Great Ufo Video From Norway August 13- 2010

This UFO was observed in the Northern parts of Norway, 13 August 2010.

This was in the same area where the Spiral UFO of December 2009 was observed, however any connection with this or the HAARP/EISCAT facility is unknown.

The UFO was observed by many people, and this is some of the footage that was shot by mobile phones. One of the witnesses rushed to get a camcorder and just managed to run back to an open area where the UFO could be filmed for a few seconds before it did an extreme acceleration maneuvre and disappeared.

I have no idea what we saw that night, but I have never ever seen anything like it!

Hoax claims Mars will be as large as the moon in the night sky

CLEVELAND - I get e-mails about this every summer. Each year, I tell our viewers it's a hoax. But, it spreads, it mutates, it refuses to die. For the seventh year in a row, the Mars Hoax is infecting email boxes around the world.

Passed from one reader to another, the message states that on Aug. 27 Mars will approach Earth and swell to the size of a full Moon. “NO ONE ALIVE TODAY WILL EVER SEE THIS AGAIN,” the email declares -- always in caps.

News flash: It’s simply not true.

Here are the facts: On Aug. 27, Mars will be 314 million kilometers from Earth, about as far away as it can get. Mars will shine in the western sky after sunset like a tiny red star of ordinary brightness. If you didn’t know it was there, you probably wouldn't notice. The only way to see Mars as large as the full Moon is to board a spaceship.

The origins of the hoax can be traced back to 2003 when Mars really did swell to unusual proportions. On Aug. 27 of that year, Mars came within 56 million km of Earth — the nearest it has been in 60,000 years. People marveled at the orange brilliance of Mars in the night sky and crowded around telescopes for clear views of the planet’s towering volcanoes, ruddy plains and glistening polar ice caps. At the height of the display, Mars was about 75 times smaller than the full Moon.

That’s when “the e-mail hoax” was born. Someone, somewhere, reasoned as follows: If Mars is 75 times smaller than the Moon, then magnifying it 75 times should make it equal to the Moon. Early versions of the Hoax encouraged readers to get out their telescopes and insert a 75x eyepiece: “At a modest 75 times magnification,” the message stated, “Mars will look as big as the full Moon to the naked eye.”

Soon, the Hoax was vectoring around the Internet, making copies of itself and mutating. Advanced versions of the virus, sleeker and less wordy than its ancestors, omitted the magnification and simply stated, “Mars will look as big as the full Moon to the naked eye!” Before long, the year was omitted, too. Aug. 27, 2003, became Aug. 27, and the hoax became immortal. Indeed, years of stories contradicting the hoax have failed to stamp it out.

Here’s what you should do on Aug. 27. Go outside at sunset and face west. The bright light you see shining through the twilight is lovely Venus. Grab a pair of binoculars and scan the sky around Venus. A few degrees to the right, you’ll come across a little orange star-like object. That is Mars. Very tiny...


O'Hare UFO story keeps flying

The purported UFO that pilots and other eagle-eyed professionals reported seeing almost four years ago, hovering in place above Gate C-17 at O'Hare International Airport, never went away.

Don't get me wrong. The aviators, United Airlines ramp workers, managers and aircraft mechanics all said they witnessed the dark grey metallic disk-shaped UFO leave the restricted airspace over O'Hare with such tremendous force and velocity on Nov. 7, 2006, that it pierced a hole of crisp blue air in the cloud-covered sky.

Although there have been no sightings at O'Hare since then from the likes of these serious and credible observers, hardly a day goes by that I don't receive e-mails or phone calls from UFO enthusiasts and researchers asking for an update to my exclusive Chicago Tribune story on New Year's Day 2007.

The article was breaking news of a possible (or impossible) visit by extraterrestrials. It also disclosed efforts by the Federal Aviation Administration and United officials to claim that they knew nothing about the UFO reports, despite the witness accounts.

So I wasn't surprised Tuesday when my old story was Googled widely after an appearance Monday night on Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report'' by Leslie Kean, author of a new book on UFO sightings.

Kean interviewed me several times for her book, "UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go On the Record,'' which is about UFOs reported by highly respected, reputable witnesses.

To find details of the incident online, Kean told Colbert, one need simply Google "Chicago O'Hare UFO," which enough people did to send those words vaulting up the list of Google's most searched terms.

Back on the UFO beat -- my gig at the Tribune is transportation -- my day became more bizarre Tuesday, and somewhat annoying, when the online Weekly World News, linked to a video of me discussing the incident.

The video is an off-air chat I had back in 2007 with television anchorman Jim Wagner of Tribune-owned CLTV while Wagner and I prepared to tape an interview on the O'Hare event.

Conspiracy theorists certain that the government routinely covers up evidence supporting real UFO sightings viewed the off-air banter as proof enough. Never mind that I hadn't provided any confirmed information to Wagner in our recorded off-air exchange that I hadn't already reported.

Yet to this day on You Tube, that video is still presented under the headline, "O'Hare UFO leaked news footage seconds before broadcast,'' purporting to somehow confirm what had happened.

Monday night with Colbert, Kean mentioned the original Tribune story, which with 1.6 million page views to date remains the single most popular story or column in the history of

The FAA subsequently explained away the UFO spotting as a "weather phenomenon.''

"This thing was hovering over Chicago O'Hare Airport at rush hour,'' Kean said. "Lots of people saw it, (but) the U.S. government never said a word.''

--Jon Hilkevitch

China discloses UFO reality: Aliens sending UFO probes here

China discloses UFO reality: Aliens sending UFO probes here

Michael Cohen

Dramatic events have taken place in China over the last few days and that nation's thousands of UFO researchers and enthusiasts are reeling in shock.

One of the heads of China's famous Purple Mountain Astronomical Observatory, Prof. Wang Sichao, has gone public admitting the UFOs are real and aliens are visiting Earth and that the observatory has observed their craft many times. The admittance of UFO reality was made yesterday within an official speech entitled tellingly 'China's UFO truth'. This news has been extensively reported in China.

The key points that Wang Sichao have disclosed are that:

•Aliens are visiting Earth on R & D expeditions
•These UFOs are probes manned by robots.
•These craft travel at eighty percent the speed of light.
•These craft have been seen by the observatory many times at between 150 and 1500 kilometers above Earth.
•The aliens might use Nuclear fusion to propel their craft
•39 years of work at Purple Mountain Observatory has led Wang to believe these craft use Earth's gravity to manouvre and stay aloft
Wang Sichao also said he disagreed with Stephen Hawkings recent comments and declared that these aliens appear peaceful and require nothing materially from us as they can create their own materials using advanced technology.

In the event that these aliens do not come in peace, he stressed that they are not gods and have flaws and thus we can possibly defend ourselves.

(Editors note: The Purple Mountain Observatory was the station that observed the now well known UFO during last years eclipse. The entire text of the speech by Wang Sichau clearly shows that the stuff we have been saying about China and other places regarding UFOs over the last few years is not just 'made up tabloid news' but fact and those that critisise this publication are the know nothings who have bought into the West's cover-up on this topic-sources on request-M Cohen)

UFO Sightings: UK Government Releases UFO-Related Documents

Britain’s National Archives released files containing many UFO-related documents, drawings, letters, and parliamentary questions from between 1995 and 2003 on Wednesday.

The Ministry of Defense files highlight a 1995 close encounter between a passenger plane and a UFO near Manchester Airport, which was officially reported to the Civil Aviation Authority by the flight crew in January 1995.

The pilot and first officer of the British Airways Boeing 737 recalled seeing a large gray object flying so close past the plane that it made them duck.

The pilot said that he was approximately 4,000 feet up over the Pennines mountain range, eight or nine miles southeast of the airport.

The pilot and the first officer said they saw something flashing past the cockpit window, describing it as a “lighted object fly down the right-hand side of the aircraft at high speed in the opposite direction.” An investigation back then failed to identify the object.

The released files include a sketch by a member of the public illustrating a UFO “20 times the size of a football field” that was said to be seen from the ground on the same day.

UFO Sightings to be Recorded and Made Public in Brazil

UFO sightings made in Brazilian air space must be documented and the data will be made accessible to researchers as well as the public, according to media reports this week.

Air force pilots, civilian pilots, and commercial pilots are encouraged to register all sightings of UFOs with the Aerospace Defense Command, according to BBC News, who cited an official decree made by the Brazilian government.

The sightings will be stored in Brazil's Historic Documentation Center located in Rio De Janeiro, where it will be made publicly available for people interested in the subject. Related Articles

The decree, which was signed on Tuesday, does not mean that the air force will go out and actively seek UFOs, but will record sightings if they see them.

"Air force command does not have a specialized structure to carry out scientific experiments on these phenomena and will limit itself to recording any events" the Brazilian air force said in a statement, reported by the BBC.

There has been a fairly large amount of UFO sightings in the past several decades in Brazil, including by high-level officials and possibly even the president.

"I have heard of ministers and even a president who said they had seen a UFO,” an anonymous air traffic controller told the BBC.

Magnetic mega-star challenges black hole theory

PARIS (AFP) – A neutron star with a mighty magnetic field has thrown down the gauntlet to theories about stellar evolution and the birth of black holes, astronomers reported on Wednesday.

The "magnetar" lies in a cluster of stars known as Westerlund 1, located 16,000 light years away in the constellation of Ara, the Altar.

Westerlund 1, discovered in 1961 by a Swedish astronomer, is a favoured observation site in stellar physics.

It is one of the biggest cluster of superstars in the Milky Way, comprising hundreds of very massive stars, some shining with a brilliance of almost a million Suns and some two thousand times the Sun's diameter.

The cluster is also, by the standards of the Universe, very young. The stars were all born from a single event just three and a half to five million years ago.

Within Westerlund 1 is the remains of one of galaxy's few magnetars -- a particular kind of neutron star, formed from the explosion of a supernova, that can exert a magnetic field a million, billion times strong than Earth's.

[Related: Massive black hole acts like cosmic magnifying glass]

The Westerlund star which eventually became the magnetar must have been at least 40 times the mass of the Sun, according to the study, which appears in the research journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.

If so, intriguing questions are raised.

The mainstream assumption is that stars of between 10 and 25 solar masses go on to form neutron stars. But those above 25 solar masses produce black holes -- the light-gobbling gravitational monsters that are formed when a massive, dying star collapses in on itself.

In that case, the magnetar's mother should have become a black hole because it was so big.

But another alternative, say the authors, is that the star "slimmed" to a lower mass, enabling it to become a neutron star.

How did this happen?

The answer, says the paper, could lie in a binary system: the star that became the magnetar was born with a stellar companion.

As the stars evolved, they began to interact, and the companion star, like a demonic twin, began to steal mass from the progenitor star.

Eventually the progenitor exploded, becoming a supernova. The binary connection was sundered by the blast and both stars were ejected from the cluster, leaving just glowing remnants which are the magnetar, according to this theory.

"If this is the case, it suggests that binary systems might play a key role in stellar evolution," said Simon Clark, who led the team, using the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Paranal, Chile, to make the observations.

A binary system could be "the ultimate cosmic 'diet plan' for heavyweight stars, which shifts over 95 percent of their initial mass," he said.

Trojan asteroid detected in Neptune's 'dead zone'

Trojan asteroid 2008 LC18 is orbiting in a fixed spot in Neptune's orbit where the gravitational pull of Neptune and the sun balance out. Its discovery may help shed light on questions about planetary formation.
Astronomers have discovered a new asteroid in a region of Neptune's orbit where no previous object was known to exist -- a so-called gravitational "dead zone."
The asteroid, which follows Neptune's orbit around the sun, may help shed light on fundamental questions about planetary formation and migration.

The asteroid, classified as a Trojan, was found in a difficult-to-detect area near Neptune, known as the Lagrangian point L5. Lagrangian points are five areas in space where the gravitational tugs from two relatively massive bodies -- such as Neptune and the sun -- balance out. This allows smaller bodies, like asteroids, to remain stable and fixed in synch with the planet's orbit, as they orbit the sun.

Trojan asteroids, named after the famous war in Greek mythology that was waged by the ancient Greeks against the city of Troy, share a planet's orbit around the sun, but do not collide with it because they remain safely near the Lagrangian regions.

Trojan asteroids have previously been found in some of the stable points near Neptune and Jupiter, but this is the first discovery of a Trojan in Neptune's L5 region.

"We believe Neptune Trojans outnumber the Jupiter Trojans and the main-belt asteroids between Mars and Jupiter," Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C., told "If Neptune was where the main-belt was, we'd know thousands of these objects."

He added that thousands of Trojan asteroids are associated with Jupiter.

Stable regions

At Neptune, the L4 and L5 regions are 60 degrees along the planet̢۪s 360-degree orbital path, ahead and behind the planet respectively. In this configuration, dust grains and other small bodies are able to collect and remain there.

Neptune Trojans are very faint because they are so far away from the Earth and the sun, making them difficult to detect. Astronomers Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C., and Chad Trujillo of the Gemini Observatory in Hilo, Hawaii, discovered the Trojan asteroid, 2008 LC18, through an innovative observational strategy.

Using images from the digitized all-sky survey, the astronomers identified pockets of space in the stable regions where dust clouds in our galaxy blocked out the background starlight that crowds the galaxy's plane. This gave the researchers an observational window to observe asteroids in the foreground.

The L5 Neptune Trojan was found using the 8.2-meter Japanese Subaru Telescope in Hawaii. They then used the Carnegie 6.5 meter Magellan Telescope to observe and determine the object's orbit.

Sheppard and Trujillo had previously discovered three of the six known Neptune Trojans in the L4 region in the last several years. The L5 region is much more difficult to observe.

"You're looking at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, so there are a lot of stars and dust clouds there" [in the background], Sheppard told

The astronomers' discovery proves that at least one Trojan asteroid exists in the L5 region of Neptune. And while the asteroid is too faint to be able to determine its composition, Sheppard and Trujillo were able to gather other details about the mysterious object.

"We estimate that the new Neptune Trojan has a diameter of about 62 miles (100 km), and that there are about 150 Neptune Trojans of similar size at L5," Sheppard said. "It matches the population estimates for the L4 Neptune stability regions."

A window to the past

The 2008 LC18 Trojan asteroid always trails behind Neptune and takes the same amount of time to circle the sun as the gas giant planet, but there is one key difference between the orbits of the objects, Sheppard said.

The asteroid has a highly inclined orbit, meaning for half of its orbit the asteroid swings north of Neptune and for the other half it sits south relative to the plane of the solar system. Even though it swings above and below this plane, the angle between the asteroid and Neptune relative to the sun remains at 60 degrees.

This is similar to several asteroids found in the L4 region, which suggests that the objects were captured into these stable regions in the early years of the solar system.

During this time, Neptune was moving on a different orbit than it is now, said Sheppard.

"This is a high-inclination object, as it would be if Neptune was on a much more eccentric orbit in the past," Sheppard said. "This supports the idea that the solar system was much more chaotic, and that giant planets didn't form where they are now, but migrated there."

Planets likely captured Trojan asteroids through a slow, smooth process of planetary migration, or, as giant planets like Neptune and Jupiter settled into their obits, their gravitational attraction may have trapped these objects in their current locations.

"In the distant past, Neptune likely migrated out several AU (astronomical units) and had a much more eccentric and chaotic orbit than it has now," Sheppard said.

The research from this study will be published in the Aug. 13 issue of the journal Science.

Argentine lake may offer clues to life on Mars

GALAN VOLCANO, ARGENTINA (Reuters) – A lake in Argentina's remote, inhospitable northwest may offer clues on how life got started on Earth and how it could survive on other planets, scientists say.

Researchers have found millions of "super" bacteria thriving inside the oxygen-starved Lake Diamante, in the center of a giant volcanic crater located over 15,400 feet above sea level.

The bacteria's habitat is similar to primitive earth, before living and breathing organisms began wrapping a protective atmosphere of oxygen around the planet.

The conditions -- which include high arsenic and alkaline levels -- could also shed light on life beyond Earth.

"This is of great scientific interest as a window to look to our past and also for a science called astrobiology, the study of life on other planets," said Maria Eugenia Farias, part of the team that discovered the life-forms in Lake Diamante earlier this year.

If bacteria can survive here, the theory goes, it could also survive somewhere like Mars.

So-called "extremophiles" have been found in other parts of the world -- and they can have significant commercial value. Bacteria that break down lipids are used in detergents for example.

But Farias said these bacteria, called "polyextremophiles" are exceptional because they flourish in the harshest of circumstances.

"What we have here is a series of extreme conditions all in one place. And this is what makes this place unique in the world," said Farias, a microbiologist at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Tucuman province.

The lake sports levels of arsenic 20,000 times higher than the level regarded as safe for drinking water and its temperature is often below freezing. But because the water is so salty -- five times saltier than sea water -- ice never forms.

The bacteria's DNA mutates to survive the ultra-violet radiation and low oxygen levels found at such high altitudes, which could make it of interest to the pharmaceuticals industry, Farias said. It could also have future commercial applications in products such as sunscreens, she added.

Farias and her team are looking for Argentine funding to produce a metagenome of the bacteria, an advanced study which provides a DNA sequence of the entire microbe colony.

This would enable her crew to study the bacteria in Argentina and help ensure that the South American country keeps hold of potentially lucrative patents for new antioxidants or enzymes that could be derived from the bacteria.

(Writing by Kristina Cooke; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Space station astronauts tackle urgent repair job

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – A pair of space station astronauts ventured out on an urgent spacewalk Saturday to restore a crucial cooling system — one of the most challenging repairs ever attempted at the orbiting lab.

As the sun rose over NASA's spaceport, astronauts Douglas Wheelock and Tracy Caldwell Dyson exited the International Space Station. Their mission was to replace a broken ammonia coolant pump, a job considered so difficult that two spacewalks are required. Saturday was part one.

Wheelock quickly made his way to the broken pump as the space station circled 220 miles above the planet.

"Do I get extra credit?" Caldwell Dyson asked as she gathered tools.

Mission Control said she would and joked that she even might earn an extra brownie afterward.

Wheelock said all the connections looked good on the pump, and he saw no signs it had been hit by micrometeorites or other debris.

The ammonia pump shut down last weekend and knocked out half of the space station's cooling system. The pump is supposed to push ammonia coolant through the lines on the right side of the complex and prevent equipment from overheating. To cope with the failure, the six-person crew had to turn off all unnecessary equipment and halt science experiments.

The cooling line on the left side — unaffected by the trouble — has had to manage everything.

Engineers worked nonstop over the past week to come up with the emergency repair plan. In addition, astronauts in Houston rehearsed every step of the spacewalk while submerged in NASA's huge training pool.

There was a risk the fully pressurized ammonia lines could leak; the spacewalkers would have to get the toxic substance off their suits before going back inside. In addition, the lines were stiff because of all the pressure, making the repair job especially difficult.

NASA originally targeted Thursday for the spacewalk, the same day that Wheelock and Caldwell Dyson were supposed to go out and do some advance work for a November shuttle visit. But flight controllers needed two extra days to refine all the procedures.

Although space station managers knew an ammonia pump would fail one day, they did not expect it to happen so soon in the 12-year life of the complex. The pump was launched in 2002, but did not start operating fully until 2006.

The space station is equipped with four spare pumps; the one that will replace the broken unit went up in 2006.

Each pump is a boxy 5 1/2 feet by 4 feet by 3 feet and has a mass of 780 pounds. Several cooling lines will have to be connected to the new pump, at least some of which will be done on the second spacewalk planned for Wednesday.

NASA said the breakdown is serious but has not endangered the crew, and the one functional cooling loop has kept the space station stable. Additional breakdowns could leave the station in a precarious situation, however, and that's why managers wanted to get the broken line working again as soon as possible.

Saturday's spacewalk was the first by Americans, without a shuttle present, since 2008.

The crew includes three Americans and three Russians. Caldwell Dyson has been on board since April, and Wheelock since June.

UFOs, Northern Lights, and an Underwater Census:

The world is weird. And we mean that in a good way. Weird is fun, weird is welcome, weird makes our job easier. This past week, there was a lot of weirdness on the Web. From a UFO sighting that was allegedly covered up by a famous world leader to an unexpected viewing of the Northern Lights by folks who don't live up north. Check out those stories and more with the Buzz Week in Review.

Churchill's UFO coverup
What if Winston Churchill ordered a cover-up of a close encounter between a Royal Air Force bomber and an Unidentified Flying Object? That's what a newly released report from the UK's National Archives contends. According to a buzzy article from the Daily Telegraph, Churchill feared that if word of the UFO hit the news, the public would panic and lose faith in religion. All this took place during World War II, and Churchill had to make sure his countrymen and women were focused on the task at hand, so he put a lid on the story. But now it's out in the open for conspiracy theorists to breathlessly obsess over. For more on the alleged incident and how it finally came to light, check out our post from earlier this week.

The Northern Lights head south
This past Sunday, the sun exploded. OK, maybe that's not entirely accurate. But there was an eruption on the sun's surface that blasted plasma toward the Earth. Sounds scary, but it turned out to be kind-of cool. The plasma helped to give millions of people a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Northern Lights. People in southern Canada, parts of the upper United States, and other countries around the world caught sight of nature's spectacular light show and uploaded their images to the Web. Lookups on "northern lights" and its fancier-sounding alternative name "aurora borealis" both soared more than 2,000% during the week. Yay, sun!

An underwater census? Really?
A group of scientists and researchers released the results of their "underwater census" this week. The census, an attempt to offer us non-gilled creatures a greater understanding of the different species underwater, was a huge hit on the Web. Searches for "underwater census" swam their way to a 103% gain over the course of the week. An excellent article from CNN explains more about the processes behind the monumental task (no, they didn't count every fish in the world), and offers some stellar photos of some odd-looking residents of deep waters.

Solar Tsunami Celestial Show to Visit Earth

A “solar tsunami” eruption of plasma on the surface of the sun will lead a shower of ionized atoms to strike the Earth Tuesday or Wednesday night.

Earth orbiting satellites detected that nearly the entire Earth-facing side of the sun erupted on Aug. 1 in a series of C-class solar flares, propelling one or possibly two coral mass ejections (CMEs).

Rising from sunspot 1092, the solar flares may have a noticeable consequences on Earth aside from auroras being visible farther south than usual.

The CME clouds, usually emitted from the sun over several hours, can carry up to 10 billion tons of plasma. They usually move away from the sun at about a million miles per hour, allowing them to travel 93 million miles to Earth in only three to four days, according to a NASA press release.

Once they arrive at the Earth, they interact with the planet’s magnetic field. This may lead to a geomagnetic storm.

Forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated a 10 percent chance of major geomagnetic storms and a 45 percent chance of some geomagnetic activity once the CMEs arrive on Aug. 3 and 4.

Skywatchers in the northern United States and other countries should look north for a dancing celestial show of green and red lights.

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