Thursday, May 14, 2015

UFO SIGHTINGS: The Latest MUFON Cases Across The United States - Cigar UFO Reported Hovering Over Small Minnesota Town; And Spherical-Shaped UFO Reported Hovering Over Oregon Town!

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May 14, 2015 -  UNITED STATES -  The following constitutes several of the latest reports of UFO sightings, courtesy of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).


Cigar UFO reported hovering over small Minnesota town

A Minnesota witness at Currie recalls a UFO incident from 2002 where a group of adults and children watched a silent, hovering, cigar-shaped object, according to testimony in Case 65066 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The incident occurred about 2 p.m. on July 3, 2002, when four adults, ages 22-29, and two children were outside on a farm about one mile east and one-half mile north of Currie, on an 80-degree day with few clouds in the sky.


A group of people on a farm near Currie, MN, watched a cigar-shaped object hovering in the distance about 2 p.m. on July 2, 2002. Pictured: Downtown, Currie. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)
A group of people on a farm near Currie, MN, watched a cigar-shaped object hovering in the distance about 2 p.m.
on July 2, 2002. Pictured: Downtown, Currie. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

“We had just shot off some fireworks, but nothing aerial, just small group reporters (black cat firecrackers) and some colored smoke bombs,” the reporting witness stated.

Then one of the adults noticed something odd in the sky to their northeast and asked what it was.

“When we first saw the metallic, cigar-shaped craft, it appeared to be about a mile away, moving toward us steadily and slowly. Not knowing the object’s size, I’m just guessing at these distances.”

The group estimated that the object was about 400 feet long.


The witness said the object appeared to be about the size of a blimp, but it was not a blimp. Pictured: Currie, MN. (Credit: Google Maps)
The witness said the object appeared to be about the size of a blimp, but it was not a blimp. Pictured: Currie, MN.
(Credit: Google Maps)

“It looked like it was rather large, like it could have been the size of the Goodyear blimp. The shape was not ‘blimp-shaped,’ more cigar and shiny, possibly surrounded by a haze, but it may have been sun glare of the craft’s shiny exterior.”

The group watched the object wondering about what it could be and how far away it was.

“Again, I do not know how big it was, nor the exact distances. As we pointed out the craft to the others they came over toward us. At this point the craft just stopped and hovered. There was no sound, no wind, just the shiny object floating. We all agreed that we had no idea what we were looking at.”

They attempted to get binoculars for a better look.

“I asked my son to fetch the binoculars. As he ran back to the house, the object stayed, and when he started running back with the binoculars the craft flew away silently, steadily, and rapidly to the northeast until we could no longer see it.”


The object eventually moved quickly out of the area before the group could retrieve binoculars for a better look. Pictured: Currie, MN. (Credit: Google Maps)
The object eventually moved quickly out of the area before the group could retrieve binoculars for a better look.
Pictured: Currie, MN. (Credit: Google Maps)

Currie is a city in Murray County, Minnesota, population 233.

Minnesota is currently a UFO Alert Level 3 – with 0.93 sightings per million population based on MUFON February 2015 statistics. Minnesota received a total of five 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.


Spherical-shaped UFO reported hovering over Oregon town

An Oregon witness at Sisters reported watching a “silver object” hovering over a nearby tree line before shooting off erratically to the east, according to testimony in Case 65105 in the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The witness was driving northwest along Highway 20 near Sisters just before the Black Butte Ranch when the object was first seen about 8:30 a.m. on April 30, 2015.

“I dipped my head down slightly to get a better look at the butte and then I noticed a silver spherical object hovering somewhere above the height of the tree line ahead of me and before the butte,” the witness stated.

The UFO sighting was very short.


The object was seen hovering for just a few seconds before it quickly moved away. Pictured: Sisters, OR. (Credit: Google)
The object was seen hovering for just a few seconds before it quickly moved away. Pictured: Sisters, OR. (Credit: Google)


“It only remained there a brief moment before shooting eastward over the tree line with a slightly erratic path. The entire sighting only lasted two or three seconds, but it was during daylight, and the object was well lit by sunlight and close enough that I could see any details that would identify it as a regular craft such as a helicopter.”

But the object did not look like anything that the witness could identify.

“Instead it looked like a silvery spherical object that appeared fuzzy as though it had heat ripples around it.”

The witness is sure that it was not anything that could be identified.

“It was far enough away that if it had been a balloon, it should have been much smaller and not hovered/accelerated like it did.”


Sisters, OR, is about 22 miles northwest of Bend. (Credit: Google)
Sisters, OR, is about 22 miles northwest of Bend. (Credit: Google)

Sisters is a city in Deschutes County, Oregon, population 2,038.

Oregon is currently a UFO Alert Level 3 – with 2.56 sightings per million population based on MUFON February 2015 statistics. Oregon received a total of 10 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.

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: Kepler Mission Data - Reveals Alien Planet Weather Cycles!

The Daily Galaxy via University of Toronto

May 14, 2015 -  SPACE
 - Astrophysicists prepare weather forecasts for planets beyond our solar system using Kepler data to find evidence of daily weather cycles on exoplanets "Cloudy for the morning, turning to clear with scorching heat in the afternoon." While this might describe a typical late-summer day in many places on Earth, it may also apply to planets outside our solar system, according to a new study by an international team of astrophysicists from the University of Toronto, York University and Queen's University Belfast. Using sensitive observations from the Kepler space telescope, the researchers have uncovered evidence of daily weather cycles on six extra-solar planets seen to exhibit different phases. Such phase variations occur as different portions of these planets reflect light from their stars, similar to the way our own moon cycles though different phases.
Among the findings are indications of cloudy mornings on four of them and hot, clear afternoons on two others. The artist's rendering above of an exoplanet with cloudy mornings and clear, scorching afternoons, exhibiting a cycle of phase variations that occur as different portions of the planet are illuminated by its star, as seen from Earth. Astronomers at the University of Toronto, York University and Queen's University Belfast used measurements of the phase variations of six exoplanets obtained by the Kepler space telescope to forecast their daily weather cycle.

"We determined the weather on these alien worlds by measuring changes as the planets circle their host stars, and identifying the day-night cycle," said Lisa Esteves, a PhD candidate in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto, and lead author of the study published today in The Astrophysical Journal. "We traced each of them going through a cycle of phases in which different portions of the planet are illuminated by its star, from fully lit to completely dark," said Esteves.

Because the planets are very near to their stars, they are expected to rotate counter-clockwise - just as the majority of objects in our solar system do - with the right side moving in the direction of each planet's orbit. This causes an eastward movement of the planet's surface and therefore an eastward circulation of atmospheric winds. As a result, clouds that form on the planet's night side, where temperatures are cooler while it faces away from its host star, would be blown to the planet's morning side.

"As the winds continue to transport the clouds to the day side, they heat up and dissipate, leaving the afternoon sky cloud-free," said Esteves. "These winds also push the hot air eastward from the meridian, where it is the middle of the day, resulting in higher temperatures in the afternoon."

For four of the planets, the researchers saw excess brightness in the Kepler data that corresponds to when the morning side is visible. For the other two, they saw an excess when the evening side is visible.

"By comparing the planets' previously determined temperatures to the phase cycle measurements provided by Kepler, we found that the excess brightness on the morning side is most likely generated by reflected starlight," said Esteves. "These four planets are not hot enough to generate this excess light through thermal emission.

"The excess light seen on the two very hot planets can be explained by thermal emission," said Esteves. "A likely explanation is that on these two planets, the winds are moving heat towards the evening side, resulting in the excess brightness."

The Kepler telescope was the ideal instrument for the study of exoplanet phase variations. The very precise measurements it provided and the vast amount of data it collected allowed astronomers to measure the tiny signals from these distant worlds. Most of the planets examined in this study are very hot and large, with temperatures greater than 1600 degrees Celsius and sizes comparable to Jupiter - conditions far from hospitable to life but excellent for phase measurements.

Kepler data has been used in the past to measure the temperature of these planets, but this is the first instance in which phase variations were used to measure the morning- and evening-side specific brightnesses of a collection of planets.

"The detection of light from these planets hundreds to thousands of light years away is on its own remarkable," said study co-author Dr. Ernst de Mooij, the Michael West Fellow at the Astrophysics Research Centre from the School of Mathematics and Physics at Queen's University Belfast. "But when we consider that phase cycle variations can be up to 100,000 times fainter than the host star, these detections become truly astonishing."

"Upcoming space missions should reveal many more small planets around bright stars that will make great targets for detailed studies," said co-author Ray Jayawardhana of York University. "Someday soon we hope to be talking about weather reports for alien worlds not much bigger than Earth, and to be making comparisons with our home planet." - Daily Galaxy.



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