Wil je een videoclip bekijken en stoort het X-files-deuntje jou daarbij. Schakel het deuntje gewoon uit door in deze kolon, helemaal beneden op de 2 witte balkjes in het blauwe cirkeltje te klikken, tot een pijltje verschijnt. Veel kijk- en luisterplezier en bedankt voor jouw bezoek.
The purpose of this blog is the creation of an open, international, independent and free forum, where every UFO-researcher can publish the results of his/her research. The languagues, used for this blog, are Dutch, English and French.You can find the articles of a collegue by selecting his category. Each author stays resposable for the continue of his articles. As blogmaster I have the right to refuse an addition or an article, when it attacks other collegues or UFO-groupes.
Deze blog is opgedragen aan mijn overleden echtgenote Lucienne.
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.
TRAVIS BARKER AND TOM DELONGE USED TO LOOK FOR UFOS TOGETHER
TRAVIS BARKER AND TOM DELONGE USED TO LOOK FOR UFOS TOGETHER
So illustratesTravis Barkerof a typical suggestion his one-time blink-182bandmateTom Delongewould utter to him on tour. In fact, the once and current blink drummer says that, back in the day, he and DeLonge would partake in various substances to fuel their sleepless UFO searches. All from the comfort of the blink-182 tour bus, of course.
“He used to get loaded and just look out the bus window,” Barker tells comedian Joe Rogan as a recent guest on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast. “And I used to do it with him as, I don’t know, kind of a bonding experience.”
“With Tom, that was his thing,” Barker adds. “Like, fucking let’s get high and look for UFOs. So we would! We’d just sit there and, like, stare out the bus window, look at UFOs. He would even go as far as, when we were on tour, like, ‘Let’s go and fucking look for Bigfoot.’ Whatever it was, you know? He would assemble a crew and they would go do it.”
But does the drummer actually believe in the extraterrestrial beings he once sought with DeLonge? While Barker confirms he never attended one of the Angels & Airwavessinger’s apparent Bigfoot trips, he doesn’t deny that aliens might exist.
“I feel like it could be real,” he tells Rogan. “I believe. But I’m not dedicating my life to search for it, you know? And I give it to him, man. To, like, honestly … to walk away from your fucking very successful band to go do that shit? … I have nothing but respect for his passion. But I couldn’t do that. It really shows, like, he’s very, very passionate about it.”
And what else does DeLonge seem passionate about? Mermen:
Mermen are def real. Mermaids are fiction but Mermen are the supernatural leaders of our world. Pure in heart, strength through love and wisdom like a blazing glorious sunset. #MerFuckingMen
Tom DeLonge, I am extremely interested to receive your input about the t.v. documentary, "Mermaid's" which, originally aired on Animal Planet...Many claim it is fake animation and they have done everything to discredit the scientists who were a part of the endeavor. What say u?
Executive produced by Oscar-winning filmmaker Robert Zemeckis, “Project Blue Book” is based on a real-life U.S. government operation of the same name and centers on the investigation by the U.S. Air Force into UFO sightings in the 1950s and ’60s. It was created by writer David O’Leary, who also serves as an executive producer.
Aiden Gillen stars as a brilliant yet underappreciated college astrophysics professor who is recruited to head the clandestine operation. Along with his Air Force captain partner (Michael Malarkey), who is assigned to debunk the stories, he is summoned to investigate UFO sightings around the country and uses science to discover what really happened. However, when some encounters cannot be explained and cases remain open, he begins to suspect that he has been duped by the government into a larger conspiracy to cover up the truth.
“This acquisition is uniquely suited for Syfy U.K. and, with top talent both in front [of] and behind the camera, we know viewers will be instantly hooked by these compelling, mysterious case files,” said Lee Raftery, managing director U.K. & emerging markets and chief marketing & content officer, NBC Universal International.
Neal McDonough, Michael Harney, Laura Mennell, and Ksenia Solo co-star. Brad Van Arragon serves as producer with series executive producers also including Sean Jablonski, Jacqueline Levine, Jack Rapke, Arturo Interian, and Barry Josen.
The 10-part series will premiere on Syfy in March. It debuted in the U.S. on the History Channel on Jan. 9.
In The Event Horizon Telescope's first episode of John Michael Godier's Event Horizon, we discuss the possibility of Alien civilizations moving to Galaxy Clusters to make the best use of mass and energy, why making copies of ourselves may be the key to interstellar travel and colonization, the habitability of planets around red dwarf stars such as Proxima Centauri, Black Holes, and so much more with our first guest Harvard Theoretical Physicist Dr. Avi Loeb, the Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science at Harvard University.
Zo wil een topastronoom bewijzen dat er op dit moment een buitenaards schip door ons zonnestelsel reist
Zo wil een topastronoom bewijzen dat er op dit moment een buitenaards schip door ons zonnestelsel reist
Avi Loeb blijft volhouden dat het interstellaire object Oumuamua, dat momenteel door ons zonnestelsel reist, onderdeel is van een buitenaards schip. Hij wil het nu ook gaan bewijzen.
In een interview met de Washington Post zegt het hoofd van de faculteit sterrenkunde van Harvard dat hij werkt aan een vergelijking die zal bewijzen dat het vreemde object deel uitmaakt van een buitenaards schip.
De astronoom denkt dat Oumuamua geen komeet of asteroïde is, zoals zijn collega’s suggereren, maar een lichtzeil.
Duwtje in de rug
Hij wijst erop dat het interstellaire object zich te snel voortbeweegt om een stuk steen te kunnen zijn. Het is alsof het een duwtje in de rug krijgt, aldus Loeb tegen de krant.
Hij denkt ook dat het geen komeet is, aangezien de karakteristieke staart ontbreekt.
Het klopt volgens Loeb ook niet dat Oumuamua sigaarvormig is. Hij zegt dat het een kilometer lang en één millimeter dik lichtzeil is, wat zo licht en zo dun is dat het de zonnestralen kan opvangen en gebruiken voor aandrijving.
Veel collega’s van de topastronoom hebben hem aangevallen vanwege zijn theorieën over Oumuamua.
Zelf zegt Loeb dat ze eerst maar eens moeten bewijzen dat hij ernaast zit.
Eeuwen geleden is het al in de bijbel voorspeld: “Aan het einde der tijden zult gij vreemde gezichten zien”. Wanneer ik zo eens om me heen kijk en het internet rond speur kan ik niets anders concluderen dan dat wij leven in het einde der tijden. Ook de Maya’s hebben eeuwen geleden al voorspeld dat 2012 het jaar zou zijn van een groot omslagpunt, het einde van een langdurig tijdperk.
Het jaar is 2012 is daar ook goed omschreven, want we weten inmiddels dat dit jaar inderdaad een omslagpunt was, waarbij de aardbevingen letterlijk in een stroomversnelling gingen. We zijn inmiddels alweer jaren verder en de aarde gaat tekeer als nooit tevoren.
Wanneer je regelmatig beelden bekijkt van wat er zoal gebeurt, dan zou je bijna bang worden en iedere keer als je denkt dat het niet veel heftiger kan worden, dan gebeurt dit toch weer en wordt er wederom een of ander record gebroken.
We krijgen van meerdere kanten tekenen dat dit inderdaad wel eens de eindtijd zou kunnen zijn. Zoals bijvoorbeeld tekenen uit de natuur, zoals onlangs ook weer in Japan.
Iets waar men in dat land als de dood voor is, is de riemvis.
Riemvissen (Regalecidae) vormen een familie uit de orde van de koningsvissen. Riemvissen komen overal voor in het open water van de oceanen. De vissen kunnen zeer lang worden, de ('gewone') riemvis tot 11 meter. De vissen hebben geen aarsvin, wel een zeer lange rugvin die voor op de kop begint. De eerste acht tot tien vinstralen van de rugvin zijn helder rood gekleurd en opvallend lang. De vissen hebben kleine ogen en geen tanden.
Het is niet dat men zozeer bang is voor wat deze vis hen kan aandoen, als wel de boodschap die deze vis brengt. In Japan hebben deze vissen een heel speciale betekenis en het volgende is wat wij hier al eerder over schreven.
In maart 2010 viel Japanse vissers een sterke toename van het aantal riemvissen op die of aanspoelden of werden gesignaleerd. Dat was in dezelfde maand dat er een heel krachtige aardbeving was van 8.8 op de schaal van Richter in Chili. Een die zo heftig was, dat men vermoedt dat de aardas zelfs iets is verschoven.
Omdat normaal gesproken deze vissen op een diepte van zo’n 1.000 meter leven is het ongewoon als ze naar de oppervlakte komen en volgens de Japanse folklore gebeurt dit als waarschuwing voor een op handen zijnde aardbeving. Volgens sommige wetenschappers kan hier misschien wel waarheid in schuilen, omdat vissen die op de bodem van de zee wonen, gevoeliger zijn voor seismische veranderingen.
In de maanden voor de zware aardbeving in Japan in maart 2011, werden er meer dan een dozijn aangespoelde riemvissen gesignaleerd die of waren aangespoeld of die verstrikt waren geraakt in de netten van vissers. Dit gebeurde in de districten Ishikawa, Toyama, Kyoto, Shimane en Nagasaki. Allemaal vlak in de buurt van het epicentrum van de aardbeving.
Nu schijnt het echter weer te beginnen en zijn er aan de Japanse westkust de afgelopen weken drie exemplaren of aangespoeld of gevangen in de netten van vissers.
De lokale sociale media gaan in overdrive en veel Japanners zetten zich schrap voor wellicht een volgende grote aardbeving, al dan niet met tsunami.
Het is slechts één van de vele ongewone dingen die zich voor doen. Ook bij ons hebben we nu te maken met een onverklaarbaar verschijnsel in de natuur:
De afgelopen weken zijn ruim 20.000 zeekoeten doodgegaan. "Dat is veel", zegt onderzoeker Mardik Leopold van de Wageningse universiteit. "Zo'n massale sterfte kennen we alleen uit de jaren 80 en 90." Dagelijks wordt er op elke kilometer strand langs de Nederlandse kust zo'n dode vogel gevonden. En dagelijks worden tientallen zieke, magere en ernstig verzwakte dieren bij de vogelasiels langs de kust binnengebracht. "Er is sprake van een alarmfase." De doodsoorzaak is nog niet duidelijk, al wordt er wel gezocht naar een verklaring.
Natuurlijk komt er een verklaring met een oorzaak. Er komt altijd een verklaring met een oorzaak, ook al hebben ze geen flauw idee wat het heeft veroorzaakt. Een verklaring met oorzaak is nodig om ervoor te zorgen dat de bevolking rustig verder slaapt en geen lastige vragen gaat stellen.
Maar, wat misschien nog wel het meest indringende van alles is, zijn beelden. Neem heel even de tijd en kijk wat er zoal gebeurde aan heftige dingen in de laatste dagen van januari.
Naast beelden zijn er geluiden. Geluiden die ergens vandaan komen en niemand weet waar. Geluiden die door merg en been gaan en waarvan je instinctief voelt dat ze niet alledaags zijn.
En de mens die bezig is onder de ontzielende leiding van de Saoedische kroonprins Mohammed Bin Salman de bouw van een New World Order stad, genaamd Neom. Dat niet alleen, die stad wordt gebouwd precies bij de Sinaïberg, de plek waar Mozes de tien geboden kreeg. Dit stuk land en de bijbehorende historie wordt verstopt gehouden door de Saoedi's en het is zelfs afgezet en ontoegankelijk gemaakt voor het publiek.
In the paranormal reporting business, there are occasionally stories that make you want to pass because there’s no way they can be true. And yet, with many of them, it’s not the first time an incident like it has happened and there could be more to it. Such is the case of a small report in the Mountain Reporter about an accident on a California highway that the driver insists was caused by extraterrestrials. Does this sound familiar to you?
“The man was not transported for his injuries and his claims of “alien intervention” during the traffic accident are under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.”
That’s the most interesting line of the brief account in theMountain Reporter of a traffic accident on State Route 18, the main highway into the rugged San Bernardino mountains in Southern California. Three California Highway Patrol units arrived at the scene around 1:30 pm to find a white Ford E350 van overturned. (Photo of the van here.) Why were three CHP cars in such a remote area near Rimforest?
“According to CHP transcripts of the original 911 call, the driver adamantly stated that his van was flipped over by aliens.”
A similar white Ford van
No incident report was available and the Mountain Reporter didn’t say if the driver – never named — was tested for impairment … the logical first thought in these types of incidents. However, those who follow UFO reports will know that unidentified flying objects have sometimes been said to stop cars and cause accidents. A series of such incidents occurred in 1965 in England and became known as the ‘Warminster Thing’. Many people reported hearing mysterious booms and seeing an orange flame in the sky emitting hisses and crackles. Among the reports were incidents of moving cars stopping after either the boom was heard or the flash was seen. While investigated for over 50 years, the mystery of the Warminster Thing and its effect on cars has never been solved.
No question what caused this accident … or is there?
This year (2019) marks the 40th anniversary of a police car accident in Marshall County, Minnesota, which the driver, Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson, blamed on a UFO. Johnson never changed his story from his original report of a bright beam of light heading towards his car, then surrounding it and rendering him unconscious. He claimed to be out for 39 minutes, during which time his watch stopped for 14 minutes, his windshield was shattered, lights were damaged and an antenna bent. Johnson had bruises and eye damage which a doctor compared to welder’s burn – a severe irritation caused by staring at a welder’s flame. Johnson refused to take a lie detector test but his testimony was accepted because of his clean record as a sheriff and because examinations of the accident scene and the car (which is on display at the Settler’s Square Historical Museum in Warren, MN) by professionals and UFO investigators could not definitively identify the cause of the accident and damages. Non-believers say either Johnson concocted the story to hide an accident or he was a victim of a prank gone bad.
Will more information come out about the “alien intervention” accident in California? We’ll keep watching. Was it a DUI? Let’s hope not. Will it become a San Bernardino Thing or a Rimforest incident? Let’s hope so … we need some good new UFO stories.
We’ve always known that the wars of the future would be fought with laser weapons and, well, here we are in the future. The militaries of all three of the world’s superpowers – China, Russia, and the US – are busy developing laser weaponspresumably capable of zapping a human being into dust in mere seconds. Or at leastcausing an excruciatingly painful burn. I mean, it’s 2019 after all. If we can’t have flying cars we might as well have giant death ray lasers, right?
Or tiny handheld laser pistols, I’m not picky.
This week, government and technology watchdog site Nextgov spotted a curious document published by the Naval Surface Warfare Center at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The weapons research facility published a solicitation for contractors to bid on destruction services, a fairly common occurrence in top-secret research circles. However, the nature of the materials to be destroyed is somewhat conspicuous: the Navy needs someone to destroy 4,000 pounds of hard disks and other digital media related to its laser weapons research and to do so with the utmost secrecy and security. What does this mean for the US military’s research into directed energy weapons?
It’s hard to say, as all of the materials slated for destruction are classified. The call for bids states that for an incineration facility to be considered for the contract, it must be within ten driving hours of White Sands Missile Range, be capable of destroying the materials down to ash within eight to ten hours, and have “at the minimum, secure entry, 24-hour armed guards and 24/7 camera surveillance with recordable date and time capabilities.” What could be stored in these media that’s so sensitive?
The US Navy has for some time been looking into using “directed energy weapons” like lasers to shoot down drones and missiles.
According to Nextgov, the Navy’s call for bids disappeared within hours. Has someone won the contract to destroy all of this secret weapons research? What does this revelation mean for the Navy’s development of directed energy weapons? Have they perfected a design and no longer need all of the prototypes and test data produced along the way? As with all things related to secret weapons research, we’ll likely never know – until the laser beams start flying.
Thanks to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Acts of both the United States and the United Kingdom, we know with complete certainty that various military and intelligence agencies have opened secret files on countless people who claim to have encountered otherworldly beings. The evidence, we know, dates back to the early 1950s. That was when the Federal Bureau of Investigation quietly opened files on numerous people in the Contactee field. They included George Adamski,George Van Tassel, Orfeo Angelucci, and Truman Bethurum. All of them – and many more too – came under the careful and secret scrutiny of J. Edgar Hoover’s G-Men. The surveillance had very little to do with the claimed encounters of the characters above, but just about everything to do with the pro-Russian statements some of the Contactees made.
Of course, the Contactee experience didn’t involve people being abducted against their will. For the most part, the so-called Space Brothers would invite amazed people onto their craft. The Space Brothers were benevolent, human-looking figures who wanted nothing more than to help steer us away from worldwide, nuclear destruction and the extinction of life on Earth. This is in stark contrast to what erupted, all across the globe, just a few years after the likes of Van Tassel and Adamski were riding high. Suddenly, government agencies were faced with another non-human phenomenon – a very much unforeseen one. It was a phenomenon which concerned the governments of both the United States and the United Kingdom.
A stark and chilling realization hit government agencies square in the face: strange creatures from faraway worlds were kidnapping citizens of this planet. People were being subjected to medical experiments of kinds which puzzled those tasked with studying the situation; memories were being wiped clean; and there was a new threat to national security. Forget the Russians: sinister entities from an entirely different realm of existence to ours were using us like cattle. And, in the very early days – when the Betty and Barney Hill saga reached the media and the public – it seemed that nothing could be done to bring the onslaught to an end. Indeed, not only were government agencies confused and vulnerable to the activities of the new gang in town; they were hit by a terrible realization that they were unable to do anything about the growing intrusion in our very midst.
In other words, in the early years of the alien enigma, agencies were still very much in the dark, doing their utmost to come to grips with something that overwhelmingly baffled them. The military was used to dealing with enemies that wanted to destroy us. The United States Government knew that the Soviets were a major threat – and they knew how to handle them, in just the same way that the Soviets knew how to handle the Western world. The problem, as we have seen, though, is that the Grey abductors didn’t act like regular enemies: they didn’t attack us, they didn’t destroy our cities in Independence Day-style, and they never landed on the White House lawn and demanded worldwide surrender. Rather, they acted in a stealthy, odd way which agencies – particularly the military – had a hard time coming to grips with. There was no outright aggression, but there was no friendly approach either.
So, what did our leaders do? Agencies took what they felt was the best approach possible – maybe even the only approach possible, taking into consideration the fact that the aliens were infinitely years ahead of us, in terms of science and technology. There really was only one option available to governments. That was to watch – and watch closely – what was going on. To keep the abductees under surveillance.. To stay fully aware of the growing alien abduction epidemic – at least, to the extent that they were able to. And to stand ready and prepared for any significant changes in the clandestine actions of the Greys.
This is why, as the 1960s became the 1970s, we saw the rise of the black helicopter and “phantom helicopter” phenomena. It was in the early 1970s that elements of the government secretly assigned a significant budget towards creating helicopter-based quick-reaction teams that could respond to alien abduction events, and monitor the homes of abductees across the United States. The project even used those same helicopters to try and figure out the connection between abductions and the cattle mutilation phenomenon. That encounters involving alien abductees and those mysterious helicopters are still being reported is a very good indication that this particular kind of aerial surveillance is still very much afoot.
Let’s not forget that there is an even stranger aspect to all of this. It’s that of the MILABS controversy. We’re talking about Military-based abductor teams fabricating abduction events – such as the trauma-filled Charles Hickson-Calvin Parker abduction late one night in October 1973 in Mississippi – to try and place the aliens in an even more dangerous light than they already seem to be. Or, in the Brazilian affair of Antonio Villas Boas in October 1957, to make the whole abduction issue appear utterly ridiculous by bringing the issue of wild alien-human sex into the equation. Many researchers of the UFO issue outright dismissed the Villas Boas story when it first surfaced – which was exactly what the government wanted: keep Ufologists from investigating the real abductions, by trying to convince those same Ufologists that all of the tales of alien abduction – and sex with extraterrestrials – were ludicrous and the works of hoaxers.
From the 1950s to the present day, it has been an undeniably wild ride.
I was looking through some gigipan photos of Mars and found some really strange objects, each of which tells it own story from its detail. First is the skull above which has a lower jaw beak like a turtle or even the upper and lower beak of a triceratops dinosaur. The detail is extraordinary and had the rover spotted it, it would have intrigued world scientists for months. I believe this is a sculpture...since it lacks the upper face details most fossils would defiantly have. There was also a flat sculpture of a bearded face. I added color to it to more easily see the details due to its crude and aged appearance. It would appear that the culture that made these were of lower intelligence...like that of prehistoric earth. Did you notice his ear is lower than ours?
Then at the bottom of this post is a screenshot of another face...again a old male with an open mouth and high detailed lower teeth and jaw. His eyebrows, eyes, mouth nose, cheeks all highly stand out. These sculptures are undeniable proof that aliens...intelligent or not...once lived on Mars.
I would also like to add something...this ancient society on Mars...is a male dominate culture. I find very few female faces and most the faces I find are male with beards, crowns, moustaches, aged older males with wrinkles. That alone may account for a large reason why their species went extinct...they dismissed the intelligence and ingenuity of the females of their species, thus increasing the odds of destroying themselves and their society. Male and female combined intelligence creates a balance and increases the chance of survival of any species. Scott C. Waring-Taiwan
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UFO Sighting Video: Mysterious Objects Seen Flying In Formation Over China
UFO Sighting Video: Mysterious Objects Seen Flying In Formation Over China
Many UFO enthusiasts suggest that aliens are watching us after a fleet of unidentified flying objects were seen hovering over a Chinese city.
A video that was uploaded to YouTube appears to show multiple UFOs moving above China. While the details of the video may be scarce as the uploader doesn’t say which area of China they are spotted, the clip clearly shows something suspicious. The video shows three UFOs in formation moving overhead.
The strange aerial objects differ in size with the center one being by far the biggest.
The variation of size had led some to think that the UFOs were not human-made as the fleet would likely all have been of the same aircraft if they were terrestrial.
Some UFO enthusiasts believe that extraterrestrials are watching us across the globe. They say that UFOs are everywhere and they vary in size, some are big and some are as small as baseballs.
Certain quarters of conspiracy theorists say that China being the secretive nation has its own Area 51. They believe it is located in the middle of nowhere in the Gobi Desert where they see a series of strange structures.
Open Minds UFO Radio:Nick Pope investigated UFOs for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defense (MoD) for several years in the early 1990s. He was skeptical about the phenomenon when he began looking into the matter. However, after having reviewed several credible cases Nick concluded that UFOs pose a real mystery, and unidentified vehicles in our airspace could pose a threat to national security. Since he has left the MoD, Nick has authored a book on the UK’s most credible and famous UFO case, Encounter in Rendlesham Forest: The Inside Story of the World’s Best-Documented UFO Incident. He is also a journalist and media commentator.
Recently, Nick was able to obtain Department of Defense (DoD) files regarding Advanced Aerospace Identification Program (AATIP), often referred to as the Pentagon’s secret UFO project. These are some of the very few official releases of documents related to AATIP that have surfaced. In this episode, we discuss what is in the files and how he received them. Nick also explains what we can infer from the documents, and why they are significant.
The observable universe is some 93 billion light-years across. The whole universe is almost certainly much larger than that. But we still don’t know whether or not it’s infinite.
It takes some mental gymnastics to wrap your head around how big the universe is — and we’re not even sure of its actual size is (we’ll get to that a bit later). Think of it this way: in a single second, light travels around 300,000 kilometers (186,000 miles). The distance that light traveling at this speed travels in a year is called a light-year. The observable universe is 93 billion light-years across. What lies beyond that, we don’t know — we can’t observe it in any possible way and we’re not really sure. So we suspect that there’s still a lot of universe beyond that, though we’re not sure how much.
Although astronomers have frantically looked for an answer, we also don’t know if the universe is infinite or not — and to make matters even more complicated, “infinite” might also mean more than one thing.
Let’s see what we know so far, what the plausible possibilities are, and what we can guess off of that.
The observable universe
For starters, the fact that we know the observable universe to be 93 billion light-years across is astonishing — that’s a great story in itself, and you can read about it extensively here — but how do we know it? Well, the story starts out with an Austrian mathematician and physicist called Christian Doppler.
In the 19th century, Doppler tried to explain an unusual phenomenon about electromagnetic waves: if and observer moves towards or away from the source of a wave, the length of that wave decreases or increases respectively. This is now called the Doppler effect and was confirmed for essentially all types of waves.
For astronomers, this is extremely important. If you have some stars you can use as a reference (a sort of cosmic “candle“), you can look for all sorts of anomalies in the wavelengths you’re seeing. If you’re seeing increased wavelengths, the object is moving away from you (redshift), and if the wavelengths are getting smaller, it’s moving towards you (blueshift).
In the 1920s, Edwin Hubble discovered something unusual. Sure, some things are moving towards each other and others are moving away, but in a general sense, everything seems to be moving away from everything else. Simply put, the universe appears to be expanding. This was truly a groundbreaking moment — a paradigm shift from the universe which was once thought to be fixed and stable. Not only that, but this universal expansion also appears to be accelerating. We still don’t know exactly why or how this happens, but subsequent measurements have confirmed and refined this idea.
Studying redshift is fundamental for studying cosmic distances, especially for things which lie far away. But this is where things start to get a bit tricky.
If you’re looking at something that’s, say, 1 light year away, you see it the way it was 1 year ago. But in that year, the universe has expanded, so the distance between you and that object is now greater than 1 light year.
Astronomical observations have found the age of the universe to be around 13.7 billion years, and one of the farthest objects we’ve ever discovered is a galaxy called GN-z11. This galaxy is 13.4 billion years old, which is incredibly old. However, although it took light from it 13.4 billion to reach us, the galaxy lies way farther than 13.4 billion light-years away — in fact, astronomers believe it to be a whopping 32 billion light-years from Earth! So it’s misleading to think that the age of the universe (in years) also represents its size (in light years). But we can go even farther than that.
We can detect some photons which were formed before any other star or galaxy. These earliest photons come from the so-called cosmic microwave background (CMBR), faint cosmic background radiation filling all space. This is the earliest known electromagnetic radiation — and as far as we can tell, it’s the oldest thing we can detect.
Some of our most accurate estimates of the CMBR come from the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), which, along with other estimates, found that farthest observable photons come from 46.5 billion light-years away. This would mean that our observable universe is, at the very least, 93 billion light-years across (46.5 in both directions).
We have no idea where we are in relationship to the universe in general, but there’s no reason to believe that we occupy a special position. At any rate, the observable universe is estimated to be about 93 billion light years. But what lies outside our observable universe?
Wrap your head around this
The blunt answer is… we don’t really know. We can’t observe anything outside of the observable universe (doh!), so we can’t really know for sure — but that doesn’t mean we can’t make assumptions.
There are different studies attempting to calculate the real size of the universe. For instance, one statistical estimate carried out by Oxford researchers found that the universe might be 251 times larger than the observable universe, which would put it at 23,343 light-years across. Even so, that’s on the conservative side — one study reports that the universe is megaparsecs across, with one megaparsec being 3.26 million light years. That’s a number so big that the unit of measure doesn’t even count. Whether you express it in meters or light-years or megaparsecs, the different just gets lost in the final digits.
The structure of the Universe does not appear to repeat in some significant way. For all we know, it could very well be infinite.
If the universe were to be this big, then even if it’s not technically infinite, it could still be practically infinite — nothing from our location could reach its edge or vice versa. But it gets even weirder!
Remember, we live in an expanding universe — we know that from Hubble. But Hubble was off on his initial measurements: recent studies have converged on an expansion rate around 70/km/megaparsec. So if something is one megaparsec away, it’s moving away at a rate of 70 km/s. If it’s 2 megaparsecs, it’s receding at 140 km/s, at 3 megaparsecs it’s 210 km/s, and so on.
Let’s do a gross simplification: the observable universe is 93 billion light-years across — that’s 28.500 megaparsecs. This would mean that the points which are farthest away are receding at a speed of about 2,000,000 km/s — that’s almost 10 times higher than the speed of light! But the theory of special relativity tells us nothing can move faster than the speed of light, so what gives?
Well, technically, the universe isn’t moving. It’s not like something is moving at 2 million km/s — space itself is expanding at that rate. General relativity does a better job of dealing with this type of conundrum, but even general relativity is, in a sense, a local law — with “local” being limited to our universe. We have no idea what’s going on “outside” the universe, if such an outside exists, or if it even makes sense.
Furthermore, notice that the expansion rate isn’t a speed: it’s a speed per distance. So while cosmic objects are getting farther away from one another, they aren’t moving away from one another. But if you were to try to reach these far away places, you’d have to travel faster than the speed of light, which is impossible (according to our knowledge). You can even calculate that objects farther than 4,740 megaparsecs are moving away at a rate higher than the speed of light and could therefore never reach one another. Galaxies closer than that are still emitting light that can reach us. Of course, this all relies on the assumption that the universe will continue to expand, which may or may not be true. The universe could stop expanding and start collapsing onto itself for all we know, or it could expand faster and faster forever.
So even if the universe is not theoretically infinite, from a practical point — it quite likely is. But that still doesn’t really answer the question, does it?
To infinity… and beyond!
The universe may be infinite, but we can only analyze a finite part of it (the part in which light has had time to reach us). As far as we can see, there are galaxies in every direction with no sign of slowing down. Simply put, we’ve seen no sign of an edge of the universe.
Olber’s paradox says that if the universe extends infinitely, then no matter where you look, you would eventually fall on the direction of a star, so the night sky would completely light up. Since this doesn’t happen, then the universe can’t be infinite. However, Olber’s paradox might be explained by the fact that some objects are simply too far away for their light to reach us, or there is just too much dust in the universe obscuring our view. It could also be that stars aren’t distributed on random directions, but rather take on a fractal distribution — so Olber’s paradox doesn’t ultimately do all that much in the way of disproving an infinite universe.
Another argument attempting to debunk an infinite universe is that during the Big Bang, the universe was condensed into an infinitesimal point, so how can something infinite derive from something finite?
This, however, relies on an incorrect assumption: the Big Bang wasn’t an eruption in space, it was an eruption of space. Before it, space did not exist, so something could not be big or small. It was a point of infinite energy, which again, doesn’t do much to clear up whether the universe can be infinite or not.
Let’s approach things another way: if the universe is expanding, what is it expanding into? Well, as far as we can tell, it’s not that the universe is expanding into something — space itself is expanding. In other words, it’s not like the edge of the universe is always moving forward, but more like all points in the universe are moving apart. Think of it like raisins in a dough: you put it in the oven, and all the raisins are pushed apart by the expansion of the dough. But still, if the universe is finite, then it probably has an edge and an “outside” — what those things would be like, however, we don’t really know.
Here’s another intriguing question: if the universe really is infinite, does that mean there’s an infinite number of you’s out there? Are there different variations of you, like one in which you have cat ears, and another one in which you’re immortal? That may very well happen, surprisingly enough — but it’s not that simple.
The odds of someone exactly like you are infinitesimal — from a cosmic standpoint, the odds are so small that they’re essentially 0. If the universe is infinite, then the odds of a new you are basically infinity times zero — a type of problem which has haunted mathematicians for centuries.
0 × ∞ = ?
For the less math-savvy out there, this is a type of indeterminate problem: on one hand, the answer should be 0, because everything multiplied by zero is zero. But on the other hand, the answer should be infinity, because everything multiplied by infinity is infinity. The answer relies on how “zero” that zero really is, and how “infinite” that infinity really is. In our practical case, we don’t know how infinitesimal the odds of evolving a specific life form are, so the problem remains indeterminate. You could be the only you out there, or there could be an infinite number of variations — it’s also possible that there’s a finite number of you’s out there, which makes it even weirder.
Drawing the line
You’ve probably realized that there’s a lot of if‘s, maybe‘s, and we don’t know‘s in this conversation. That’s just the way things are right now — we’re still only starting to scratch the surface of cosmic truths.
There’s no clear-cut answer to whether the universe is infinite or not, but in this case, the reward is in the journey, not the destination.
The one thing we do know is that the universe is big. It’s a big and mysterious place, equally wondrous and terrifying. The fact that we, the results of stardust and physical forces, are trying to understand its nature is equally wondrous — and equally terrifying.
In Californië weten ze niet wanneer maar wel dat het zal komen; een allesvernietigende aardbeving die ze de Big One noemen.
Met tektonische platen die bewegen en 39 afzonderlijke aardbevingen in een tijdsbestek van 24 uur, begint men zich nu toch wel wat zorgen te maken.
Het is bijna niet voor te stellen dat de maatschappij gewoon iedere dag doorgaat met waar ze gisteren zijn gebleven en geen enkel oog heeft voor de tekenen die ons om de oren vliegen.
De mainstream media verkneukelden zich eind 2012 toen de wereld niet werd vernietigd door een Apocalyps.
Wat bijna niemand in de gaten had, was dat eind 2012 een enorm keerpunt voor de wereld betekende. Dit was het moment waarop aardveranderingen in een enorme stroomversnelling terechtkwamen en waarbij het aantal jaarlijkse aardbevingen letterlijk als een raket omhoog schoot.
Niet alleen worden dit soort dingen systematisch voor het publiek verborgen gehouden, ook is het naïef om te denken dat dit alles zonder verdere gevolgen zal blijven.
En zo komen we terecht in de Amerikaanse staat Californië, waar wetenschappers al heel lang zeggen dat The Big One zal toeslaan op “een kwade dag”. The Big One is een allesvernietigende aardbeving aan de westkust en plaatsen zoals Los Angeles en San Francisco.
Dit gebied ligt ook nog eens op de bekende Ring of Fire, waardoor de gevaren nog eens extra worden versterkt.
Er komen dan ook steeds meer aanwijzingen dat The Big One veel dichterbij is dan men graag zou willen. Afgelopen week is het heel erg onrustig geweest in dat gebied. Zoals in het weekend toen de kust voor Californië minimaal tien aardbevingen te verwerken kreeg van een kracht van minimaal drie op de schaal van Richter.
De lokale kranten brengen berichten waarin ze schrijven dat ze hopen dat dit niet de opmaat is naar iets veel groters en dat het hierbij zal blijven.
Het begon zaterdagochtend met de bevingen en het bleef maar doorgaan. Bevingen met een kracht van 3.0 tot en met 4.5. Iets verder naar het zuiden werd bij Mexico afgelopen vrijdag een beving gemeten met een kracht van 6.6 op de schaal van Richter.
En de miljoen mensen die wonen in en rondom de eerder genoemde steden gaan gewoon door met hun leven en hopen maar dat er niets zal gebeuren. Eigenlijk is dat vreemd zeker gezien de conclusie van een recent wetenschappelijk onderzoek.
Die conclusie is dat wanneer er echt een grote aardbeving in dat gebied voorvalt, er een aanzienlijke kans is dat grote delen van Californië in een oogwenk in zee zullen verdwijnen. En het sinistere is dat dit kan gebeuren zonder ook maar de geringste waarschuwing.
Volgens professor Matt Kirby van de Cal State Fullerton universiteit zal het zo snel gaan, dat tegen de tijd dat je in de gaten hebt wat er eigenlijk aan de hand is, het al te laat is en je het zeewater ziet binnenstromen.
Californië ligt op één van de meest bekende breuklijnen ter wereld, de San Andreas, en wanneer je naar het volgende plaatje kijkt, dan zul je zien dat het niet ondenkbaar is dat er een deel van deze staat zal afbreken en in zee terechtkomen.
De tektonische platen van de aarde schijnen ook steeds meer in beweging te komen en op sommige plaatsen zelfs af te breken. Op het onderstaande kaartje zie je de situatie voor de kust van Californië.
Je ziet daar dat er twee van die platen langs elkaar schuiven. Hierdoor ontstaat volgens wetenschappers ooit de situatie dat Los Angeles naast San Francisco zal liggen. Dit soort bewegingen vindt plaats langs de San Andreas breuklijn.
Dan is er voor de kust daar ook nog een gebied waar de dunnere tektonische plaat van de oceaan onder die van het continent duikt. Men noemt dit de Cascadia Subduction Zone.
Hoewel minder bekend dan de San Andreas breuklijn, denken wetenschappers dat dit gebied de “Big One” zal gaan veroorzaken.
Autoriteiten nemen de dreiging in ieder geval wel serieus, want ze hebben afgelopen juni een enorme oefening gehouden met de naam Cascadia Rising waarbij de gevolgen van een 9.0 aardbeving werden gesimuleerd.
An incredible image was captured that shows the entire dark side of the Moon as well as Earth in the distance. Since we can’t see the dark side of the Moon from here on Earth, this is one spectacular photo to say the least.
The image was captured on February 3rd by a team of radio amateurs who were using the Chinese Longjiang-2 satellite. Once they took the picture, they downloaded it with the Dwingeloo Radio Telescope which is located in the Netherlands. The team, which is led by Harbin Institute of Technology, sent twin micro-satellites into space last spring along with China’s Queqiao satellite.
Previously taken picture of the Moon (not the photo indicated in this article)
After a quiet period in order to prevent interfering with the Chang’e 4 Lunar landing, the satellite started up again on January 13th. Then on February 3rd, the team sent a command to start taking pictures and that’s when they noticed that Earth, as well as the entire dark side of the moon, were seen together.
In a blog post, astronomer Cees Bassa wrote, “The first image from this time-lapse was downloaded with the Dwingeloo telescope on February 4, 2019. For the first time, the entire Moon and Earth are in view.” In previous photos, they were able to get images of Earth but only a portion of the moon, that’s why this photograph of the both of them is so stunning.
Previously taken picture of Earth from the Moon surface (not the photo indicated in this article)
The team explained that it’s an exhausting and very carefully planned procedure to set up the shots and receive the data from them. But it’s definitely worth it when they capture a picture like the one they took on February 3rd.
It’s only been in the past several decades that humans have seen for the first time the dark side of the Moon. Since it always faces away from Earth, nobody has seen it except for a very lucky few. In fact, it was only in 1959 that the Soviet Luna 3 spacecraft took the first pictures of the far side of the Moon. And it took another nine years, in 1968, before astronauts on the Apollo 8 spacecraft became the first ever humans to see its far side when they were orbiting our Moon. Then just this year, on January 2, 2019, China’s Chang’e 4 became the first spacecraft to touch down on the lunar’s far side.
‘Oumuamua has been on a long, strange journey not only in terms of its voyage from a distant corner of space and through our own Solar System, but also in terms of the discussion surrounding the mysterious interstellar object. Since its initial discovery in 2017, professional astronomers and amateur stargazers alike have put forward all manner of theories concerning the curious traveler, most prominent being the claim made by Harvard astronomy chair Avi Loeb who adamantly stands by his claim that ‘Oumuamua could be an alien spacecraft.
Loeb argues that ‘Oumuamua could be a type of solar sail which uses the radiation from stars to propel itself through space.
Naturally, dead-eyed, cynical astronomy professors in their ivory towers everywhere have been attacking Loeb’s theory. How dare a scientist consider all possibilities and acknowledge the possibility, however small, that intelligent life could exist somewhere other than Earth! While Loeb and other scientists publicly debate whether or not ‘Oumuamua could be an alien craft or probe traveling by means of solar sail, a NASA astronomer quietly published a paper this week with his own theory about the first known interstellar visitor to our Solar System.
Zdenek Sekanina, an astronomer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, believes that ‘Oumuamua could be a “monstrous fluffy dust aggregate” left behind by the violent destruction of a comet. According to a new study Sekanina published in the open source journal arXiv.org, ‘Oumuamua very well could be a loosely-bound cloud of dust zooming through the universe like a cosmic zombie after a “recent explosive event” destroyed what was once a comet.
Who knows, maybe alien civilizations somewhere can create spacecraft which look to us like fluffy clouds of dust. We have no clue what any alien races, if they exist, are capable of producing.
Sekanina cites an Oort Cloud comet known as C/2017 S3 which exploded and left behind another “monstrous, extremely fluffy aggregate of loosely bound dust grains” which continued to fly through the cosmos. Could ‘Oumuamua be another one of these comet corpse clouds? Ultimately, we may never know, as the object quickly sped past Earth and around the Sun on its way to eventually exit our Solar System in 20,000 years. Will we ever know the true nature of this interstellar visitor? Could ‘Oumuamua indeed be an alien probe or is it a fluffy cloud of dust?
On January 29, 2019 a giant anomaly, possible an alien mothership, suddenly appeared on the Secchi Cor2A satellite.
It is possible that the object is closer to the camera than the sun, even though the size must be enormous.
And it is not for the first time that UFOs have been spotted on NASA’s satellites.
Many UFOs, other unknown objects possible under intelligent control and even triangular craft like a TR-3B have been observed near the sun over the years and despite decades of denial by NASA we all know that it is not always a camera reflection or a cosmic dust particle.
The melting of the Arctic and Greenland ice sheets have long been known to be caused by climate change. Now, two new papers conclude that the effects of this melting have been overestimated: they may cause much less sea rise and climate shifts than we thought. However, ice will continue to melt at an accelerated rate, causing even more global warming.
Very young sea ice and sea smoke in from of the Stange ice shelf in the Ronne Entrance, Southern Bellingshausen Sea. Image credits: Mark Brandon.
While some media and politicians are still debating whether climate change is happening and what its causes are, the science is very clear on this: climate change is happening, and we are causing it. Moderate estimates find that temperatures will rise by 3-4 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, and we are already feeling the effects.
However, the details of this warming are still being analyzed. For instance, we know that melting ice sheets will accelerate global warming largely due to the albedo effect: ice and snow are white and they reflect much of the Sun’s energy. When they melt, they leave behind something darker, which will absorb more solar energy and exacerbate the warming.
However, it’s still not clear just how much this accelerated melting will contribute to sea level rise. Two papers shed some new light on this phenomenon, concluding that things are (surprisingly) a bit better than we anticipated.
In the first paper, Nicholas Golledge and colleagues use satellite measurements of recent ice-mass changes to refine simulations of the melting Antarctic and Greenland ice sheets and their potential impacts. Their models suggest that the melted ice will form a freshwater lens on the surface, allowing rising water to spread out, causing further melting of ice underwater and furthering overall melting. However, even with this effect, we might not see the sea level rise all that much worldwide — contradicting some predictions from 2016, which claimed that this type of cliff collapse could add more than a meter to rising seas by 2100.
Renegar Glacier, Transantarctic Mountains, East Antarctica. Once considered inert, the East Antarctic Ice Sheet is now showing increasing signs of change.
Image credits: Nick Golledge.
The reason for this contradiction is connected to ice collapse. Most previous studies analyzing sea level rise used ice-cliff collapses to explain the observed measurements. However, when Golledge and colleagues looked at ice-losses 3 million years ago, 125,000 years ago, and over the last 25 years in more detail, they found that the results can be explained without the need for such collapses. So it’s not clear if or how such collapses should be included in future predictions. Dr. Tamsin Edwards, Lecturer in Physical Geography at King’s College London who led the work, says:
‘We’ve shown that ice-cliff instability doesn’t appear to be an essential mechanism in reproducing past sea level changes and so this suggests ‘the jury’s still out’ when it comes to including it in future predictions. Even if we do include ice-cliff instability, our more thorough assessment shows that the most likely contribution to sea level rise would be less than half a metre by 2100.’
In the second paper, Associate Professor Nick Golledge from Victoria University of Wellington and colleagues including Dr. Edwards report that current climate models do not consider the full effect of melting ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.
Essentially, melting will slow the Atlantic ocean circulation, trapping warm water below the surface in the southern hemisphere and hereby causing more Antarctic loss. This also increases temperatures variability, resulting in more frequent extreme weather events. Golledge comments:
“Melt from these ice sheets is going to significantly disrupt the global climate making temperatures in some areas vary much more from one year to the next. This unpredictability is going to prove extremely disruptive for all of us, and will make adaptation and planning much more difficult.”
So while both papers suggest that sea level rise won’t be as dramatic as some models predicted, it’s quite likely that ice will melt at an accelerated rate, with severe consequences worldwide. It’s yet another reminder that climate change has diverse and often unpredictable effects.
Amazing UFO fleet sighting in Denmark (video analysis) is about several unknown lights caught on video over Alleroed city on August 7th 2010. The sighting was recorded with an iPhone and the unknown lights seen in the video stands out pretty clear. What youtube user Femse filmed that night, is in my opinion one of the more interesting UFO sightings from Denmark.
You can hear the witnesses speak almost excitedly in the video (Danish language) which is fully understandable in relation to what they are seeing. There was real magic in the air that night, the unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) lasted for whole 20 minutes.
Amazing UFO fleet sighting
Then I first saw this video, I was amazed by the details of some of the lights. There are two large unidentified flying objects in the footage. The first large object shown in below picture has one big white light and four smaller more faint ones, also white. You will find it at the start of the video (above) at 0:12 where it is seen together with a smaller object that seems spherical.
The other large object shown in below picture has two big lights, one green, and one white. It is followed by a triangle with what appears to be three spherical objects. You will find it at the very end of the video (above) at 4:36
If you see the video to the end, you will notice that there are a whole fleet of UFOs. The partly shaken recording does not prevent us from discovering multiple lights in the footage.
SUFOI says chinese lanterns
Scandinavian UFO Information (SUFOI) immediately turned this UFO sighting down, claiming it was just Chinese lanterns. But the two pictures above with the two large objects seem not to resemble Chinese lanterns.
The lights on the first large object seem to render up an actual fixed structure behind the white glowing lights. The other large object has a clear green and white light, not really the typical Chinese lantern-profile with the orange-reddish glow.
I wonder why SUFOI chose to go with the lantern theory alone? Some of the small objects actually have a red glow more than orange. If they were the only type of objects seen I understand. But the small ones are seen together with the large ones. So why they chose to put the blind eye on the large objects is a mystery to me.
The witness account translated from Danish
I stood in my garden and smoked a cigarette when I suddenly saw a big ball come flying. It flew faster than a plane and was completely silent. Since I could not see it anymore, I looked back from where it first came, and then 2 more, and so it went on for approx. 20 min. There were maybe 50 of them. We filmed it on the phone and took pictures with a digital camera. They flew all along the same route and same height. They were all the same size but one that was maybe twice as big. It seemed like it flew closer, and not quite the same path as the others, but ended with flying the same course as the first and then disappeared into the horizon. It ended with I could not see them anymore because they were blocked from my field of view of trees and roofs.
The UFO sighting in Denmark is an interesting case, because the same type of mysterious light, specifically the large objects, were also observed in North Carolina in Hendersonville on October 17, 2011, one year and 70 days after the sighting in Denmark.
The North Carolina UFO was observed by three witnesses who recorded the object, as it traveled across the sky, exactly as the UFOs did in Denmark. I think the sighting in Hendersonville supports Femse´s sighting in Denmark, because it reveals that she was probably not the only one who saw this aerial phenomenon.
The UFO from North Carolina that was reported to MUFON under case number #32678, have the same profile as the one filmed in Denmark. It has one big light and two smaller ones. There is indeed some correlation in the characteristics here, please go and see for your self in the North Carolina UFO Sighting
UFO fleet sighting short video analysis
I made a short video analysis for the UFO fleet sighting in Denmark, pointing out the large vessels seen in the footage. Here you can see more about the North Carolina UFO relation. The video was made in relation to an old blog I do not author anymore.
What do you think about this UFO fleet sighting? Are they all Chinese lanterns or is this actually the UAP (unidentified aerial phenomenon) unfolding right in front of you? To say that the two large objects are real UFOs together with a flock of Chinese lanterns would also be quite an amazing thought.
In my humble opinion, this was one of the largest UFO sightings in Denmark caught on video, which should have had its own place in the history of Danish ufology. But our local reporting center SUFOI turned it down…
14 UFO REPORTS BY PILOTS AND ASTRONAUTS THAT WILL HAVE YOU CONVINCED
14 UFO REPORTS BY PILOTS AND ASTRONAUTS THAT WILL HAVE YOU CONVINCED
UFO encounters are often dismissed by skeptics as the product of attention-seekers, hoaxes, or simply overactive imaginations. But what happens when the UFO is seen by some of the most trained and trustworthy professionals around? Compared to encounters by ground-dwelling civilians, cases of UFOs seen by pilots and astronauts are some of the most credible UFO stories around.
These UFO sightings are, perhaps, the most convincing because these witnesses are highly respected professionals whom we trust with our lives. These individuals have nothing to gain by putting their careers and reputations on the line reporting bizarre happenings in the skies.
More shocking is the sheer volume of these reported incidents that happen every year. Here’s a list of some of the more notable sightings of alien spacecraft by pilots and astronauts.
1. Pilots Chiles and Whitted Reported a Double-Decker “Flying Cigar”
The granddaddy of all UFO encounters has been giving professionals the chills for decades because of the credibility of the witnesses and the fact that it proceeded “UFO mania” in the popular media.
The event happened in the early morning hours of July 24, 1948. Clarence Chiles, chief pilot, and John Whitted, co-pilot, were flying an Eastern Airlines passenger plane near Montgomery, Alabama, at about 5,000 feet altitude on a clear night.
At about 2:45 am, Chiles “saw a dull red glow above and ahead of the aircraft.” He told Whitted, “Look, here comes a new Army jet job.”
The object closed on their DC-3 in a matter of seconds, and flew past the right side of their plane before it pulled “up with a tremendous burst of flame out of its rear and zoomed up into the clouds.” The pilots said that the object looked like a flying cigar with two decks and windows.
One of the plane’s passengers, C.L. McKelvie, also reported seeing a “bright streak of light” that flashed by his window.
The military and scientific skeptics later challenged the account, saying that it was probably a meteor the pilots and passenger saw – although it must be pointed out that few meteors have windows for passengers or zoom straight up in a rapid climb, rather than falling down to earth. Additionally, both men claimed they got a good, long (10 to 15 seconds) look at the object. The event remains one of the most cited examples of credible “UFO” encounters.
2. Astronaut Leroy Chiao Reported a UFO While on a Space Walk with the ISS
In 2005, astronaut Leroy Chiao, commander of the International Space Station, reported a UFO encounter during a space walk. He and a colleague were installing navigation antennas when something unusual caught Chiao’s eye. Below him in the Earth’s atmosphere he saw a line of lights that looked like “an upside-down question mark.”
One non-UFO explanation for Chiao’s sighting offered by skeptics is that Chiao simply saw the bright lights of a fishing boat hundreds of miles below him. Of course, those would have to be some pretty insanely powerful fishing lights to be seen all the way in outer space – and why Chiao didn’t see the lights of other boats all over the ocean has never been explained.
On the night of October 1, 1948, Gorman was preparing to land his P-51 when he saw a light aircraft outlined plainly about 500 feet below him. He called the tower, but the operator there told him they knew of no other planes in the area.
Gorman informed the tower that he was going to investigate. He closed to within about 1,000 yards and took a good look at the object.
It was about six to eight inches in diameter, clear white, and completely round without fuzz at the edges. It was blinking on and off. As I approached, however, the light suddenly became steady and pulled into a sharp left bank. I thought it was making a pass at the tower.
Gorman says the light suddenly charged him. When collision seemed imminent, the object suddenly shot straight up into the air in a steep climb-out, disappearing overhead. Gorman again attempted to pursue it, but his plane went into a power stall at about 14,000 feet, and the object was not seen again. It was then 9:27 pm.
In the airport control tower, traffic controllers Lloyd D. Jensen and H. E. Johnson also saw a strange light near the airfield. In a statement to Major D. C. Jones, commander of the 17th Fighter Squadron at Hector airport, Gorman said he was convinced that there was “thought” behind the maneuvers.
George F. Gorman retired from the Air Force in 1969 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and settled in Texas.
4. Major Cooper Witnessed a UFO, But NASA Forbade Reporters to Ask Him About It
Even the original Mercury astronauts had strange encounters in outer space. Major Gordon Cooper (who was later famously played by actor Dennis Quaid in the blockbuster film The Right Stuff) had more than one UFO encounter.
The most well-known one took place on May 15, 1963, when he was shot into space in a Mercury capsule for a 22-day journey around the world. During the final orbit, Cooper told the tracking station at Muchea (near Perth, Australia) that he could see a glowing, greenish object ahead of him that was closing fast on his spacecraft. The UFO was picked up by Muchea’s tracking radar – so there is no doubt it actually existed.
Cooper’s sighting was reported by NBC, but when Cooper landed, reporters were told that they would not be allowed to question him about the UFO sighting.Major Cooper later testified before the United Nations on the subject, saying:
I believe that these extra-terrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets… Most astronauts were reluctant to discuss UFOs… I did have occasion in 1951 to have two days of observation of many flights of them, of different sizes, flying in fighter formation, generally from east to west over Europe.
5. Pilot Bethune Spotted a Gigantic Floating Object Over Canada
On February 10, 1951, US Naval Reserve Lieutenant and co-pilot Graham Bethune was occupying the captain’s seat near Newfoundland, Canada, when he spotted a huge floating object (he claimed it was 300 feet in diameter) on a near collision course with their aircraft.
The co-pilot stated in his official report:
I observed a glow of light below the horizon about 1,000 to 1,500 feet [330-470 meters] above the water. We both [the pilot as well] observed its course and motion for about 4 or 5 minutes before calling it to the attention of the other crew members…
Suddenly, the object changed direction at incredible speed, and began to pulsate and change its colors, as well. Then it somehow reversed its course and tripled its speed until it at last disappeared over the horizon.
Bethune’s report says that the object came within five miles of his aircraft – a fact proven by radar evidence provided by the DEW Line Ground Radar at the base in Goose Bay, Labrador, that tracked the object.
6. Two Turkish Pilots Saw a Mysterious Object – And So Did Citizens Below
Pilots from Turkish Airlines were flying from the Turkish resort town of Bodrum to the country’s largest city, Istanbul. Suddenly, a mysterious green light appeared over the plane. As the pilot later testified,“An unidentified object with green lights passed 2- to 3,000 feet above us. Then it disappeared all of a sudden. We are guessing that it was a UFO.”
The UFO was also reported to be seen around Istanbul’s Silivri district.
The General Directorate of State Airports Authority denied spotting any image that fitted the description of the pilot. Doubters claim that the pilots saw a green laser pointer that was reflecting off a cloud. However, it seems pretty hard to believe pilots would never have seen a laser pointer before – plus, that would have had to be a pretty huge laser pointer to create an effect such as they described.
For the record, pilots do not generally report fleeting flashes of light as UFOs.
7. Andrew Danziger Claims That Most Pilots Believe in UFOs
This famous encounter was recounted by pilot Andrew Danziger. It happened during a routine flight on April 10, 1989. It was about 8 pm on a clear night with a full moon. Shortly after take-off from the Kansas City International Airport, Danziger saw a white disc clearly visible through the clouds just off to his right. It appeared to be flying parallel to them, matching their speed and direction.
The captain of the flight admitted he had noticed the same thing since they had leveled off. The pilots describe the light:
It looked similar to the moon faintly visible though thin fog, except the two were visible at the same time on opposite sides of our cockpit…. The captain and I had cumulatively spent many years flying and were accustomed to seeing – day and night – all manner of airplane, blimp, hot air balloon, satellite, and bird. But neither of us had any idea what this disk could be.
All of a sudden, the white disk turned into a giant red ball of light. The red light hovered in the air and then disappeared into some clouds as the plane descended for landing.
Danziger explains how common this is for pilots:
I’m not going too far out on a ledge to say that virtually all pilots believe in UFOs. Little green men, ‘close encounters,’ alien kidnappings… not so much. But with billions of stars and trillions of planets out there, ‘ya gotta believe,’ and almost all of us do.
8. Reports Claim UFOs Met Astronauts During the Moon Landing
According to unconfirmed reports, both Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin saw UFOs shortly after that historic landing on the moon in Apollo 11 on July 21, 1969. Viewers listening to the broadcast heard Armstrong refer to lights above a crater before his audio feed went dead for a few minutes.
According to former NASA employee Otto Binder, unnamed radio hams with their own VHF-receiving equipment (that bypassed NASA’s broadcasting) picked up the following exchange:
NASA: What’s there?Apollo 11: These babies are huge, sir! Enormous! OH MY GOD! You wouldn’t believe it! I’m telling you there are other spacecraft out there, Lined up on the far side of the crater edge! They’re on the moon watching us!
Armstrong and Aldrin have denied the exchange took place, but other have insisted that off the record, the astronauts have admitted to many scientists that they did indeed see something.
9. Gemini Astronauts Reported a UFO to NASA in Orbit
Skeptics later pointed out that Cape Kennedy identified the object as the final stage of their Titan booster rocket… Which would make perfect sense, except for the fact that Lovell says he could also see the booster rocket nearby. Their exchange:
Lovell: Bogey at 10 o’clock high.
CAPCOM: This is Houston. Say again, 7.
Lovell: Said we have a bogey at 10 o’clock high.
CAPCOM: Gemini 7, is that the booster or is that an actual sighting?
Lovell: We have several… actual sighting.CAPCOM: …estimated distance or size?
Lovell: We also have the booster in sight….
10. Mercury Astronaut Slayton Tracked a Flying Saucer
Gordon Cooper wasn’t the only Mercury astronaut to report strange encounters.Deke Slayton revealed in an interview he had seen UFOs in 1951:
I was testing a P-51 fighter in Minneapolis when I spotted this object. I was at about 10,000 feet on a nice, bright, sunny afternoon. I thought the object was a kite, then I realized that no kite is gonna fly that high. As I got closer, it looked like a weather balloon, grey and about three feet in diameter. But as soon as I got behind the darn thing, it didn’t look like a balloon anymore. It looked like a saucer, a disk. About the same time, I realized that it was suddenly going away from me – and there I was, running at about 300 miles per hour. I tracked it for a little way, and then all of a sudden the damn thing just took off. It pulled about a 45-degree climbing turn and accelerated and just flat disappeared.
11. Pilots Reported a Flying Saucer Over Bariloche Airport During a Mysterious Blackout
In 1995, an Aerolineas Argentinas flight landing at Bariloche airport in Argentina reported that it was “buzzed” by a luminous disk moving in a way that defied the laws of physics. According to reports, the pilot was forced to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a collision. Strangely, at the same time, there was also a mysterious power shortage in Bariloche.
There was also a power outage at the airport. One Argentine newspaper reported the air traffic control personnel as saying, “The control instruments went crazy.”
The UFO was also seen by personnel on the ground, as well as the crew of a police plane flying 600 meters (2,000 ft) above.
12. The FAA Investigated a 1986 UFO Sighting by Japanese Pilots
Captain Kenju Terauchi and a crew of two were on a special flight delivering French wine when suddenly Captain Terauchi saw lights to the left and right of the plane. At first he thought it was US fighter planes patrolling the border with the Soviet Union, but his opinion changed when then the objects suddenly reappeared much closer to the aircraft.
“Two spaceships stopped in front of our face, shooting off lights,” Terauchi was quoted as saying. “The inside cockpit shined brightly, and I felt warm in the face.”
The captain described the objects as square-shaped spaceships with jet propulsion systems that had horizontal lines of circular exhausts clustered around a dark center. Terauchi also reported the spacecraft interfered with ground communications, jamming his signals.
Terauchi’s testimony was called into question because his testimony varied somewhat from what he originally said to the FAA during the encounter and his co-pilot and flight engineer described the objects as nothing more than lights – however, they did not dispute that they were UFOs.
The Committee for Skeptical Inquiry suggested that the phenomenon was caused by light refraction through ice crystals suspended in clouds. Well, at least they didn’t say it was a weather balloon!
13. Creepy Audio From American Airline Pilots Indicates They Think They Saw A UFO In 2017
On February 24, 2018, two pilots flying two separate planes both claim to have seen an unidentified flying object during flights to the American Southwest, not far from Roswell, New Mexico. One of the pilots reported the UFO flying overhead, above the plane, and denied that it could have been a weather balloon. Audio footage is an unsettling behind-the-scenes look at what the aircraft might have been
“I don’t know what it was. It wasn’t an airplane but it was, the path was going in the opposite direction,” the pilot reportedly told Air Traffic Control.
14. US Navy Pilots Were “Weirded Out” By Possible UFOs In 2004
When the Pentagon program was publicly revealed in 2017, indicating the US government had been keeping track of reported UFO and alien sightings for a number of years, many stories emerged based on the program’s reports and records. One told the story of Naval pilots who, in 2004, tracked a conglomerate of unidentified flying objects for several weeks. According to records reported in the NY Times, “The objects appeared suddenly at 80,000 feet, and then hurtled toward the [Pacific Ocean], eventually stopping at 20,000 feet and hovering. Then they either dropped out of radar range or shot straight back up.”
At one point after a few weeks of monitors, two fighter jet pilots — Cmdr. David Fravor and Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight — were ordered to investigate further, and honed in on the crafts. One unidentifiable, white-colored aircraft reportedly hovered about 50 feet above the water, sending a roiling churn through the sea. According to the record it “around 40 feet long and oval in shape. The craft was jumping around erratically, staying over the wave disturbance but not moving in any specific direction.”
When the pilots headed toward a rendezvous point so they could figure out an approach to the UFOs, the object headed toward it at incredible speed before disappearing entirely. The objects were not seen again and the pilots claimed they were “weirded out” by the whole encounter. “It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen,” Commander Fraser said.
While exploring the desert country in southern Africa, they stumbled upon a peculiar land formation—flat desert scattered with hundreds of long, steep hills. They quickly realized the bumpy landscape was shaped by drumlins, a type of hill often found in places once covered in glaciers, an abnormal characteristic for desert landscapes.
Drumlins, hills formed in places once covered by glaciers, were discovered in Namibia by WVU's Graham Andrews.
“We quickly realized what we were looking at because we both grew up in areas of the world that had been under glaciers, me in Northern Ireland and Sarah in northern Illinois,” said Andrews, an assistant professor of geology. “It’s not like anything we see in West Virginia where we’re used to flat areas and then gorges and steep-sided valleys down into hollows.”
After returning home from the trip, Andrews began researching the origins of the Namibian drumlins, only to learn they had never been studied.
“The last rocks we were shown on the trip are from a time period when southern Africa was covered by ice,” Andrews said. “People obviously knew that part of the world had been covered in ice at one time, but no one had ever mentioned anything about how the drumlins formed or that they were even there at all.”
Andrews teamed up with WVU geology senior Andy McGrady to use morphometrics, or measurements of shapes, to determine if the drumlins showed any patterns that would reflect regular behaviors as the ice carved them.
While normal glaciers have sequential patterns of growing and melting, they do not move much, Andrews explained. However, they determined that the drumlins featured large grooves, which showed that the ice had to be moving at a fast pace to carve the grooves.
These grooves demonstrated the first evidence of an ice stream in southern Africa in the late Paleozoic Age, which occurred about 300 million years ago.
“The ice carved big, long grooves in the rock as it moved,” Andrews said. “It wasn’t just that there was ice there, but there was an ice stream. It was an area where the ice was really moving fast.”
McGrady used freely available information from Google Earth and Google Maps to measure their length, width and height.
“This work is very important because not much has been published on these glacial features in Namibia,” said McGrady, a senior geology student from Hamlin. “It’s interesting to think that this was pioneer work in a sense, that this is one of the first papers to cover the characteristics of these features and gives some insight into how they were formed.”
Their findings also confirm that southern Africa was located over the South Pole during this period.
“These features provide yet another tie between southern Africa and south America to show they were once joined,” Andrews said.
“This is a great example of a fundamental discovery and new insights into the climatic history of our world that remain to be discovered,” said Tim Carr, chair of the Department of Geology and Geography.
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