31 July, 2014

Re-evaluating the Great Taboo: A New Start For UFO Study

Don Berliner, former NICAP investigator and director of the mostly dormant Fund For UFO Research, has some ideas on how to jump-start a sober re-evaluation of The Great Taboo that doesn't involve new research: Declassify all the Project Blue Book files (yes, some are still censored more than 40 years later), assemble a team of independent credentialed scientists to render evaluations on the true unknowns, case by case, and air them out in the contemporary public arena.  No doubt the effort would run into some bucks, but the cases would come from official government files. And non-government panelists wouldn't likely shy away from criticizing the slipshod work of another federal agency. 

UFO: Brazil Planetarium Shows Giant Alien Disc over Earth

Earlier in March 2014, a crystal clear image was released by The Brazilian Planetarium. This information came to us from the wonderful website UFO Sightings Daily. You can read the full story here. The image of a giant unidentified flying object was captured hovering just above the earth’s atmosphere. It is roughly estimated that the disc-like object is close to five thousand miles wide. Pictures indicate clouds floating near and around the object, proving that it is not a trick of light or a photo-shopped piece. That’s so big it is hard to even imagine. What could possibly be on that ship?
As amazing as it seems, this is not the first time an object of this calibre has been spotted. A similar occurrence happened in Western Australia in January of 2010. So the ultimate question is this?! Is it a UFO? All obvious signs point to the fact that it is a real sighting. How much more proof does the world need? The sheer mass of this thing speaks volumes, stating that we very well may not be alone in the universe. There isn’t another explanation for the massive disc in the sky.
However, the fact remains the same. There are still sceptics out there that want to discredit the phenomenon at every turn as a CGI instead of a UFO, but the evidence pointing toward a UFO is staggering and overwhelming. This isn’t the first sighting; does that mean there will be more to come? Are there bigger ships out there?  Maybe someone at the Brazil Planetarium knows.

Link:  http://www.lecanadian.com/headline-news/2014/07/29/ufo-brazil-planetarium-shows-giant-alien-disc-over-earth.html

UFO Over Abiquiu July 11

Abiquiu — The sky was getting very dark and stormy with lightening on July 11, 2014, so. I decided to take some photos because it was so dramatic and a couple minutes later, I looked at the photos in my camera and noticed one with a spec. Zooming in, it looked like a moving vessel. The cerro (mountain) was in focus, but the thing in the sky above it was not. That’s because it must have been moving. Although I was quite excited, I was not surprised because there have been reports of UFOs in New Mexico before.

Link:  http://pagosasprings.com/ufo-over-abiquiu-july-11/

UFO video: Disney's 'Alien Encounters' says UFOs are real

"Mankind is in the midst of the most profound event in history – actual contact with intelligent life from other planets. For nearly 50 years, officials have been documenting routine alien encounters here on earth, and thousands of people have seen or experienced this alien presence. Yet many others still refuse to acknowledge the obvious evidence all around them. From beyond the boundaries of our perceptions, intelligent beings are beckoning mankind to join the galactic community."
~~ Walt Disney Television special: UFO video documentary titled Alien Encounters
In March 1995, Walt Disney Television aired a most intriguing one-hour television special on UFOs titled Alien Encounters from New Tomorrowland. This highly unusual UFO video special presents UFOs and alien visitation to our planet as a matter of fact. Though the film's existence is acknowledged by the respected website of the Internet Movie Database, you will not find it available anywhere for purchase.

10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs found in Chhattisgarh - India

One of the ancient rock paintings carved on caves at Charama in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district.
CHARAMA (Chhattisgarh): Chhattisgarh state department of archaeology and culture plans to seek help from Nasa and Isro for research on 10,000-year-old rock paintings depicting aliens and UFOs in Charama region in Kanker district in tribal Bastar region.

30 July, 2014

Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Astronomy Lab In Peruvian Ruins

Peruvian archaeologists found carvings that depict the stars and have lasted thousands of years.
Archeologists have stumbled upon a site where ancient people observed the stars thousands of years ago in Peru, a country famous for using drones to help uncover and map archeological treasures, as Reuters reported.
Excavators working on a complex at Licurnique, in the country’s northern region, have uncovered evidence of an “astronomical laboratory,” that dates back between 3,500 and 4,000 years, according to Peru This Week.
“Astronomical [observations] were engraved on a flat-surface rock, which were used to track stars,” its report said. It added that the petroglyphs were likely used in forecasting rain and weather patterns to help farmers. “It is worth exploring without a doubt.”
It was found in the Lambayeque region, which is known for its archeological finds. Last year, it attracted more than 700,000 visitors, one of the highest such totals among all regions of the country, as Vanessa Castaneda, head of the regional tourism office, said in January.

Link:  http://www.ibtimes.com/peru-archaeologists-uncover-ancient-astronomy-lab-peruvian-ruins-1640124

The Mystery of the Giant Blue Eye of Africa in Mauritania

The Richat Structure, also known as the Eye of the Sahara or blue eye of Africa, is a prominent geological circular feature in the Sahara desert in Mauritania near Ouadane. It is nearly 50 kilometers across and very visible from space. Initially interpreted as an asteroid impact structure because of its high degree of circularity, and then as a structure formed by a volcanic eruption that also seems improbable because of the lack of a dome of igneous or volcanic rock, it is now argued to be a highly symmetrical and deeply eroded geologic dome that collapsed. So it is now thought by many to have been caused by uplifted rock sculpted by erosion. But the fact that the "rings", are equidistant to the centre and that the Richat Structure is nearly circular remains a mystery.

 And new questions arise. Some people are amazed by the resemblance of this structure with the representation we have of Atlantis by Plato. According to Plato, the island was circular, divided into concentric circles of land and water: "There were 2 of land and 3 of water... Atlantis when sunk by the earthquake became an impossible barrier of mud to voyagers sailing from hence to any part of the ocean..." And he spoke about a mount sheltering the city by North and "and encompassing a great plain of an oblong shape in the south "...etc... Atlantis in Greek means Atlantis, nesos : the island of Atlas. And we get near the geologic eye at the North the Mount Atlas. According to Plato, Atlantis was lying "in front of the Pillars of Hercule", and we are there just in front from South and not beside from East or West as many authors are searching...

Atlantis main Island according to the text of Plato in Timaeus & Critias written in 360 BC.
It is an interesting point of view anyway and deserving more research. I wanted to go there for 3 years now but the area is too dangerous for the moment. I think the first thing to do is to investigate is the depressed corridor accessing to the "eye" from West. It is a possible ancient canal or delta for me and the only access to the Atlantic Ocean. It is much more easy to get results there because the "eye" suffered alot of collapsing and geologic changes that is making discoveries difficult.For the moment geological data are saying :"According to field mapping and aeromagnetic data, the gabbroic rocks form two concentric ring dikes. The inner ring dike is about 20 m in width and lies about 3 km from the center of Richat Structure. The outer ring dike is about 50 m in width and lies about 7 to 8 km from the center of this structure. Thirty-two carbonatite dikes and sills have been mapped within the Richat structure.

The dikes are generally about 300 m long and typically 1 to 4 m wide. They consist of massive carbonatites that are mostly devoid of vesicles. The carbonatite rocks have been dated as having cooled between 94 to 104 million years ago. A kimberlitic plug and several sills have been found within the northern part of the Richat structure. The kimberlite plug has been dated being about 99 million years old. These intrusive igneous rocks are interpreted as indicating the presence of a large alkaline igneous intrusion that currently underlies the Richat structure and created it by uplifting the overlying rock".

So we are talking about a 100 millions years ago geological structure, we have to keep in mind this, but if old stratas were uplifted it is normal. And we get extensive hydrothermal alteration of rhyolites and gabbros and a central megabreccia created by hydrothermal dissolution and collapse there too.

We know also that 40000 years ago it existed huge lakes in Sahara. We know that Sahara was still with some humidity 6500BC. Sahara desert covering ten countries of Africa with 9,400,000 square kilometres was 100 Millions of years ago all covered by sea. So in any case I think that this is a research that deserve alot of attention.

Link: http://www.gigalresearch.com/uk/mystery-of-the-giant-blue-eye-of-africa-in-mauritania.php

28 July, 2014

Was it a UFO? Flashing flying object reported over Toronto

It’s a drone, it’s a kite, it’s an alien? Torontonians are looking for answers after several UFO sightings were reported in North York over the weekend.

Sarah Chun, 36, was sitting at the dining room table of her Finch St. apartment around 9 p.m. Saturday when she saw six or seven diagonal lights flashing in the sky.

Chun grabbed her iPad and headed outside, where she noticed a second, glowing object.

“It was really high up, and was round, bright, and shining,” Chun told the Star. “At first I thought it was stars or something, but it was too bright to be. I didn’t know what it was.”

Chun says the object “just sat there” for around 25 minutes before “it kind of flew, and then disappeared.”

She posted two videos, titled ‘UFO in North York, Toronto. What is this?!?’ before heading to bed.

When she woke up Sunday morning, the videos had gone viral. By Sunday afternoon, one of the clips had nearly 8,000 views.

Toronto Police confirmed they received several UFO reports Saturday night in the area of Yonge St. and Empress Ave.

“Somebody did see something in the sky, but what it was we don’t know,” said Sgt. Barry White, 32 Division. “It might have been someone playing with one of those remote control helicopters from one of the condos.”

The first UFO report came in around 7 p.m., White said. Police officers also saw the lights on their way into work around 10 p.m.

“[Officers] were stopping to talk to people, and we did hear from others on the street that apparently there was something up there.”

White says he is not aware of a protocol for police to follow on UFO sightings.

“If it was something dangerous and we could do something under the criminal code, we might. Police would go try and check it out,” he said. “But to actually go and investigate it further as a UFO — I don’t think we would. I’m trying not to laugh!”

He has not received many UFO calls in his career, but remembers one in 2006.

“Someone saw something flying over the lake — it could have been an airplane,” he said. “We didn’t investigate that either.”

White confirmed the UFO was not a police drone — although it could have still been a drone.

“A drone is just a remote control. Even one of those little tiny helicopters could be a drone,” he said. “What this thing is, we don’t know, because we never talked to the person who had it.”

Torontonians took to social media, some commenting they believed the flashing was a kite with lights on it.

Chun is not so sure.

“If it was a kite, I would say that was a very cool kite,” she said, laughing. “And could it go that high? I didn’t think it was windy yesterday.”

“I don’t know if it was an alien — but I don’t know what it was.”

Link:  http://metronews.ca/news/toronto/1109800/was-it-a-ufo-flashing-flying-object-reported-over-toronto/

27 July, 2014

NASA: We Will Find Aliens By 2026

Nasa has said that humanity will find direct evidence that we are "not alone" in the universe within 20 years.
The pronouncement comes on the 45th anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11.
Nasa said that it is overwhelmingly likely that life will have emerged somewhere in our galaxy of 100 billion suns, and that we will be able to find evidence that it exists sooner rather than later.
So far our attempts to find life in our solar system have fallen flat. No direct evidence of life has been found on Mars, despite more than a decade of robotic exploration, and while scientists think the moons Titan and Europa could host life under their surface, it's still just conjecture.
But the chances are that life has emerged elsewhere -- and Nasa is still convinced it can find the evidence. We're not talking UFO spacecraft or little green men though, we talking more subtle evidence around distant stars that life has emerged separate to our own planet.
Nasa made its prediction at its Washington HQ, where it also announced the launch of the Transiting Exoplanet Surveying Satellite in 2017 to look for signs of alien life and other worlds outside our star system.
“Just imagine the moment, when we find potential signatures of life. Imagine the moment when the world wakes up and the human race realizes that its long loneliness in time and space may be over — the possibility we’re no longer alone in the universe,” said Matt Mountain, director and Webb telescope scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute.
"What we didn’t know five years ago is that perhaps 10 to 20 per cent of stars around us have Earth-size planets in the habitable zone. It’s within our grasp to pull off a discovery that will change the world forever."
Nasa predicts that a conservative "100 million" worlds in our galaxy might be able to sustain life.

Links:  http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/07/16/nasa-aliens-2026_n_5590617.html

1950s Norwegian UFO Mystery Solved

 Plenty of Norwegians thought aliens had taken a fancy to their country back in the 1950s thanks to a slew of inexplicable UFO sightings. Inexplicable no more: It was the CIA, reports the BBC. Actually, it was the CIA itself that fessed up in this tweet, which reads in part, "Remember reports of unusual activity in the skies in the '50s? That was us." It then provides a government writeup about the sightings, which weren't caused by alien spaceships but by U2 spy planes being tested. The planes flew above 60,000 feet, which wasn't thought possible at the time, so commercial pilots who saw something so far above them couldn't explain it. The effect was more pronounced at different times of the day and night, and if the U2 planes caught the rays of the sun just right, even people on the ground would see silvery glints of light. The explanation was kept classified for decades, notes the BBC, picking up on a report in the foreign-language Aftenposten.

Link:  http://www.newser.com/story/190441/1950s-norwegian-ufo-mystery-solved.html

Amazing White UFO Over Chile On July 2014, UFO Sighting News VIDEO

Date of sighting: July 2014 Location of sighting: Radisson Petra La Dehesa, Chile

This glowing orb was caught during sunset and hovers silently, but then suddenly moves to the left extremely fast. Great raw footage from Chile. SCW


New Strategy Emerges in Search for Aliens: Look for Pollution

Researchers have devised a new method of scanning our universe for alien life: looking for pollution.

Theorists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics believe that the upcoming James Webb Space Telescope should be able to detect certain pollutants in alien atmospheres, giving us another way of searching for alien civilizations. Two types of chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, should be detectable by the telescope if atmospheric levels are 10 times those of Earth. Commonly known as Freon, CFCs are those aerosol compounds that were phased out under the Montreal Protocol because they deplete the ozone layer.

"People often refer to ETs as 'little green men,' but the ETs detectable by this method should not be labeled 'green' since they are environmentally unfriendly," says Avi Loeb, co-author of a paper on the research.

"We consider industrial pollution as a sign of intelligent life, but perhaps civilizations more advanced than us, with their own SETI programs, will consider pollution as a sign of unintelligent life, since it's not smart to contaminate your own air," says lead author Henry Lin.

The telescope is only powerful enough to detect the CFCs on a planet orbiting a white dwarf star. In the case of a Sun-like star, the atmospheric signal wouldn't be strong enough to detect by the James Webb Space Telescope.

Given some pollutants can remain in our atmosphere for 50,000 years while others last only 10 years, detecting the kinds of pollution can even provide insight into the nature of an alien civilization. For instance, detecting the long-lived pollutants but not the short-lived ones has some obvious implications.

"In that case, we could speculate that the aliens wised up and cleaned up their act. Or in a darker scenario, it would serve as a warning sign of the dangers of not being good stewards of our own planet," says Loeb.

The James Webb Space Telescope will be the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope. It's planned launch date is October 2018.

We've already considered the odds of finding intelligent life in our galaxy and addressed the apparent paradox when considering the vastness of the universe in contrast to the lack of evidence of life. If we were to discover an alien civilization, do you think they would pollute more or less than we do?

Would they be little green men, or little grey men?

Links:  http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/136346-New-Strategy-Emerges-in-Search-for-Aliens-Look-for-Pollution

25 July, 2014

'Pushed back to the Stone Age': massive solar storm missed Earth by just one week

Modern civilisation came within a week of being “pushed back to the Stone Age” after eruptions in the sun two years ago sent massive clouds of magnetised plasma through the Earth’s orbital path.
The burst of radiation would have been strong enough to destroy equipment such as navigation satellites and communications and trigger widespread blackouts had it hit the Earth, according to NASA.

“We would have been well and truly pushed back to the Stone Age for days,” said Alan Duffy, an astrophysicist at Swinburne University, of the most powerful solar storm detected in more than 150 years.

Daniel Baker of the University of Colorado told NASA’s Science News blog that the Earth and its inhabitants were “incredibly fortunate” the eruption happened when it did.

"If the eruption had occurred only one week earlier, Earth would have been in the line of fire,” Dr Baker said. "If it had hit, we would still be picking up the pieces."
A previous extreme solar storm - known as the Carrington Event of September 1859 after the English astronomer Richard Carrington – caused telegraph poles to ignite but only minimal damage to Victorian societies just beginning to industrialise.

Northern lights, sparked by geomagnetic storms, were seen as far from the poles as Cuba and Tahiti, NASA said.

The July 23, 2012 event, though, would have triggered a “catastrophic effect on modern power grids and telecommunications networks,” the US space agency said. It cited a National Academy of Sciences study that estimated the impact would have been 20 times that of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated New Orleans in 2005, or some $2 trillion dollars.

The bursts came during a relatively inactive period of solar magnetic activity. This month, for instance, has been a period with remarkably few sun spots, a phenomenon scientists are still trying to understand.

'12 per cent chance'

While the 2012 storm – known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), with its billion-tonne clouds of magnetised plasma – was observed by astronomers at the time, the nature of the event and its possible impact have only reached a wider audience with the publication of scientific papers.

The chances of a solar storm with the intensity of the Carrington Event – which was more powerful that the 2012 one – hitting the Earth in the next 10 years is about 12 per cent, or one in eight, according to a paper cited by NASA by Pete Riley and published in Space Weather.

Modern societies are highly exposed to the effects of solar storms even of much lower intensity.
“We have literally ringed our planet with electric wires,” Dr Duffy said.

Although aircraft are strengthened against magnetic bursts, such as from lightning, pilots would likely have lost satellite navigational aids if the 2012 solar storm had hit the Earth. Airports would probably have lost power and communications, making landing hazardous.

“There’d be panic in the air,” Dr Duffy said.

The storm now appears to have involved two CMEs, about 10 to 15 minutes apart, according to University of California Berkeley space physicist Janet Luhmann and Ying Liu, writing in Nature Communications. Importantly, the storm passed through a region of space that had been “cleared out” by a separate CME only four days earlier, NASA said.

“As a result, the storm clouds were not decelerated as much as usual by their transit through the interplanetary medium,” NASA said.

Satellite companies will be among those watching the research with interest, given the vulnerability of their equipment to bursts of solar magnetism, Swinburne’s Dr Duffy said. Early warning of a CME, particularly if it follows the path on a previous eruption, could give them time to shut down their equipment and limit damage.

For ordinary punters, “there’s nothing you can do short of unplugging your equipment” – such as computers – if you get the warning in time, Dr Duffy said.

The most resilient part of society would probably be the military, elements of which in some nations are hardened against the effects of a nuclear war. Nuclear weapons send a similar electro-magnetic burst that can fry electronics, he said.

23 July, 2014

Ancient Aliens on Mars: Old skull and amphora on Mars, July 17, 2014 - FRENCH SOURCE

Ancient Aliens sur Mars: Vieux crâne et Amphore sur Mars, le 17 Juillet 2014 
Ancient Aliens on Mars: Old skull and amphora on Mars, July 17, 2014

 Mars Rover Curiosity photographié un ancien objet en forme de crâne étrange sur la surface de Mars. Encore une fois la preuve qu'il y avait de la vie sur Mars?

Mars Rover Curiosity photographed a form shaped object strange skull on the surface of Mars. Again is there was evidence of life on Mars?

The Video

Link:  http://areazone51ufos.blogspot.be/2014/07/ancient-aliens-sur-mars-vieux-crane-et.html

Victorian visitation? Mystery of 'UFO photo' from 1870

A photograph showing a strange, cigar-shaped object over the top of Mount Washington showed what appeared to be an alien spacecraft - in 1870.

Debate has reignited this week over what may be among the oldest evidence of alien visitors to our world.

The picture, taken with a stereo photography camera (used at the time to create images with an illusion of depth, when viewed through a special stereoscope) is thought to be near-impossible to fake or manipulate.

Expert analysts have recently come up with new theories of the origin of the strange craft - but agree that the image is real, dated correctly and not manipulated.

The image contained tantalising clues about the otherworldly craft - some claimed it was a huge mothership, from which smaller UFOs would have descended.

Others claimed to be able to pick out a swastika emblem on the side of the craft - and UFO websites and magazines have debated the picture endlessly since  it resurfaced in 2002.

When the picture went for sale on Ebay, a cinema mogul, Samuel M. Sherman the president of Independent-International Pictures Corps, won the auction - and promised to have it scientifically studied.

A UFO researcher has come up with a new theory as to what is on display in the dual image - and he claims we can rest easy in our beds, at least where time-travelling extraterrestrial Nazi spacecraft are concerned.

Ryan Mullahy the founder of the New Hampshire UFO Research website wasn’t impressed with the picture, and decided to do some further research.

As UFO enthusiasts have claimed, the picture is genuinely from 1870 - and it has not been retouched or manipulated in any way.

Mullahy found that it was a heavily cropped picture of an image titled, Frost Architecture taken by Amos Clough and Howard Kimball whilst on a meteorological expedition in the winter of 1870 to 1871.

Their pictures were given wide distribution and they even wrote a book about their adventures, ‘Mount Washington in Winter’. The book does not feature any sightings or encounters with UFOs or anything of a paranormal nature.

That’s unsurprising, given that the object in the picture hails from an origin somewhat closer than other star systems - the object is actually a wooden ‘standard’ folding ruler. These were used on the featureless, snow covered terrain to help indicate the scale of the picture.

Errol Bruce-Knapp former UFO Radio Host and Moderator of the 18 year-old UFO UpDates List is not so sure:
“Specifically on the stereoscope that Ryan Mullahy dismisses I think his conclusion is flawed. I did a simple Solarize in an art program and the result clearly shows the object in front of the clouds/mountain... Further, makers of early images would have no awareness of what we now call UFOs. Of course I've been known to be wrong about many things...”

UFO expert Robert Moore is more in favour of a mundane explanation. He says:“It's common practice for scientific pictures to be shown with a scale. I think that's all it is, a ruler or similar on a pile of ice/snow to give an idea of scale. People posing in a picture does the same thing. Sometimes scales were inked in by people to give an indication of size, one arctic explorer even inked in a man with a sled team for the purposes of scale!”

Link:  https://uk.news.yahoo.com/victorian-visitation--mystery-of-ufo-photograph-from-1870-144924954.html#qNWlZnD

22 July, 2014

Prehistoric 'bookkeeping' continued long after invention of writing

Examples of tokens discovered at Ziyaret Tepe are displayed

An archaeological dig in southeast Turkey has uncovered a large number of clay tokens that were used as records of trade until the advent of writing, or so it had been believed.

 But the new find of tokens dates from a time when was commonplace – thousands of years after it was previously assumed this technology had become obsolete. Researchers compare it to the continued use of pens in the age of the word processor.

20 July, 2014

Flying saucer spotted over Chile is genuine UFO, say officials

Chilean government has officially confirmed that flying saucer pictured in April, 2013 is a real UFO.

The government of the country declared it to be genuine UFO because no other explanation like clouds, aircraft, weather phenomena or drones could be placed in by the experts, The Daily Star reported. The mystery object was described as a “flattened disc of brilliant color with a diameter of five to ten meters (16 to 32 feet)” by the workers acco0rding to ANI.

The photos were sent to Chile’s Committee for the Studies of Anomalous Aerial Phenomena (CEFAA) for analysis and their report described how the object “performed ascending, descending and horizontal movements in short lengths, about 600 meters above the ground”.