Monday, April 20, 2015

UFO SIGHTINGS: The Latest MUFON Cases Across The Globe - Florida Witness Considers "Transparent" Triangle UFO One Of Ours; Colorado Witness Says Domed-Shaped UFO Landed; Brothers Wonder Why UFO Is Interested In Belize Farming Town?!



April 20, 2015 -  EARTH
 - The following constitutes several of the latest reports of UFO sightings, courtesy of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).

Florida witness considers ‘transparent’ triangle UFO one of ours

A Florida witness at Naples reported watching a “mostly transparent” triangle-shaped object pass overhead that was followed by a black helicopter, according to testimony in Case 64601 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The incident occurred about 10:30 p.m. on October 18, 2014, when the witness was sitting on a balcony facing north.

“It had three visible circles, one on each point of the triangle, the edges rippled a little so you could just make out the edges of the craft, but the rest of it appeared transparent,” the witness stated.


A Naples, FL, witness described an object where the edges rippled a little so you could just make out the edges of the craft. Pictured: Historic town center of Naples. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
A Naples, FL, witness described an object where the edges rippled a little so you could just make out the edges of the
craft. Pictured: Historic town center of Naples. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The sighting was quickly followed by a black helicopter that had a light and made noise.

“It returned on exactly the same path, north to south, about 20 minutes later, but without a helicopter following.”

The witness believes the object may have been man-made.

“At first I thought it was a UFO, but after seeing a MUFON program Hanger 1 I realized it was exactly the same as they showed and it is one of ours. It appeared to be about 30 feet across and flew relatively low – appearing the size of a softball in the sky relative to my position. It flew perfectly straight at a low altitude without any noise.”


The object was followed by a black helicopter and returned 20 minutes later for a second pass, but without the helicopter. Pictured: Naples, FL. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
The object was followed by a black helicopter and returned 20 minutes later for a second pass, but without the
helicopter. Pictured: Naples, FL. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The witness believes it may be an experimental aircraft that has not yet been perfected.

“I should have known it was one of ours because the cloaking was not perfect. The edges of the triangle rippled showing its shape and there were three large round lights slightly glowing – one on each end of the three points. I was very surprised it came back about 20 minutes later on the exact same trajectory, but without a helicopter following it.”

Naples is a city in Collier County, Florida, population 19,537.

Florida is currently a UFO Alert Level 5 – with 1.14 sightings per million population based on MUFON February 2015 statistics. Florida received a total of 22 UFO reports in March.

The UFO Alert Rating System is based on five levels – 1 through 5 – where states with 4.01 or higher reports per million residents are rated an Alert 1; 3.01 – 4.0 reports are an Alert 2; 2.51 – 3.0 are an Alert 3; 2.01 – 2.5 are an Alert 4; and those states with 2.0 or lower are rated an Alert 5.



Colorado witness says domed-shaped UFO landed

A Colorado witness at Loveland described an “unusual radiant light source” moving above the foothills of the Rocky Mountains that could not be identified, according to testimony in Case 64781 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness was at home shaving in an upstairs bathroom at 9:12 p.m. on March 10, 2015, when he opened a window and “noticed a bright, steady, unchanging, radiant source of white light in close proximity to the tops of the initial foothills” west of his location.

The witness first thought the light was positioned on a light pole and later thought it might be automobile headlights.


The Loveland, CO, witness noticed a light above the foothills on March 10, 2015. Pictured: Downtown Loveland. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
The Loveland, CO, witness noticed a light above the foothills on March 10, 2015. Pictured: Downtown Loveland.
(Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

“I was suddenly moderately surprised and shocked to observe the traveling object seemingly to stop its movement and execute a rapid drop in apparent altitude of seemingly a few hundred feet, before apparently being able to arrest the plunge in the altitude and coming to a stop briefly,” the witness stated.
The light on the object seemed to change from a steady glow to random flickering.

“After the brief arrestment of the altitude plunge, the object then began to haltingly ascend back in altitude, until it was again back at its seemingly original altitude, where it again stopped movement briefly.”

The witness now realized the light could not be an automobile and decided to continue to watch it.

“After the brief stop, upon the regaining of its former altitude, the object then began the same, slow, traveling speed, although now on a generally northern trajectory. While the object was performing the flickering aspect of its light radiance, reduced glare intensity from the object was occasionally low enough to pick out more detained features of the object generating the light radiance.”

The witness described the object.

“Object appeared to be a structured construct, of a roughly raised-dome shape, with the white light radiating from the domed area, and from what appeared to be a series of rectangular panels spaced around the circumference of the object’s lower one-third area.”

The object seemed to be repeating its actions.

“After slowly traveling back to the general north for a short distance, near where the object was originally noticed, the object was observed to repeat a virtually identical rapid drop in its altitude and seemingly struggle to get such halted and original altitude level re-established, and stopping briefly, yet again.”


The object eventually appeared to land. Loveland is located about 15 miles directly south of Fort Collins. (Credit: Google)
The object eventually appeared to land. Loveland is located about 15 miles directly south of Fort Collins. (Credit: Google)

The witness thought that the object might be experiencing problems.

“Object appeared to be suffering performance difficulties involving its altitude maintenance, and after the brief stop in movement upon regaining its former altitude the second time, the object was observed to again resume a generally southward trajectory, until it appeared to land upon the top of the nearest hill along the newest trajectory. The object then appeared to just sit there on the hilltop, with its light radiance still in the random flickering nature, for about 1-2 minutes before I decided to relocate myself to the residence’s rear yard deck area, to see if I could improve observational abilities by being outdoors, with the wall clock glanced at showing then 9:16 p.m.”

The witness then went back inside and observed the object from the bathroom window.

“While observing upon the rear yard deck, I detected the approach of a conventional, small passenger aircraft in my side vision field to my right (north), by its engine sounds and safety lighting, and recalling having read about such objects displaying reactions to approaching aircraft, I began to observe the object intently, with just the barest of glances at the approaching aircraft, to keep track of its general position in relation to the landed object.”

The UFO seemed to react to the conventional aircraft.

“The conventional aircraft was on a generally north-to-south trajectory, traveling in between my location and the object, with what appeared as closer proximity to the objects area, than my own, and was traveling at an altitude of approximately 2,500-3,000 feet. When the conventional aircraft approached into the area to the northeast of the object, I observed the intensity of the flickering glow from the object seemingly stop the flickering activity, and assumed a steady glow again, as it seemingly reduced the power output into the glow function, drastically reducing the glow intensity down to just barely existent at all, to the level that if I had not had the object under direct observation at the moment, then I would have had high difficulty even noticing such a weak light source if casually eye-scanning across the general area of the landed object. The object was observed to maintain the extremely weak light glow throughout the area of passage of the conventional aircraft, until the aircraft had progressed to a point to the southeast of the object’s location, whereupon the object then seeming powered back up to its former flickering light radiance & intensities.”

The witness then said the object appeared to land.

“Observed the object landed on the hilltop for a few more minutes. After about one minute of observation, the object appeared to slowly take off and start ascending into the air once more, and then suddenly began a seemingly unstable, erratic set of movements, giving the appearance of the object not only still having altitude maintenance control difficulties, but now directional and attitude control issues. Object seemed to take several seconds to get the erratic movements stabilized enough to bring the object to a stop once more, before then very slowly moving off deeper into the foothills area on a northwestward trajectory, while seemingly increasing its altitude slightly, until it was able to apparently land on another hilltop.”

The witness continued to watch the object.

“Object remained on the second hilltop for another couple of minutes under my observation before I glanced at the room’s wall clock at 9:36 p.m. At 9:37 p.m., glanced at clock again, before observing the object still sitting atop of the distant hill for two minutes – 9:39 p.m.”

The witness looked away for a few minutes while shaving and when he looked back, the object was gone.
Loveland is in Larimer County, CO, population 71,334.

Colorado is currently a UFO Alert Level 5 – with 1.16 sightings per million population based on MUFON February 2015 statistics. Colorado received a total of six UFO reports in March.

The UFO Alert Rating System is based on five levels – 1 through 5 – where states with 4.01 or higher reports per million residents are rated an Alert 1; 3.01 – 4.0 reports are an Alert 2; 2.51 – 3.0 are an Alert 3; 2.01 – 2.5 are an Alert 4; and those states with 2.0 or lower are rated an Alert 5.



Brothers wonder why UFO is interested in Belize farming town

Two brothers in Orange Walk Town, Belize, Central America, reported watching a “solid object the size of a basketball with a very bright, glowing light the size of a golf ball” moving about 10 feet over a nearby street post lamp, according to testimony in Case 64587 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.


Orange Walk Town, Belize, Central America. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Orange Walk Town, Belize, Central America. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The two brothers were sitting outside of their home facing north on the edge of their yard and leaning up against a wooden shed. The younger brother, age 18, pointed to the east-southeast where he saw “a bright green glowing light that seemed to be directly over the street and not far from where they were seated – about 150 feet away and about 10 feet higher than the street post lamp.

“It moved slowly as patiently waiting for something,” stated the reporting older brother. “The entire event lasted about 15-20 minutes as it traveled in the sky from the east toward the north in a curved manner and then hovered for 4-5 minutes and then moved toward the west.”

The object moved in an inconsistent manner.

“All along the way it did not travel a stable consistent path. It moved in a very slow speed quickly in a zigzagging pattern as if vibrating just a little. The object looked like the size of a basketball with a light on it. The light was bright green and extremely bright when it stayed still.”


(Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
(Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The witness described the object’s shape.

“I was watching and I could barely make out the shape of the solid object. It was circular and flat on top, but the bottom was more like a cone shape and not a sphere.”

The object continued to move.

“It then moved from north toward the west in the night sky. The light source appeared to me to be the size of a golf ball, but glowing very, very bright. What I noticed is that despite its brightness it did not give off surrounding light like a bulb or flashlight. As it passed over the tree top and the leaves of the tree looked dark like if no light shone although it was about five feet above the highest branch.”

The object was silent.

“Since I first saw it I heard no noise coming from it. The UFO was very silent and it traveled on the night sky slowly until it had gotten so far I could not see it. The night sky seemed like a normal dark sky with no wind.

Also the neighborhood was asleep with no cars, no people outside around that we could see. This event took place between 11:30 p.m. – 1 a.m. in the month of March 2014. This UFO came from the south of the street and curved around us going north and stayed still across my wire fence above my neighbor’s abandoned, empty yard, and then moved toward the west across and over the next side of the street on the edge of the small town where I live. It went west over the bushes and trees of huge undeveloped land.”
The witness is trying to understand why the object was there.


(Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
(Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

“Can someone tell me what are they doing here in Central America in such a small country – Belize? Here we have no power plants, no war, no mineral mines, no mass production metal factories – only farming. What makes me scarred is that this UFO came so close to us and slowly it moved until I could no longer see it. Also hovered in front on my neighbor’s land about the height of a two-floor building. What does it want or why come to an uninteresting place like Belize in Orange Walk District. What is it looking for in the people here? Someone answer me.”

Orange Walk Town is the fourth largest town in the nation of Belize, with a population of about 13,400.

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.




ANOTHER EARTH: "The Unexplored Planet" - NASA Spacecraft Begins First Stage Of Epic Pluto Probe?!


Image credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pluto

April 20, 2015 -  PLUTO
 - “NASA first mission to distant Pluto will also be humankind’s first close up view of this cold, unexplored world in our solar system,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington. “The New Horizons team worked very hard to prepare for this first phase, and they did it flawlessly.” NASA's New Horizons spacecraft recently began its long-awaited, historic encounter with Pluto. The spacecraft is entering the first of several approach phases that culminate July 14 with the first close-up flyby of the dwarf planet, 4.67 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) from Earth.

The fastest spacecraft when it was launched, New Horizons lifted off in January 2006. It awoke from its final hibernation period last month after a voyage of more than 3 billion miles, and will soon pass close to Pluto, inside the orbits of its five known moons. In preparation for the close encounter, the mission’s science, engineering and spacecraft operations teams configured the piano-sized probe for distant observations of the Pluto system that start Sunday, Jan. 25 with a long-range photo shoot.

The images captured by New Horizons’ telescopic Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) will give mission scientists a continually improving look at the dynamics of Pluto’s moons. The images also will play a critical role in navigating the spacecraft as it covers the remaining 135 million miles (220 million kilometers) to Pluto.      


WATCH: NASA New Horizon's animation.




“We’ve completed the longest journey any spacecraft has flown from Earth to reach its primary target, and we are ready to begin exploring,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado.

LORRI will take hundreds of pictures of Pluto over the next few months to refine current estimates of the distance between the spacecraft and the dwarf planet. Though the Pluto system will resemble little more than bright dots in the camera’s view until May, mission navigators will use the data to design course-correction maneuvers to aim the spacecraft toward its target point this summer. The first such maneuver could occur as early as March.

“We need to refine our knowledge of where Pluto will be when New Horizons flies past it,” said Mark Holdridge, New Horizons encounter mission manager at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. “The flyby timing also has to be exact, because the computer commands that will orient the spacecraft and point the science instruments are based on precisely knowing the time we pass Pluto – which these images will help us determine.”

The “optical navigation” campaign that begins this month marks the first time pictures from New Horizons will be used to help pinpoint Pluto’s location.

Throughout the first approach phase, which runs until spring, New Horizons will conduct a significant amount of additional science. Spacecraft instruments will gather continuous data on the interplanetary environment where the planetary system orbits, including measurements of the high-energy particles streaming from the sun and dust-particle concentrations in the inner reaches of the Kuiper Belt. In addition to Pluto, this area, the unexplored outer region of the solar system, potentially includes thousands of similar icy, rocky small planets.

More intensive studies of Pluto begin in the spring, when the cameras and spectrometers aboard New Horizons will be able to provide image resolutions higher than the most powerful telescopes on Earth. Eventually, the spacecraft will obtain images good enough to map Pluto and its moons more accurately than achieved by previous planetary reconnaissance missions. - Daily Galaxy.



CRYPTOZOOLOGY: Nessie View - Google Takes Up Search For Loch Ness Monster!

Biologists believe plesiosaurs died out 65 million years ago.

April 20, 2015 -  SCOTLAND - Google has taken its Street View cameras to Loch Ness to capture the famous lake from above and below water, as well as unveiling a Nessie Doodle on its homepage and a new Loch Ness Monster cartoon on its maps.

With the help of local divers and experts, Google has used its Street View cameras to photograph the lake to celebrate the 81st anniversary of the famous photograph of Nessie published in the Daily Mail by Colonel Robert Wilson. The image, known as the ‘Surgeon’s Photograph’, was later revealed to be a hoax.

Google spent just a week taking one of its 40Ib (18kg) Street View Trekker cameras around the perimeter of the loch and on a boat; it also teamed up with Catlin Seaview Survey for the underwater shots.

And for those who want to explore the area by Loch Ness on foot there will now be a little Nessie-like peg monster to replace the yellow peg character normally seen.

But Google’s efforts appear rather halfhearted compared to the conservation pioneer Sir Peter Scott, who spent 15 years in the 1960s and ‘70s trying to find evidence of the monster.

In 1962 Scott set up the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau with some like-minded colleagues at the House of Commons in London.


Google street view to find Loch Ness Monster

They used a number of techniques considered modern at the time, such as sonar transducers, time lapse cameras and strobe flash lighting to try and capture the monster under water.

In 1972, a spear-shaped object was photographed twice which could be perceived as a flipper. According to Robert Rines of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, these images “suggest quite strongly the presence of two animals.”

There was also what became known as the ‘Gargoyle Shot’ of a large head with horny protrusions and another photo of what Scott thought was the entire creature, both taken in 1975. These were taken by a team connected to Scott, led by Rines.

These pictures were dismissed in 1987 as sunken logs and other debris from trees and plants which surround the loch.


Image from http://frontiersofzoology.blogspot.co.uk


But Rines and his team went to some effort to avoid any underwater debris, knowing that the loch was full of it. He deployed an underwater camera with a high powered flood light and as soon as any movement was picked up on the sonar then they would turn the lights on and take some pictures.

According to Scott’s biographer Elspeth Huxley, these photographs convinced him that the monster was real and he and Rines named it Nessistteras rhombopteryx, or the Ness monster with a diamond-shaped fin.

More recently in 2013 zoologist, Dale A. Drinnon, examining the photographic evidence captured by the Rines/Scott team believed that while the so-called Gargoyle’s Head could easily be a submerged tree stump, “the other underwater photos look like strong evidence for an unknown animal in the loch.” - RT.



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