Sunday, January 11, 2015

ANCIENT ADVANCED CIVILIZATIONS: Alien Fossils On Planet Mars - NASA's Curiosity Rover Snaps Evidence Of Life; "Worm" Trails In Lake Bed Remarkably Similar To Earth Rock!

January 11, 2015 -  MARS -  Photographs of rocks taken by NASA's Curiosity rover may confirm that life as we know it once existed on Mars.

The pictures were shot at the Gillespie Lake outcrop in Yellowknife Bay, which used to be a huge lake back when Mars had surface water. Dr Nora Noffke, who has spent 20 years studying fossils of early microbes, said formations in the Martian rocks looked very similar to those found on Earth – formations created by microorganisms.

“In one image, I saw something that looked very familiar,” Noffke told Astrobiology Magazine. “So I took a closer look, meaning I spent several weeks investigating certain images centimetre by centimetre, drawing sketches, and comparing them to data from terrestrial structures."


Possible fossil strata on Mars marked out

Her research, published [PDF] in the journal Astrobiology, examined structures in the Martian rocks, and compared them to the remains of microbial organisms that were once the most advanced form of life on our planet. Interestingly enough, they match up.

As life evolved on Earth, layers of organic matter spread out wherever moisture could be found, leaving behind microbial-induced patterns in rocks. She acknowledges it’s possible that the structures on Mars could have formed through natural erosion.

“But if the Martian structures aren’t of biological origin,” Noffke says, “then the similarities in morphology, but also in distribution patterns with regards to [microbially induced sedimentary structures] on Earth would be an extraordinary coincidence.”


Mars rock on the left, Earth rock on the right

The vast repository of images NASA has put online has sparked some remarkable claims about what the rover has found while on the Red Planet. We’ve had reports of a fast-growing fungus, and claims of mysterious leg bones embedded in the Martian surface, but Dr Noffke’s paper is careful not to claim to have found the answer to David Bowie’s question.

"I've seen many papers that say 'Look, here’s a pile of dirt on Mars, and here’s a pile of dirt on Earth,'" said Chris McKay, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center and an associate editor of Astrobiology.

"And because they look the same, the same mechanism must have made each pile on the two planets. That’s an easy argument to make, and it’s typically not very convincing. However, Noffke’s paper is the most carefully done analysis of the sort that I've seen."

Noffke – who works at the Department of Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Old Dominion University in Virginia, US – hopes others will test her hypothesis. The next time Curiosity comes across features like this, they would be a good candidate for drilling and analysis by the nuclear-powered rover’s on-board laboratory.

The ideal solution would be to get samples of the rock back to Earth for study, she notes, but that’s well in the future. While NASA has plans for a sample return mission they are at least a decade away and may not even take place, particularly if Elon Musk is already on the surface. - The Register.




UFO SIGHTINGS: The Latest UFO Sightings Across The Globe - January 11, 2015!

UFO sighting above mountain in Switzerland

January 11, 2015 - EARTH
- The following videos constitutes several of the latest sightings of unidentified flying objects across the globe.

WATCH: Stunning UFO seen over Huancavelica in Peru  - January 10, 2015.




WATCH: Multiple UFO sightings above GualeguaychĂș, Argentina - January 5, 2015.





 


WATCH: Glowing orbs caught shooting across the skies over Belgium - January 2, 2015.




WATCH: Daylight UFO sighting recorded on BBC news report above London, UK - January 2, 2015.




WATCH: UFO sighting over Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico - January 1, 2015.

 


WATCH: Amazing triangle-shaped UFO cloud above Texas - December 30, 2014.

 


WATCH: UFO sighting above Switzerland Mountains - December 23, 2014.





UFO SIGHTINGS: MUFON Cases In The United States - Triangle UFO Spotted Hovering Over Maryland's 1-95; Multiple Low Flying Triangle UFOs Reported Over North Carolina; California Witness Says UFO Looked Like "Creature" From A Side View!

January 11, 2015 -  UNITED STATES - The following constitutes several of the latest cases of UFO sightings, courtesy of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).


Triangle UFO spotted hovering over Maryland’s I-95

Illustration by FW.

Two Maryland witnesses driving northbound along I-95 near the Ellicott City ramp reported watching a triangle-shaped UFO that moved directly overhead and hovered over nearby trees, according to testimony in Case 62426 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness first noticed a bright light moving directly over his car along northbound I-95 near the Ellicott City exit about 3:55 a.m. on December 29, 2014.
(Credit: Google)

The reporting witness was driving on a return trip to Pennsylvania with his mother as a front seat passenger at approximately 3:55 a.m. on December 29, 2014, when the object was first seen.

“I noticed a large, bright light glide over Interstate 95, almost directly over our car, just enough to get my attention,” the witness stated. “I was driving about 70 mph and pressed my face against the front windshield to get a better look at it.”

The witness described the object.

“To my amazement, I saw a triangle craft with two oval lights on the back corners of the craft and a large red light in the center. I could also make out a very dark point on the craft which I thought to be the front of it, or the tip of the triangle.”

The object then stopped and hovered over a group of trees.


The triangle-shaped object seemed to slow down and then hovered over a group of nearby trees. (Credit: Google)

“I quickly screamed to my sleeping mother in the passenger’s seat to look out her window. She woke up and immediately saw what I was yelling about. She was mesmerized.”

The driver got a good look at the object.

“I was trying to look at the craft and the road at the same time and that was when I noticed that the edges of the craft were more rounded, almost like a Popsicle stick. It had two layers. On the bottom was the color of the cloudy night sky, and the top was a very brilliant black color.”

The driver attempted to get a photo of the object.

“I fumbled for my phone that had a camera attached to it and my mom watched as it hovered over a group of trees. It hovered only about five to 10 feet over the tree tops. She got a better view of the craft and said that the red light in the center of the ‘V’ was very ‘unusual’ and very large and red.”

When the witness attempted to take his shot with the camera, something unusual happened.


Just as the witness attempted to take a photo of the object, it disappeared. (Credit: Google)

“When I took out the camera to take the picture, I aimed the camera towards it, but it went from a stationary position above the tree line, to completely disappearing out of view and I couldn’t get the picture taken.”

The driver’s mother seemed to think the camera had something to do with the UFO disappearing.

“She told me that when I took out the camera and aimed it, it was almost as if ‘the UFO knew I was about to take a picture and took off.’ We both became very excited from what we just saw and then I took notice of the time and it read, 3:55 a.m. The approaching exit that was then seen was for the Ellicott City off ramp.”

Ellicott City is an unincorporated community in Howard County, Maryland, population 65,834.


Multiple low flying triangle UFOs reported over North Carolina

Two North Carolina witnesses at Durham reported watching what appeared to be multiple triangle-shaped UFOs hovering and drifting in the area over a one hour and 25-minute period beginning about 9:20 p.m. on January 7, 2015, according to testimony in Case 62491 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.


The witnesses watched one object disappear into the horizon, and then suddenly noticed another object nearby.
Pictured: Northern Durham, NC, area. (Credit: Google)


The two were driving to a gas station in northern Durham when the first object was observed.

“My girlfriend and I witnessed an extremely bright hovering object, amber in color,” the reporting witness stated. “We decided to drive around to get a better view of it over the treetops and witnessed what looked like a triangular light pattern – one very large, very bright amber light in the nose and a smaller flashing light on each wingtip and center which stayed illuminated but strobed brighter in order from left to right.”

The object moved in the opposite direction of their car.

“Because it was so far away we could not make out any structure. The large light was unlike anything we had seen in the sky before in terms of its size and brightness.”

But once the object was out of view they continued to the gas station. On the way back to the house they encountered the object again, hovering close to its original position.

“It was much closer and we turned into a neighborhood to get a good look. The object was very close. I would compare it to watching a plane in take-off pass overhead in terms of its distance. As we pulled into the neighborhood it stopped hovering and began moving – drifting might be a more fitting verb – across the sky towards us.”

They parked their car and got out as the object passed directly overhead.

“As it did we both witnessed the solid black outline of an equilateral diamond – a small white running light in the center and at each tip with an oversized, amber-colored, seemingly directional (forward to forward-down) light at its nose and a significantly dimmer light on its tail. The three lights from wingtip to wingtip constantly strobed in a right-to-left direction as it moved away from us.”


Witness illustration of the object they saw beginning at 9:20 p.m. on January 7, 2015. (Credit: MUFON)


The object was silent as it passed over and disappeared behind the tree line.

“We jumped back into our car to try and get a better angle to continue watching it, but as we circled the woods which it had passed over it was nowhere in sight – until we happened to catch the faint strobe of the object now a great distance away.”

They moved to another location to continue to watch the object.

“We drove to my girlfriend’s parent’s house and watched this object glide back and forth across the sky at a great distance – like a commercial plane at altitude – for over an hour. At one point her mother came outside to watch it pass at about 45-degrees above the horizon, close enough to make out the triangular front of the object.”

The witness described the object’s movement.


The witnesses described the object as having a solid black outline of an equilateral diamond – a small white running light in the center and at each tip with an
oversized, amber-colored, seemingly directional (forward to forward-down) light at its nose and a significantly dimmer light on its tail. (Credit: Google)

“We kept noticing that it seemed to pass in a straight line until we could not see it anymore and then begin its trajectory again from where it started – but we never saw it fly back. We assumed that we simply missed its return path. Finally we watched one disappear, not behind trees, but simply into the distance and made sure to watch for its return. It never flew back.”

But suddenly the object was once again close and over their left shoulders.

“We were in disbelief that it could have 1) flown back to this position with such speed and; 2) have done so without us noticing. We tracked the object as it passed about 60-degrees above the horizon when suddenly we noticed a second, identical object flying towards us from a great distance. We continued watching these two objects pass back across the sky.”

The total sighting lasted from 9:20 to 10:45 p.m.

“At 10:45 p.m. I finally came inside and out of the frigid cold to write this report.”

Durham is the county seat of Durham County, NC, population 245,475.


CA witness says UFO looked like ‘creature’ from a side view


The witness provided this illustration to show how the object looked from two different perspectives –
as a boomerang-shaped object, and from the side – as a ‘creature.’ (Credit: MUFON)

A California witness at Boyle Heights reported watching a boomerang-shaped UFO that looked like a “creature” when turned on its side as observed beginning about 4:50 p.m. on January 7, 2015, according to testimony in Case 62515 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

“Parked car in front of my home and my younger son was outside of the car and looked up said, ‘What is that?’” the reporting witness stated.

The son then went inside to get his binoculars.


The UFO first appeared as a dark object in the southwest sky over the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles, CA, beginning about 4:50 p.m. on January 7, 2015.
Pictured: Boyle Heights. (Credit: Google)

“I looked up from inside the car and saw something dark/black up in the sky to the southwest. My son looked through binoculars and said it looks really weird. I looked through the binoculars and it was solid black – some sort of UFO – an upside down boomerang. Not moving.”

The witnesses’ two daughters also looked through the binoculars and saw it as well.

“My older daughter tried to take a picture with her camera, but it is not a good camera for that height. I got the binoculars again to observe it a while and it slowly turned to its side and it did not like a UFO, but maybe a creature/alien?”

The witness described the object as it looked from the side.

“It had a wispy tail-like and wispy wings, but not wings – slow moving tentacles/arms – very hard to describe, but it is not like anything I’ve ever seen.”

The witness then showed the object to the other children.

“The thin arms/wispy tentacles moved in different forward directions. I just watched it for a while. Two planes did pass not too far from it, so it appeared to be the size of a huge airplane. Then I had to leave. I was late to meet a friend and left at 5:29 p.m. It was still up in the sky when I left.”


Boundaries of Boyle Heights as drawn by the Los Angeles Times. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)


Boyle Heights is a neighborhood of almost 100,000 residents east of downtown Los Angeles in the city of Los Angeles.

Please remember that most UFO sighting can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

- Open Minds.





UFO SIGHTINGS: "I Just Looked Up And It Was There" - UFOs Spotted Over Swanley And Bexleyheath, United Kingdom!



January 11, 2015 -  UNITED KINGDOM
 - A Swanley contractor claims to have seen UFOs over Bexleyheath - almost 60 years after a flying saucer reportedly landed nearby.

Tony Histed, who lives off London Road, pictured a saucer-shaped object in the sky around 11.20pm on December 30.

He said: "I just looked up and there it was, then it just shot off - it didn't make a noise."

In September last year, the contractor was working at building site off Briarfield Close when he first saw strange lights in the sky above King Harold's Way during the onset of a thunderstorm.


Tony Histed relives to moment he saw lights in the sky in Bexleyheath

He said: "As I was walking out of the site, I noticed a bright light in the sky to the east I stopped and watched it as it came across the sky towards the storm.

"One more appeared in front of it, and they both flew silently on into the oncoming storm.

"I went back to the site and when I got there I went up on the scaffolding when this orb came up off the ground followed by another orb.

"They then levelled off and flew to the north east, the last one split into two and the re-joined again and then they disappeared." - News Shopper.



ANOTHER EARTH: Kepler Space Telescope Hits 1,000 Planet Milestone - "We're Closer Than We've Ever Been To Finding Earth Twins"!



January 11, 2015 -  SPACE
 - “Kepler collected data for four years -- long enough that we can now tease out the Earth-size candidates in one Earth-year orbits”, said Fergal Mullally, SETI Institute Kepler scientist at Ames who led the analysis of a new candidate catalog. “We’re closer than we’ve ever been to finding Earth twins around other sun-like stars. These are the planets we’re looking for”.

"With each new discovery of these small, possibly rocky worlds, our confidence strengthens in the determination of the true frequency of planets like Earth," said co-author Doug Caldwell, SETI Institute Kepler scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, California. "The day is on the horizon when we’ll know how common temperate, rocky planets like Earth are.”

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope continuously monitored more than 150,000 stars beyond our solar system, and to date has offered scientists an assortment of more than 4,000 candidate planets for further study -- the 1,000th of which was recently verified. Work is underway to translate these recent discoveries into estimates of how often rocky planets appear in the habitable zones of stars like our sun, a key step toward NASA's goal of understanding our place in the universe.

Using Kepler data, scientists reached this millenary milestone after validating that eight more candidates spotted by the planet-hunting telescope are, in fact, planets. The Kepler team also has added another 554 candidates to the roll of potential planets, six of which are near-Earth-size and orbit in the habitable zone of stars similar to our sun.

Three of the newly-validated planets are located in their distant suns’ habitable zone, the range of distances from the host star where liquid water might exist on the surface of an orbiting planet. Of the three, two are likely made of rock, like Earth.




"Each result from the planet-hunting Kepler mission's treasure trove of data takes us another step closer to answering the question of whether we are alone in the Universe," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. “The Kepler team and its science community continue to produce impressive results with the data from this venerable explorer."

To determine whether a planet is made of rock, water or gas, scientists must know its size and mass. When its mass can’t be directly determined, scientists can infer what the planet is made of based on its size. Two of the newly validated planets, Kepler-438b and Kepler-442b, are less than 1.5 times the diameter of Earth. Kepler-438b, 475 light-years away, is 12 percent bigger than Earth and orbits its star once every 35.2 days. Kepler-442b, 1,100 light-years away, is 33 percent bigger than Earth and orbits its star once every 112 days.

Both Kepler-438b and Kepler-442b orbit stars smaller and cooler than our sun, making the habitable zone closer to their parent star, in the direction of the constellation Lyra.

With the detection of 554 more planet candidates from Kepler observations conducted May 2009 to April 2013, the Kepler team has raised the candidate count to 4,175. Eight of these new candidates are between one to two times the size of Earth, and orbit in their sun's habitable zone. Of these eight, six orbit stars that are similar to our sun in size and temperature. All candidates require follow-up observations and analysis to verify they are actual planets.

Scientists also are working on the next catalog release of Kepler’s four-year data set. The analysis will include the final month of data collected by the mission and also will be conducted using sophisticated software that is more sensitive to the tiny telltale signatures of small Earth-size planets than software used in the past. - Daily Galaxy.



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