Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Steve Moore Co-Founder of The Fortean Times Has Died at age 64

Steve Moore
Steve Moore, above, co-founded The Fortean Times, a magazine devoted to strange phenomena and the supernatural, in 1973.

By Western Daily Press

      Steve Moore co-founded The Fortean Times, a magazine devoted to strange phenomena which detailed the strange and supernatural.

Mr Moore, who died on March 16, aged 64, launched the magazine in 1973, and according to an announcement on his death on The Fortean Times website, he remained a regular contributor of articles and reviews right up to the current issue.

The announcement added that Mr Moore had also edited the magazine's scholarly journal Fortean Studies, produced the General Index to issues 1-66 of FT, something it described as "a Herculean labour" and compiled a number of popular FT books, such as the Inept Crime and Weird Sex volumes.

The announcement went on to say: "Steve's knowledge encompassed more than forteana, taking in Eastern mysticism, the I Ching, science fiction and comics, of which he wrote many classic examples.

"Always a selfless source of esoteric information and sage advice, Steve will be irreplaceable and missed by all." . . .

Mystery UFO Split in Two – Then Shot Off into the Sky

Mystery UFO Split in Two – Then Shot Off into the Sky 4-15-14

Woman's close encounter with mystery UFO


      A YOUNG woman from a small north Pembrokeshire village believes she had a close encounter early this morning (Tuesday).

Elyse O’Neill from Wallis, near Woodstock, was standing outside her house at around 6.45am when she saw an unidentified flying object hovering over a large tree near the bottom her garden.

“I ran inside the house to get my phone, but there wasn’t enough battery left to film it, but there was enough to take pictures, so I started snapping away,” she said.

Elyse, 26, described the UFO as being the size of a car and was 'spinning around like a topper.'

She said: “As I watched it, it split up into two pieces and then it went back into one. It then shot off into the sky in the blink of an eye. It just went up and up until I couldn’t see it anymore.”

“I’ve never seen anything like this before, it was a bright morning with clear blue skies. . . .

Egg-Shaped UFO Reported Over Massachusetts Town

Egg-shaped UFO Reported Over Massachusetts Town 4-12-14

By Roger Marsh
The Examiner

      A Massachusetts parent and daughter in Rehoboth reported watching an egg-shaped UFO moving in a straight line at a slow pace on April 12, 2014, according to testimony in Case 55424 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The two were outside taking a break from raking their yard when the object was first noticed.

"It looked like an 'egg' with a straight line of travel, not bobbing or swaying," the reporting witness stated. "The object moved in a straight line at a slow pace and was hard to focus on because of the bright day."

The witness described the object.

"It was an egg-shaped object, white in color. Not sure if it was glowing or if reflecting, but it was definitely white. It seemed to slow a little before slightly curving its course and staying straight after doing so, ascending upward and then not visible anymore."

The witness said the object appeared to be controlled. . . .

Enormous 'Black Ring' UFO Caught on Video

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'Black Ring' UFO Photographed in The UK

'It was just floating there like a cloud': Schoolgirl takes picture of 'black ring' UFO

By Daniel Smith
Coventry Telegraph

     A schoolgirl was stunned when when she looked into the sky to see an enormous unexplained black ring.

Georgina Heap, 16, was playing tennis with mum Jo when she was stopped in her tracks by the fascinating sight.

Gazing into the sky, the pair saw a clearly defined black circle which looked like a giant smoke ring.

The UFO remained there for around three minutes before it disappeared completely.

Georgina, who is studying for her GCSEs, said: "I looked up at it and thought, 'what the hell?', it was amazing.

"It was just floating there like a cloud and then it disappeared. It wasn't birds either.

"There were about ten of us who stopped what we were doing and watched. It is the weirdest thing I have ever seen."

The spectacle, which appeared near Leamington Spa, on Friday evening, has stumped officials. . . .

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Alien Star Systems Teeming with Planets

Alien Star Systems in a Milky Way Teeming with Planets

"Getting Closer and Closer" --Kepler Mission Findings Reveal Alien Star Systems in a Milky Way Teeming with Planets


     Five years ago today, on March 6, 2009, NASA's Kepler Space Telescope rocketed into the night skies to find planets around other stars within a field of view 1/400th the size of the Milky Way in search of potentially habitable worlds. Since then, Kepler has unveiled a whole new side of our galaxy -- one that is teeming with planets. Because of Kepler we now know that most stars have planets, Earth-sized planets are common, and planets quite unlike those in our solar system exist.

"This is the biggest haul ever,” says Jason Rowe of the nasa Ames Research Center, who co-led the research. The scientists studied more than 1,200 planetary systems and validated 715 planets. All the new worlds are members of multiplanet systems—stars with more than one orbiting satellite.

The image above is an artist's impression of the Kepler-62 star system as seen from the Earth-like planet "f", which scientists believe could support life. Kepler-62 is a star smaller and dimmer than the Sun about 1,000 light years away in the constellation Lyra. A pair of so-called "super-Earths" have been detected within the "habitable zone" of the star, which is around two billion years older than the Sun, raising the possibility of intelligent life more advanced than it is on Earth.

Although no-one knows what the planets are made of, they are believed to be rocky. One, Kepler-62f, is thought to have a radius about 1.4 times greater than the Earth's. The other, Kepler-62e, is estimated to be 1.6 times larger.

This past December 2013, a team of European astrophysicists discovered the most extensive planetary system to date, orbiting star KOI-351. The star system has seven planets, more than in other known planetary systems arranged in a similar fashion to the eight planets in the Solar System, with small rocky planets close to the parent star and gas giant planets at greater distances. . . .

What is the Black Ring of Leamington Spa?

What is the Black Ring of Leamington Spa?

What is the Black Ring of Leamington Spa? A vortex ring

Sharon Hill By Sharon Hill
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     A strange siting over Warwick Castle actually DOES have an explanation that does not signal anything occult or supernatural. . . .

. . . It supposedly hung there “floating like a cloud”. There were no fires recorded and meteorologists said it wasn’t a weather event. Bees? Birds? Unlikely. A true mysterious natural phenomenon.

It’s really neat-looking and, as is guaranteed, is sparking claims of witchcraft and end times.

The explanation is not out of reach, however. While this sighting may be one in a million to the viewers, it’s happened plenty of times before. They are known as vortex rings and are often remnants of explosions. . . .

Smoke Rings

Spacecraft, Lost and Silent for Decades, May Come Home

International Cometary Explorer (ICE)

Space Science Center wants to bring
spacecraft home after 31 years

By John Flavell
The Independent

     Morehead — A car-sized spacecraft launched in 1978 to measure the solar wind, then repurposed to fly alongside two comets, then lost and silent for decades, could be recycled again into a sun observation platform now that it has been found … again.

And Morehead State’s Space Science Center may get the keys to drive it.

During the announcement Thursday of the Craft Academy for Science and Mathematics in the rotunda to the MSU’s Space Science Center, space systems engineer Robert Kroll and electrical engineer Jeffery Kruth made their way down from the second-floor control room with barely-controlled excitement. They had to tell center director Ben Malphrus the “big news.”

Using the dish on a mountain above the university, they had found the beacon signal to the International Cometary Explorer, originally called the International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 (ISEE-3), launched in August 1978. The craft was the first to achieve Lagrangian Libration Point 1, a relatively stationary orbital position between the Earth and the sun. From there, it achieved another first: it observed and measured the solar wind against the Earth’s magnetic field.

And then it was “stolen” by Robert Farquha, the very man who pioneered the Lagrangian Libration Point 1 orbit. . . .

Monday, April 14, 2014

"How UFO Reports are Studied ... Could be Enhanced with New Virtual Experience"

"How UFO Reports are Studied ... Could be Enhanced with New Virtual Experience"

By Teresa McMinn
Daily Record/Sunday News

McMinnville UFO Photos
     Nearly 64 years have passed since Evelyn Trent yelled for her husband, Paul, to get their Kodak Roamer, which he used to photograph what appeared to be a large metal disc in the sky over the family's farm near Sheridan, Ore.

The pictures landed in news publications across the country including LIFE magazine and over the years has been studied by scientists, United States military and government officials.

And while the photos have been praised by some for capturing an unidentified flying object, as well as scrutinized by others who tried to discredit their authenticity, folks continue to examine the Trent case.

How UFO reports are studied, however, could be enhanced with a new virtual experience being developed by a York County man.

"We're trying to nail the mythology of ufology," said Don Goddard, a video game builder for over 20 years who once worked for Sega and in 2009 founded UFO Studios in Hopewell Township.

Goddard, a self-described paranormal junkie, is working on a game that would allow the user to encounter a UFO from a variety of viewpoints, including through the eyes of an alien inside the craft.

"I've grown up with UFO books and research," he said. "There are just so many stories."

He said his game would build on actual reports such as the Trent case, alleged UFO abduction of Travis Walton in 1975, or the time in 2006 when Chicago's O'Hare Airport was shut down after employees reported seeing a metallic, saucer-shaped object in the sky.

"I want to see the person's perspective (or) the skeptic's point of view," Goddard said and added his plan would be unique and give the player a chance to be an alien. "The idea is very much like 'Close Encounters (of the Third Kind)' and based on experiences," he said. "The entire game is revealing ... It'll answer a lot of questions for you." . . .

Mars Makes Closest Approach to Earth in 6 Years Monday (4-14-14) | VIDEO

Mars Makes Closest Approach to Earth in 6 Years Monday (4-14-14)

By Joe Rao

     A huge night for stargazers is nearly here: On Monday evening (April 14), Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in six years, just ahead of a total eclipse of the moon.

Mars will be at its closest to Earth since 2008 when the Red Planet comes within 57.4 million miles (92.4 million km) of our planet. While that close approach occurs during the daytime, at 8:53 a.m. EDT (1253 GMT), Mars will rise later in the southeastern night sky and shine throughout Monday evening as a sort of night sky preview for the first total lunar eclipse of 2014 early Tuesday (April 15).

You can watch live webcasts of Mars and the total lunar eclipse on, courtesy of the Slooh community telescope, NASA and the Virtual Telescope project. The Slooh Mars webcast will begin at 10 p.m. EDT (0200 April 15 GMT), with several lunar eclipse webcasts following at 2 a.m. EDT (0500 GMT) on Tuesday. . . .

Sunday, April 13, 2014

'Unidentified Flying Object' Falls Near Kecksburg | UFO CHRONICLE – 1965

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'Unidentified Flying Object' Falls Near Kecksburg - Tribune-Review, The 12-10-1965

By The Tribune-Review

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THE CONCLUSION OF THE NASA LAWSUIT: Concerning the Kecksburg, PA UFO case of 1965

Kecksburg UFO Crash - Possible First Eyewitness