over your head. It’s generally not that deep and you can get out by moving slowly or even by getting on your back and swimming. However, that’s quicksand on Earth. They don’t know yet what they’ll be dealing with on Europa nor if the surface is completely covered with it … that’s highly unlikely.
Quicksand on Europa adds another level of excitement to future missions to Europa … and a great plot line to sci-fi movies until we get there.
OOK IN ONS LAND MENSEN MEEGENOMEN DOOR BUITENAARDSEN ( VIDEO )
OOK IN ONS LAND MENSEN MEEGENOMEN DOOR BUITENAARDSEN ( VIDEO )
Wanneer mensen ooit zijn "meegenomen" door buitenaardsen staan ze vaak daarna heel anders in het leven dan een doorsnee burger die nog nooit iets vergelijkbaars heeft meegemaakt of gezien.
Overal ter wereld gebeurt dit, ook in ons land, en soms resulteert dit alles in een soort deur naar andere dimensies.
Het is de laatste tijd opmerkelijk stil met ervaringen op het gebied van UFO 's en aanverwante zaken in ons land. Niet alleen bij ons, maar wereldwijd lijken er minder waarnemingen te zijn dan de afgelopen jaren.
Ze zijn er daarentegen wel, zoals de volgende opname die enkele dagen geleden werd gemaakt boven een ranch in het Amerikaanse Texas:
Zoals we al vaker schreven, hebben sommige mensen meer UFO waarnemingen dan anderen.
Je hebt mensen die hun hele leven naar de lucht kijken en nooit iets zien, terwijl er anderen zijn die eigenlijk op permanente basis dingen zien en/of telepathisch contact hebben met buitenaardse entiteiten.
Twee van zulke mensen zijn oude bekenden die hier regelmatig voorbij zijn gekomen, Ronald Dekker en Suzan Aksoy.
In een eerder artikel schreven we het volgende over hen:
Zo kwam Suzan er na regressiehypnose achter dat zij zelf als kind diverse keren is “meegenomen”.
Nu hebben ze de onderstaande documentaire gemaakt, Doorways.
Het neemt je mee langs de verschillende aspecten van niet alleen het UFO fenomeen, maar het laat je ook kennismaken met de talloze verschillende realiteiten waarmee wij te maken hebben.
Dat het mogelijk is “om verbinding te maken” met wezens die thuishoren in andere realiteiten en toch op een bepaalde manier onderdeel vormen van ons dagelijks leven.
Hoe alles energie is en dat wij energetische wezens zijn die op ieder moment hun eigen werkelijkheid scheppen, ongeacht of andere mensen ook die beleving hebben.
Bovenstaande is alweer enkele jaren geleden, ze zijn nog steeds heel actief, hebben nog steeds allerlei interessante ervaringen en/of waarnemingen en krijgen nu ook vanuit het buitenland belangstelling.
Het gevolg is het volgende recente interview waar ze vertellen hoe het allemaal begon en wat ze allemaal hebben waargenomen en meegemaakt.
Ook in ons land werd er via een programma van Fliemon enkele jaren geleden al aandacht besteed aan de bijzondere waarnemingen van Ronald en Suzan. Wij schreven daar toen het volgende over:
Aan interesse ontbrak het gelukkig niet. Er is lang de tijd genomen door Filemon om overtuigd te raken. De conclusie met zulk overweldigend bewijs kan geen andere zijn dan dat het erkennen van het bestaan van UFO's en buitenaardsen nog net niet hip genoeg is.
Aangekomen in UFO stad Woerden spraken we ook uitgebreid met Ronald en Suzan, ervaringsdeskundigen op het gebied van UFO's. We waarderen het dat ze beiden bereid waren tijd vrij te maken voor deze opnamen.
Wij danken BNN hartelijk voor de aandacht voor dit onderwerp.
Ja, weet je, er komt nog best wat bij kijken, maar als je eenmaal weet hoe de vork in de steel zit,en hoe en waar je naar moet kijken is het geweldig als je het eenmaal ziet/doorhebt! Zo hebben we al heel wat beelden en foto's geanalyseerd, en we kunnen vertellen dat er zoveeeeeel soorten energieën/ buiten/binnenaardsen etc. zijn., " rassen" waar we ons geen voorstelling van kunnen maken!
Maar goed, we hebben dan ook het vertrouwen dat alles op zijn eigen tijd naar buiten zal komen. Mede door behulp van fijne andere lichtwerkers ; ) Wat ons ooit eens met een channeling is verteld van een ET die doorkwam is dat eenieder zijn instrument pas zou moeten bespelen, als het hele orkest meedoet, anders (zei hij), wordt je alleen maar gehoord door de buren! hahaha Konden we wel om lachen!
En ter afsluiting de door Suzan en Ronald gemaakte documentaire getiteld: Doorways.
UFO Drone Found Crippled In Field On Mountain Of Peru, Jan 27, 2018, UFO Sighting News.
UFO Drone Found Crippled In Field On Mountain Of Peru, Jan 27, 2018, UFO Sighting News.
Date of discovery: January27, 2018 Location of discovery: Laurancahuani, Peru This is an interesting discovery. A metal orb fell from the sky and landed in the mountains of Peru this week. Peru, being a hotbed of UFO activity compared to the rest of the world, leads us all to believe that this is a UFO drone. I agree with this theory. Governments always take these orbs away when they fall, with no clear explanation to what they are, or why they fell from nowhere. How can a UFO orb be harmed? Most likely it was one of two possibilities. One a military radar picked it up, some military radars interfere with the UFOs propulsion, leaving it crippled (you remember Roswell). The other possibility is a lighting strike when its shields are down. Scott C. Waring-Taiwan
On Saturday 27 at 18:30 in the afternoon this fireball was seen in the Peruvian sky fell in the community of Laurancahuani, province of Azángaro in Puno. When approaching the place, the witnesses said that they felt a smell of electrode welding or electric welding, when performing movement a common sound of gas balloon was heard. The sphere has a weight of 40 kilos approximately, its circumference is 2 meters and it has 1 meter height with 5 centimeters. The depth of the impact is 30 centimeters deep and a diameter of 29 centimeters.
One of the oldest UFOs that was recorded on video in the 1950s has brought a surprise at the end. The object in question appears similar and vibrates in the same way as the plane plates that were photographed by Billy Meier.
It was found out – after analysing the videos of Billy Meier – that the UFO’s vibration is equivalent to the magnetic field of the earth. Interestingly, the UFO becomes wholly stable and leaves. In the 1950’s, there was no known technology of a spacecraft equivalent to the magnetic field of the Earth and could manage to float in the air.
Well, if this technology is strange enough, nothing weirder than a spacecraft that can switch from solid to the plasma state and travel at the speed of light in the 1950s.
For the First Time – Images Show Aliens Inside A UFO
For the First Time – Images Show Aliens Inside A UFO
Unbelievable images have surfaced of what is thought by many an alien inside a real extraterrestrial flying craft.
The black and white images apparently show the inside of the UFO wherein you can see the cockpit with seating, control panel and among other things.
An apparent being wearing sunglasses can also be seen. It is said to be a real alien visitor.
Flying Disk Press first published pictures of the human-like alien on February 1.
The book titled UFO Contacts in Italy claims a flying saucer landed on the Adriatic Coast in Francavilla.
Two men reportedly took the photos. They were allegedly allowed into the spacecraft, according to author Dr Roberto Pinotti, 73.
Dr Pinotti said that the UFO had a diameter of 24 metres and the control cabin had 10 metres.
The unusual incidents are claimed to have happened in Italy in October 1957, but until now, the story has never made it out of the country.
Dr Pinotti said that much of the information in this book is being published for the very first time in English.
The book features a different variety of UFO and alien contact cases from Italy, and one of the strangest events is the one from 1957.
It is the only case that includes photographs of the inside of the unidentified flying object.
The now called “The Friendship case” started close to Pescara between 1956 and 1957.
A group of residents is believed to have been making periodic contacts with the human-like alien friends.
He added that these aliens built underground bases on Earth and the most important one in Italy would have been the central zone of the peninsula, near Pescara, along the Adriatic coast.
It is believed that the contact in the area lasted for 20 years.
Sceptics say the case and the pictures are just another hoaxes.
However, publisher Phillip Mantle came into defence saying that Roberto Pinotti is an author, an aerospace journalist, and top Italian scholar in ufology with a degree in sociology and politics at the University of Florence.
Mantle added that Dr Pinotti is the only alive founder of Centro Ufologico Nazionale in Italy, one of the oldest and authoritative private UFO study organisations.
The book UFO Contacts in Italy is scheduled to be published on the first day of February.
In the mid-80s, off southern Yonaguni, in Japan, some divers found amazing underwater stone structures which looked like stairs or balconies. Scientist like marine geologist Masaaki Kimura think these “pyramids” are man-made and that date back to thousand of years ago.
YONAGUMI PYRAMIDS ON TV
Story has been enhanced by History Channel (in the episode “Lost cities of the deep” of Ancient Discoveries series), by Bbc and by Discovery Channel, but the question remains: are they wildlife structures or were they created over the surface by a vanished civilization and then were flooded by ocean beacause of a volcanic eruption or an earthquake?
Yonaguni pyramids consist of a series of stone structures, comprising massive layers, as well as various pillars. They lie at a depth between 5 to 40 meters above the surface. The most remarkable structure was named “turtle” because of its similarity with such an animal.
THE CIRCULATION OF MARINE CURRENTS
Because of very strong marine currents, and a large population of hammerhead sharks, diving in these waters isn't fully safe, but this didn't prevent the area to become the most famous for diving in Japan.
Some scientists think that exactly the strong maring currents, jointly to the natural process of erosion, turned for millenia the ocean floor.
TOO MANY CORNERS AND STRAIGHT EDGES
Yonagumi pyramids would therefore be just part of a rock formation. Other experts continue to believe they were man-made, as would seem to indicate the huge number of corners and straight edges, as witness many photos taken over the years.
Whether this view proved to be correct, would arise louder a second question: why, fromwho and for what purpose were built Yonaguni pyramids. Before even gets the the mythical Atlantis, were they and ancient fortified complex, temples, or a mausoleum?
That may well be a legitimate prescription for future medical patients, thanks to a new kind of radically miniaturized soft robot that can be swallowed, injected, or inserted under the skin. The robot can then move around inside the body to target specific tissues or deliver precise doses of medicine.
Researchers with Germany's Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems unveiled last week details of the tiny robot in a paper published in the journal Nature. Unofficially dubbed the millirobot, it's a flexible, fabric-like robot that can walk, swim, and even carry cargo, despite having no mechanical elements or batteries.
The secret is magnetism. The millirobot, which resembles a very small rectangle of paper about four millimeters in length, is made of an elastic polymer threaded through with magnetic particles. Using existing magnetic-resonance technology, such as an ultrasound machine, doctors can control the movement of the bot inside the human body.
That means the robot can potentially be deployed anywhere that physicians need to deliver a particular drug or other medical material — in the digestive tract, say, or even within the blood stream.
“In the case of digestive or urinary systems, where the current robot could get in with its current size, the robot would be swallowed,” Sitti told Seeker. “For internal organ applications, we would deploy the robot through a small incision, like in the case of laparoscopy. In vascular system applications, we could inject it omto the blood vessels.”
While other ingestible robots have been developed, the millirobot has several advantages over other techniques, according to the research team. Most importantly, the robot is very versatile in its modes of locomotion. Thanks to its biologically inspired design, the millirobot can easily transition from swimming in a liquid to scooting over a solid surface.
“We looked at the physical mechanism of locomotion of soft-bodied caterpillars and jellyfishes and took inspiration from them,” Sitti said. “The result is that our millirobot is a mix of small-scale soft-bodied animals, such as a beetle larva, a caterpillar, a spermatozoid, and a jellyfish.”
Thanks to its biomimetic design, the millirobot has multiple ways to get around, Sitti said. In a video released with the research publication the millirobot is shown inching along like a worm, swimming like a manta ray, and carrying cargo by encircling small objects then rolling them into place.
“After the robot is deployed inside the body, it can be navigated using seven different locomotion methods to reach to the target disease area,” Sitti said. “Then, the robot can deliver drug locally in a controlled dose by using its shape-change control. This can remove possible side effects that some drugs could have and can also improve the drug delivery efficiency and amount control.”
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems
Sitti and his research team have further plans for the millirobot, including possible cancer treatment options and a novel cauterization technique.
“As another medical use very soon, we could heat the robot in the target location remotely — using electromagnetic waves — and the heated robot could stop bleeding in a wound or kill cancer cells locally,” Sitti said.
The researchers hope that their soft robot will some day become a standard option for health care providers, offering a space-age option for non-invasive access to hard-to-reach places.
“Currently it is not possible to access many small regions inside the human body without surgery,” Sitti said. “But our target is to reach such regions non-invasively and conduct diagnostic and therapeutic operations with our soft robots.”
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Incredible Similarities Between Ancient Gods In Unconnected Cultures Hint At Ancient Aliens
Incredible Similarities Between Ancient Gods In Unconnected Cultures Hint At Ancient Aliens
What if I told you that all ancient cultures were somehow connected to each other, thousands of years ago.
Have you ever wondered why there are so many similarities among ancient cultures around the globe? Mainstream scholars maintain how cultures in Africa, America, Europe, and Asia weren’t interconnected in ancient times.
Despite these claims, numerous archeological discoveries suggest otherwise.
Take for example ancient monuments scattered across the globe.
Numerous ancient sites in South America show uncanny similarities in design and construction to monuments erected halfway across the world, in Africa for example.
Are these similarities a mere coincidence?
Or is there a possibility that all of these ancient cultures were interconnected somehow.Is it possible, as some ancient astronaut theorists suggest, that an otherworldly entity influenced ancient civilizations around the globe?
How is it possible that the ancient Olmecs, Aztecs, Egyptians, and cultures as those in New Zealand share depictions of their gods—who came down from heaven—which are nearly identical?
Is this just another example of random cultural spread? Or is it possible there is more to it than we are willing to accept?
Ancient Olmecs and the La Venta Stele 19
A photo of La Venta Stela 19, the earliest known representation of the Feathered Serpent in Mesoamerica.
‘La Venta’ stele 19 offers the earliest known representation of the Feathered Serpent in Mesoamerica. The feathered serpent was known across ancient cultures in Mexico as either Kukulkan or Quetzalcoatl. This God is said to have arrived from the heavens, and brought great knowledge to ancient cultures.
La Venta is an ancient archaeological site that belonged to the ancient Olmec Civilization. Curiously, the Olmecs were one of the first civilizations to develop in the Americas.
Another depiction of a deity inside of what appears to be a machine?
According to the Maori legend, the god Pourangahua flew on his magic ‘bird’ from his legendary dwelling Hawaiki to New Zealand.
Curiously, according to legend, this ancient god came from heaven, riding a ‘silver bird.’
In fact, if we take a look at one of the oldest Maori prayers we will find its attribution to the God Pourangahua.
“I come, and an unknown earth lies below my feet. I come, and a new heaven turns above me. I come on to this earth, and it is a peaceful resting-place for me. O spirit of the planets! The stranger humbly offers you his heart as nourishment.”
If we compare the depiction of the feathered serpent in ancient Mesoamerica folklore to the God Pourangahua, we find a mysterious connection: both are represented nearly identically.
How is this possible? A mere coincidence?
But there is more…
Let’s travel from ancient Maori legends to ancient Egypt.
Another ancient God depicted in a sort of flying ‘snake.
Image Credit: Pinterest.
There, we will find a mysterious representation of the ancient Egyptian God Hapi.
Referred to as the “father of the gods,” Hapi was the god of the annual flooding of the Nile in ancient Egyptian religion. This ancient Egyptian God symbolized fertility. This ancient Egyptian god also was usually given blue or green skin, which according to scholars represents the water.
Take a look at how he is sometimes depicted. Once again, we have a strange similarity to the feathered serpent in Mesoamerica, and the god Pourangahua, in ancient Maori folklore.
Back to Mesoamerica
Ancient alien theorists propose that it clearly depicts King Pakal in some sort of spaceship during takeoff, and they argue that his hands appear to be manipulating some sort of machinery.
We venture back to modern-day Mexico where we find another curious representation which has aroused the interest of ancient astronaut theorists: King Pakal.
The sarcophagus of king K’inich Janaab’ Pakal or more commonly known as King Pakal is one of the most talked about subjects when it comes to the ancient alien theory. The sarcophagus lid of this great Maya rulers has some pretty curious depictions.
Ancient alien theorists propose that it depicts King Pakal in some kind of spaceship during takeoff, and they argue that his hands appear to be manipulating some sort of machinery, his foot is located on a pedal while he is breathing through some sort of breathing apparatus. The theory about Pakal’s spaceship was first proposed by Erich von Däniken in his book Chariots of the Gods.
Once again, we see a depiction of a figure inside of some sort of machine.
Astronomers have created the first-ever detailed image of the surface of a giant star, about 530 light-years away and 350 times larger than our sun.
The different colors on the star’s surface correspond to varying temperatures. A star doesn’t have the same surface temperature throughout, and its surface provides our only clues to understand its internals. As temperatures rise and fall, the hotter, more fluid areas become brighter colors (such as white) and the cooler, more dense areas become darker colors (such as red).
An international team of astronomers has produced the first detailed image of the surface of a giant star – named Pi1 Gruis – that’s about 530 light-years from Earth in the constellation Grus (Latin for ‘crane’). It has about the same mass as our sun, but is 350 times larger and several thousand times as bright.
Pi1Gruis is a red giant, a star in the last major phase of life, the researchers said, and resembles what the sun will become at the end of its life in five billion years.
The imaging reveals a nearly circular, dust-free atmosphere with complex areas of moving material, known as convection cells or granules, according to a study published December 20, 2017 in the journal Nature. According to a statement from the researchers:
Convection, the transfer of heat due to the bulk movement of molecules within gases and liquids, plays a major role in astrophysical processes, such as energy transport, pulsation and winds.
The researchers found that the surface of Pi1 Gruis has just a few convective cells, or granules, that are each about 74.5 million miles (120 million km) across — about a quarter of the star’s diameter. Just one of these granules would extend from the sun to beyond Venus.
By comparison, the sun’s surface contains about two million convection cells, with typical diameters of just 930 miles (1,500 km). The vast size differences in the convection cells of these two stars can be explained in part by their varying surface gravities, said the researchers. Pi1 Gruis is just 1.5 times the mass of the sun but much larger, resulting in a much lower surface gravity and just a few, extremely large, granules.
This is the first time that we have such a giant star that is unambiguously imaged with that level of details. The reason is there’s a limit to the details we can see based on the size of the telescope used for the observations. For this paper, we used an interferometer. The light from several telescopes is combined to overcome the limit of each telescope, thus achieving a resolution equivalent to that of a much larger telescope.
In recent years, people have been using the name Blue Moon for the second of two full moons in a single calendar month. An older definition says a Blue Moon is the third of four full moons in a single season. Someday, you might see an actual blue-colored moon. The term once in a blue moon used to mean something rare. Now that the rules for naming Blue Moons include several different possibilities, Blue Moons are pretty common! The next Blue Moon (second full moon in one calendar month) will be January 31, 2018. Follow the links below to learn more about Blue Moons:
Desert Blue Moon from our friend Priya Kumar in Oman, August 2012. Thank you, Priya!
Blue Moon as third full moon of four in a season.
The Maine Farmer’s Almanac defined a Blue Moon as an extra full moon that occurred in a season. One season – winter, spring, fall, summer – typically has three full moons. If a season has four full moons, then the third full moon may be called a Blue Moon.
There was a Blue Moon by this definition November 21, 2010. Another occurred August 20-21, 2013.
It last happened May 21, 2016.
The next seasonal Blue Moon (third of four full moons in one season) will take place May 18, 2019.
This photo was created using special blue filters, too.
In recent decades, many people have begun using the name Blue Moon to describe the second full moon of a calendar month. There was a full moon July 2, 2015. There was another full moon July 31, 2015. So the July 31, 2015, full moon was called a Blue Moon, according to this definition.
The time between one full moon and the next is close to the length of a calendar month. So the only time one month can have two full moons is when the first full moon happens in the first few days of the month. This happens every two to three years, so these sorts of Blue Moons come about that often.
The idea of a Blue Moon as the second full moon in a month stemmed from the March 1946 issue of Sky and Telescopemagazine, which contained an article called “Once in a Blue Moon” by James Hugh Pruett. Pruett was referring to the 1937 Maine Farmer’s Almanac, but he inadvertently simplified the definition. He wrote:
Seven times in 19 years there were — and still are — 13 full moons in a year. This gives 11 months with one full moon each and one with two. This second in a month, so I interpret it, was called Blue Moon.
Had James Hugh Pruett looked at the actual date of the 1937 Blue Moon, he would have found that it had occurred on August 21, 1937. Also, there were only 12 full moons in 1937. You need 13 full moons in one calendar year to have two full moons in one calendar month.
However, that fortuitous oversight gave birth to a new and perfectly understandable definition for Blue Moon.
EarthSky’s Deborah Byrd happened upon a copy of this old 1946 issue of Sky and Telescope in the stacks of the Peridier Library at the University of Texas Astronomy Department in the late 1970s. Afterward, she began using the term Blue Moon to describe the second full moon in a calendar month on the radio. Later, this definition of Blue Moon was also popularized by a book for children by Margot McLoon-Basta and Alice Sigel, called “Kids’ World Almanac of Records and Facts,” published in New York by World Almanac Publications in 1985. The second-full-moon-in-a-month definition was also used in the board game Trivial Pursuit.
Today, it has become part of folklore.
What most call a Blue Moon isn’t blue in color. It’s only Blue in name. This great moon photo is from EarthSky Facebook friend Rebecca Lacey in Cambridge, Idaho.
Which Blue Moon definition is better?
In recent years, a controversy has raged – mainly among purists – about which Blue Moon definition is better. The idea of a Blue Moon as the third of four in a season may be older than the idea of a Blue Moon as the second full moon in a month. Is it better? Is one definition right and the other wrong?
Opinions vary, but, remember, this is folklore. So we, the folk, get to decide. In the 21st century, both sorts of full moons have been called Blue.
There’s one kind of blue moon that is still rare. It’s very rare that you would see a blue-colored moon, although unusual sky conditions – certain-sized particles of dust or smoke – can create them.
Blue-colored moons aren’t predictable. So don’t be misled by the photo above. The sorts of moons people commonly call Blue Moons aren’t usually blue.
For more about truly blue-colored moons, click here.
Can there be two Blue Moons in a single calendar year?
Yes. It last happened in 1999. There were two full moons in January and two full moons in March and no full moon in February. So both January and March had Blue Moons.
The next year of double monthly blue moons is coming up in January and March, 2018 – and then, after that, in January and March, 2037.
Very rarely, a monthly Blue Moon (second of two full moons in one calendar month) and a seasonal Blue Moon (third of four full moons in one season) can occur in the same calendar year. But for this to happen, you need 13 full moons in one calendar year AND 13 full moons in between successive December solstices. This will next happen in the year 2048, when a monthly Blue Moon falls on January 31, and a seasonal Blue Moon on August 23.
Bottom line: A blue-colored moon is rare. But folklore has defined two different kinds of Blue Moons, and moons that are Blue by name have become pretty common. A Blue Moon can be the second full moon in a month. We had that sort of Blue Moon on July 31, 2015, and it will happen again on January 31, 2018. Or it can be the third of four full moons in a season. That’ll be May 18, 2019.
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A new recipe for the search for extraterrestrial life
A new recipe for the search for extraterrestrial life
For most types of life in the universe, oxygen can be a deadly poison. But, strangely enough, it can greatly simplify the search for such a life for astrobiologists. Imagine that you get into a time machine that will not only be able to travel for billions of years, but also overcome light goals in outer space, and everything in order to find life in the universe. Where would you start the search? The recommendations of scientists can surprise you.
At first you will think that life can be similar to our familiar earthly life: grass, trees, frolicking animals at the watering place under the blue sky and the yellow sun. But this is the wrong course of thought. Astronomers conducting a census of the Milky Way planets tend to believe that most of life in the universe exists on worlds revolving around red dwarf stars that are smaller but more numerous than stars like our Sun. Partly because of this abundance, astronomers have to study them with all diligence. Take, for example, the red dwarf TRAPPIST-1, which is only 40 light years away from us. In 2017, astronomers discovered that around it revolve at least seven planets similar to the Earth. A lot of new observatories – led by star NASA, James Webb Space Telescope – will begin work in 2019 and will be able to get acquainted with the planets of the TRAPPIST-1 system, as well as many other planets in red dwarfs in search of life.
Meanwhile, no one knows for sure what you will find by visiting one of these strange worlds in your space-time machine, but if the planet looks like Earth, it is likely that you will find microbes rather than an attractive megafauna. The study, published January 24 in Science Advances, demonstrates that this curious fact can mean for the search for aliens. One of the authors of the work, David Katling, an atmospheric chemist from the University of Washington in Seattle, peers at the history of our planet to develop a new recipe for searching for unicellular life on distant worlds in the near future.
Now on Earth, most of life is microbial, and careful reading of the planet’s fossil and geochemical data shows that it has always been so. Organisms like animals and plants – as well as oxygen, which these plants produce in order for animals to breathe, are relatively new phenomena that have appeared over the past half a billion years. Prior to this, out of four billion years of the Earth’s history, our planet spent the first two billion years as a “muddy world” under the control of methane-fueled microbes, for which oxygen was not a life-giving gas, but a deadly poison. The development of photosynthetic cyanobacteria determined the fate of the next two billion years, and the “methanogenic” microbes were driven into dark places, where oxygen could not reach – underground caves, deep bogs and other gloomy territories in which they live until now. Cyanobacteria gradually greened our planet, slowly filled its atmosphere with oxygen and laid the foundation for the modern world. If you visited our planet in your time machine all these years, then nine times out of ten you would find only a unicellular alga life, and also risk suffocating in poor oxygen air.
This creates a challenge for scientists who hope to use the James Webb telescope (rather than the time machine) to find other worlds with life. Molecules in the atmosphere of the planet can absorb the transmitted light of stars, due to which light stains are formed, which astronomers can detect. The abundance of oxygen in the planet’s atmosphere is one of the most obvious pointers to a possible life, because creating it without biology is not very easy. According to astrobiologists, this highly reactive gas can be a “biosignature”, because in large concentrations it “out of balance” with the environment. Oxygen, as a rule, falls out of the air in the form of rust and other oxidations on metals, and does not hold in the gaseous state, so if there is a lot of it, something – perhaps photosynthetic life – must constantly replenish it. But if we take as an example our planet, astrobiologists admit that oxygen can be the last thing they find – genetics says that complex photosynthesis as a process of producing oxygen was invented by cyanobacteria as an unusual evolutionary innovation that was found only once throughout the long history of the earthly biosphere. Consequently, any hunter of life on other planets will see through the lens of the telescope, most likely an anoxic planet. What other biosignature can such a hunter look for?
Currently, the best way to find the answer is to return to our time machine. Only this time it will be a virtual computer model that plunges into the inaccessible depths of the anoxic past of the Earth (or the real alien world), exploring the possible chemistry of gases in the atmosphere and the ocean that could take place. Using data from old breeds and other models to select the best assumptions about the chemistry of the Earth’s environment three billion years ago, the computer can see obvious imbalances – possible biosignatures. Actually, this was done by Katling, working with Joshua Krissansen-Totton and Stephanie Olson of the University of California at Riverside.
Their “time machine” is a numerical approximation of the huge volume of air trapped in a large transparent box with an open ocean at the bottom of the box; The computer simply calculates how the gases contained in the box will react and mix with the passage of time. In the end, the interacting gases use all the “free energy” in the box and reach equilibrium – when the reaction requires additional energy from outside, as if the soda has run out. Comparing the cocktail of exhausted gases with a lively mixture locked in a box initially, scientists can accurately calculate how and when the atmosphere of the world has been in balance. This approach can reproduce the most obvious example of the atmospheric imbalance that exists in our planet – the presence of oxygen and traces of methane. Simple chemistry shows that these gases do not have to coexist for a long time, but on Earth they coexist, which makes it clear that something on our planet breathes and lives. But for an ancient Earth without oxygen, the model will demonstrate a completely different behavior.
“Our study gives an answer” to the question of how to find an anoxic life on an earth-type planet, says Katling. Most of life is simple – like microbes – and most of the planets have not yet reached the oxygen-rich stage. The combination of relatively common carbon dioxide and methane (in the absence of carbon monoxide) is a biosignature of such a world.
Crissansen-Totton explains in more detail: “The presence of methane and carbon dioxide at the same time is an unusual phenomenon, because carbon dioxide is the most oxidized state of carbon, and methane (consisting of a carbon atom bound to four hydrogen atoms) is the opposite. To produce these two extreme forms of oxidation in the atmosphere is simultaneously very difficult in the absence of life. ” A solid planet with an ocean and more than 0.1% of methane in the atmosphere should be considered as a potentially inhabited planet, scientists believe. And if atmospheric methane reaches a level of 1% or higher, then in this case the planet will not be “potentially”, but “most likely” inhabited. Jim Casting, an atmospheric chemist at the University of Pennsylvania, says that these results are “on the right track,” despite the fact that “the idea that methane can be a biosignature in an anoxic atmosphere is relatively old.” In addition, Katling and his co-authors have found out how their methane signature should behave and how to distinguish it from inanimate sources. According to their model, methane in the atmosphere of an anoxic planet of terrestrial type should usually react with carbon dioxide, which still hovers in the air, mix with nitrogen and water vapor, spilling rain in the form of a heavy mix. Further calculations showed that no abiotic (that is, inanimate) sources of methane on a solid planet can not produce enough gas to interfere with this process – whether volcanic gas contamination, chemical reactions in deep water vents and even asteroids fall. Only a living population of methane-eating bacteria can explain the gas. More importantly, even if the abiotic sources provide enough methane, they will almost inevitably produce a lot of carbon monoxide – a gas that is toxic to animals, but very much loved by many microbes. Together, methane and carbon dioxide, in the absence of carbon monoxide, on a solid planet with the ocean can very well be interpreted as a sign of life independent of oxygen. This is good news for astronomers. The telescope of James Webb will hardly be able to directly determine the presence of oxygen on any potentially inhabited planet that he sees during his mission. As your eyes can see visible light, but do not see radio or X-rays, Webb’s vision is tuned to the infrared spectrum – part of the spectrum that is ideal for studying ancient stars and galaxies, but poorly copes with oxygen absorption lines where they are scattered and sparse . Some scientists express fears that the search for life will have to be postponed until the appearance of other, more capable telescopes. But although Webb can not easily see oxygen, its infrared eyes can perfectly see signs of an anoxic life. The telescope is capable of simultaneously detecting methane, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide in the atmospheres of some planets near red dwarf stars. For example, in the TRAPPIST-1 system.
Still, Webb is unlikely to cope with the most important part of Cutling’s criteria – the determination of the relative amount of each gas – and will not be able to understand, for example, whether methane produces volcanoes or flickering microbes on a single planet. It is unlikely that Webb will find an anoxic biosphere on any planet under the red sun. Another thing is important. Life is more important to look for than oxygen.
UFO SIGHTINGS: A PEACEFUL UNION OR A BATTLEFIELD EARTH?
UFO SIGHTINGS: A PEACEFUL UNION OR A BATTLEFIELD EARTH?
Big government maintains that there are no such things as intelligent alien life forms, while evidence to the contrary abounds. There were 2,625 reported UFO sightings in 2000, 3,069 reported sightings in 2010 and 4,881 in 2017—all listed with the National UFO Reporting Center.
“Behind the scenes, high ranking Air Force officers are soberly concerned about UFOs. But through official secrecy and ridicule, many citizens are led to believe the unknown flying objects are nonsense.”
– Former head of the CIA Roscoe Hillenkoetter, 1960
Friend or Foe?
Considerable speculation exists as to what the future holds when humankind formally meets up with alien races. Who’s to say whether they will be friend or foe.
Here are some interesting facts on the history of UFO sightings from the first “official sighting” and the possibilities of what this all means:
– Private pilot Kenneth Arnold makes the first post-War UFO sighting at Mt. Rainier in Washington State. Arnold reported seeing 9 disc-like objects moving at an estimated 1,200 miles an hour information flying “like a saucer would if you skipped it across the water.” From this incident, the term “flying saucers” was born.
– The historic crash of a “saucer” outside Roswell, New Mexico, grabs the attention of Americans. Newspaper headlines announced the capture of a flying saucer by the army air force.
– Over a period of two weeks, UFOs were sighted by air traffic controllers at Washington National airport and separately by an airline captain over the city of Washington, DC.
– House Committee on Armed Services holds hearing on UFO evidence with an evident purpose of suppressing the subject in a highly controlled presentation. The request for the hearing had been initiated by the House Republican leader (and the future President) Gerald Ford.
– Writer John G. Fuller publishes the book The Interrupted Journey giving the details of Betty and Barney Hill abduction by aliens. Excerpts of the book are published in Look Magazine. This is the first broad introduction to the general public of this phenomenon.
– The US Air Force’s study of UFOs entitled “Project Blue Book” is closed down. Initiated in 1952, the summary of its seventeen-year investigation is aimed at further negating the existence of UFO phenomena.
– While working in the White Mountains, Arizona logger Travis Walton claimed he was abducted by a UFO and underwent rigorous testing by aliens in their ship. His account was later made into the movie, Fire in the Sky (Paramount Pictures) based on Walton’s book, The Walton Experience.
– NASA sent two unmanned space probes into space to explore the outer reaches of our solar system and onward from there to deep space. These were Voyager I (Sept. 5, 1977) and II (Aug 20, 1977). After 40 years, they are over 10 trillion miles from Earth and continue to send data back to NASA daily.
– The first reported account of “crop circles phenomenon” is reported in Alaska near the town of Eagle. In December 1978 a full account of the discovery was published in an article entitled “UFOs Terrorize Alaska” complete with sketches of the UFO “base camp” in Ideal’s UFO Magazine, issue #4. It is the first of many such sightings brought to the attention of the general public.
– Star Trek: The Motion Picture (Paramount Pictures) found Earth under attack by a foreign cloud called V’ger returning to its Creator which turns out to be one of the Voyager space probes returning home after being considerably enhanced by an electronics life form from deep space.
– Unexplained lights and a UFO are observed in the Rendlesham Forest by US Air Force personnel stationed at the Woodbridge RAF Base located in Suffolk, England.
– Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard, the first science fiction main-stream bestseller in two decades, is published. The novel is based on the premise of Earth in the year 3000, after having been overtaken by a ruthless alien race 1000 years earlier. The aliens learned of Earth and its valuable mineral resources from a probe they picked up in deep space that gave directions to Earth.
– Linda Cortile is abducted through the window of her New York apartment, an event that is witnessed by several people from the Brooklyn Bridge.
– Videos were taken of a disk sighted over Mexico City during an eclipse. The event was observed by multiple sources.
– A Titan IV rocket exploded less than a minute after takeoff at a height of 100,000 feet. The official explanation blamed the loss on a rocket motor segment. However, Air Force Colonel Frank Sterling, the Titan IV program manager stated an Air Force video of the launch showed an unidentified object striking the Titan IV just before the explosion.
– Multiple sightings of a “V” shaped cluster of lights above Nevada and Arizona. A CGI rendering of the object created by witness Tim Ley appeared in USA Today.
– The Voyager 1 probe enters deep space with its message to the stars carried on a gold disc while in December 2014 Voyager 2 enters the “heliosheath”—the outermost layer of the heliosphere.
– SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket being tested at Cape Canaveral in Florida exploded. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said the rocket’s explosion was “the most difficult and complex failure we have ever had in 14 years,” and he added his team was not ruling out the possibility of an Unidentified Flying Object (UFO) striking the Falcon 9.
– New York Times bestselling author Jim Marrs, author of Alien Agenda notes in his booklet “Alien Invasion: Is Earth Prepared?”
“It has been noticed that every time a space launch is announced with some innocuous payload, such as parts for the space station or a communications satellite, the launch seems to go off without a hitch. Yet when there is a secret launch, usually only described as military in nature, these often explode or get lost.”
– The US Defense Department’s Advanced Threat Identification Program released a video of a 2004 encounter between two Navy F/A-18F fighter jets and a UFO near San Diego. Navy pilot Commander David Fravor said in an interview, “It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen.” He added he was “pretty weirded out.”
In a Rocky Mountain News interview after releasing Battlefield Earth, the author stated,
“Am I saying an alien invasion is possible? I am saying that the reader should decide. I just wrote the story. Regardless, it is the story of how mankind could survive, and why.”
10 Incredible UFO Sightings On Video! (2 Confirmed And 8 Unconfirmed) - A Look At Evidence Of The UFO Phenomenon
10 Incredible UFO Sightings On Video! (2 Confirmed And 8 Unconfirmed) - A Look At Evidence Of The UFO Phenomenon
This post contains 10 videos of UFO sightings. A collection of mainstream media reports on UFOs. Some thoughts on the UFO phenomenon and a debunking of Neil DeGrasse Tyson's random views on the subject.
Footage taken from a 30-minute live broadcast from yesterday has appears on alien websites amid claims it shows a startled astronaut as two or three unidentified object appear into view. Scott C Waring, editor of ufosightingsdaily.com, posted the footage on his website. He blogged: "When the Russian astronaut sees the two-three UFOs fly in front of him as he holds the GoPro camera, he totally loses it and fumbles to the right trying to pull away from the UFOs and keep his balance. "Also, notice the two brighter UFOs get frightened by his sudden movement and they both make a 135 degree sharp turn, and head downward.
A few mainstream news reports... CNN:Classified UFO documents released Nearly 130,000 pages of declassified Air Force files on UFO investigations and sightings are now available in one place online. UFO enthusiast John Greenewald compiled a database called the Project Blue Book Collection, containing nearly every declassified document from the Blue Book project.
CNN: Secretive program tracked UFOs for 5 years:The now-defunct secretive federal program designed to track unidentified flying objects is facing new scrutiny while some officials deem it a national security priority. CNN's Brian Todd reports.
FBI vault reveals UFO memo: CNN's Brian Todd reports on the most popular document in the FBI's digital reading room: a memo about a UFO sighting.
Ex-UFO program chief: We may not be alone:Luis Elizondo, a former military intelligence official who ran the Pentagon's secret UFO unit, says it is his personal view given all the evidence he's seen that we may not be alone.
Après un Séisme à 7,9, des OVNI ont été observés en Alaska !
Après un Séisme à 7,9, des OVNI ont été observés en Alaska !
Des ufologues affirment que l’Alaska connaît une augmentation surprenante d’observations d’OVNI après que cette région ait subi ses pires tremblements de terre depuis une génération.
Cette présence inhabituelle d’objets volants non identifiés a suscité bon nombre d’inquiétudes. Certains sont persuadés que l’activité extraterrestre et les tremblements pourraient être liés.
Les théoriciens de la conspiration croient que l’Alaska est un endroit privilégié pour les OVNI puisque cet État possède une faible population et beaucoup de terres inhabitées.
Frank Hoogerbeets, basé aux Pays-Bas, prétend être capable de prédire quand les tremblements de terre vont se produire en se basant essentiellement sur les alignements des planètes au sein de notre système solaire.
M. Hoogerbeets explique : « Le tremblement de terre de magnitude 8 en Alaska est un signal d’alarme qu’une activité sismique de plus en plus importante arrive, surtout au cours de la première semaine de mars. »
La vidéo, qui nous intéresse présentement, nous montre des OVNI planer au-dessus de la neige en Alaska après avoir volé dans le ciel.
Un peu plus tôt, un puissant tremblement de terre a frappé une île du golfe d’Alaska, provoquant une menace de tsunami qui a poussé les résidents de cet État américain et ceux du long de la côte sud et de l’ouest du Canada à fuir.
Après quelques heures intenses, l’alerte au tsunami a été annulée, permettant aux gens de rentrer chez eux.
Aucun dégât important n’a été signalé, pas même sur l’île de Kodiak, la terre la plus proche de l’épicentre du séisme de magnitude 7,9.
Pour les habitants de Alaska habitués non seulement aux menaces de tsunami mais aussi aux exercices réguliers, l’alerte, survenue tôt le matin, a déclenché les alarmes de leurs téléphones mobiles et a quelque peu inquiété la population.
Les habitants ont, en effet, été alertés par l’arrivée possible d’un tsunami par un message téléphonique : « Alerte d’urgence. Danger de tsunami sur la côte. Aller sur les hauteurs ou déplacez-vous vers l’intérieur des terres. »
Le séisme de magnitude 7,9 a été enregistré dans l’océan Pacifique à 12h32, à environ 170 miles au sud-est de Kodiak, qui abrite l’une des plus grandes bases de la Garde côtière.
Ailleurs aux États-Unis, l’État de Washington, l’Oregon, la Californie et Hawaï étaient sous surveillance tsunami. Le dispositif a finalement été levé. Les dirigeants du Japon ont dit qu’il n’y avait pas eu de menace de tsunami chez eux.
Les gens ont rapporté sur les médias sociaux que le séisme avait été ressenti à des centaines de kilomètres, ainsi qu’à Anchorage.
Le chef des pompiers de l’Alaska, Eddie Athey, a déclaré que le séisme avait été ressenti comme un râle doux et qu’il a duré jusqu’à 90 secondes.
« Cela a duré assez longtemps pour que vous commenciez à vous dire : ‘J’espère que ça s’arrêtera bientôt parce que ça ne fait qu’empirer’. »
Le tremblement de terre a réveillé le lieutenant de police de Kodiak Tim Putney. Il estime que cela a tremblé pendant au moins 30 secondes :
« Je suis à Kodiak depuis 19 ans, c’est le plus fort et le plus durable tremblement de terre que j’ai jamais ressenti. »
Three-dimensional recordings like those carried by R2D2 in the Star Wars film are closer to reality than you’d think.
Examples of the colour and resolution quality of the images. Image credits Smalley et al., 2018, Nature.
Brigham Young University (BYU) professor and holography expert Daniel Smalley has wanted to recreate the scene ever since we first saw it. And it just goes to show that dreams come true, as a paper he recently published details the method he developed to do just that.
These are the droids you are looking for
“We refer to this colloquially as the Princess Leia project,” Smalley said. “Our group has a mission to take the 3D displays of science fiction and make them real. We have created a display that can do that.”
First of all, however, Professor Smalley notes that the image of Princess Leia we know and love from the film isn’t what people think it is — it’s not a hologram. A 3D image like that, one that floats in the air and can be viewed from every angle is called a volumetric image.
The difference between them is subtle but significant. A hologram scatters light only on a (2D) surface, and if you’re not looking at that surface from the right angle you won’t see the original (3D) image. A volumetric display, on the other hand, has little scattering surfaces spread throughout a 3D space — the same space occupied by the image — so no matter how you’re looking at it, you’re are also looking at the scatters. In short, this means a volumetric image can be seen from any angle and it would still be 3D.
Drawing on photophoretic optical trapping, Smalley and his team devised a free-space volumetric display platform that produces full-color, aerial volumetric images with 10-micron image points by persistence of vision. Since that’s probably really confusing, here’s the team explaining how their device works without all the technical terms:
“We’re using a laser beam to trap a particle, and then we can steer the laser beam around to move the particle and create the image,” said coauthor Erich Nygaard.
“This display is like a 3D printer for light,” Smalley said. “You’re actually printing an object in space with these little particles.”
To showcase their work, the team have 3D-light-printed a butterfly, a prism, the BYU logo, rings that wrap around an arm, and an individual in a lab coat crouched in a position similar to Princess Leia as she begins her projected message. While some of the previous work at BYU have related to volumetric imagery, Smalley’s team is the first to successfully merge color images and optical trapping.
The paper “A photophoretic-trap volumetric display” has been published in the journal Nature.
Scandal hit Mr Clinton asked Webster Hubbell, his associate attorney general, to find out all he could about two of the world's biggest conspiracy theories - that more people than Lee Harvey Oswald were involving in killing his predecessor John F Kennedy, and the US Government has covered up for years the fact that aliens have visited Earth.
According to his memoir Friends in High Places, Mr Hubbell hit a brick wall at every turn.
He was unable to find out anything more about the death of JFK.
Thousands of files made public by the CIA about the death late last year were not handed over.
And, while he was able to get the disclosure of some files on US interest in UFOs, there was no smoking gun evidence that aliens conspiracy theorists are seeking.
Mr Hubble concluded that a "secret government wing" holds all such data, that even the President is not privy to.
Bill Clinton tried to get to the truth of JFK and the UFO myth.
Mr Hubbell wrote that the two tasks given to him by Mr Clinton were to resolve the mysteries surrounding the murder of JFK and to get to the bottom of the understanding of the government on UFO sightings.
His conclusion of a secret government wing appears to tally with the claims of conspiracy theorists, like the Paradigm Research Group (PRG), which campaigns for alien disclosure that there are "unacknowledged special access projects" within the US government, that are not only top secret but not even admitted to.
However, Mr Hubbell was given some information on UFOs from the then CIA chief James Woolsey. Mr Woolsey revealed the agency had run two projects named 'Project SIGN' and 'Project SAUCER' to access whether if UFO sightings were a threat to national security.
The inquiries concluded there was no such threat.
In March 2016 Express.co.uk told how Bill and Hillary Clinton had long intrigued the UFO disclosure movement after making little publicised moves in the 1990s to bring about openness through secret meetings with late billionaire business tycoon Laurence Rockefeller, also an alien truth seeker.
Eindelijk onthult Elon Musk wanneer ’s werelds krachtigste draagraket voor het eerst de ruimte ingaat - HLN.be
Eindelijk onthult Elon Musk wanneer ’s werelds krachtigste draagraket voor het eerst de ruimte ingaat - HLN.be
WETENSCHAP & PLANEETWat is er al veel over geschreven en gezegd, over de superraket van SpaceX. De motoren van de Falcon Heavy werden vorige week al even getest, maar het blijft wachten op de lancering. Elon Musk brengt nu eindelijk duidelijkheid. ’s Werelds krachtigste raket wordt op 6 februari de ruimte ingejaagd - met aan boord zijn rode Tesla.
SpaceX en Elon Musk zitten al jaren op hete kolen, maar op 6 februari is het - eindelijk - zover: de eerste lancering van de Falcon Heavy. Het ruimtetuig had eigenlijk al zijn eerste testvluchten in 2013 en 2014 moeten ondergaan, maar die werden altijd uitgesteld. Ook in november vorig jaar bleef het krachtige broertje van de Falcon 9 aan de grond. De lancering zou vervolgens “ergens in januari” plaatsvinden, maar dat wordt nu dus februari.
Een behoorlijke vertraging dus, omdat SpaceX zich een beetje verslikt had in de ontwikkeling van de nieuwste raket. Liefst 27 motoren moeten tegelijkertijd ontbranden en dat blijkt een huzarenwerkje. Al komen we intussen een stapje dichter. Vorige week nog werden de motoren getest, mét succes. “De raket staat er nog”, klonk het daarna grappend bij Musk.
Wat de Heavy nu zo speciaal maakt? SpaceX heeft eerder al met zijn Falcon 9 de commerciële lanceermarkt op zijn kop gezet. Zijn sterkere broertje doet meer en wil de komende twee jaar ruimtetoeristen naar de maan en Mars laten vliegen. De nieuwste uitvinding kan bijgevolg meer gewicht de ruimte insturen door de twee extra stuwmotoren. En dat maakt het ook mogelijk grote, commerciële satellieten mee te sturen. De Falcon Heavy wordt zo de krachtigste raket sinds de maanraket Saturn V, die sinds 1973 niet meer heeft gevlogen. En heeft meer dan tweemaal de vrachtcapaciteit van de krachtigste raket op de huidige markt (voor de specialisten: de Delta IV Heavy, goed voor 28,8 ton). Volgens SpaceX kan hun tuig 63.800 kilo in een baan rond de Aarde tillen. Op een reis naar Mars zou dat 16.800 kilo zijn.
Met glas champagne
De lancering zal plaatsvinden op het Apollo 39A lanceerplatform op het Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Van dit historische platform werd ook Neil Armstrong naar de maan gestuurd.
Om alles extra feestelijk te maken, stuurt Musk zijn eigen rode Tesla Roadster uit 2009 mee die dan “zeker een miljard jaar” zal kunnen rondzweven in de ruimte. NASA heeft intussen ook tickets verkocht om het evenement ‘live’ te kunnen bijwonen, met glaasje champagne en bijpassende bril, voor het luttele bedrag van 158 euro.
WETENSCHAPBijna een jaar verbleef Scott Kelly in het ruimtestation ISS, terwijl zijn tweelingbroer achterbleef. Allemaal om te kijken wat het met een mens doet, een verblijf in de ruimte.
Je bent bijna een jaar van huis, twee bevoorradingsschepen exploderen, je schoonzus wordt neergeschoten, en je bent vooral vaak de wc aan het repareren. Voor ex-astronaut Scott Kelly (53) was het recordverblijf aan boord van ruimtestation ISS – van 27 maart 2015 tot 1 maart 2016 – toch een ervaring die alle verwachtingen te boven ging. “Toen ik 18 was, raakte ik gegrepen door het boek The right stuff van Tom Wolfe”, vertelt Kelly. “Vanaf dat moment wist ik dat ik astronaut wilde worden.” Net als zijn tweelingbroer Mark, ook astronaut, maakte Kelly vier ruimtevluchten. In totaal verbleef hij 520 dagen in de ruimte – het Amerikaanse record.
Aan het eind van zijn Europese promotietour voor zijn boek Een jaar in de ruimte- een combinatie van biografie en avonturenroman – is Kelly een dag op bezoek in het Nederlandse Space Expo in Noordwijk. “Wij inspireren een nieuwe generatie. Als we nooit op ontdekkingstocht waren gegaan, leefden we nu nog in de jungle.”
De Engelse titel van uw boek luidt Endurance, naar het schip van poolreiziger Ernest Shackleton. Maar een ruimtereis is toch veel minder gevaarlijk en avontuurlijk?
“Dat ligt er maar aan hoe je het bekijkt. Shackleton is mijn held. Maar zijn bemanning heeft alle tegenslagen overleefd. Dat kun je van de ruimtevaart niet zeggen. Bij de marine en bij NASA heb ik veel vrienden en collega’s verloren. Drie van de zeven slachtoffers van de ramp met de spaceshuttle Columbia in 2003 waren klasgenoten van me. Zelf ben je je natuurlijk ook altijd van die risico’s bewust. Maar inderdaad: aan boord ben ik nooit bang geweest, zelfs niet toen de bevoorrading even leek te stagneren. Je weet dat je in geval van nood altijd binnen een dag weer op de grond bent.”
Aan boord ben ik nooit bang geweest, zelfs niet toen de bevoorrading even leek te stagneren
Senator Gabrielle Giffords, de vrouw van uw broer Mark, werd in januari 2011 in Arizona neergeschoten, tijdens uw eerste ISS-missie. Wat zou er gebeurd zijn als Mark op dat moment in de ruimte was?
“Niets. Te kostbaar. Een ruimtemissie wordt alleen afgebroken bij een technische of medische calamiteit aan boord. Allemaal part of the deal. Je weet van tevoren dat je in een situatie terecht kunt komen waarin je geen afscheid kan nemen van geliefden. Gelukkig heeft Gabby het overleefd, maar het was wel een periode met zeer veel stress, vooral omdat je niet echt bij elkaar kunt zijn. Ook in die zin vergt een lange ruimtereis wel wat endurance – uithoudingsvermogen. Niet alleen van de astronaut, maar ook van partner en kinderen op aarde.”
NASA’s ‘Twin Study’ behelsde onderzoek naar de invloed van langdurige gewichtloosheid door uw medische gegevens continu te vergelijken met die van uw tweelingbroer. Wat is daar uitgekomen?
“Dat ik knapper en slimmer ben dan Mark, haha. Maar serieus: het zal nog een paar jaar duren voordat alle resultaten bekend zijn. Wel werd ontdekt dat mijn telomeren, de uiteinden van chromosomen, tijdens de ruimtevlucht langer waren dan daarvoor en daarna. Precies andersom dan verwacht: telomeren worden korter naarmate je lichaam slijt. Interessant allemaal, maar ik verwacht niet dat dit soort onderzoek ooit invloed zal hebben op het bemanderuimtevaartprogramma. Ruimtevaart doe je niet omdat het makkelijk is, maar omdat het moeilijk is. Als het gemakkelijk zou zijn om de ruimte in te gaan, had ik er nooit voor gekozen.”
Astronauten die de aarde vanuit de ruimte zien, ervaren het overview effect: relativering van het menselijk handelen, gekoppeld aan een indringend besef van de kwetsbaarheid van de aarde. Is het moeilijk om dat gevoel vast te houden als je alweer bijna twee jaar terug bent?
“Helemaal niet. Onverschilligheid ten aanzien van klimaatverandering gaat me aan het hart, evenals tegenover oorlogs- en vluchtelingenproblematiek. Ik hoop dat ik kan helpen om die kwesties op de agenda te houden. Ik heb wel even overwogen om de politiek in te gaan, maar in het huidige Amerika bereik je daar alleen iets als je extremistische ideeën hebt of een aartsleugenaar bent.”
Hoe hoopt u dat het ruimtestation ISS over pakweg 50 jaar herinnerd zal worden?
“Misschien niet vanwege het wetenschappelijk onderzoek dat er is uitgevoerd, maar wel als de eerste permanent bewoonde buitenpost van de mensheid in de ruimte. ”Sinds november 2000, toen de eerste bemanning in het ruimtestation arriveerde, is er nooit meer een moment geweest dat alle mensen zich op aarde bevonden. Wat mij betreft zal zo’n moment er ook nooit meer komen. Als we het ISS in 2025 verlaten, hoop en verwacht ik dat er andere permanent bewoonde bestemmingen zijn – een ander ruimtestation of een maanbasis.”
‘Ooit gaan er mensen naar Mars. Niet omdat de aarde onleefbaar wordt of zo – dat is een slecht argument’
En wanneer komt nou eindelijk die one small step op Mars?
“Door de steeds wisselende regeringen valt het voor NASA niet mee om een langetermijnstrategie te ontwikkelen. Maar ooit gaan er mensen naar Mars. Niet omdat de aarde onleefbaar wordt of zo – dat is een slecht argument. Maar wel omdat we als mensheid precies die dingen willen doen die het allermoeilijkst zijn. Of ik een tip heb voor de eerste mensen die zo’n maandenlange reis gaan maken? Doe kalm aan en wees geduldig. Zorg dat je een plan hebt en houd daaraan vast. En bedenk: beter is meestal de vijand van goed genoeg.”
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Ronald en Suzan vertellen over de vele UFO-ervaringen die ze hebben gehad. Luister hier naar hun verhaal
Ronald en Suzan vertellen over de vele UFO-ervaringen die ze hebben gehad. Luister hier naar hun verhaal
Ronald Dekker en Suzan Aksoy zijn door Dan Hohlfeld van Talk is Cheap geïnterviewd over hun UFO-ervaringen.
De oplettende lezer zal het tweetal nog kennen van een item van RTV Rijnmond van enkele jaren geleden. De ervaren UFO-jagers hadden toen een onbekend vliegend object vastgelegd boven Spijkenisse dat vervormde in de lucht.
Volgens Ronald, die als vliegtuigbouwer voor Fokker werkte, en Suzan kan iedereen UFO’s waarnemen, mits mensen zich er maar serieus op instellen.
Enkele jaren geleden vloog er een metersgrote UFO over de woning van het stel. “We vonden het zo bijzonder wat we hebben mogen zien, dat het onderzoeken van het fenomeen eigenlijk een passie is geworden,” klonk het.
Te weinig aandacht
“We hebben dit al zo vaak mogen vastleggen en vinden dat hier te weinig aandacht aan wordt besteed, terwijl het toch iets heel bijzonders is,” aldus het stel.
Als je objecten goed dichtbij wilt halen moet je volgens Ronald de nodige spullen hebben. “Met wegwerpcamera’s lukt het niet meer, het gaat zo snel allemaal.”
Er is een geheime overheid die alle UFO-geheimen bewaart. Dit gebeurde er toen president Clinton toegang wilde
Er is een geheime overheid die alle UFO-geheimen bewaart. Dit gebeurde er toen president Clinton toegang wilde
Toen Bill Clinton president was gaf hij Webster Hubbell, zijn assistent-minister van Justitie, de opdracht om twee dingen uit te zoeken: wie JFK had vermoord en wat de overheid weet over UFO’s.
Hubbell vertelde de president dat de overheidsagentschappen die hij benaderde hem op alle mogelijke manieren dwarsboomden, meldt Salon.
Hij zei ook dat er een geheime overheid is die geheimen bewaart waar zelfs de president geen toegang tot heeft.
In 1993, het jaar waarin Clinton in het Witte Huis kwam, werd de druk op de CIA steeds groter om toe te geven dat het onderzoek had gedaan naar UFO’s.
Uit geheime CIA-stukken bleek dat het agentschap zeer actief was op het gebied van UFO-onderzoek, grote hoeveelheden documenten over UFO’s had verzameld en de Amerikaanse president hier veel over kon vertellen.
Toch bleef de federale overheid volhouden dat er na het Roswellincident geen onderzoek was verricht.
Al gelijk in 1993 ging Clinton gesprekken aan met miljardair Laurence Rockefeller, die resulteerden in het Rockefeller Initiative. Ze probeerden onder meer geheime overheidsdocumenten over UFO’s naar buiten te brengen.
Tijdens een vakantie in augustus 1995 op de Rockefeller Teton Ranch in Wyoming informeerde de 85-jarige miljardair de president over UFO’s.
Niemand weet exact wat er gezegd is, maar Clinton onderzocht indertijd hoe de overheid omging met geheim materiaal.
In maart 1997 zagen duizenden Amerikanen de Phoenix Lights, die uitgebreide media-aandacht kregen.
De mysterieuze lichten werden onder meer gezien door toenmalig gouverneur van Arizona Fife Symington, die zei dat het geen conventionele vliegtuigen waren.
Het is nog altijd niet bekend wat mensen destijds hebben gezien.
Fleet Of UFOs Shoot Past Our Sun On Jan 2018 In Spectacular NASA Image! UFO Sighting News.
Fleet Of UFOs Shoot Past Our Sun On Jan 2018 In Spectacular NASA Image! UFO Sighting News.
Date of sighting: January 25, 2018 Location of sighting: Earths Sun Streetcap1 of Youtube, recently discovered this photo of UFOs in the NASA/SOHO sun photos that are updated every few minutes. He found a fleet of UFOs shooting all in the same direction past our sun. NASA could not and will not ever respond to such inquiries about these UFOs, which only reinforces the fact that they are alien craft, and NASA wants to keep such knowledge secret. Scott C. Waring-Taiwan
Above and below are close ups of the UFOs, but with added shadow only.
Streams of stars infiltrate the Milky Way Galaxy, The Falcon Heavy finally roars into a test-fire, NASA honors the 17 fallen astronauts who gave their lives for space exploration, and the Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse is set to bring a marvelous end to the month of January. These are some of the top stories this week from Space.com.
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1. Falcon Heavy roars
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2. No one claims moonshot $30M prize
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3. NASA GOLD Mission On Track Despite Launch Anomaly
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4. NASA honors fallen astronauts
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5. 'Doomsday Clock' ticks forward
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6. Disco-ball-esque satellite in orbit
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7. Astronauts experience delay during spacewalk
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8. 'Bone glue' space station experiment may help combat osteoporosis
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9. Rest in peace, Ursula K. Le Guin
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10. Star ribbons intercept the Milky Way
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11. Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse is a few days away
See mysterious artifacts found in cave claimed as proof of visitations
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New ancient artifacts discovered in a cave in Mexico are being claimed as evidence extraterrestrials visited Earth about 5,000 years ago.
The finds are weird and a little spooky, with sculptures portraying creatures with large eyes and elongated heads, similar to the popular depictions aliens seen in sci-fi movies. Some other artifacts portray spaceships flying from the Earth’s surface.
A YouTube video is going viral on social media:
The UFOmania channel has not provided any details regarding when and where these sculptures were found. However, it assures these sculptures are very popular among local residents who live near the caves in Mexico.
The video has convinced alien buffs and UFO enthusiasts, and they strongly believe this is solid proof to substantiate that aliens once roamed across our planet. As the video went viral on the internet, people started proposing new theories to explain the artifacts.
A sculptor reportedly found in a Mexican cave appears to show an alien mother and her children
“Incredible evidentiary support of the fact that extraterrestrials have been engaging the human race for a very long time!” posted a user named Jamie Campeau.
Another user named Nelio Anderson lashed out against the authorities for not learning more about the artifacts as they contradict established theories.
“It is disgusting how the scientific community refuses to look at any evidence that contradicts the established theory,” Anderson wrote. “They claim to be scientists but based on their notorious record of making out of place artifacts vanish it is clear that there is a political agenda present. A knowledge filter. As such it is not surprising to see the establishment attack archaeologists/anthropologists/paleontologist and geologists who had the courage and unbiased views to publish these finds.”
Of course, the images also look a lot like another form of extraterrestrial life: demons.
A reportedly ancient sculptor appears to show a humanoid holding a bowl
My cousin went outside to throw away the trash after we finished eating breakfast. He then returns and tells everyone that their are UFO’s outside.
"I observed planes in the air and compared them to what I saw and the objects were much higher. "The objects seemed to hover and remain still. One was slowly moving as the others remained still.
"I was able to observe the UFO’s for close to an hour."
NUFORC said: "Seven observers witness a cluster of at least five tiny white objects that hovered almost motionless in a clear, cloudless sky, for approximately an hour.
"High-quality video footage of the event accompanied the written report.
"Our initial thought was that the objects might have been seagulls soaring in upwelling wind, but the objects do not appear to look, or behave, like birds."
Express.co.uk showed the video to Scott Brando, who runs debunking website Ufoofinterest.org.
He said he believes they were just a group of helium balloons that had been caught on the wind and were slowly rising away.
The second sighting was at 2.30pm, also on January 13, about 90 miles to the south in Carlsbad, California, when five oval or circular orbs were seen.
The witness was testing out new binoculars.
He wrote to NUFORC: "While I was scanning some edges of a few clouds and some contrails looking towards the west over the ocean around 2.30pm, I noticed one very outstanding whitish looking object, between egg and football shaped but sometimes looking more round and other times having more of a top shape.
The cases are being investigated by NUFORC, but Scott Brando says they were balloons and lanterns.
"I had to assume that possibly the changing viewing angle had something to do with shape change although at times the object seemed to either be vibrating or rotating.
"That object suddenly appeared and was very slowly moving towards the ocean and back nearly directly overhead just above where I live.
"As I continued watching I noticed another object moving very slowly, coming directly out of the setting sun direction and moving very slowly in direct horizontal line towards the first object in what looked like a collision course.
"These objects went from a white colour to sometimes a shimmering metallic or reflective mylar look but it wasn't solid looking when it began shimmering it seemed to flash as if it had multiple surfaces.
"As I continued to view the two objects I watched a third that seemed to drop down from above my focus to an altitude similar to the other two objects and north of them again the three manoeuvred back into a horizontal line with quite a bit of distance between each other.
"After that manoeuvre, they then broke the line and moved closer to form a triangular formation and slowly moved out towards the ocean and then back towards my viewing position.
"After watching these slow manoeuvres for some time I noticed a fourth and fifth object materialising or moving from very high in the sky down towards the other objects and as these other two became about the same size as the others they all formed another horizontal line from north to south, evenly spaced, and kept that formation for a short while."
Then, at around 8pm the same day more than 2,000 miles away in Hollywood, Florida, there was another sighting of "numerous orange lights above the coastline," by a law enforcement officer.
The witness said simply: "Numerous orange lights observed moving slowly above the ocean from north to south.
"All lights disappeared simultaneously."
NUFORC was also sent video.
It said: "NUFORC is attempting to determine what the wind direction and velocity were at the time of the sighting, in attempt to rule out the possibility that the lights may have been sky lanterns, or so-called 'Chinese' lanterns."
Chinese lanterns are often mistaken for UFOs as they drift in groups before disappearing as the internal flame goes out.
Mr Brando said the second sighting in Carlsbad was likely to be the same helium balloons travelling south.
He believes the objects seen in Florida were Chinese lanterns and unrelated.
Gloria Heather Dixon, alongside other researchers at the BUFORA, has investigated the area near Cricket St Thomas
Windwhistle Hill on the A30 is a hotbed for supernatural sightings, according to one UFO researcher.
Gloria Heather Dixon, from the British UFO Research Association (BUFORA), has uncovered many tales of "strange lights, sounds, figures and shapes, unusual and eerie phenomena" on the stretch of road between Crewkerne and Chard.
She has connected alleged UFO sightings on the mysterious hill, "named very aptly because of the winds whistling through the tall treetops", with the area's history of highwayman, smugglers, a dead witch and even the devil itself.
Mrs Dixon, alongside other researchers at the BUFORA, has investigated the area near Cricket St Thomas, delving into archives and interviewing those who claim to have witnessed strange goings-on.
Mrs Dixon wrote on the BUFORA website: "A book published in the late seventeenth century referred to a number of mystical reports made during the year 1662 by the people of Chard and Crewkerne.
"Reports of strange visions and incidents have continued to date and according to the literature during the seventeenth and eighteenth Century Windwhistle had a history of highwaymen and smugglers in this area.
"The A30 used to be a coaching route from London to the West Country and highwaymen could hide in the beech trees waiting for the carriages with their cargoes of valuables.
"It has been suggested that the Windwhistle Inn near the summit was the central point for these highwaymen, who would use the wells and caves all around the area to hide their treasures and also the bodies of those they had robbed. The story goes that some skeletons have been discovered in these hideouts."
She also notes that Alan Holt, in his book on East Somerset, comments that Windwhistle Hill itself is haunted by a witch, who was allegedly knocked down by a stage coach many decades ago.
However, her research focuses on one particular interview with a local mother, Kate Walker, who was travelling between Yeovil and Chard with her family when she experienced two strange sightings on the same stretch of road.
Mrs Dixon wrote: "As they came to the top of the hill Kate and her family all observed a huge orange light diffused by cloud, to their left-hand side and at the far end of Windwhistle Hill .
"It seemed to be right beside the road, not very high up, and was partially obscured by cloud, but they did not feel any alarm as there was a power station and pylons further along.
"However, as they drove nearer to the light, it was easier to observe and Kate states it was massive and totally static and very low and bright.
"She describes it as being cigar shaped and vast in size, maybe 200-300 feet, and she estimates the light to be approximately 800-1000 feet above them.
"As they got closer she noticed that the pub on the right hand side of the road, The Windwhistle Inn , was almost in total darkness, except for a light in a small upstairs window."
Mrs Dixon writes that Kate looked up again at the light, which by that time was almost on top of the family.
It is then said that Mrs Walker "lost" around half an hour, a space of time that was unaccounted for in her memory.
Mrs Dixon writes that just a few days after the "puzzling incident", the family encountered another altogether more chilling experience in virtually the same spot.
They are said to have seen two people in front of them, on the left hand verge, with one appearing to be lying down, and the other standing.
She wrote: "Their initial thoughts were that someone had been injured and went to slow down, when to their astonishment, the person standing took one step out in front of them..one foot remained on the grass verge at the roadside and other foot was right over the centre of the road.
"Kate described the figure as being abnormally tall with legs that were horrendously long and thin.
"Her husband swerved to the far side of the road, and around the figure, and they kept on driving and did not look back, they all agreed that there was no one who could possibly have legs that long."
Mrs Dixon also writes that fellow researcher Robert Moore conducted research into this particular area in order to establish whether similar cases have been documented, and he is said to have uncovered observations of unusual lights and an entity over a ten year period at Cricket Malherbie which is within 3km north west of Windwhistle Hill.
She also recounts four different reports in the Yeovil Weekly News .
One witness told of a strange incident experienced by her husband, grandson and herself in 1991, which involved what they perceived as a tall strange figure, which they claim was looking through the farm window followed a few days later by their observations of a 'saucer-shaped object.
Another witness tells of a similar experience to the Walker family on Windwhistle Hill in 1975, which happened to her mother and father.
A third witness tells of a strange experience on Windwhistle Hill whilst driving a lorry either in 1976 or 1977. He claims that his lorry went out of control as though by some "strange force". He felt as though the lorry was hovering over the road whilst he was experiencing this.
Finally, a fourth witness tells of how she and her husband observed a very large unidentified object, silver and shaped like a humming top, near Windwhistle Hill in November 1959. They watched it as though 'hypnotised' from about 23.00 to 09.00 hrs the next morning and for some reason felt unable to tell anyone.
Mrs Dixon writes: "It appears that there is a history of odd occurrences in this area and certainly Windwhistle Hill is steeped in the traditional folklore of strange lights, visions and figures with ghostly highwaymen and galloping horses.
"Tantalising stuff, but is there any substance to all of this? Well, none that can be evaluated in order to give any definitive answers."
In 1999, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would have required across-the-board cuts to most federal agencies and departments, including the Department of Education, which President Clinton learned about as he was about to meet with a delegation of educators. The budget cuts also meant that teachers would probably not be getting any raises, something that irked Clinton to the point where, in an impromptu and unscripted remark, he said, channeling Ronald Reagan’s famous statement, “If we were being attacked by space aliens, we wouldn’t be playing these kinds of games.” Funny how when Ronald Reagan said the same thing to the United Nations, folks commented that Reagan sure knew how to illustrate a point. When Clinton made his statement, Rush Limbaugh thundered into his microphone, “What’s he going to do, arrange one?”
Just three years earlier, while on a trip to Ireland where he was visiting a very troubled Belfast, Clinton read a letter he received from a child named Ryan, who had asked him about what he knew regarding stories of a UFO crash at Roswell, New Mexico. Clinton hadn’t come to talk about UFOs. He was trying to make a point regarding how children can be victimized by political violence. In front of his Belfast audience, Clinton said to Ryan, “No, as far as I know, an alien spacecraft did not crash in Roswell, New Mexico, in 1947.” But then he added, to the delight of his audience, “and Ryan, if the United States Air Force did recover alien bodies, they didn’t tell me about it, either, and I want to know.”
Clinton did want to know, Webster Hubbell, Clinton’s associate attorney general, wrote in his own memoir. As AAG, Hubbell claimed that President Clinton asked him to find out all that he could about two things: who killed JFK and what the government knew about UFOs. He reported to the president after being stonewalled by the relevant agencies that there was a secret government that closely holds secrets to which the president doesn’t even have access.
However, in 1993, the year Clinton was inaugurated, and as pressure was mounting on the CIA to confirm that it had followed UFO stories, Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey “ordered another review of all Agency files on UFOs. Using CIA records compiled from that review, the study he ordered traced CIA interest and involvement in the UFO controversy from the late 1940s to 1990.” The report reveals that despite official statements to the contrary regarding the government’s interest in what happened at Roswell, the air force did, in fact, open up an investigative unit, known first as Project SAUCER and then Project SIGN, to “collect, collate, evaluate, and distribute within the government all information relating to such sightings, on the premise that UFOs might be real and of national security concern.”
The CIA report reveals that the agency followed the air force investigations into UFOs, especially the invasion of Washington, D.C. airspace in 1952, and the reports of pilots and radar operators who said they were seeing images they could not identify and did not seem to represent conventional aircraft. The report continues to explain the nature of CIA involvement in UFO cases over the decades and, without making the point explicitly, implies that despite any official denials, and, moreover, very relevant to the background of George H. W. Bush, the agency was very active in UFO research, had compiled voluminous files on UFOs, and had much to share with any American president, should the DCI have reason to do so. The report must have been a real eye-opener to President Clinton, not so much because of what truths behind cases it revealed or did not reveal, but simply that the files that the president had dispatched Webster Hubbell to locate, files that Hubbell said had been kept from him, now, albeit sanitized, were available to him.
According to Jon Austin in the UK’s Express, as far back as Bill Clinton’s first term in office in 1993, Hillary Clinton was talking up UFOs with Laurence Rockefeller, who funded initiatives to research UFOs almost as a way to counter what the Condon Report had argued as well as making its own case for the study of the possibility of extraterrestrial visitations.
“From early 1993 the businessman began a lengthy approach to Bill Clinton for disclosure, including files held by the CIA, in what became the Rockefeller Initiative.” Further, Austin writes, “During the Clinton family seven-day vacation in August 1995 at the Rockefeller Teton Ranch outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the 85-year-old billionaire privately briefed the President and First Lady on UFOs and his hopes.
“No one else knows exactly what was said, but at the time Mr. Clinton, who had a personal interest in UFOs and was frustrated at the lack of information he could glean on it, was carrying out a review of how the Government handled confidential material.” For a scientific review of the Laurence Rockefeller conference on UFOs at Pocantico Hills, the basis for the Rockefeller conclusions about the need to research the UFO phenomenon further, see Peter A. Sturrock’s analysis "The UFO Enigma," in which Rockefeller himself explains the purpose of his initiative.
The Clinton perspective on UFOs, however, took a dramatic turn in March 1997, the time of the Phoenix Lights, the arrival of the Hale-Bopp comet, and the Heaven’s Gate mass suicide, when President Clinton himself would become involved in the most media covered UFO appearance since the 1952 invasion over Washington, D.C.
The Phoenix Lights
On March 13, 1997, the stage was set for thousands of witnesses across the southwest scanning the sky for the appearance of the Hale-Bopp comet — for comet watchers, a once-in-a-lifetime event. But it wasn’t just a comet that residents of Phoenix saw on that warm March night. The story actually began before 8:30 p.m. when witnesses in Henderson, Nevada, at the Arizona border reported a strange sight, six orange lights in a triangular pattern slowly moving toward the southeast and making no sound except for what the observer said was the wind. About fifteen minutes later another witness, this time behind the wheel of his car, saw a formation of lights heading his way as he drove north. He headed home, retrieved binoculars, and kept watching the lights as they headed south and west towards Phoenix.
Within minutes [of these] sighting, folks just north of Phoenix began seeing the lights off in the distance to the north-northwest, heading their way. It passed right over private streets, possibly as low as 100-150 feet, and traveling slowly toward the south. Then it seemed to stop dead in the air. It hovered. Then it picked up motion and continued through the narrow valleys toward the outskirts of the city suburbs where more people, some on the roads, some standing on their balconies, spotted the object, which many people described as unearthly.
One of the witnesses was Arizona governor Fife Symington, who said in 2007 and on "UFO Hunters" that despite what he said at his faux news conference when he had his chief of staff dress up in an alien garb and show up as the explanation for the lights, Symington himself saw the 8:30 lights from his own backyard and said they were not a conventional craft because the object he saw flew too slowly for an airplane, did not have the thwapping sound of rotor blades like a helicopter, and was completely noiseless. A plane would have stalled at the speed it was moving, a helicopter would have shown distinct navigation lights and made a noise, especially at the low altitude at which it was flying, and the lights made the craft larger than a football field. Also, Symington said that as commander in chief of the Arizona National Guard and Air National Guard, he called Luke Air Force Base and was told no military craft were in the sky at 8:30 over Phoenix. Thus the lights were not confirmed as military by the Air National Guard.
About two hours after the first sighting of the lights, a second set of lights flew over the same area, causing even more confusion and frenzy than the first set. Were the 10:30 lights over Phoenix a different object, the same object returning, or flares from air force or National Guard planes scrambled to establish a conventional explanation for the 8:30 lights? At first, when the 10:30 lights appeared, residents called Sky Harbor air traffic control again and were told that no planes were picked up on radar. Residents also called Luke Air Force Base again and were told none of their planes were in the air. However, after the initial responses from Luke AFB, the air force said that the lights were ground illumination flares from a flight of A-10 Warthogs over the Goldwater test range. Months later, the Maryland Air National Guard announced that there were planes in the air on the night of March 13, 1997, from the 104th fighter squadron flying out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona as the unit that dropped LUU-2B/B ground illumination flares in an exercise over the Goldwater test range. CIA UFO consultant Dr. Bruce Maccabee conducted a triangulation analysis of the events and said that it was indeed likely that the second formation of lights were flares that could be seen even though they were many miles south of the Phoenix area at 10:30. However, photo analyst Jim Dilettoso of Arizona’s Village Labs said that after he had performed a spectral analysis of the lights, he determined that the colors of the lights were inconsistent with flares.
Witness and award-winning filmmaker Dr. Lynne Kitei has said that the 10:30 lights were not flares and that subsequent flare-dropping demonstrations by the air force to prove that flares were what people in Phoenix saw on the night of March 13, 1997, showed, again through an analysis of the aerial performance, the colors and the residue actually proved that what witnesses saw were not flares. The controversy over the nature of the lights still remains today.µ
“Winds must blow away a large fraction of the matter a black hole could eat,” researchers said.
Artist’s concept of a stellar-mass black hole (left) with its companion star. The hole’s gravity pulls gas away from the companion, and the gas forms what’s called an accretion disk around the hole. A black hole “wind” is driven off this disk.
New research provides the first evidence of strong winds from the disks surrounding stellar-mass black holes throughout “gorging” events, during which the holes are rapidly consuming mass. The researchers think the winds might act as a barrier, preventing the holes from consuming as much mass as they otherwise would. The results were published January 22, 2018, in the peer-reviewed journal Nature. Bailey Tetarenko is a University of Alberta Ph.D. student and lead author of the study.
Winds must blow away a large fraction of the matter a black hole could eat. In one of our models, the winds removed 80 per cent of the black hole’s potential meal.
Thus small black holes might have surprisingly large effects, as so much material being pushed away would afterwards interact with the rest of a black hole’s home galaxy.
Tetarenko is part of an international research team that examined several space-based data sources, going back to 1996. The team was looking for bright outbursts of X-ray emission, thought to occur when black holes suddenly and rapidly consume mass. Tetarenko’s professor and co-author Gregory Sivakoff, also of University of Alberta, told TorontoMetro:
When [Bailey] started showing us the results … I think our mouths started dropping. Because we realized that her results were getting at something very, very critical in our field
Oftentimes you’re nibbling at the edges of the field, but this is getting to the heart of our field.
The team saw evidence of consistent and strong winds surrounding black holes throughout outbursts. Until now, strong winds had only been seen in limited parts of these events.
They also observed that stellar-mass black holes can consume everything within a radius of about two to 100 miles (three to 150 km), depending on their size.
Stellar-mass black holes are much smaller than the supermassive black holes thought to lie at the centers of most galaxies. Small black holes have masses of perhaps 5 to several tens times that of our sun, while, for example, the supermassive black hole at the center of our Milky Way has an estimated four million solar masses.
Yet the small and large black holes might share certain behaviors, and thus Sivakoff said this research sheds light on big questions. He said:
Our galaxy seems to be a fairly typical galaxy. We know that there is a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.
And so it might mean that as we learn how in general black holes feed and affect their environment, we may be learning more about the specifics of how our supermassive black hole affected how our galaxy formed, and in the end … how we got here.
Bottom line: Researchers at University of Alberta have evidence that winds from the accretion disks surrounding stellar-mass black holes push away as much as 80 percent of the material the holes would otherwise consume.
NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image on January 16, 2018. These straight-line cloud patterns are called ship tracks, and they’re formed via ships’ exhaust. This image is off the coast of Portugal, where ship traffic is high, and some of these tracks stretch hundreds of miles. The narrow ends of the clouds are youngest, while the broader, wavier ends are older. NASA explained how they form:
Some of the pollution particles generated by ships (especially sulfates) are soluble in water and serve as the seeds around which cloud droplets form. Clouds infused with ship exhaust have more and smaller droplets than unpolluted clouds. As a result, the light hitting the polluted clouds scatters in many directions, making them appear brighter and thicker than unpolluted marine clouds, which are typically seeded by larger, naturally occurring particles such as sea salt.
Scientists Use Ancient Vedic Sanskrit Texts To Teach Ethics To Artificial Intelligence
Scientists Use Ancient Vedic Sanskrit Texts To Teach Ethics To Artificial Intelligence
Vedas—which literally mean ‘knowledge’, in ancient Sanskrit—are referred to as the four oldest texts originating in the ancient Indian subcontinent. The basis of the Vedic religion comes prior to the Hindu religion. The oldest of the four, the Rigveda, was composed orally in Sanskrit in the middle of the second millennium BC.
Scholars believe there are four Vedas: the Rigveda, the Yajurveda, the Samaveda and the Atharvaveda.
Each Veda has been subclassified into four major text types – the Samhitas (mantras and benedictions), the Aranyakas (ancient texts on rituals, ceremonies, sacrifices and symbolic-sacrifices), the Brahmanas (commentaries on rituals, ceremonies and sacrifices), and the Upanishads (texts discussing meditation, philosophy and spiritual knowledge).
Hindus consider the Vedas to be apauruṣeya, which means “not of a man, superhuman” and “impersonal, authorless”.
The Vedas are ancient Sanskrit texts of Hinduism. Above: A page from the Atharvaveda.
Now, computer scientists are analyzing the sacred Indian texts an applying the methods of mathematical logic to achieve a key of standards by which they are able to teach Ethics to AI.
According to researchers from the Institute of Logic and Computation at TU Wien, a machine could be presented with a certain set of obligations and prohibitions, and follow certain rules to automatically determine if a certain type of behavior is acceptable or not: for example, a car without driver that should make ethical decisions in the event of an accident.
“The Vedas are a large body of ancient Sanskrit texts, some of which contain very clear moral statements – such as ‘one should not harm any living being’”, explains Agata Ciabattoni from the Institute of Logic and Computation at TU Wien. Ciabattoni is supervising the research project, in close collaboration with Elisa Freschi, Sanskritist from the Austrian Academy of Science. Their goal is to understand how ancient Vedas can help teach Ethics to AI.
Looking back at Ancient Civilizations to teach Artificial Intelligence
Scientists from TU Wien say there was a philosophical school in ancient called Mimamsa, which uses a rigorous approach to analyze the obligations and prohibitions mentioned in the Vedas.
For many centuries, the scholars of Mimamsa formulated rules to draw conclusions from the premises and to resolve apparent contradictions.
“This is closely related to what logicians like us are doing,” says Agata Ciabattoni. “We can formalize such rules in a language that computers can also understand.”
The Syena Sacrifice
Researchers point towards a dispute called the “Syena sacrifice”, a sacrifice in the Vedas aimed at killing enemies.
How can this be harmonized with the rule of not harming any living being?
“For a Hindu, the Vedas are absolutely correct, so there can be no contradiction,” says Agata Ciabattoni.
In the seventh century, Prabhakara, an Indian philosopher of the Mimamsa tradition, solved this problem by applying several rules of the Vedas in a logical, but rather complicated manner.
Several scholars refused to acknowledge that this reasoning was correct, and this dispute continued for centuries.
Therefore, Agata Ciabattoni and her team of researchers worked closely with ancient Sanskrit experts to translate the rules of Mimamsa and the Vedic laws into mathematical formulas, and they were able to show that Prabhakara had been right all along.
Given the prescriptions of the Vedas, the Prabhakaras logic was perfect, showing how mathematical logic is able to solve an old philosophical dispute.
“For us, this was a first proof of concept that we can really learn something new by linking Indology and formal logic”, says Ciabattoni. “But ultimately, we want to accomplish much more. We want to understand how to express with mathematical precision beneficial logics dealing with prohibitions and obligations.”
Understanding the ancient Vedas in order to teach machines
As noted by experts in the new study, vlassical logic deals with statements that are true or false, and provides rules that we can use to combine true statements, creating new statements that are also true.
This is how mathematics works: if we start with something true and follow a certain set of rules, the final result will therefore be true.
However, scientists at TU Wien say this kind of logic is not useful if we want to deal with ethics.
“When we deal with prohibitions and obligations, we are not interested in what is true or false, but in what we should or should not do,” concludes Ciabattoni.
“Therefore, a completely different kind of logic is needed, called deontic logic. Just like classical logic, it can be expressed as mathematical formulae which allow us to unequivocally determine whether or not a certain line of reasoning is correct.”
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Researchers drilling into the Earth’s mantle have made an unexpected finding: analyzing rocks which came from 550 km below the surface, they discovered highly oxidized iron, similar to the rust we see on our planet’s surface.
Diamonds with garnet inclusions can form at depths down to 550 kilometers below the surface.
Image credits: Jeff W. Harris, University of Glasgow.
If there’s something you don’t expect to find kilometers beneath the surface, it’s rust. The oxidized iron was found as inclusions in diamonds and garnets coming from the deep mantle. Of course, researchers didn’t drill 550 km (the deepest borehole “only” went 12 km deep) but reaching the top of the mantle enables geoscientists to analyze rock samples that migrated from deeper parts.
It’s quite a unique opportunity, as geoscientists don’t know that much about how oxidation happens in the deep Earth — actually, they weren’t even sure whether it takes place at those depths in the first place.
“On Earth’s surface, where oxygen is plentiful, iron will oxidize to rust,” explained Thomas Stachel, professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Alberta, who co-authored the study. “In the Earth’s deep mantle, we should find iron in its less oxidized form, known as ferrous iron, or in its metal form. But what we found was the exact opposite–the deeper we go, the more oxidized iron we found.”
Most of us are familiar with oxidized iron through a process we commonly see on the surface: rust.
Image via Pixabay.
The discovery suggests that some oxidation does happen, even at those ungodly depths. Researchers believe the main culprit is molten carbonate, which was carried in sinking slabs of ancient seafloor. However, it’s hard to explain exactly how oxidation happened there in the first place. It’s counterintuitive and hard to explain why the deeper they went, the more oxidized iron they found. Nevertheless, it raises some intriguing possibilities.
“It’s exciting to find evidence of such profound oxidation taking place deep inside the Earth,” said Stachel, Canada Research Chair in diamonds.
Unfortunately, this study raises more questions than it answers. We know a lot about the carbon cycle on the Earth’s surface, but what happens in the mantle? This study seems to indicate that carbon can go down as far as 550 kilometers below the surface, where it interacts with the rocks and crystallizes as diamonds. But diamonds can migrate even deeper in the mantle. Does this mean, that the carbon cycle too extends this low? The study seems to suggest it, but if this is the case, then where does the oxygen come from, and how is the process different from what happens at the surface? Those are all questions to be answered by future research.
In December 2005, NASA lost contact with an important satellite which up until then had provided unprecedented insight into Earth’s magnetosphere. Engineers presumed the M.I.A. satellite was dead for the past 12 years but one amateur astronomers proved everyone wrong after he picked up the long-lost satellite’s signal.
NASA technicians inspecting
IMAGE. Credit: NASA.
Scott Tilley has an unusual hobby. In his free time, the man likes to follow the radio signals of spy satellites. Most recently, he was on the hunt for Zuma, a controversial satellite whose true nature the U.S. government has kept classified and which is believed to have failed at launch earlier this month. Some say the incident was just a ruse meant to keep Zuma under the public’s radar while it still actually operated as intended.
With his ears pricked up for Zuma, Tilley came across something totally unexpected. What he had picked up was the signal corresponding to NASA’s IMAGE satellite, the $150 million mission that suddenly stopped broadcasting after five years of service.
“Upon reviewing the data from January 20, 2018, I noticed a curve consistent with a satellite in High Earth Orbit (HEO) on 2275.905MHz, darn not ZUMA… This is not uncommon during these searches. So I set to work to identify the source,” Tilley wrotein a blog post.
“A quick identity scan using ‘strf’ (sat tools rf) revealed the signal to come from 2000-017A, 26113, called IMAGE.”
Credit: Scott Tilley.
News of the find soon traveled to the old IMAGE team, including to Patricia Reiff, a space plasma physicist at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Speaking to Science Mag, Reiff, who was co-investigator on the mission, said that “the odds are extremely good that it’s alive.” We’ll learn if this is the case next week when NASA and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory will attempt to contact IMAGE with their deep space radio antennas.
There are already some peculiar developments. For instance, scientists aren’t sure yet why IMAGE’s rotation rate has slowed, something which could impede communication.
Since it launched into Earth’s orbit in 2000 and up until communication broke off in 2005, the satellite provided invaluable information about Earth’s magnetic field. Its instruments recorded the activity of neutral particles ejected by collisions of atoms in the inner magnetosphere, revealing new insights about this region and its interactions with charged particles fired from the sun.
By the time IMAGE went dark, the satellite had been responsible for 37 “unique scientific discoveries.” In fact, its instruments have never been replaced by any other spacecraft so establishing a new comm-link could be incredibly useful for science — and what a thrilling thing that would be. At the end of the day, it just serves to show that hope is never lost.
“It is really invaluable for now-casting space weather and really understanding the global response of the magnetosphere to solar storms,” Reiff said.
An extremely rare celestial coincidence is sending us over the moon. The January 31st supermoon will feature a total lunar eclipse, as well as a blue moon — and this almost never happens.
A lunar trilogy
The 2011 supermoon as it is seen rising near the Lincoln Memorial.
Image Credits: NASA/Bill Ingalls.
A Supermoon is a Moon that is full when it is also at or near its closest point in its orbit around Earth. Basically, the moon is closer to the Earth which to us, seems like it’s getting bigger. It can be hard to see the change with our own eyes, but the odds are you’re going to see it larger and clearer than usual.
“The supermoons are a great opportunity for people to start looking at the Moon, not just that once but every chance they have!” says Noah Petro, a research scientist from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Since this supermoon will be the second full moon of the month, it also earns the title of a blue moon. But without a doubt, the cherry on the cake is the lunar eclipse. With a totality visible from western North America across the Pacific to Eastern Asia, the eclipse will still be partially visible from other parts of the world. Here’s an interactive map of where you can see the eclipse and in what stage.
If you can’t watch it for some reason or another, rest assured — the Virtual Telescope project provides a live stream of the supermoon’s eclipse over Rome’s skyline.
“The lunar eclipse on January 31 will be visible during moonset. Folks in the Eastern United States, where the eclipse will be partial, will have to get up in the morning to see it,” notes Petro. “But it’s another great chance to watch the Moon.”
A screenshot from the interactive map.
The best time to see the supermoon is usually around moonrise. You can check your local moonrise time on this calendar. Meanwhile, the lunar eclipse will begin at 6:48am ET (11:48am UTC) and reach its maximum at 8:30am ET (1:30pm UTC). It could turn out to be a long night.
By your powers combined
It’s a rare event to have all these three events happen at the same time. The last time it happened was 152 years ago so if you do manage to spot it, make sure to take a photo or two. Bill Ingalls, NASA’s senior photographer and a fixture at NASA Headquarters has loads of good advice on how to shoot the event with a camera. If all you’ve got is a phone, you can still snap really good images. Be sure to set the focus exactly on the moon and increase the exposure slider to get the right balance.
Unlike the solar eclipse, the lunar eclipse isn’t dangerous to look at. You can look at it directly, without any glasses, without any worry whatsoever — except perhaps for a stiff neck.
ISS Commander Tells All About His UFO Sighting In Space!
ISS Commander Tells All About His UFO Sighting In Space!
Leroy Chiao, a commander of the International Space Station back in 2005, recently opened up and told all about his UFO sighting from space. They were 230 miles high up above the Earth, and traveling at a speed of around 17,000 miles per hour, when Chiao suddenly spotted a UFO. Chiao told the Huffington post:
“I saw some lights that seemed to be in a line and it was almost like an upside-down check mark, and I saw them fly by and thought it was awfully strange. It wasn’t just one, but a line of them strung out along the South American coast” (1)
“I’m sceptical of claims that we’ve been visited by aliens from another planet or other dimensions, but I don’t rule it out 100 percent. I have an open mind and I do believe there’s other life in the universe.”
A growing amount of evidence has emerged, especially within the past few years that has more people asking questions. For example, dozens of governments around the world have recently released previously classified UFO documents. Documents detail how governments have special departments to monitor the UFO phenomenon and obtain information. One example are the UFO files released by the United Kingdom back in June 2013, you can view those files here.
Documents also reveal that UFOs are constantly being tracked on ground radar, air radar, accompanied by visual conformation by military pilots who are scrambled to take a closer look…Ever notice how you see a UFO and then all of a sudden a military plane/Helicopter appears from out of nowhere?!
Agencies such as the NSA (National Surveillance Agency) have also done the same, you can view examples here , here and here (we have featured a Post on this!) It’s safe to assume that more “sensitive” documents remain classified, especially with the recent disclosure of the black budget and special access programs by Edward Snowden. You can read more about that here.
The Perfect UFO viewpoint….apparently!
Apart from all of the official documentation around proving the reality of UFOs (performing manoeuvres that defy our known laws of physics like starting and stopping on a dime), we’ve had incredible statements made by hundreds of very high ranking political and military personnel. Paul Heyller (picture below) Canada’s former Minister of National Defence recently said that there are “at least four known alien species that have been visiting Earth for thousands of years.” You can read more about that, and watch him make that statement here.
Paul Heyller one of the men in the know
This is a very minuscule amount of evidence regarding the UFO issue. The UFO phenomenon cannot really be denied anymore, for anybody who has looked into this subject,the evidence can be quite overwhelming. Coupled with this evidence are the experiences MANY people have all over the world involving UFOs, as well as purported extraterrestrial beings. It’s definitely one of the Hot Topics nowadays and one that is gaining some well deserved attention, as we move through 2014 and beyond. This is thanks to the efforts of researchers, whistle-blowers and more.
Chiao joins a long list of Astronauts that have openly spoken out about UFOs and their own individual experiences with them. Other astronauts of the past have made remarkable claims and comments about UFO’s and intelligent extra-terrestrial life. Below are a few of many examples. To view some of the best, officially documented UFO footage from the NASA STS-48 Discovery Space Shuttle, click here.
Please check out these IMPORTANT video clips below:
When it comes to UFO evidence you cannot get anymore significant than Astronauts telling us about what they have seen up there in Space! Personally I feel that this is the real deal when it comes to the truth about UFO’s, as these guys put their whole reputation at stake by coming out with bold statements such as the above!
It also concerns me that so many ex members of NASA have died in strange circumstances over the last couple of years…It concerns me what could happen to any of these guys who dare tell us the truth about what they have seen in Space.
The world needs to wake up and listen to men like this in order to start grasping the fact that we are very much NOT alone and the ET’s are very much real and have been with us for a very long time! Ordinary folk like me and you trying to educate people about the UFO’s in the sky and life beyond Planet earth is an uphill struggle, but when role models such as these guys speak out, its time for Planet Earth to wake up and take note!
UFO Ejects Multiple Objects, Filmed in Infrared, October 21, 2017 – Long Beach, California
UFO Ejects Multiple Objects, Filmed in Infrared, October 21, 2017 – Long Beach, California
Case File Information
TBV Investigations Case Number: 823710
Date of Event / Case File: 10/21/2017 Name of Witness: infamousfanclub
Case File Status: Unidentified, Possible Explanation Below
The following was submitted to The Black Vault / TBV Investigations on December 20th, 2017. The witness described the encounter as the following:
“This sighting took place in my backyard in Long Beach CA, Carson Park to be specific. I spend many hours per week sky watching in the yard and have seen and recorded many UFOs there.
When I first spotted the UFO it looked very bright and was moving steadily across the sky. There were actually two objects at first when I spotted this bright orb. From a distance it looked larger than a plane and again very bright. I then grabbed the camera and started recording the object. When it became clear in the lens I realized it was a somewhat of an elongated object and it was glowing white. From here I just tried to keep the camera steady and record the UFO as smoothly as possible. After a minute or so things got very interesting once it released what looked like a triangular formation of orbs from it’s main body. As you can see in the footage the orbs were actually pretty large and held this formation very steady as they ejected from the main object.
Many UFO sightings I’ve had have been triangle formations so this to me was a confirmation that this was likely a UFO and a signal of communication. After the triangle formation disbanded I bungled the camera and lost track of it in the viewfinder. I then got it back in the lens and followed it in the sky for a few more minutes. Towards the end of the video on my last zoom in the UFO started ejecting what looked like tons of small spheres from it’s main body. I was very surprised to see and have never seen so many orbs come out of one object. The smaller orbs formed a trail going through the sky and seemed also take different formations. It’s important to note I could only see the small spheres through the infrared camera I could not see them with my naked eye. I did my best to keep the camera steady and film the event taking place. As the UFO crossed my hard it went behind a tree and I lost track of it in the camera. In the last few seconds though I could see the object was just above my head about to go behind this tree and it looked very large and very bright! I moved to the middle of the yard to try and record the object more but unfortunately couldn’t manage to get the UFO back in the lens. I could still see it but it was heading out of range.
My arm was also very tired since I’d been filming for about 9 minutes. So I decided that was good enough and watched it go out of view towards the ocean. To this day it’s the most interesting capture I’ve caught on film. We see many UFOs at our house but this was by far the most exceptional. I don’t believe it to be skydivers or a military exercise. For one thing my infrared camera is a high end unit that has a 1345 mm telephoto lens designed for long distance shooting. The camera can easily articulate planes, helicopters, or anything in the sky with great clarity. We would for sure have been able to see that this was a plane or helicopter if it was a conventional object. This UFO also looked like many of the orbs we see and record with the bright, plasma type quality to it. They look like they’re alive in this type of plasmatic form.
There wasn’t any sound from the UFO. I could hear other airplanes flying at higher altitudes while recording the object. I live near long beach airport and see planes flying by all day.”
The case was assigned to TBV Investigations team member Christopher Connelly for investigation.
Unfortunately, I am unable this object into a “shape” as throughout the video, it appears to be shifting, due to possible movement, camera angles or another reason yet to be identified.
The type of material the object was made of is impossible to determine, due to the film being in infrared.
Even though it is in infrared, it is impossible to get a heat signature from something at such a distance.
As the witness continues to watch the object, it appears to be moving slightly to the witness’ right. As the object is being filmed, it begins dropping smaller heat signatures, or other objects, as it moves along.
Much like the main object, it is hard to make out the shape of these objects being dropped but they do not appear to be falling in a regular pattern.
At one time, you can see a triangular formation of three heat signatures falling to earth. Eventually, it appears that the object disappears behind the cover of a tree and filming ends at that time.
The following case was filmed by the Long Beach Police Department on December 25, 2004, which looks very similar. There is no context to the video, as it was found on YouTube, so it is hard to verify. But, it was uploaded in 2008, and appears to be very similar. The video can be found here:
Skydiving Team – Recreational or Military
I reached out to local skydiving companies in the local area, but they would not give me any information in regards to any of the jumps.
About a hour and a half away lies Camp Pendleton, which is host to various Marine Corps and Navy units but from my military experience, I doubt that they would fly 1.5 hours out to perform jumps over Long Beach.
Another thing is that when a military or civilian jump is occurring, the craft is usually moving at a decent speed and the jumpers are dropped at intervals, not in sporadic formations that are seen in the video. There are cases of Special Forces performing small team jumps or even HALO (High Altitude Low Oxygen) jump, but this doesn’t appear to be small teams.
I was unable to make out any sounds of the craft in the video and the witness states that there were none. I am unable to make any decision on the shape or color of the object due to the infrared and that this “jelly bean” shape may actually be its shape.
Due to the video, location of the sighting and the reoccurring sightings that have been reported with heavy supportive evidence, such as the object filmed by the Long Beach Police helicopter in ‘04 (see reference above), I have come to the conclusion that I am unable to identify this object using my range of scientific methods. I am unable to identify its origin as well.
The witness was baffled on seeing this strange anomaly and reported it to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) an organisation which carries out researches on UFO and aliens. This instance is saved as case number 89729 by MUFON.
The witness informed the YouTube channel — UFOmania - The truth is out there, that he had never seen anything like this in his 60 years of outdoorsmanship.
Various photos of this bizarre object was captured by the spectator using his Canon digital 7140 lens. However, he wonders whether the object he saw was a military craft or not. It remains a mystery whether this amusing shape is a natural phenomenon or a cloaked secret military craft.
The astronomer was accumulating data about the nebula when he noticed a strange cylindrical object.
YouTube screenshot/ secureteam10
He was surprised to observe more of these unidentified objects while he captured more images of the nebula using an 8-inch astrograph Newtonian telescope. On close observation, these mysterious cylindrical objects appeared to be moving towards the right.
A consortium of extraterrestrial races conducting long term genetic engineering of humanity has been told to end its historic interference according to Secret Space Program insider Corey Goode. As a result of this, and related “galactic diplomacy” developments, he says that humanity is about to embark on a thousand years of uninterrupted peaceful development as a fully autonomous member of the galactic community.
Goode has just released an extensive update with his latest experiences involving extraterrestrials, Inner Earth entities and secret space programs in a joint article written with New York Times best selling author David Wilcock. While Goode’s update may read like a science fiction space opera, his Cosmic Disclosure Gaia TV interview series with Wilcock has generated hundreds of thousands of views, and a devoted following convinced of the veracity of his claims.
In my own research of Goode’s claims since March 2015, I have not found any evidence of fraud or deception. Instead there has been much circumstantial evidence supporting his claims which have been detailed in a number of articles, and more extensively in a 2015 book comprehensively examining his claims in light of such evidence along with corroborating witness testimony.
The most recent examples of circumstantial evidence concern Goode’s revelations of extensive underground facilities in the Moon where large bases had been secretly built. In 2017, scientists confirmed the existence of massive lava tubes in the Moon which could support large cities. The size of the Moon’s caverns were large enough to fit a large metropolitan city, as illustrated in the following diagram showing how Philadelphia could easily fit inside one of them.
The city of Philadelphia is shown inside a theoretical lunar lava tube. A Purdue University team of researchers explored whether lava tubes more than 1 kilometer wide could remain structurally stable on the moon. (Purdue University/courtesy of David Blair)
In his latest update, Goode discusses being taken into the Moon where he traveled through its network of lava tubes.
There is an extensive amount of information in Goode’s portion of the joint article which is over 10,000 words. Given the extensive material, I will focus on arguably the most significant event, which concerns what he was told about the extraterrestrial consortium, the “Super Federation”, being compelled to end its long term genetic experiments.
To read the other issues raised by Goode in his update, you can visit the latest post by Wilcock on his Divine Cosmos website. All quotes that follow are extracted from the joint Goode and Wilcock article.
Goode begins by describing how he was taken to a Super Federation meeting:
In one of these dream-state communications I was told that I should prepare for a series of meetings with the Super Federation and the “Council at Saturn” in the next few days.
On Saturday, December 16, 2017, at a little after 3:30 AM, a blue orb appeared in my room. I got up and put on the nice clothes that I had laid out next to my bed the night before….
I then faced the orb and indicated that I was ready to be transported.
Goode described being taken to a temporal anomaly near Jupiter housing a large diplomatic facility where the Super Federation conducts its regular Assembly. He has previously discussed participating in various roles as part of an Earth delegation in the Assembly.
In his update, Goode discussed his new role where he would address the entire Assembly as a spokesperson for the Sphere Being Alliance, a recently arrived group of higher density extraterrestrials (6th-9th) whose abilities and technologies far exceed those of the extraterrestrials running the long term genetic programs on Earth.
I was starting to get a bit shaky when I figured I would just get it over with. I thought to myself, “I am ready.” Immediately, Tear-Eir and the Golden Triangle Being were standing behind me, very much in the same manner as when they had first appeared with me in front of the SSP Alliance at the LOC.
Goode has previously described Tear-Eir as a 6th density being who has mentored him since 2013, and appointed him to play the critical role as the Sphere Being Alliance’s delegate at a meeting at Lunar Operations Command (LOC) in March 2015, before a consortium of human space programs called the Secret Space Program (SSP) Alliance.
Corey Goode as he appeared at LOC in March 2015.
Permission: Sphere Being Alliance.
Goode states that the process of appointing a normal citizen to represent the Sphere Being Alliance in diplomatic negotiations with the major space powers and extraterrestrial groups in a solar system has been repeatedly followed in our local stellar cluster of 52 star systems.
It appears that this diplomatic formula has been used to overcome the usual power disparity where the will of normal planetary citizens are ignored by planetary elites and their extraterrestrial patrons. Goode certainly appears to be a good choice for such delegate as he has a common touch that appeals to many watching his interviews.
Goode was chosen by the Sphere Being Alliance, to overcome this power disparity on Earth, and give the normal citizenry of our planet a voice in diplomatic negotiations concerning their future:
Tear-Eir addressed me and said “Repeat everything exactly as I communicate it to you,” to which I nodded in agreement. I then turned to the delegation once more and began to speak.
I then spoke the words “We greet you in the love and light of the one infinite creator” at which time both Tear-Eir and the Golden Triangle being put their palms forward and bowed. I mimicked what they did. I felt a very deliberate yet loving energy coming from Tear-Eir….
He was having me address groups of beings by both their name and where they came from. Tear-Eir began to discuss cosmic agreements over these programs that have been made and broken over oceans of time. It seems that each of the 52 stars in our local star cluster have gone through similar programs.
Tear-Eir then announced that the Super Federation as they knew it would soon be disbanded, as had been done in countless other star systems in accordance with cosmic Law.
Tear-Eir further stated that soon 2 more Guardian Races would come to replace the Blue Avians and Golden Triangle Beings. At that point, the new Guardians would guide the Super Federation through consolidating and closing down these programs.
Goode then described a vehement protest by the extraterrestrial races in the Assembly, who were then reminded of the superior technological power possessed by the Sphere Being Alliance (aka Guardian Group) that had been militarily exercised in previous past situations:
Tear-Eir then had me say “remember the Ponce System.” I had a flash of some sort of military conflict between a few of the Super Federation groups and a Guardian group that was enforcing a similar situation in a far-away star system, long ago.
The incident seemed significant to everyone present, except the Earth Delegation and myself. The delegates returned to their seats and waited for me to address them again.
What Goode just described appeared to be a veiled threat by the Sphere Being Alliance/Guardians that basically forced the Super Federation to accept the terms that had been laid before them. He went on:
Tear-Eir then had me state, “Humanity has had much to overcome. In this new phase, this council will soon disband.
“Humanity’s “Cosmic Family” will assist them in healing and guiding them through the management of their own genetic and spiritual growth.
“This council will attend to its members incarnated on Earth, until which time humanity requests that you remove them.
“Humanity will be offered an official seat at a new Super Federation Council.
“These Cosmic Family members will use their experiences as a part of these programs to help guide this council in further ongoing programs across this Galaxy.”
Soon after, “Gonzales”, a pseudonym for a U.S. Navy officer that has worked closely with Goode in his space encounters since 2015, spoke about the significance of the development:
He said “Do you know what this means?” I looked at him and said, “Humanity will not be controlled and experimented on by dozens of ET races who think they are gods?”
He smiled and said, “They are the gods from our myths…. But, yes. And it means that the Galactic Federation, which the Sphere Being Alliance is a part of, will now assist us with the Draco Empire.
“They will not remove them for us, but will provide support that allows us to clean up our own house. We will really only have to contend with the AI threat until the series of solar events clear them from the Sol System.”
Goode was next informed about a 1000 year galactic energy anomaly that will make possible an era of unprecedented human evolution and development:
I was shocked and said, “The Sphere Being Alliance is non-violent; how will they confront the reptilians?” He said, “I think we will have to watch that play out together. After the series of solar events, the Draco will be energetically expelled from this system.
“An incompatible energy will emanate from the Sun for about a thousand years.
“Many reptilians will try to remain hidden on Earth in temporal fields and within heavily shielded bases deep in the Earth, as they have for prior cycles.
“Humans will be responsible for rooting them out of their hiding places.
“During that time, the Draco will be unable to return to this system.” …
I asked, “Why for only a thousand years?” Gonzales looked at me and said, “Sounds Biblical, doesn’t it?
“The Earth is near a Super Gate. Those are quite special. The only alternative is to block their access to a system the super-gate is near. After Humanity has been through disclosure and the solar events, the reptilians will be of little threat.”
I asked “Who manages this energy field for the thousand-year period?”
He stated, “The thousand-year energy fields seem to be a natural part of the cosmic web’s cycles and energy flow.”
He stated that according to his info, this thousand-year cycle is “not something set up by Galactic Federation assets.”
Goode has not offered any hard evidence to support his claims. Aside from some circumstantial evidence and corroborating claims by insiders such as the recently deceased William Tompkins, Dr. Pete Peterson, and others known to David Wilcock, there appears little to corroborate his incredible claims.
The lack of hard evidence has led to some critics claiming Goode is a fraud, and even led to an extreme form of character assassination against him and his closest associates. However, a close examination of two of the most well-known critics shows they deliberately omitted and skewed important background data that supported Goode’s professional background. This doesn’t prove Goode’s testimony to be genuine, only that persistent efforts to discredit or debunk him fail to be persuasive.
Goode’s testimony is ground breaking and until there is clear evidence showing him misrepresenting or concocting events, he deserves to be taken seriously given the strong public interest in his case, and growing fan base. If his testimony is accurate, as I continue to believe is the case, then he may just have participated in major off-planet diplomatic meetings that directly impact humanity’s future, and ushers in an unprecedented 1000 year age of freedom from extraterrestrial interference.
WETENSCHAP & PLANEET Al eeuwenlang breken wetenschappers zich het hoofd over het Voynich Manuscript. De vreemde tekst dateert uit de 15e eeuw, maar veel meer is er niet over bekend. Niemand weet in welke taal het geschreven is, laat staan wat er precies instaat. Tot nu, want aan de universiteit van Alberta menen ze de code gekraakt te hebben met wat hulp van artificiële intelligentie.
Het Voynich Manuscript werd in 1912 ontdekt en vernoemd naar de Poolse boekhandelaar Wilfrid Voynich. Die kocht de tekst naar eigen zeggen tijdens een uitverkoop van de Collegio Romano in Italië. Het boek van 240 pagina’s verbaast sindsdien de wetenschappelijke wereld. Het staat vol handgeschreven tekst en lijkt een beetje op een encyclopedie, maar de precieze betekenis ervan blijft onduidelijk en ook de precieze afkomst is niet bekend. Zelfs het Bletchley Park Team, dat tijdens WOII de Enigma-code van de Nazi’s wist te ontcijferen, kreeg er kop noch staart aan.
Er zijn natuurlijk wel enkele theorieën over wie het manuscript precies geschreven heeft. De vele tekeningen van - voor zover bekend - onbestaande planten wijzen volgens complottheoretici op buitenaardse auteurs. Anderen geloven dan weer dat het een vervalsing is van Voynich en dat die het zelf geschreven heeft op eeuwenoud papier. Ten slotte bestaat er ook een theorie die de tekst toeschrijft aan Edward Kelley, een beruchte fraudeur uit de 16e eeuw. Die zou het gefabriceerd hebben en voor veel geld verkocht hebben aan keizer Rudolf II van het Heilige Roomse Rijk. Hoe dan ook, voor veel mensen bestaat het manuscript uit klinkklare onzin.
Maar volgens professor Greg Kondrak van de universiteit van Alberta heeft de tekst wel degelijk betekenis. Zijn team van computeranalisten ontwikkelde een universele vertalingssoftware en liet die los op het Voynich Manuscript. Het programma bepaalde dat het meer dan waarschijnlijk om Hebreeuws gaat: 80 procent van de woorden blijkt uit die taal afkomstig.”Dat is al erg verrassend”, aldus Kondrak. “En dit is pas de eerste stap, want nu moeten we nog uitvogelen hoe we het moeten ontcijferen.” De tekst is immers gecodeerd met behulp van alfagrama, wat betekent dat klinkers werden weggelaten en de medeklinkers door elkaar werden gehusseld.
Kondrak en zijn team werken nu aan een algoritme die de hele tekst moet vertalen. Ze wisten alvast de eerste zin te ontcijferen: ‘Ze heeft aanbevelingen gedaan aan de priester, de man van het huis en aan mij en mijn mensen.’ Er werden ook al woorden zoals ‘boer’, ‘licht’ en ‘lucht’ gevonden. Toegegeven, het is een erg vreemde manier om een manuscript te beginnen, maar de wetenschappers zijn ervan overtuigd dat ze op het juiste spoor zitten. “Het is een zin met grammatica én een betekenis. Dat heeft nog nooit iemand eruit kunnen halen.”
De prof wil nu ook andere experts betrekken bij het vertaalproces. “Een geschiedkundige die gespecialiseerd is in dat tijdperk en een goede kennis heeft van Hebreeuws zou heel wat kunnen doen met ons resultaat.”
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UFO Seen Over Washington Monument In Newly Released Photo, UFO Sighting News.
UFO Seen Over Washington Monument In Newly Released Photo, UFO Sighting News.
Date of sighting: 8-4-2017 Location of sighting: Washington DC, USA Source: MUFON #89860 This UFO was caught at the Washington monument a four months ago, but reported today. A dark UFO was near the top of the monument when the photo was taken. These UFOs often move so fast that the human eye cannot see them, but the digital camera can capture them. This is not the first UFO near this monument. Another was seen on a very important day, Obamas inauguration, back in Jan of 2009. It was seen by CNN reporters as they were talking about the day, one noticed an object shoot past behind them at high speed. He asked the camera guy if he caught it and could run it back for them. He did, and a UFO similar to the one today was seen shooting over the monument at incredible speed. I will place the video at the bottom of this post to compare, but please make it full screen to see well. Scott C. Waring-Taiwan Eyewitness states:
Me and my family were in DC for a White House tour. We walked to the Lincoln memorial and I climbed the steps, the view from there is awesome, you can see the whole mall, so I decided to take some pictures. It was areound 11 am and I took about 3 pictures in a row of the Washington monument. At the time I didn't see anything but later that night, when I got home, I was looking through the pictures when I noticed something odd about one of them. The first picture was totally normal, but in the second one, on the right of the Washington memorial, I saw a little black disc shaped object just hovering next to it. I swiped to the 3rd picture to see if it was in that one too but it was gone. It must've disappeared quickly, as these pictures were taken within seconds of each other. I don't know the exact size of it but it must've been big if it showed up on my phone camera.
At first I assumed it was just a plane or a drone, but if I'm not mistaken, the skies above the mall and the monument are a strict no fly zone, as the capital and the White House are in close proximity. It's been on my mind for a while, I just want an explanation for it. I would've reported it sooner but I wasn't sure how.
Unknown Object Causes Mysterious Burning Crater Near Road In Mexico, Jan 2018, Video, UFO Sighting News.
Unknown Object Causes Mysterious Burning Crater Near Road In Mexico, Jan 2018, Video, UFO Sighting News.
Date of discovery: January 17, 2018
Location of discovery: Coahuila, Mexico
Something crashed near a road way in Mexico last week. Reported by Secureteam10 of Youtube, this video shows us the crater still smouldering from impact of an unknown object. The crater is 26 feet across according to reports, but what sits at the bottom of the crater has not been announced. We are still waiting for reports about what was found at the bottom. When this comes in, I will let you know immediately.
Silent Triangle UFO in the night sky filmed over Beausset, France
Silent Triangle UFO in the night sky filmed over Beausset, France
The following footage of a triangular craft has been recorded by a resident in Le Beausset in France on January 19, 2018.
The videographer states: I was in my garden, watching the sky as I often do. I saw two lights moving together very close to each other as I used to observe satellites there.
I thought it's not flashing so it's not a plane or a helicopter. There was no noise I could hear. It was not a satellite because the 2 lights are very low in altitude and my intuition tells me quickly take your phone and film.
I could not film very long because my gate is a little high and was locked.
When watching the video I realized the form I was filming and I thought it was strange. I was very excited and intrigued by what I was able to see and video. Source: www.mufon.com
Sergio Canavero is adamant that human head transplants will work. In fact, he claims that he could complete such a transplant within a year, and he says that he has the science to back it up. But does he?
Towards the end of 2017, Canavero’s project made headlines when the Italian surgeon claimed that he had actually already performed the procedure, which he calls the “head anastomosis venture” or HEAVEN. Subsequent reports determined that no such procedure took place and that the work was completed on corpses — many neuroscientists question whether even that much was really done.
Most scientists question whether there has been enough scientific progress to allow Canavero to perform such an operation next fall in China, as he claims he will do. In fact, they question whether research will make head transplants a viable option even in the foreseeable future. Richard L. Harvey, Northwestern University associate professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, sums the current consensus: “At this point, it would not be possible to connect the brainstem to the spinal cord in such a way as to get function. So if this were done, the person would be a [quadriplegic],” he told Futurism. “We can’t even repair spinal cords in patients with spinal cord injury, so we certainly can’t do that [successfully perform a head transplant].”
But that doesn’t mean that we will never be able to do one.
Ralph Adolphs, Bren Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience, and Biology from the division of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), doesn’t rule out the possibility that a head transplant could be successful in the distant future, although the procedure would have to overcome substantial challenges. “I don’t see any impossibility in principle, so it’s conceivable it can be done in the future — but it will happen in small steps first, like curing paralyzed people, and you’ll be sure to hear about it as all the problems required are solved,” he told Futurism.
While, for the time being, a head transplant remains out of reach, if science does advance enough to perform one successfully, it will raise an array of new, mind-boggling questions.
A Sound Mind and Body
For starters, what happens to the transplanted head in the new body? Because of the way that other parts of the body impact our neurology and the way that we think and act, would joining a head with a new body create a new person altogether or would the head retain its former consciousness unaltered?
With a human head transplant, the head would be introduced to a foreign microbiome through the new body. Would this affect how the person thinks?
“[D]ifferent gut bacteria may make you feel different, and therefore think a little differently, but they won’t directly make you think differently because all thinking happens in the brain, not the gut,” Adolphs said. “Different gut bacteria might make you more or less groggy or change your mood — just like if you had a cold or not. So I guess the answer is: slightly, and only indirectly, like how viruses or bacteria do when you have a cold.”
Assuming that a human head transplant could work, the patient would still need a significant period of recovery for brain activity to normalize. According to Adolphs, this recovery process would be two-fold. It would probably begin with the brain adapting to its new body. “Just like learning to ride a bicycle, you’ll need to learn how to walk and move your arms, and for that matter breathe and regulate your heartbeat,” he explained.
It would take several months for brain and body to integrate. However, “that means your brain will change,” Adolphs said. This change is comparable, on a smaller scale, to how people learn to play a musical instrument, and get better with practice — only in this case, it would be practicing to control a new body.
“[Y]ou would change as a person in a number of respects because of a massive reorganization in your brain as it learns to adapt to your new body […] There would be limits to this reorganization that depend, among other things, on age,” Adolphs added.
Felipe De Brigard, an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience of Duke University’s Institute for Brain Sciences, has a more radical perspective on the issue. He told Futurism that “it is unlikely that all of our psychological traits are uniquely dependent upon the cells confined within our head — it is likely that many of our psychological traits are dependent upon the informational transactions between our brain and our bodies. As such, a change in body would likely alter some of those psychological traits.” De Brigard admitted, however, that it’s not clear as to what extent a “new body” could alter psychological traits.
Arthur Caplan, founding head of the medical ethics division at the NYU School of Medicine, told Futurism that what would come after a successful head transplant would be as traumatic as the surgery itself. “Putting a new head in a body is a guarantee of madness at best. The new mind-body integration would never work,” Caplan said.
He asserts that this will be the likely outcome, as the brain would be flooded with chemicals and signals from the body that are foreign and unfamiliar.
Harvey explains that, if not to outright madness, the person who’d come out of such a surgery would be the person who owned the head. “So in a real way it would be a body transplant, not a head transplant,” he said to Futurism.
Kai G. Zinn, Howard and Gwen Laurie Smits Professor of Biology at Caltech BBE, seems to disagree with this assessment. “If it could be done, the brain itself would be the same. But since it would be connected to a different body the person would be very different,” he said.
Though they may disagree on the specifics, scientists agree that a human head transplant would be a cognitive nightmare and that the person who’d come out of such a procedure would be that person who owned the head, but with very different, and possibly damaged, brain functions.
This article has been updated. A previous version did not mention Kai G. Zinn’s affiliation.
Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, futurist, and popular science communicator. He’s also the author of “Physics of the Impossible,” has hosted radio programs and television specials on the BBC, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, and the Science Channel, and most notably, is a co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory).
While he also does speaking engagements, many who are familiar with Kaku’s work have the internet to thank. He’s a frequent face on the Big Think YouTube channel and uses social media to bring the complex web of physics to the public in an educational and entertaining way.
While Kaku does not have a time machine, his understanding of physics and our place in the universe has given him a unique perspective on our past, present, and ultimately, our future. To the latter point, he’s had plenty of interesting things to say. Here are some of Kaku’s predictions about the future.
In December of 2016, Kaku made several predictions about the future, projecting five, 10, and even as far as 20 years ahead. His predictions and statements are derived both from his knowledge as a physicist and his interest in studying what might, or could, be.
Dr. Kaku kicked off 2017 by reminding everyone about the importance of science to human prosperity, as well as the integral role simple curiosity plays in scientific advancement. This sentiment echoes the idea that many brilliant ideas begin because our curiosities have been piqued. As a result, we ask a question and in our attempts to answer it, make discoveries along the way.
As part of the National Geographic series Year Million, Kaku explored what human life might look like one million years from now. The series showcases the expertise and opinions of scientists, science fiction writers, futurists, and scholars. Together with these experts, Dr. Kaku images what might be in Year Million — that is, if humans survive that long.
Dr. Kaku has, at times, even questioned reality. Last year he wove physics observations and theories into a discussion about not only where we stand as humans in the universe, but what might we define as reality going forward.
Dr. Kaku’s predictions aren’t always theoretical, though. Last spring he used the instance of a nearby asteroid to discuss the possibility of asteroids greatly impacting life on Earth in the future.
More recently, Kaku made predictions about when we’ll confirm the existence of extraterrestrial life. His statements were in reference to a New York Times piece about a top-secret UFO program at the Pentagon. Kaku predicted we may not discover extraterrestrial life when or where we expect to, and that in such strange circumstances, it will be essential to keep an open mind. A sentiment that’s surely true for all areas of science.
From the potential destruction of Earth by an asteroid to the possibility of finally connecting with extraterrestrial life, Kaku’s predictions aren’t as wild as they may seem at first. They’re based on hard science and the most recent observations and understandings we have about our universe.
Kaku, nor anyone, can predict the future certainly. The best that he, or any of us, can do is take current information about science, the universe, and humanity, and figure out how all of these variables interact. Then, we can imagine a well-informed and comprehensive prediction about the future.
There is one thing Kaku is sure about, however: that climate change is a real threat to life on Earth, not just in terms of our future, but today. And that we can take action right now to make sure we reach that future, whatever it may hold.
Inside a cramped laboratory in Shanghai, China, physicist Ruxin Li and colleagues are breaking records with the most powerful pulses of light the world has ever seen. At the heart of their laser, called the Shanghai Superintense Ultrafast Laser Facility (SULF), is a single cylinder of titanium-doped sapphire about the width of a Frisbee. After kindling light in the crystal and shunting it through a system of lenses and mirrors, the SULF distills it into pulses of mind-boggling power. In 2016, it achieved an unprecedented 5.3 million billion watts, or petawatts (PW). The lights in Shanghai do not dim each time the laser fires, however. Although the pulses are extraordinarily powerful, they are also infinitesimally brief, lasting less than a trillionth of a second. The researchers are now upgrading their laser and hope to beat their own record by the end of this year with a 10-PW shot, which would pack more than 1000 times the power of all the world's electrical grids combined.
The group's ambitions don't end there. This year, Li and colleagues intend to start building a 100-PW laser known as the Station of Extreme Light (SEL). By 2023, it could be flinging pulses into a chamber 20 meters underground, subjecting targets to extremes of temperature and pressure not normally found on Earth, a boon to astrophysicists and materials scientists alike. The laser could also power demonstrations of a new way to accelerate particles for use in medicine and high-energy physics. But most alluring, Li says, would be showing that light could tear electrons and their antimatter counterparts, positrons, from empty space—a phenomenon known as "breaking the vacuum." It would be a striking illustration that matter and energy are interchangeable, as Albert Einstein's famous E=mc2 equation states. Although nuclear weapons attest to the conversion of matter into immense amounts of heat and light, doing the reverse is not so easy. But Li says the SEL is up to the task. "That would be very exciting," he says. "It would mean you could generate something from nothing."
The Chinese group is "definitely leading the way" to 100 PW, says Philip Bucksbaum, an atomic physicist at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. But there is plenty of competition. In the next few years, 10-PW devices should switch on in Romania and the Czech Republic as part of Europe's Extreme Light Infrastructure, although the project recently put off its goal of building a 100-PW-scale device. Physicists in Russia have drawn up a design for a 180-PW laser known as the Exawatt Center for Extreme Light Studies (XCELS), while Japanese researchers have put forward proposals for a 30-PW device.
Largely missing from the fray are U.S. scientists, who have fallen behind in the race to high powers, according to a study published last month by a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine group that was chaired by Bucksbaum. The study calls on the Department of Energy to plan for at least one high-power laser facility, and that gives hope to researchers at the University of Rochester in New York, who are developing plans for a 75-PW laser, the Optical Parametric Amplifier Line (OPAL). It would take advantage of beamlines at OMEGA-EP, one of the country's most powerful lasers. "The [Academies] report is encouraging," says Jonathan Zuegel, who heads the OPAL.
Invented in 1960, lasers use an external "pump," such as a flash lamp, to excite electrons within the atoms of a lasing material—usually a gas, crystal, or semiconductor. When one of these excited electrons falls back to its original state it emits a photon, which in turn stimulates another electron to emit a photon, and so on. Unlike the spreading beams of a flashlight, the photons in a laser emerge in a tightly packed stream at specific wavelengths.
Because power equals energy divided by time, there are basically two ways to maximize it: Either boost the energy of your laser, or shorten the duration of its pulses. In the 1970s, researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California focused on the former, boosting laser energy by routing beams through additional lasing crystals made of glass doped with neodymium. Beams above a certain intensity, however, can damage the amplifiers. To avoid this, LLNL had to make the amplifiers ever larger, many tens of centimeters in diameter. But in 1983, Gerard Mourou, now at the École Polytechnique near Paris, and his colleagues made a breakthrough. He realized that a short laser pulse could be stretched in time—thereby making it less intense—by a diffraction grating that spreads the pulse into its component colors. After being safely amplified to higher energies, the light could be recompressed with a second grating. The end result: a more powerful pulse and an intact amplifier.
This "chirped-pulse amplification" has become a staple of high-power lasers. In 1996, it enabled LLNL researchers to generate the world's first petawatt pulse with the Nova laser. Since then, LLNL has pushed to higher energies in pursuit of laser-driven fusion. The lab's National Ignition Facility (NIF) creates pulses with a mammoth 1.8 megajoules of energy in an effort to heat tiny capsules of hydrogen to fusion temperatures. However, those pulses are comparatively long and they still generate only about 1 PW of power.
To get to higher powers, scientists have turned to the time domain: packing the energy of a pulse into ever-shorter durations. One approach is to amplify the light in titanium-doped sapphire crystals, which produce light with a large spread of frequencies. In a mirrored laser chamber, those pulses bounce back and forth, and the individual frequency components can be made to cancel each other out over most of their pulse length, while reinforcing each other in a fleeting pulse just a few tens of femtoseconds long. Pump those pulses with a few hundred joules of energy and you get 10 PW of peak power. That's how the SULF and other sapphire-based lasers can break power records with equipment that fits in a large room and costs just tens of millions of dollars, whereas NIF costs $3.5 billion and needs a building 10 stories high that covers the area of three U.S. football fields.
Raising pulse power by another order of magnitude, from 10 PW to 100 PW, will require more wizardry. One approach is to boost the energy of the pulse from hundreds to thousands of joules. But titanium-sapphire lasers struggle to achieve those energies because the big crystals needed for damage-free amplification tend to lase at right angles to the beam—thereby sapping energy from the pulses. So scientists at the SEL, XCELS, and OPAL are pinning their hopes on what are known as optical parametric amplifiers. These take a pulse stretched out by an optical grating and send it into an artificial "nonlinear" crystal, in which the energy of a second, "pump" beam can be channeled into the pulse. Recompressing the resulting high-energy pulse raises its power.
To approach 100 PW, one option is to combine several such pulses—four 30-PW pulses in the case of the SEL and a dozen 15-PW pulses at the XCELS. But precisely overlapping pulses just tens of femtoseconds long will be "very, very difficult," says LLNL laser physicist Constantin Haefner. They could be thrown off course by even the smallest vibration or change in temperature, he argues. The OPAL, in contrast, will attempt to generate 75 PW using a single beam.
Mourou envisions a different route to 100 PW: adding a second round of pulse compression. He proposes using thin plastic films to broaden the spectrum of 10-PW laser pulses, then squeezing the pulses to as little as a couple of femtoseconds to boost their power to about 100 PW.
Once the laser builders summon the power, another challenge will loom: bringing the beams to a singularly tight focus. Many scientists care more about intensity—the power per unit area—than the total number of petawatts. Achieve a sharper focus, and the intensity goes up. If a 100-PW pulse can be focused to a spot measuring just 3 micrometers across, as Li is planning for the SEL, the intensity in that tiny area will be an astonishing 1024 watts per square centimeter (W/cm2)—some 25 orders of magnitude, or 10 trillion trillion times, more intense than the sunlight striking Earth.
Those intensities will open the possibility of breaking the vacuum. According to the theory of quantum electrodynamics (QED), which describes how electromagnetic fields interact with matter, the vacuum is not as empty as classical physics would have us believe. Over extremely short time scales, pairs of electrons and positrons, their antimatter counterparts, flicker into existence, born of quantum mechanical uncertainty. Because of their mutual attraction, they annihilate each another almost as soon as they form.
But a very intense laser could, in principle, separate the particles before they collide. Like any electromagnetic wave, a laser beam contains an electric field that whips back and forth. As the beam's intensity rises, so, too, does the strength of its electric field. At intensities around 1024 W/cm2, the field would be strong enough to start to break the mutual attraction between some of the electron-positron pairs, says Alexander Sergeev, former director of the Russian Academy of Sciences's (RAS's) Institute of Applied Physics (IAP) in Nizhny Novgorod and now president of RAS. The laser field would then shake the particles, causing them to emit electromagnetic waves—in this case, gamma rays. The gamma rays would, in turn, generate new electron-positron pairs, and so on, resulting in an avalanche of particles and radiation that could be detected. "This will be completely new physics," Sergeev says. He adds that the gamma ray photons would be energetic enough to push atomic nuclei into excited states, ushering in a new branch of physics known as "nuclear photonics"—the use of intense light to control nuclear processes.
One way to break the vacuum would be to simply focus a single laser beam onto an empty spot inside a vacuum chamber. But colliding two beams makes it easier, because this jacks up the momentum needed to generate the mass for electrons and positrons. The SEL would collide photons indirectly. First, the pulses would eject electrons from a helium gas target. Other photons from the laser beam would ricochet off the electrons and be boosted into high-energy gamma rays. Some of these in turn would collide with optical photons from the beam.
Documenting these head-on photon collisions would itself be a major scientific achievement. Whereas classical physics insists that two light beams will pass right through each other untouched, some of the earliest predictions of QED stipulate that converging photons occasionally scatter off one another. "The predictions go back to the early 1930s," says Tom Heinzl, a theoretical physicist at Plymouth University in the United Kingdom. "It would be good if we could confirm them experimentally."
Besides making lasers more powerful, researchers also want to make them shoot faster. The flash lamps that pump the initial energy into many lasers must be cooled for minutes or hours between shots, making it hard to carry out research that relies on plenty of data, such as investigating whether, very occasionally, photons transform into particles of the mysterious dark matter thought to make up much of the universe's mass. "Chances are you would need a lot of shots to see that," says Manuel Hegelich, a physicist at the University of Texas in Austin.
A higher repetition rate is also key to using a high-power laser to drive beams of particles. In one scheme, an intense beam would transform a metal target into a plasma, liberating electrons that, in turn, would eject protons from nuclei on the metal's surface. Doctors could use those proton pulses to destroy cancers—and a higher firing rate would make it easier to administer the treatment in small, individual doses.
Physicists, for their part, dream of particle accelerators powered by rapid-fire laser pulses. When an intense laser pulse strikes a plasma of electrons and positive ions, it shoves the lighter electrons forward, separating the charges and creating a secondary electric field that pulls the ions along behind the light like water in the wake of a speedboat. This "laser wakefield acceleration" can accelerate charged particles to high energies in the space of a millimeter or two, compared with many meters for conventional accelerators. Electrons thus accelerated could be wiggled by magnets to create a so-called free-electron laser (FEL), which generates exceptionally bright and brief flashes of x-rays that can illuminate short-lived chemical and biological phenomena. A laser-powered FEL could be far more compact and cheaper than those powered by conventional accelerators.
In the long term, electrons accelerated by high-repetition PW pulses could slash the cost of particle physicists' dream machine: a 30-kilometer-long electron-positron collider that would be a successor to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland. A device based on a 100-PW laser could be at least 10 times shorter and cheaper than the roughly $10 billion machine now envisaged, says Stuart Mangles, a plasma physicist at Imperial College London.
Both the linear collider and rapid-fire FELs would need thousands, if not millions, of shots per second, well beyond current technology. One possibility, being investigated by Mourou and colleagues, is to try to combine the output of thousands of quick-firing fiber amplifiers, which don't need to be pumped with flash tubes. Another option is to replace the flash tubes with diode lasers, which are expensive, but could get cheaper with mass production.
For the moment, however, Li's group in China and its U.S. and Russian counterparts are concentrating on power. Efim Khazanov, a laser physicist at IAP, says the XCELS could be up and running by about 2026—assuming the government agrees to the cost: roughly 12 billion rubles (about $200 million). The OPAL, meanwhile, would be a relative bargain at between $50 million and $100 million, Zuegel says.
But the first laser to rip open the vacuum is likely to be the SEL, in China. An international committee of scientists last July described the laser's conceptual design as "unambiguous and convincing," and Li hopes to get government approval for funding—about $100 million—early this year. Li says other countries need not feel left in the shadows as the world's most powerful laser turns on, because the SEL will operate as an international user facility. Zuegel says he doesn't "like being second," but acknowledges that the Chinese group is in a strong position. "China has plenty of bucks," he says. "And it has a lot of really smart people. It is still catching up on a lot of the technology, but it's catching up fast."
Filer’s Files #4 – 2018 President Ford and UFOs - PART I
On January 22, 2018 triangle over Claremont, California
Filer’s Files #4 – 2018 President Ford and UFOs - PART I
In special reports, this week’s files cover: President Ford’s Interest in UFOs, UFO Hits SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket, Do Not Kill, December UFO Reports
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena sightings were reported over Alabama, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena sightings were reported over Australia, Canada, France, Russia, and England in the United Kingdom.
The Filer Research Institute feels the scientific study of UFOs is for the benefit of humankind and is an important endeavor. The US Air Force investigated UFOs publicly for more than twenty years under Project Blue Book; and I continue this advanced research. I believe the God of the universe has spread life throughout the cosmos and UFO’s are visiting us in ever-increasing numbers.
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President Ford Interest in UFOs
“I strongly recommend that there be a committee investigation of the UFO phenomena. I think we owe it to the people to establish credibility regarding UFOs and to produce the greatest possible enlightenment on this subject.” Republican House Minority Leader of Congress, 1966
I wrote President Ford and asked about his interest in UFOs. He stated, “During my public career while in Congress, as Vice President and as President he made various requests about UFOs. The official authorities always denied the UFO allegations. As a result I have no information that may be helpful to you. President Gerald Ford
UFO Hits SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket
Last year after NASA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket disintegrated on Cape Canaveral, billionaire CEO of Space X Elon Musk Twitted “We have not ruled that a UFO hitting the Space X Falcon 9 rocket“. This never before seen Kryan channel exclusive high definition video is best to watch on big screen TV. Here you can clearly see SpaceX rocket disintegrates shortly after the launch from Cape Canaveral NASA platform after UFO hitting it. Our source in NASA said that all 3 times a top secret package for an American astronaut eyes only is sent to International Space Station….an Alien Extraterrestrial Object prevents its delivery. NASA official said that he has not sufficient clearance to know what exactly is in the package launched to ISS by Space X Falcon 9 rocket but every time its delivery is prevented by UFO. Controlled Chaos no percussion – Supernatural Haunting by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/…) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-…
Tom DeLonge, who is being helped by two retired USAF Generals along with senior corporate officials such as the head of Lockheed Martin’s Skunkworks. The plan is to release information about the USAF/DIA/NSA/NRO space program with Earth orbiting space stations and antigravity TR-3B spacecraft capable of limited interplanetary operations. Partial disclosure would be designed to hide the existence of more advanced craft.
Among the piles of information exposed by WikiLeaks was the extensive email chain between DeLonge and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, John Podesta. The Wall Street Journal reported that the rocker wrote to Podesta vaguely about their shared interest of intellectual life and greater government disclosure. Furthermore, DeLonge revealed that he had been working with former Air Force Major General William N. McCasland to help the rocker assemble his UFO advisory team. In an email from 2015, DeLonge told Podesta that he would like to introduce him to two officials who “were in charge of most fragile divisions, as it relates to Classified Science and DOD topics.”
DeLonge states, “We believe there are transformative discoveries within our reach that will revolutionize the human experience, but they can only be accomplished through the unrestricted support of breakthrough research, discovery and innovation.”
Tom DeLonge is the co-founder, President and interim CEO of To The Stars Academy of the Arts and Science. As President of the company’s subsidiary, To The Stars Inc., since 2015, he was primarily engaged within the entertainment sector. His career spans over two decades, selling over 25 million records worldwide with the bands he co-founded, Blink182 and Angels & Airwaves.
The Stars Academy of Arts & Science has mobilized a team of the most experienced, connected and passionately curious minds from the US intelligence community, including the CIA and Department of Defense, that have been operating under the shadows of top-secrecy for decades. The team members all share a common thread of frustration and determination to disrupt the status quo, wanting to use their expertise and credibility to bring transformative science and engineering out of the shadows and collaborate with global citizens to apply that knowledge in a way that benefits humanity.
Luis Elizondo is Director of Global Security & Special Programs and a career intelligence officer whose experience includes working with the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense, the National Counterintelligence Executive, and the Director of National Intelligence. As a former Special Agent In-Charge, Luis conducted and supervised highly sensitive espionage and terrorism investigations around the world. For nearly the last decade, Luis also ran a sensitive aerospace threat identification program focusing on unidentified aerial technologies. Luis’ academic background includes Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology.
Elizondo states, “Our vision is to collect, triage, and partition signature data, utilizing forensic and scientific methodology, into a central database that can be used to shed light on anomalies, trends, and patterns.” We believe these data, when analyzed rigorously, could lead to a better understanding of our reality, including some of the most fascinating and mysterious phenomena in the universe. In turn, our vision is to involve the public with the discovery of revolutionary breakthroughs in science and technology.There is sufficient credible evidence of unidentified aerial phenomena that proves exotic technologies exist that could revolutionize the human experience.
Footage in the videos was captured by advanced sensor tracking technology in separate U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jets. In the 34-second “Gimbal” (the name likely a reference to the UAP’s free-tilting movement), astonished pilots can be heard talking excitedly about an oval-shaped craft spotted at an altitude close to 25,000 feet. The object has no distinguishable flight surfaces or exhaust plume, and its flight seems to defy the known laws of physics. In the under-1:30 video “FLIR1” (to footage captured by the F/A-18’s Forward Looking Infrared System), an unknown object is seen at 24,000 feet. The footage, which has no sound, shows the object hovering with no exhaust plume, displaying extreme maneuverability and sudden acceleration that cannot be achieved by any known aircraft. These are two of several official videos obtained by TTS Academy that serve as credible proof of the physics of advanced flight. Thanks to https://coi.tothestarsacademy.com/?mc_cid=9d2eafad39&mc_eid=803135646dhere
DO NOT KILL
Of all commandments in my opinion not killing is the most important. Interestingly extraterrestrials often promise abductees and contactees that when they take over on Earth killing of all kinds will stop and there will be no more wars or crime. The aliens indicate we are barbaric in our killing of innocents that includes animals and various life forms. Let’s assume the promise is correct and that ET technology may be able to change the minds of killers, world leaders who start wars and stop abortions.
In 2014, 652,639 legal induced abortions were reported to Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Throughout the US which is down from almost a million in previous years.
In order to justify its half-billion dollars in annual taxpayer funding, Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortions in 2014, according to the organization and took in a total revenue was US $1.3 billion. Planned Parenthood performed more abortions in 2015 (328,348) compared to the previous year. Despite the declining number of Planned Parenthood clinics, clients, and services, the abortion giant continues to receive half a billion dollars from U.S. taxpayers each year.
Based on these calculations, in all likelihood, Planned Parenthood provided prenatal services to barely 1,500 pregnant women. Think about that – 328,000 babies killed, 1,500 babies helped.
Total legal abortions since 1973 to January 2017 were: 59,115,995. The pro-life marches against 60 Million deaths were barely covered by the news while woman’s marches were covered extensively by virtually every major news media multiple times. It has been estimated that since 1973 Black women have had about 15 million abortions. Michael Novak had calculated “Since the number of current living Blacks (in the U.S.) is 31 million, the missing 10 million represents an enormous loss, for without abortion, America’s Black community would now number 41 million Caucasian abortions are estimated at 40 million deaths.
Hitler had six million Jews, and more than five million non-Jews murdered under the Nazi regime. Among them were Gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, and blacks.
Auto accidents in 2016 killed 40,200 in figures released by the National Safety Council.
Spikes in gun violence in major cities like Chicago, newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found in 2016, there were more than 38,000 gun-related deaths in the U.S. Much of the killing revolves around drug gang wars.
The National Drug Threat Assessment provides a yearly assessment of the many challenges local communities face related to drug abuse and drug trafficking. Drug poisoning deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States; they are currently at their highest ever recorded level and, every year since 2011, have outnumbered deaths by firearms, motor vehicle crashes, suicide, and homicide.
2017 DEA Drug Threat Report: has been made public and Mexico is the greatest heroin source with most illegal drugs coming across our border with Mexico from 6 major drug cartels. The 182 page comprehensive report covers twenty sections. Heroin-involved overdose deaths more than quadrupled between 2010 and 2015, with the most recent data indicating that heroin was involved in 12,989 American deaths in 2015 increasing to about 2000 deaths per year to about 17,000 in 2017..Note: .I have yet to see our National TV fake news mention this
Mexican cartels remain the greatest criminal drug threat in the United States. The cartels are the principal wholesale drug sources for domestic gangs responsible for street-level distribution in virtually every city in the US. The Sinaloa Cartel maintains the most expansive footprint in the United States while the Jalisco New Generation Cartel has increased its presence across the United States.
Mexico’s drug wars have claimed more than 80,000 lives between 2006 and 2015, according to analyst estimates in the 2015 Congressional Research Service report. Beheadings, mass executions, public hangings and torture — it’s all part of the massive drug war next door. Fierce rivalries between Mexico’s drug cartels have wreaked havoc on the lives of civilians who have nothing to do with the drug trade. Bystanders, people who refused to join cartels, migrants, journalists and government officials have been killed. Mexican Cartels control the drug trade making an estimated 29 billion dollars profit per year enabling them to buy off politicians and key members of the news. Many US politicians show their opposition to building a wall that would slow the drug trade and help stop the slaughter.
Mexico is the provider of 70 % of the heroin to the United States, followed by Colombia to a much lesser degree.
Mexican-based transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) dominate the supply and wholesale distribution of most illicit drugs in the United States. About 70% of all illicit drugs consumed in the United States are trafficked through Mexico, TCOs, and have expanded their control over the drug-traﬃcking conducted by criminal street gangs in their respective territories. Zetas: Juan Gerardo Treviño-Chávez is leading the cartel.
Mexican TCOs maintain the greatest drug traﬃcking impudence in the United States, with continued signs of growth and expansion. By controlling lucrative smuggling corridors, primarily across the Southwest Border, Mexican TCOs export signiﬁcant quantities of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and fentanyl into the U.S. annually. Once these illicit drugs are smuggled into the U.S., they are delivered to user markets through transportation routes and distribution cells that are managed or inﬂuenced by Mexican TCOs. Illegal immigrants are often forced to bring drugs into the US by the Mexican Cartels that control the border. Over the past several years, Mexican TCOs have expanded their sphere of inﬂuence into numerous regions of the United States.
The most signiﬁcant illicit drug threat posed to the US is by Mexican TCOs grown heroin, which dominate the wholesale supply of crystal methamphetamine, cocaine, Mexican-grown marijuana, and heroin.
A veritable war on drugs has erupted in Mexico with the Calderon government attempting to rid the country of organized crime. Drug violence within Mexico recorded 29,168 murders in 2017. The fighting between the Cartels and the Mexican government continues at a high rate spilling into US cities. The billions of dollars in profits are laundered in American Banks such as Wachovia Bank that laundered 379 Billion Dollars over several years. These profits are used to pay off or threaten politicians and the news to keep the flow of drugs coming.
Heroin poses a serious public health and safety threat to the United States. Overdose deaths, already at high levels, continue to rise. The increased mixing of heroin with analogues of the highly-potent synthetic opioid fentanyl and other synthetic opioids has exacerbated this situation. Fentanyl is increasingly mixed with diluents and sold as heroin, often with no heroin present in the product. Fentanyl also continues to be made more widely available in the form of counterfeit prescription pills marketed for illicit street sales.
Most Significant Mexican TCOs Currently Active in the United States
. As of 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) assesses the following six Mexican TCOs, as controlling the drug traﬃcking t on the U.S:
The Mexican Cartels have drug distribution cells in cities across the U S that report directly to TCO leaders in Mexico.
Heroin poses a serious public health and safety threat to the United States. Overdose deaths, already exceed a thousand+ young Americans per month. The increasing adulteration of heroin with analogues of the highly-potent synthetic opioid fentanyl and other synthetic opioids has exacerbated this situation. Poppy cultivation and heroin production levels in Mexico, the primary source of heroin for the U.S. market, continue to increase. The heroin supply in white powder markets in the eastern U.S, is highly pure, inexpensive, and increasingly adulterated with fentanyl. While the size of the heroin user population is smaller than other major drugs, heroin is highly deadly to its users.
The Drug poisoning of Americans continues to increase with no help from the news media or city governments. Heroin availability has expanded to unprecedented levels in recent years making heroin available at low cost • Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US in 2016 , with 52,404 deaths, increasing to 64,000 in 2017+ Additionally, many killings and robberies are tied to the desperate need for money to buy the drugs. By the end of his presidency on January 20, 2017, Barack Obama had exercised his constitutional power to grant executive clemency—that is, “pardon, to 1,927 individuals most of whom were convicted of federal drug crimes.
Many illegal immigrants are forced to bring in heroin and illegal drugs by the Mexican Cartels to various American cities as payment for being allowed to enter the US. Mexican cartels remain the greatest criminal drug threat in the United States. The cartels are the principal wholesale drug sources for domestic gangs responsible for street-level distribution. Many politicians are supporting the drug trade by refusing to allow the police who capture drug criminals to report to ICE. The Sinaloa Cartel maintains the most expansive footprint in the United States while the Jalisco New Generation Cartel has increased its presence across the United States.
In comparison the U.S. first invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. US military deaths over sixteen years of fighting in the War in Afghanistan as of October 2017 have now reached.1,834 about ten deaths per month as the result of hostile action. The Mexican drug war not covered by the news media kills thousands of young people each month. Perhaps we are fighting the wrong war? Thanks to http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2017/11/2017-drug-threat-reportrcq-leads.html
The United States is at war with numerous advisories who are setting fires and conducting sabotage. Wildfires are costing billions of dollars in damage with thousands of burned homes. Wind speeds were only 30 to 42 MPH as the multiple PS&G lines started to come down allegedly starting the fires. Downed power lines normally do not start fires. An illegal Mexican alien was arrested for starting fires Fabian Gonzalez, who immigration officials said has been returned twice to Mexico, told deputies he set a fire in Maxwell Farms Park in Sonoma where 10,000 homes and structures were burned and 44 killed. He is charged with one felony count of arson, stated Sgt. Spencer Crum but not the major fire. The 2017 California wildfire season is the most destructive one on record, which saw a total of 9,133fires that burned 1,381,405 acres (5,590.35 km2), according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
The news media is not satisfactorily covering various slaughters and sabotage. Multiple witnesses claim firing was coming from multiple windows in hotels in Las Vegas on October 2, 2017. Stephen Paddock is blamed for the massacre of 58 people from his
Mandalay Bay room shown at far left. Two windows in separate rooms in the hotel had their windows broken out suggesting more shooters. Multiple witnesses and video shows a helicopter landing on the hotel roof immediately after the shooting stopped and armed personnel jumping in above the floors controlled by Saudi Arabia. Do not expect the news to provide the truth about key stories. Watch the news and count how many killings they cover in each city each day essentially honoring the killers. Almost every advertisement pushes some drug or potions that will allegedly heal your problems. Seldom is any news report patriotic or encouraging high moral standards. The six corporations that collectively control U.S. media today are Time Warner, Walt Disney, Viacom, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., CBS Corporation and NBC Universal. these gigantic media corporations do not exist to objectively tell the truth to the American people. Rather, the primary purpose of their existence is to make money.
These gigantic media corporations are not going to do anything to threaten their relationships with their biggest advertisers, the largest pharmaceutical companies that literally spend billions on advertising. One way or another these gigantic media corporations are always going to express the ideological viewpoints of their owners. The percentage of married households with children has plummeted from 44.3 percent to 20.2 percent since 1960, while the actual number – now 23.6 million – has stayed flat,
Fortunately, an increasing number of Americans are starting to wake up and are realizing that the mainstream media should not be trusted. According to a new poll just released by Gallup, the number of Americans that have little to no trust in the mainstream media (57%) is at an all-time high. All the national news I watch is against building a wall or stopping the drug cartels. Why does the news carry thousands of exciting stories of shootings and killings. Then every policeman who shoots someone in the line of duty is shown repeatedly shooting an alleged unarmed man for years. Much of the news is designed to divide America and incite riots. In cities such as Chicago, roving packs of young people are “mob robbing” local businesses, randomly assaulting tourists and shoppers and are even pulling people out of vehicles. The young watching the news are learning that the news will glorify their acts of violence and blame the police.
While politicians have spent several trillion dollars on foreign wars, they’ve distracted us from the very real threat that can be found in our own homes, targeting our families. In 1997, the United States became one of only two developed countries on the planet that made it legal for pharmaceutical companies to advertise drugs directly to consumers, including children. Since then prescription drug addiction and prescription drug overdoses have quadrupled. We now have a generation of young adults who grew up with a drug dealer living in their homes 24/7 – the television, magazines and internet pushing pills as a solution to every imaginable condition.
Opioids can include both prescription drugs such as hydrocodone or oxycodone as well as illegal drugs like heroin or street fentanyl which are much cheaper. An estimated 2.1 million people were addicted to heroin or prescription painkillers last year, a number that has remained fairly constant since 2011. The number of people who had fatal overdoses related to heroin has skyrocketed from 2,089 in 2002 to an estimated 13,219 in 2016 — a 533% jump
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in America, killing more people than guns or car accidents.
It’s a trend that doesn’t appear to be reversing course. The CDC estimates that there were more than 52,000 overdose deaths for 2016 and projects that number to climb 38% to over 71,000 in 2017.. In fact, the number of overdose deaths related to merely fentanyl is expected to more than double, from an estimated 9,945 in 2016 to 20,145 in 2017, the CDC says.
The CDC is also seeing a trend in overdose deaths related to cocaine, which have increased steadily from over 4,000 in 2009 to over 6,700 in 2015. The agency expects that number to rise to over 6,900 in 2016 and then to make a 52% jump to almost 11,000 in 2017.The number of heroin users in the United States jumped from 404,000 in 2002 to 948,000 in 2016, a 135% increase. But even more striking: The number of people who had fatal overdoses related to heroin has skyrocketed from 2,089 in 2002 to an estimated 13,219 in 2016 — a 533% jump.
Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price said more American lives are lost to drugs than were lost in Vietnam. The US military saw 58,000 casualties during Vietnam; this year, drug overdose deaths are expected to reach an all-time high of 71,600.
The discrepancy between increased overdoses and steady use levels has public health officials concerned about just how potent the Mexican illegal drugs are becoming.
“What’s in today’s drug supply is really terrifying,” said Richard Baum, acting director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy who is also part of the panel releasing the new report.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in America, killing more people than guns or car accidents.
Opioids continue to be the drivers for these overdoses, including both legally prescribed prescription painkillers as well as illegal drugs. In fact, the number of overdose deaths related to Mexican fentanyl is expected to more than double, from an estimated 9,945 in 2016 to 20,145 in 2017, the CDC says.
The CDC is also seeing a trend in overdose deaths related to cocaine, which have increased steadily from over 4,000 in 2009 to over 6,700 in 2015. The agency expects that number to rise to over 6,900 in 2016 and then to make a 52% jump to almost 11,000 cocaine-related deaths this year. Kolodny said. Nov 22, 2017 – Mexican drug cartel super-labs, and an ongoing prescription painkiller boom, are set to drive up overdose death rates in California by 50 percent; the average purity of methamphetamine has climbed from 39 to almost 93 percent; and the average purity of Fentanyl has risen from 5 percent to 90 percent.
All forms of opioid use caused the death of 64,000 Americans last year.
Most of the fentanyl is being smuggled from Mexico into the country “through the porous border” by foot, by car, and even by “catapults.” … Many of the people dying of drug overdoses don’t realize they were ingesting powerful painkiller, which may be 50 times more potent than it used to be.
My Coroner friend tells me almost all the deaths he investigates are youngsters in their twenties with syringes in their arms with an overdose of deadly Mexican drug. What they could handle two weeks ago kills them.
There is some good news, the U.S. convicted nearly 500 human traffickers and 1,200 gang members, and helped our international allies arrest about 4,000 MS-13 members. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also arrested and charged hundreds of people suspected with contributing to the ongoing opioid crisis.
UFO Monthly Statistical MUFON Report – for December 2017:
CMS continues to amass sighting reports from around the globe. In December 2017 there were 740 sightings reported to MUFON through CMS from the following countries. United States 507, Canada 59, United Kingdom 43, Germany 25, Australia 13, Puerto Rico 9, and France 8.
National UFO Reporting Center had 483 reports in December.
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Filer’s Files #4 – 2018 President Ford and UFOs - PART II
Filer’s Files #4 – 2018 President Ford and UFOs - PART II
UFO Sightings in the United States
Somerville— On January 16, 2018, at 9:05 PM, my girlfriend and I had pulled into her driveway and I noticed a very bright flickering light in the southeastern part of the sky about two miles away. We noticed it stopped flickering in the same spot for another minute or two. It started to move in our direction very quickly. My girlfriend was kind of freaking out as it got closer and flew over the neighbor’s house right in front of us. We could only see the three lights it had giving it a triangular shape. It had a white and red blinking light as well. It moved very quietly making little sound. It was only 200 feet above us. No pilot would fly that low in this mountainous area at night. That is insane . It continued northwest and flew over dodging the mountain itself by making slight turns and may have landed on that mountain. It had red flashing light similar to the ones on real planes. This plane can quietly create an extreme amount of light from miles away, fly very low, maneuver through mountains at night. I have a video showing the object flying by. It was close enough to shoot with a BB gun and it really wasn’t that big. I t can’t really explain what it really was.
Note:The craft is quite likely an airplane. Give that it was close and silent it could have been a secret military craft. Thanks to William Puckett, Director Http://www.UFOsnw.com
Claremont Trails— I went hiking on January 22, 2018 at about 10:30am I was on the west side of the Mountain/Trails (facing Los Angeles) when I noticed a shiny object in the sky. The sun would reflect off it from time to time. At first I thought it could be a drone at a distance or a silver type of weather balloon but upon closer inspection I realized it was big and metallic. It was hovering/floating around in the same area for a little while. I grabbed an Samsung Camera which has 35 X Optimization and snapped a few pictures. Once I snapped a few good pics I realized the object was shaped more like a triangle like the letter A. Eventually, It started to move east in a floating erratic style. I eventually lost sight of it as it went over the mountains. The object definitely felt like it was out of this world. Thanks to MUFON CMS
Morrison–A triangular set of three lights were observed for approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute before vanishing on January 17, 2018..
They were captured on video. They appeared to remain motionless,. Thanks to MUFON CMS
Lakeland — Me and my husband were walking out of Wal-Mart and I noticed a full moon so that attracted me to look at the moon on October 21, 2018. I then noticed a bright object around the clouds moving in a triangular pattern in and around the clouds under the moon. At first I thought it could be a reflection from lights but then thought it was way to high for a reflection from lights. I then saw the object move and decided to take pictures. It really looked like a space ship. I figured it could be a plane but planes don’t maneuver like this object did. It finally went behind the clouds and we didn’t see it anymore. We then left the parking lot. Thanks to MUFON CMS
Warner Robbins — This will be the third UFO I’ve reported since October. My sister who was aware of my previous sightings, was keeping an eye in the sky on January 18, 2018 and saw the same object. She called and told us to look outside and there it was. The same bright light everyone else has seen, only mine was tainted slightly by a street light.
After the light started to fade I was able to see what looked like the silhouette of a triangle. I couldn’t get video in time so I snapped a quick photo. My husband who is active duty military also saw it just as it took off fast. Never seen anything like it. Soon after fighters were launched and there was an odd military jet I’ve never seen flying low over head. I noticed what looked like fighters circling the airspace. Thanks to MUFON CMS
St, Peters— Went outside to let my dog have a potty break, and heard a sound. Turned around and saw a triangular shaped craft moving fairly quickly on January 20, 2018.. I pulled out my phone I opened the camera/video app as quickly as possible and then magnified the image capture as much as I could. It sounded sort of like a jet, but I’ve never witnessed a craft with that sort of shape before. Thanks to MUFON CMS
Las Vegas — I was standing on sidewalk of Frank Sinatra Drive facing south when I noticed a plane making a chemtrail that was thicker and whiter than usual. I followed it until it was just right above me, when I noticed what appeared to look like a bunch of balloons above the planes path. I realized that were very shiny, metallic layer on them and that they were perfect spheres, and that they were the same size of the plane flying by with the chemtrail, but higher up. The objects were in a mass group with the spheres in the front and pill-like objects towards the rear. The plane with the trail, was traveling northeast while the objects were in perfect line.. I was overwhelmed at the time but managed to capture some photos. Thanks to MUFON CMS
New Jersey Diamond
Waterford Works — I was on my rear deck taking pics of this odd object during sunset on January 20. 2018. ..Never saw anything like it in 60 years of outdoorsmanship. 3… Military craft? I don’t know. That’s why I’m giving it over to you. 4… Bewildered 6… sunset So looking for your ideas on this??? I NEVER saw anything like this. Taken with my Cannon Digital 70-140 lens if that is of help..CMS
Telford— I took many photos with a Sony cyber shot WiFi camera of a beautiful sunset so I took advantage of the scenery with flash on and off on January 20, 2018. . When I got home to post like normal I noticed a spot in almost all pictures during a ten minute period, during that period geese in a v formation flew by and clouds went by but this object was unmoved, no matter my ever changing angles. I looked at these photos closer on a new computer and cannot deny there is definitely a hovering object in the shots. To further check out the photos I over exposed some and the clouds disappear but it shows up even more defined. Thanks to MUFON CMS
Springfield— Was taking pictures of the sun because the shape looked different than usual and noticed this object in several of them on December 13, 2017. Plus another shadow of what looks like the sun reflecting off the clouds. Obviously this ufo was moving as the appearance of the smaller outer balls on the larger ufo ball was changing. This same object was seen back in 2014 in Virginia and also somewhere else both day and night photos and videos which were uploaded to Youtube, one on witness101 (mine), another on ufov2012. Thanks to MUFON CMS
Galveston — On Christmas morning around 8:30 am, my husband and I were driving down Seawall Blvd. and stopped facing the pier, I got out and take pictures of the sunrise with my apple iPhone. Later that evening when I was reviewing the, I noticed the greenish orb on 3 of the pictures. It was moving eastward and upward when compared to the clouds. When I enlarge the object, I am able to see a grid pattern and what is either windows or some type of white orbs docked on it. I do notice in the succeeding pictures the white lights or orbs seems to be moving around the green object and are not stationary. Neither of us saw this large object with our eyes. Thanks to MUFON CMS
Seattle to Las Vegas — About 3:40 pm,–on January 11,-2018, in-flight on Spirit Airlines I was taking scenery pictures on the mostly clear, late afternoon, although there was intermittent cloud cover below. Suddenly I briefly saw an object coming our way much closer than other aircraft. I thought it had to be an airplane coming too close, but I never saw what looked like an aircraft. I quickly got a few pictures without focusing. It went by and I was wondering, what did I just see? It may have come from Area 51… We touched down in Las Vegas 35 minutes after seeing the object. Thanks to MUFON CMS
West Virginia Orb
Charleston,. 2. look outside car window 3. “it’s weird”, “I am going to take a picture of it” 4. It’s ring like as it flies across the sky. 5. I just took the picture. didn’t thought too much about it. 6. it went behind a cloud.
Thanks to MUFON CMS
Worldwide UFO Sightings
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Mount Mackay National Park–The event happened while I was living in a small converted garage with a friend.. I got into bed to go to sleep about 9:30 pm, but could not fall asleep was because I was afraid! I had the distinct feeling of being watched! I immediately sat up in bed and could clearly see Mount Mackay, and silhouetted against the night sky. I saw a lone bright star above the mountain that was way too bright to be a star. It was illuminating the hillside forest and intensity of the full moon. “That’s not a star, that’s a UFO…” To my astonishment, the object immediately moved to the left and down at a constant speed. I am convinced it had been monitoring me and my thoughts. The object disappeared behind the mountain. Thanks to MUFON CMS
Camarillo– At 6:20 pm, on December 22, /2017 an aircraft split into two dragging an unknown device behind it . The device was emitting concentric circle smoke rings and it’s smoke trail looked as if it was multi colored and had its own light source. Thanks to UFOINFO Joe Romano.
Etobicoke — I was on my balcony with a friend on our 5th floor looking out and saw a bright red bulb moving towards us , on January 20, 2018. It was high up travelling NE. We live close to the airport and overhead planes are frequent however never this shape, brightness, or color. We continued to watch it come closer overhead when we noticed a second orb-sphere travelling behind the first. Then came a third, and fourth. In total more than 10 passed over us silently pulsating red then bright white, then red. moving at a steady pace. After the 6th orb I ran in to get the phone to capture a video.. Thanks to MUFON CMS
Rognac –Seen on December 22, 2017, around 7:30 pm, while I was walking my dog, 4 orange balls rise from behind the hill of the city where I am staying.
I was immediately struck by their luminosity, their perfect alignment, one behind the other, at a perfectly equal distance also intrigued me a lot!
Without a sudden movement, they traveled a few meters before melting into the sky and disappearing completely. Attached, one of the pictures taken that day, or 3 balls are still visible, one of them having already disappeared. Thanks to MUFON CMS
The video was shot using a video surveillance camera, at night through a window. The field of view of the video camera was about 60 degrees, with the video stream of 20 frames per second. The sky was clear and the stars were visible on the video. The UFO moved south through the zenith, the video camera facing south. A bright white light in the form of a sphere was captured. The flight speed is too high for a satellite and too slow for the meteor if we assume that the object was in orbit. Thanks to MUFON CMS
Tandragee — I was going out to the garage to sort out my laundry when I seen one very bright sphere in the sky just above the local milking parlor on April 17, 2017. I stood and looked when another one appeared to the right of it. I ran and got my 19 year old daughter and partner, When they came out a 3rd one appeared again to the right of the first two. I got my phone and took a video but it didn’t pick them up.
I took a photo about 5 minutes later the second disappeared then the first. I zoomed in the two white spheres appeared. Thanks to MUFON CMS
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The satellite image is of a strange circular piece of land in Argentina, which conspiracists think is a hiding place for a massive UFO.
And these so-called believers are not the only ones to be baffled by this area of the capital city, Buenos Aires.
The Ojo de la Tierra also has members of the scientific community confused because it is a small island that is perfectly round.
The disc of land measuring 118 metres in diameter also rotates by itself – something that has led perplexed experts to describe it as a phenomenon unlike nothing else.
PROOF: It is claimed the Ojo de la Tierra is proof of aliens
MYSTERY: Ojo de la Tierra is a mysterious rotating island in Argentina
“The shape is large and circular, big enough to fit a 100 meter UFO through it”
And now so-called “truthers” are saying the reason it cannot be explained is because it’s extraterrestrial.
The island – located at coordinates 34 ° 15'07.8'S 58 ° 49'47.4 “W – it is claimed is actually a spaceship.
Scott C. Waring on website UFO Sighting Daily said of the natural phenomenon: “Argentina has an overabundance of UFO sightings compared to the rest of the world and I believe this is how aliens try to hide this particular entrance to their base.
“The shape is large and circular, big enough to fit a 100 meter UFO through it.
“The water below this floating island needs to be dove [sic] into and explored.”
Just days ago, ufologists claimed Google Maps provided further proof of aliens.
Future concept of Alien expedition by artist Alex Ries
It was a clear summer afternoon in Lake Tahoe, California in the late 70's when I saw my first UFO. The rough-hewn cigar-shaped craft hovered for a long period of time at a distance over the lake. It was so obvious that all of my neighbors joined me on the street watching it until it suddenly disappeared. Despite over a dozen witnesses, it was never reported, most people keep UFO experiences to themselves for fear of being labeled crazy. According to the National UFO Reporting Center, there were over 4,881 reported sightings in the United States in 2017, imagine how many were not reported.
What was once a subject of clandestine conversation has now become an international fascination with tourists visiting famed sighting areas and governments from around the world organizing extensive exploration. Even the U.S. Pentagon admitted it ran a secret program to investigate sightings by military pilots of countless unidentified flying objects. The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program officially ended six years ago, but many believe the program is still active.
My fascination with the unknown compelled me to explore unique areas from around the world where visitors can discover the mysteries of the universe, as well as be entertained by historical sightings. Here are my 8 favorite locations for your own out of this world experience.
Alien landscape in Chile
Chile is often mentioned as the country with the highest recorded number of UFO sightings. Due to its low humidity, high altitude ridges, and clear skies with little pollution, Chile has become a favorite among UFO-seekers from around the world.
The country has even launched the CEFAA (Committee for Studies of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (CEFAA), a government body which investigates UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon) under the control of the Chilean Air Force.
Located in the Atacama Desert of Chile, ESO’s Paranal Observatory is one of the best astronomical observing sites in the world and is the flagship location for Europes ground-based astronomy. It contains several major telescopes including the Very Large Telescope, the Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy, and the VLT Survey Telescope.
The ESO Hotel and La Residencia adjacent to Paranal Observatory provide accommodation for staff and media only. Tourists are not allowed to stay overnight. In order to visit the observatory, it is a two-hour drive from Cerro Moreno airport and opens on weekends only with an advance reservation.
ALMA Observatory is the most ambitious radio observatory on Earth. Unlike optic telescopes, radio telescopes are designed to capture radio waves emitted by sources in space. This is a segment of the electromagnetic spectrum that allows researchers to take a closer look at the Universe. ALMA has 66 antennas: fifty-four 12-meter diameter antennas and twelve 7-meter diameter antennas.
It is open every Saturday and Sunday to members of the public who want to visit its facilities located in northern Chile (30 miles from San Pedro de Atacama). Visitors get to see the ALMA Operations Support Facility (OSF), where ALMA personnel work and where you can observe the control room, laboratories, and the antenna transporter. The area of Chajnantor Plateau (where the massive number of antennas are located) are not open to visitors.
San Clemente, Chile is considered to be the unofficial UFO capital of the world. Researchers say that hundreds of UFO sightings have been reported there, as much as one per week. So popular is the area that the Chilean tourism board established an official UFO trail in 2008. The 19-mile trail runs through the Andes mountains covering sights where close encounters have been reported. Included in the experience are Colbún Lake, which has proved popular with UFOs because of its high mineral content, along with various areas highlighting historic sightings. But the trail's must-see location is El Enladrillado, a huge, bizarre flat area formed by 200 perfectly cut volcanic blocks that were reportedly laid by ancient civilizations. It takes four hours to get to the location on horseback and is believed by many to be a landing pad for extraterrestrials.
Elqui Domos Astronomical Hotel is a small 10-year-old hotel located in the heart of the Elqui Valley, a narrow valley stretched in between the Andes Mountains. The hotel is equipped with a restaurant, an astronomical observatory, an outdoor pool and 11 air-conditioned and centrally-heated rooms. The rooms are divided into 7 geodesic domes and 4 observatory-style cabins.
The domes have a private bathroom, a living room on the first floor and a bed on a mezzanine floor, from where you can uncover the roof of the domes and search the skies.
The Elqui Valley is well known for its perfectly clear skies and nice weather, as well as for its great potential for UFO spotting and studying astronomy.
Take this excursion on horseback to the Andes along the trails of the local cowboys, an adventure that will take you through a natural and wild landscape under a perfect blue sky and along the Cochiguaz river. You will be accompanied by a trained guide who will educate you on the skies using a 12" telescope while sitting around a campfire and drinking pisco sours.
The next morning is a trip to the scientific observatory of Cerro Tololo, which includes a visit to the observatory’s facilities and a guided tour introducing the research done at the complex. That evening check-in to a hotel in Vicuña before a night tour to the observatory.
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Crop circles adorn wheat fields near Wiltshire, England
Mysterious patterns have appeared in the fields of Wiltshire, just one mile from the equally bizarre Stonehenge. Many sightings have occurred here including a large disc-shaped object hovering above the site. The prehistoric monument includes a ring of massive stones dating back to around 3100 BC and is listed as a World Heritage site. Supporters of the theory that ancient aliens built the landmark also consider the area a landing pad for spaceships or a location marker for extraterrestrials.
Sign for Little A'Le'Inn and flying saucer near Area 51. (Getty Images)
AREA 51, NEVADA (S4 Papoose Mountain Facility)
This U.S. military installation is located almost 100 miles north of Las Vegas and is commonly known to UFO conspiracy theorists as a location the U.S. government refused to acknowledge. They believe that the area is a storage facility for the examination of a crashed alien spacecraft including its occupants both living and dead as well as materials recovered at Roswell. They also believe the area is used to manufacture aircraft based on alien technology.
Some UFOlogists are now claiming a secret underground facility has been discovered in the base of the Papoose Mountains, in Lincoln County, Nevada, where recovered alien space crafts and extraterrestrial beings are kept hidden away and no longer at Area 51.
This tour takes you to locations near the famed Area 51, departing from Las Vegas for nighttime explorations. Area 51 is a highly classified remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base so visitors are limited on how close they can get.
Sedona, Arizona is one of America's most popular destinations for spotting U.F.O.s. Nightly tours go out with visitors equipped with night vision glasses, binoculars, and telescopes. The amount of activity recorded is staggering including reported sightings of; Orbs, portals, aliens, and even Bigfoots all within the high desert.
The mysterious Bradshaw Ranch also draws numerous tourists. Located deep within the national forest, it is reported to have been confiscated by the U.S. Government because it housed one of the most powerful inter-dimensional portals on the planet. Visitors are not allowed in the National Forest at night, but several tour operators will take you there and stay until dusk. According to accounts, it’s in the last hour of twilight when many of these phenomena take place. There are even more outrageous reports of a top-secret underground base at the ranch as well as an elaborate tunnel system, possibly used by both extraterrestrials and the U.S. military.
This tour begins with a two-hour meditation walk starting at the Amitabha Stupa, Sedona’s most spiritual vortex. Guides will take you through a guided meditation and even offer a paranormal video tour. After sunset, you can visit a well known hot spot of UFO activity where the company guarantees sightings of UFO’s, using special night vision goggles.
UFOs are not an uncommon sight in Wycliffe Well. They are known to appear at the beginning of the dry season, from May to October. Wycliffe Well is located in the Northern Territory along the Stuart Highway between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek and considers itself the UFO capital of Australia. Wycliffe Well is said to be one of the top five UFO hotspots in the world and guarantees a sighting every couple of days. Visitors can stay in cabins at the Wycliffe Well Holiday Park located 236 miles from Alice Springs.
Ural Mountains Perm Anomalous Zone (Shutterstock)
M TRIANGLE, RUSSIA
This famous Perm Anomalous Zone is located in a remote area near the Ural Mountains in Russia. The M Triangle is one of the most mysterious places in the world and was discovered in the 1980s. Reports of watches that stop, and bright glowing and colored lightning appearing in the sky. Ufologists consider this a sign of underground fractures where strong energy emits. This wave duct for electromagnetic energy usually results in color, sound, and other phenomena.
The village of Molyobka sits on the border of the Perm and Sverdlovsk regions. Opposite the village, on the left bank of the Sylva River, is the famous Molyobka Triangle. When Perm geologist Emil Bachurin found a circular, 206-foot impression in the snow in the 80's, the location quickly became a location for enthusiasts to explore Yetis, UFOs, shining spheres, and plasmoids.
The area is currently developing a UFO park, and local businesses are building hotels and observatories for tourists as well as installing gravity meters, infrared cameras, and magnetic-field sensors. UFO tourism is also popular in nearby Tolyatti, where visitors can see some of the world’s largest crop circles.
Contact in the Desert
Joshua Tree Sunset
JOSHUA TREE, CALIFORNIA
Joshua Tree is on 29 Palms Highway, about a three-hour drive from LAX. The area is known to have many underground waterways all featuring a high mineral content. Joshua Tree National Park was once home to 300 mines and includes a unique white crystal quartz hill behind Giant Rock. Visitors often go searching for the hidden alien base that is rumored to be located somewhere beneath the expansive desert.
UFOlogists believe that Joshua Tree sits on the 33rd North parallel just like Roswell. The research behind the 33rd North parallel provides the location for the most UFO sightings.
Dr. Steven Greer is a controversial UFOlogist who founded the Center for the Study of Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CSETI) and the Disclosure Project, which seeks the disclosure of allegedly suppressed UFO information. Each week-long expedition is limited to about 25 and includes an intensive training program with Dr. Greer. At night the group meets under the stars for 4-5 hours to make contact using Greer's CE-5 Contact Protocols. During the intensive training program, visitors learn how to make contact with ET civilizations and how to really become an Ambassador to the Universe.
For the past five years, UFO researchers ranging from professionals to fans converge on the California High Desert for a long weekend of lectures and workshops on the unexplained. The Woodstock of UFOlogy is a weekend of education into the Science of UFOs & Extraterrestrial Life, Ancient Aliens, Human Origins, Crop Circles, Government Disclosure, UFO Sightings and Interplanetary Living.
Roswell UFO Festival
UFO Festival in Roswell
ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO
Roswell has been at the heart of the UFO scene since July 1947 when the military announced it had found the remains of a crashed UFO in the desert nearby. Ever since the legendary Roswell UFO crash of July 1947 alien conspiracy theorists have claimed the remains of a flying saucer, and even dead aliens, were secretly taken into storage.
Visits to the crash sites are difficult to navigate deep in the desert, so many tourists visit the Roswell Spacewalk and the International UFO Museum and Research Center.
Every Fourth of July weekend the city of Roswell organizes the UFO Festival, a celebration of all things extraterrestrial. Thousands of people meet on Main Street for the Comic-Con of UFO devotees. Costume contests, and a long weekend of lectures and book signings put on by Roswell’s International UFO Museum.
PROFESSIONAL ALIEN EXPLORATION
Aside from the numerous tourist locations around the world, the scientific community is ramping up efforts to discover the unknown and to hopefully make contact with extraterrestrials. The following are the top satellite and research programs that are currently active with a few offering tourists to visit their facilities.
A planned space telescope for NASA's Explorers program, designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method is planned to launch in March 2018. The conclusion is that Europa or Enceladus are both possible life planets as well as the discovery of Kepler-452b. It is the first near-Earth-size world to be found in the habitable zone of a star that is similar to our sun. And, in 2015, NASA announced strong evidence that liquid water flows intermittently on present-day Mars.
The James Webb Space Telescope is a large infrared telescope with a 6.5-meter primary mirror. The telescope will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana in Spring 2019 and will study the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth.
NExSS) is a NASA research coordination network dedicated to the study of planetary habitability. The goals of NExSS are to investigate the diversity of exoplanets and to learn how their history, geology, and climate interact to create the conditions for life.
Project Breakthrough Co-Founders Mark Zuckerberg (L) and Yuri Milner
Billionaire Yuri Milner, physicist Stephen Hawking, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg have launched the $100 million Breakthrough Listen program. The program is focused on astronomical observations in search of evidence of intelligent life beyond Earth. It is by far the most comprehensive search ever undertaken for artificial radio and optical signals encompassing a complete survey of the 1,000,000 nearest stars, the plane and center of our galaxy, and the 100 nearest galaxies.
The CNES French Space Agency service is funded by the French government. Its mission is to collect reports of UFO or UAP (Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena) sightings that have occurred over the French territory, to provide an explanation when possible, and to answer questions from the public.
SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence is located in Mountain View, California and seeks evidence of life in the universe by looking for some signature of its technology. More than 90 scientists work at the Institute looking for life beyond Earth. The Allen Telescope is sometimes available for tours and is located 350 miles North of the Institute.
UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley have given the Lick Observatory's 40-inch Nickel Telescope a new pulse-detection system capable of finding laser beacons from civilizations many light-years away. The automated planet finder (APF) is the world's first robotic telescope capable of detecting rocky planets that might support life in other solar systems. Located one hour from San Jose in the Santa Clara Valley, visitors are allowed inside the dome of the36-inch great refractor Thursday-Sunday.
Operated by the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii. A strange oblong asteroid named Oumuamua was recently detected by Pan-STARRS through its collection of telescopes perched high above the Hawaiian island of Maui. The SETI Institute began scanning Oumuamua with its Allen Telescope Array on Nov. 23, 2017. So far, they have spent 60 hours checking for transmissions over a wide range of frequencies. Another SETI project, Breakthrough Listen, will soon devote 10 hours to investigating Oumuamua using a large antenna in West Virginia.
Chinas five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST), is located in a rural part of China’s Guizhou province and will be used to try to solve some of the universe’s biggest mysteries. One of its primary missions is to detect communication signals or messages from alien civilizations.
Last December, The New York Times broke the story about a secret Pentagon program that searches for UFOs. The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was a pet project of Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat and then-Senate majority leader. The program ran from 2007 to 2012 and cost $22 million.
It was funded by “black money,” the term used for classified Pentagon programs. This explains why the project wasn’t public until this year because a public debate on the Senate floor wasn’t required in order to fund it. This story sounds less like reality, and more like an episode of The X-Files – the iconic 90s series which is currently airing its 11th and final season.
The Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program gave most of the money to Reid’s billionaire friend Robert Bigelow, who runs an aerospace research company that has worked with NASA. Since Bigelow was already a billionaire, the obvious question is: why can’t he couldn’t fund his own program?
Government Has a Long-Running Love Affair with UFO Hunting
The relationship between UFO searching and the US government is not new. It started in 1948 with a program by the United States Air Force called Project Sign, then it changed its name to Project Grudge. Then, in 1953, it became Project Blue Book for the next two decades. The program had two goals: to determine if UFOs were a threat to national security and to scientifically analyze UFO-related data.
This hopefully will be the end of Martian hunting season at the taxpayers' expense
In 1968, theCondon Report was published by the University of Colorado UFO Project, a group funded by the United States Air Force from 1966 to 1968 with the objective of studying unidentified flying objects under the direction of physicist Edward Condon. This was the result of researching the UFO files of Project Blue Book and from the civilian UFO groups and investigating sightings reported during the life of the Project.
The conclusions of the Cordon Report were that UFOs are not a threat to national security, that unidentified sightings didn’t represent technological developments or principles beyond the range of modern science, and that there is no way to determine if UFOs are of extraterrestrial origin.
In 1970, Project Blue Book came to an end, but that didn’t mean the government stopped funding the search for aliens. The SETI Institute, a non-profit organization founded in 1984, received funding from the government, but it stopped after the criticism as a waste of money without any relevant objective by two Democratic Senators, William Proxmire of Wisconsin and Richard Bryan of Nevada. But this was just the direct funding because it still received money from governmental institutions like NASA in the form of research grants.
Someone could argue that $22 million for a program is not that much money. That being said, as Bryan put it when shutting down the budget of the SETI Institute: “This hopefully will be the end of Martian hunting season at the taxpayers' expense.” But it wasn’t.
Do We Really Want Government Doing This?
Searching for UFOs is just not the government’s business
The American government has wasted money on silly things like birdwatching, changing sand in beaches, and funding a clown school in Argentina. However, the real clowns are the politicians that love to empty the pockets of the taxpayers. UFO searches sound like a more imaginative way to waste money, but it’s still not a legitimate government function.
Besides, could we trust that if a government actually solves the UFO mystery, they would reveal it? It seems doubtful, given their love for secrecy. Plus, if UFOs really are of extraterrestrial origin, would we want to have politicians being the first to speak with an alien race?
Aliens are going to have a bad first impression of us if the first humans they meet are government bureaucrats. Plus, politicians tend to be hawkish, so if they are first to contact an extraterrestrial civilization, the risk of war increases. Searching for UFOs is just not the government’s business. We all would be better off if we leave that task to the private sector.
They are all mysterious, for one thing — eye-catchingly weird, yet still just hazy outlines that let the imagination run wild. All have recently generated headlines as possible signs of life and intelligence beyond Earth, of some mind-bogglingly advanced alien culture revealing its existence at last to our relatively primitive and planetbound civilization. Yet their most salient shared trait so far is the certainty they provoke in most scientists, who insist these developments represent nothing so sensational. Ask a savvy astronomer or physicist about any of these oddities, and they will tell you, as they have time and time before: It’s not aliens. In fact, it’s never aliens.
Far from being close-minded killjoys, most scientists in the “never aliens” camp desperately want to be convinced otherwise. Their default skeptical stance is a prophylactic against the wiles of wishful thinking, a dare to true believers to provide extraordinary evidence in support of extraordinary claims. What is really extraordinary, the skeptics say, is not so much the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence but rather the notion that its existence nearby or visitation of Earth could be something easily unnoticed or overlooked. If aliens are out there — or even right here—in abundance, particularly ones wildly advanced beyond our state, why would incontrovertible proof of that reality be so annoyingly elusive?
To put it more succinctly, as the nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi did more than a half century ago, “Where are they?” Given a 10-billion-year-old galaxy filled with stars and planets, and an Earth less than half that age, Fermi guessed we are unlikely to be the first technological culture on the galactic stage. If just one spacefaring civilization predated our own in the Milky Way, he calculated, even moving at a very languorous pace it should have had more than enough time to visit, explore and colonize every planetary system in the galaxy.
Ever since, practitioners of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) have been brainstorming about why we do not encounter glaringly obvious signposts of an interstellar diaspora: Maybe there are nigh-universal bottlenecks in the odds for the emergence of life, intelligence or high technology, and we are indeed alone. Maybe we are not alone at all, but interstellar travel is so hard that everyone just stays home. Maybe we are being quarantined, and UFOs are dronelike documentarians recording an intergalactic Planet Earth miniseries. Maybe our galaxy is bursting at the seams with alien civilizations, and we simply have not looked hard enough—presuming we are capable of properly looking at all. Even the know-it-alls in the “never aliens” crowd would concede the diversity of possible answers to Fermi’s question says more about our ignorance than our knowledge.
One of Fermi’s SETI-pioneering peers, the physicist Freeman Dyson, once summarized the situation thus: “Our imaginings about the ways that aliens might make themselves detectable are always like stories of black cats in a dark room. If there are any real aliens, they are likely to behave in ways that we never imagined.” Even so, he added, “the failure of one guess does not mean that we should stop looking”—particularly because whatever may keep our skies alien-free would likely keep the rest of the universe free of star-trekking humans as well. Contemplating Fermi’s question is a way of exploring pathways to our possible futures. Finding aliens—or coming up empty in our searches—has profound implications for our own ultimate cosmic fate.
That is something to keep in mind while considering the latest near-hits (or near-misses), detailed below, in the ongoing search for cosmic company.
Dust busts "alien megastructures"
Discovered in archival data from NASA’s Kepler space telescope in 2015 by the Louisiana State University astronomer Tabetha Boyajian, the extreme episodic dimming of “Tabby’s Star,” or “Boyajian’s Star,” inspired speculations it was being engulfed by starlight-absorbing “alien megastructures” (think: a solar power plant the size of a solar system). Those speculations helped Boyajian and colleagues launch a successful Kickstarter project that raised funding for further scrutiny of the star, an effort that jumped into overdrive in May 2017, when the star began another dimming episode. But instead of revealing aliens, those observations—and others from telescopes around the world—found the culprit is probably clouds of submicron-scale dust around the star.
“If these dips were caused by solid, opaque objects, you’d expect them to block light equally at all colors. But we saw that the dips were deeper in blue [light] than they were in the red, which indicates that something more transparent, like dust, is crossing in front of the star,” Boyajian says. “How do we know it’s not solar panels absorbing blue light more efficiently than red light? Well, we don’t, but we do know dust is all over the universe in many different places, and what we now see is what we’d generally expect from dust.” The result mirrors that of another team led by the University of Arizona astronomer Huan Meng, which also flagged dust as the likely cause of the star’s odd behavior in October 2017.
Even so, Jason Wright, an astronomer at The Pennsylvania State University who collaborates with Boyajian on studies of the star, cautions that much more work is needed as dust is not the only remaining explanation. Other possibilities—such as intrinsic fluctuations in the star’s luminosity or even a black hole with a cold and dusty debris disk drifting across our interstellar line of sight—could also still fit the data. In theory, Wright says, even the “aliens” hypothesis is still on the table—although only if their megastructures are improbably adept at mimicking “boring old dust.”
“You don’t want to immediately cry ‘aliens’ like a boy crying wolf every time you see something and don’t understand it,” Wright says. “But with Tabby’s Star that’s not what has happened—she and her team have spent years trying to solve what is a legitimate astrophysical mystery.” The upside of all the public attention, Wright says, is that it has lured many astronomers to work on Tabby’s Star “precisely because all the ‘aliens’ talk annoyed them, and they wanted to find a natural explanation.”
Eavesdropping on 'Oumuamua
Astronomers spotted the sizeable object now called ‘Oumuamua (Hawaiian for “first messenger”) streaking by Earth last October. They determined by its speed and trajectory it had dive-bombed past our sun from the depths of interstellar space, perhaps after cruising through the void for billions of years. Theorists had long predicted icy comets cast away from other stars would someday be detected passing through our solar system, yet ‘Oumuamua did not act like a comet at all—despite passing blisteringly close to the sun, it never sprouted a cometlike tail of evaporating ice. It did not look like a comet either, appearing under telescopic scrutiny to be shaped like a half-kilometer-long needle—a form unknown among natural solar system objects but often favored by starships in science fiction. Perhaps, some SETI enthusiasts thought, ‘Oumuamua was an active or derelict probe from another civilization.
But when SETI-minded astronomers targeted the object with two exquisitely sensitive radio telescopes to eavesdrop for any artificial transmissions, they detected nothing. Other teams using large telescopes discovered ‘Oumuamua’s surface was a very particular shade of red, the same color that common carbon-rich molecules turn after prolonged exposure to harsh radiation.
The most likely conclusion? Despite its strange shape, trajectory and lack of a tail, ‘Oumuamua is just a comet after all, its ice locked away beneath a tarlike crust hardened and desiccated by eons of bombardment by cosmic rays. Its radio silence adds to a handful of other SETI false alarms in recent years.
“We accept that these things being artificial is really the lowest-probability possibility for what they are—our past work guides us in that,” says Andrew Siemion, director of the Berkeley SETI Research Center and leader of one team tuning into ‘Oumuamua. “All of these are going to be natural—until one turns out not to be.”
Clandestine close encounters
Late last year The New York Times published a story about a small, secretive program run by the Department of Defense to study new reports from the armed services about encounters with UFOs. The project was officially canceled in 2012, leading its former head to resign and join a private, for-profit company — To the Stars Academy of Arts & Science(TTSA) — dedicated to declassifying and studying the Pentagon’s batches of UFO-related material. The Times story included two short videos of separate UFO encounters captured by aircraft-mounted infrared cameras, and hinted at the existence of a third that has yet to be released. In the first video, from an encounter off the coast of San Diego in 2004, a fighter jet tracks a lozenge-shaped something that seems to zoom off at incredible speed, apparently without generating exhaust plumes or a sonic boom. In the second video, captured by a different fighter jet under undisclosed circumstances, an object surrounded by a “glowing aura” seems to fly tilted against heavy headwinds in defiance of known principles of aerodynamics, accompanied by audible exclamations from the fighter jet’s crew.
Steve Justice, TTSA's aerospace division director and former Lockheed Martin engineer who worked on advanced top secret aircraft for the latter company’s storied “Skunk Works” division, speculates that in both cases such incredible feats of flight could be due to the objects possessing some sort of warp drive. Such an (entirely theoretical) device would somehow allow an object to change mass and inertia at will, and potentially to travel faster than light by “altering the spacetime metric” around itself. Whether aliens are behind the fighter jet encounters is, to him, somewhat immaterial.
“I’m not really interested in the ‘who’ or the ‘what,’ but I’m really interested in the ‘how,’” Justice says. “How could you make a machine fly like that? To remove the effects of aerodynamics, I’d want to create a volume around myself where I was insulated from them, where I could change my orientation without changing direction, where I could accelerate without generating shock waves. Right now when an airplane pulls its nose up in forward flight, it climbs; when it breaks the sound barrier, it makes a sonic boom. But that’s not what we see here.”
Keep watching the skies
Skeptics reviewing the videos obtained by TTSA have postulated more prosaic explanations, while bemoaning both the lack of data due to pernicious state secrecy as well as the organization’s potentially problematic profit-seeking motives. (According to the TTSA Web site, a minimum investment of $200 buys you membership in the organization and finances research into “exotic technologies” associated with UFOs that could lead to “revolutionary breakthroughs in propulsion, energy and communication.”) Perhaps the speeding “lozenge” was a new type of missile, launched from a submarine as part of some earthly power’s clandestine technology test. And maybe the tilting, aura-sheathed object was actually a distant conventional aircraft distorted by image-processing firmware and autotracking sensors within the fighter jet’s gun camera.
This latter possibility Justice acknowledges as “entirely plausible”—save for the obvious urgency in the voices of experienced military pilots as they speak of associated radar tracking, which is not shown on the gun camera’s feed. “Maybe it could have been some set of physical and optical aberrations,” Justice says. “But when I put it in context of all the information in the video, that’s less likely to me.”
Of course, military pilots aren’t the only ones with extensive experience looking at objects in the sky—and the equipment to record what they see. Astronomers have that, too—yet they never seem to ever catch UFOs in the viewfinders of their telescopes. Similarly, the increasingly global ubiquity of smartphones should presumably boost the numbers and quality of UFO encounters captured on video (as they have done for rocket launches), but the flood of eerie footage has yet to materialize.
That raises a red flag for Bruce Macintosh, an astronomer at Stanford University. “In general, interesting physical phenomena are only barely significant when first detected. Then, as technology progresses, those detections become more significant,” he says. “But UFO detections have remained marginal for decades; they’ve just gone from being blurry shapes on film cameras to blurry shapes on the digital infrared sensors of fighter jet gun cameras. This, in spite of the fact that the world’s total imaging capacity has expanded by several orders of magnitude in the past 20 years.” To remain so vexingly residual, he says, UFOs would have to become more elusive in lockstep with our increasing ability to detect them—something no natural process would be expected to do.
Hypothetical aliens with advanced technology could do that, of course. “But then you have to ask why they would choose to remain marginally undetectable rather than just being undetectable,” Macintosh says. “Unless they’re taunting us, it’s hard to come up with a coherent explanation.”
Except, of course, for the obvious one: It’s never aliens. Until, perhaps, it is.