Tuesday, 9 October 2012

UFO News Links For Tuesday 9th October 2012

 
Inexplicata-The Journal of Hispanic Ufology: Argentina: Alleged UFO over Saltos del Moconá

The Alien Origins Of Felix Baumgartner’s Attempt To Skydive From 23 Miles Up – Popular Science

A Different Perspective: Presidents, Bill Clinton and Roswell

UFOs over District of Columbia

Re-Airing of the ‘Professor Weird’ Pilot & A Challenge Regarding UFO ‘Kooks’ – Huffington Post

Is this a spaceship? UFO captured on camera in Halifax – Halifax Evening Courier

Betty Hill's Recollection of Alien Symbols

Time for the debate – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Two UFOs Surprises Friends in Feasterville, Pennsylvania - Gather....

Ben Bova: ‘Ufology’ – Naples Daily News

The Haunted Skies Project: Sun (The) 12.11.69

Breaking News - Discovery Channel's "Curiosity" Series Goes Inside the Bermuda Triangle in Search of Answers to This Ancient Mystery | TheFutonCritic.com

The Deleted Scenes Of Prometheus Actually Explain A Whole Bunch Of Important Stuff – Gizmodo Australia

Shrewsbury man goes on American UFO Conspiracy Road Trip - shropsh...

Dr. Franklin Ruehl, Ph.D.: Re-Airing of the "Professor Weird" Pilot & A Challenge Regarding UFO "Kooks"

NASA Mars Curiosity Rover Prepares to Study Martian Soil – Space Daily

Google Secrets: Extra Terrestrial Beacons, And 23 Other Places Google Doesn't Want You To See

The Tenerife pyramids

Experiments, Conspiracies and Invisibility | Mysterious Universe 

Derrick Pitts, Astronomer, Wants UFOs Studied With Science


Chile Observatory

Nothing kills a career faster than being branded a kook, and in many circles, that's what you are when you admit you've seen a UFO.
The stakes are raised, of course, if we're talking about academic communities, and even more so among astronomers -- people who study the skies.
Many astronomers say there's nothing of any scientific merit that could result in the study of UFOs.
With the career suicide stakes for astronomers so high, some UFO researchers believe many of them are hesitant to step forward. Certainly, the Air Force's Project Bluebook -- the last officially announced government study of unidentified flying objects -- concluded that five percent of the cases investigated could not be immediately explained away.
Nevertheless, one nationally renowned astronomer, Derrick Pitts, tells The Huffington Post that it might be time for a thorough study of unexplained aerial phenomena.
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(Courtesy of The Franklin Institute)
"If you say, 'Let's pursue an investigation of UFOs so we can identify where these alien spacecraft are coming from,' then people go, 'What? I'm not touching that with a 10-foot pole.' But if you say, 'Let's look at what the possibilities are that, at one time, there were environments where life possibly could have developed on Mars,' then everybody says, 'Oh, yeah, I want a piece of that,'" said Pitts, senior scientist and chief astronomer at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia.
Pitts, pictured at right, is also a NASA Solar System Ambassador. He told HuffPost about the idea that most serious astronomers give no credence to UFO reports.
"I can speculate about what many astronomers would say if you ask them that question. Many of them would say, 'I haven't seen anything, so I can't say that they exist. I can't say that this five percent are alien spacecraft.' But if you ask them in the same breath, 'Would you be willing to engage in a research project to figure out what these things are,' I don't know what that answer would be.
"I'd say, yeah, let's find out, let's take a look at it, because here we have a phenomenon that causes a tremendous amount of interest. Why not try to understand what it is?"
A careful look at historical records reveals how astronomers have, indeed, not only endorsed efforts to study the UFO phenomenon, but in many cases, have themselves seen unexplained objects for which they couldn't account.
In the late 1940s, astronomer -- and UFO skeptic -- J. Allen Hynek became the scientific consultant to Project Blue Book. During the nearly 20 years that Hynek was charged with explaining away UFO reports, he prepared a "Special Report On Conferences With Astronomers On Unidentified Aerial Objects."
Included in the study of 45 astronomers was a general feeling that "if they were promised complete anonymity and if they could report their sightings to a group of serious, respected scientists who would regard the problem as a scientific one, then they would be willing to cooperate to the very fullest extent."
 
Watch J. Allen Hynek discussing astronomers and UFOs


Hynek later went on to coin the phrase, "close encounters of the first, second and third kind," which described the various types of UFO reports made by people. As the director of the Center for UFO Studies, he was also the technical consultant -- with a cameo appearance -- in Steven Spielberg's 1977 film, "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
Also in 1977, astrophysicist Peter Sturrock created a survey based on responses of members of the American Astronomical Society concerning UFOs. One respondent wrote: "I find it tough to make a living as an astronomer these days. It would be professionally suicidal to devote significant time to UFOs. However, I am quite interested in your survey."
A year after Sturrock's survey, Hynek found himself addressing the United Nations, pictured below, on the topic of continuing global sightings of UFOs.
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"If it were not worldwide, I should not be addressing ... these representatives from many parts of the world," Hynek told the UN Special Political Committee in 1978. "There exists a global phenomenon the scope and extent of which is not generally recognized. It is a phenomenon so strange and foreign to our daily terrestrial mode of thought that it is frequently met by ridicule and derision by persons and organizations unacquainted with the facts.
"Yet, the phenomenon persists; it has not faded away as many of us expected it would when, years ago, we regarded it as a passing fad or whimsy. Instead, it has touched on the lives of an increasing number of people around the world."
Joining Hynek at that milestone UN initiative to try and get the world body to create an internal UFO committee was astronomer Jacques Vallee, portrayed by Francois Truffaut in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."
"We are beginning to pay the price for the negative and prejudiced attitude with which our scientific institutions have treated sincere witnesses of UFO phenomena," Vallee told the U.N. delegates in 1978. "Lack of serious, open-minded research in this field has encouraged these witnesses to think that science was incapable of dealing with the phenomena.
"This attitude has led many people to seek answers outside the rational pursuit of knowledge to which science is dedicated. Only an open exchange of information on the subject could now correct this dangerous trend."

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Vallee, pictured above, closed his remarks at the United Nations, saying, "All the great nations of the world are represented on this committee. Let us keep in mind that the UFO phenomenon may represent an even greater reality. It is our choice to treat it as a threat or as an opportunity for human knowledge."
 
Watch Jacques Vallee discussing UFOs at the 2011 Global Competitiveness Forum in Saudi Arabia.


Still close in our collective memory are all of the UFO reports that emerged from China in 2010, making almost daily headlines as unexplained lights and objects were seen throughout the country, and in some cases, responsible for airports temporarily closing down until the UFOs left the area.
Wang Sichao, a planetary astronomer at the Purple Mountain Observatory of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said that the UFO reports "refer to events of credible facts backed by observation. But these facts cannot yet be explained by existing scientific knowledge or natural phenomena."
Wang has investigated UFO sightings in China for four decades and told the Beijing Review why there hasn't been much progress in available UFO information.
"The reason is that a UFO only appears randomly and often disappears rapidly in a few minutes. By the time large professional telescopes are started up, it has already disappeared. So, we can only rely on information from occasional sightings or encounters by observers," he explained.
Back in Philadelphia, Pitts suggests what needs to happen to ultimately lend more credibility to people who want to study UFOs and eventually solve the mystery, one way or another.
"There are two ways in which this can happen. The first way is if a UFO lands on the front lawn of the White House -- that would take care of all of that right away," Pitts said.
"Then, the other way is if some legitimate, recognized scientific institution engages in research about these particular objects. And something that would help it is if we change the name of what it is that's being investigated, because that immediately causes problems.
"If that helps to legitimize the research and makes it acceptable in a way that will bring the strength of others to bear on resolving the questions, then that's a good thing."

UFO Moves Past The Space Station On Live NASA Cam (Video)

By Scott Waring

This UFO was caught on live ISS cam stream and shows a grey object perhaps diamond in shape passing near the space station. Sadly the person turned off the screen recorder early so we don't know if it went behind the earth or between the earth and space station…that would have given us the distance.




Mac's UFO News - September 2012 (Video)

 

UFO activity above Queensland Town, Australia (Video)

UFOs over Ireland Caught on Video

By UFO Casebook
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Originally published on Sep 28, 2012 by SigmaUfoChannel
Multiple UFOs captured over Ireland.
(Editor's Note: The submitter states that what we are seeing are multiple UFOs, but it seems that the three lights may be one object as they move with total unison.
It appears that the submitter was outside with his camera when he either saw or was made aware of the lights in the sky and started filming.


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UFO Newspaper Clipping - Daily Telegraph 30.8.1969



UFO Movie News Round-Up

By Robbie Graham

Post-contact society examined in new sci-fi series
 

April 2013 will see the debut of Defiance, an ambitious TV series and immersive MMO from Syfy and Trion Worlds. Defiance (series and game) will chronicle the world-changing events on Earth as seven alien races begin to settle on our planet, and the war that ensues when negotiations go pear-shaped.

Defiance promises to be a uniquely interactive experience, allowing viewers to go inside the fictional universe, making their own choices and blending videogame action with dramatic television.

Check out these videos for more info and some impressive, large-scale sets...



 
‘Area 52’ movie gets a writer

Summit Entertainment has hired rookie writer Johnny Rosenthal to draft the movie adaptation of Area 52. Published in 2001, the four-issue comic book miniseries told the story of a secret storage facility in Antarctica (as opposed to Nevada, where the real Area 52 is located) that houses the alien technology no longer being studied at Area 51. The original story followed an army nurse who is forced to save the day after a mercenary attack unleashes an alien beast.
Spiders from space!

Behold! The trailer for the low-budget, Bulgaria-shot creature feature, Spiders 3D, the synopsis for which reads as follows:
 
“Following a crash of an old Soviet space station in New York City's subway tunnel, a new species of poisonous spiders is discovered. Inadvertently the spiders mutate to gigantic proportions and wreak havoc on the entire city.”
 
 
Spiders 3D crawls into cinemas next year.
 
Prometheus honest trailer
 
Hot on the heels of the honest trailer for The Avengers, here’s one for Prometheus... ouch!
 
 
 
Wanna help James Cameron mine asteroids?
 
 
Earlier this year, James Cameron chatted to the press about mining asteroids. The sci-fi director was not discussing the plot for one of his forthcoming Avatar sequels, however (bearing in mind that his original mega-blockbuster examined the devastating impact of commercial mining operations on an exoplanet). No, in fact – and more than a little ironically – Cameron was announcing his investment in a real-life extra-planetary mining company called Planetary Resources...
 
 
Anyway, further to this announcement, Planetary Resources is now actively recruiting space miners... well, paid interns, at least.
This from company President Chris Lewicki:
 
“Do you want to be an Asteroid Miner?
 
Well, here's your chance!
 
We're looking for passionate college students for
paid coop positions to help us mine asteroids
this spring and summer...
 
If you love space and want to contribute directly to
the development of the next generation of space
exploration technologies, we want to hear from you
(or from anyone you know that you think would be
interested).”
 
I wonder if Planetary Resources and James Cameron have stopped to consider what else besides minerals could be lurking inside those asteroids? How strange (and slightly worrying) that ET life might eventually be discovered through a commercial endeavour... “Extraterrestrial life – brought to you by Planetary Resources! In association with Apple! Sponsored by MacDonald’s!”



X-Files creator back with new sci-fi series (plus another X-Files movie possible?)
Deadline reports that Chris Carter (right) is developing a new “big idea” sci-fi TV series in the vein of The X-Files called The After. Question is “After” what? After ET contact? After Disclosure, perhaps? Maybe not quite, but time will tell...

Deadline describes the series as:

"[A] thriller which revolves around a mysterious, unexplained event. In the vein of The X Files, The After incorporates elements of science fiction, suspense, and real-world fear and paranoia."

According to Georgeville CEO Marc Rosen:“Chris has woven his mythology magic within a very human, grounded story about the moment when we realize all of our worst fears about the world and its future."

On the subject of The X-Files, David Duchovny was asked recently by Collider if he thinks a third film could ever happen. Duchovny said:

"I would love to do another film, or more. I think we're all game for it. I know I'm kind of perplexed that Fox isn't more [enthusiastic]. Here's a homegrown property that you don't have to go buy, like #$@!-in' Green Lantern or something, to make it. Here you've got an actual action franchise that's your own. It's weird to me, but I'm not an executive. I don't know if they made the Green Lantern either, but I'm just using that as an example of, "Why make that film? Why not make a homegrown franchise that is excellent, and that has proven to be excellent and interesting?" I don't get it, but that's not my business."