Friday, December 19, 2014

Large Transparent UFO Filmed Over Brazil - Video

Einstein's Thoughts On Searching For Extraterrestrials

Albert Einstein in 1921, the year he won the Nobel Prize.
The release this month of a digital edition of Albert Einstein’s papers had me hunting through the great man’s works for any mention of space travel. True, Einstein died two years before the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957, but people had been theorizing about rocket flight for decades by then, including some, like Hermann Oberth, in the physicist’s native Germany.
Unfortunately, this first digital release only covers Einstein’s life up until 1923, around the time Oberth started writing about spaceflight. So not a single hit turned up for the search terms “rocket” or “space travel.” Guess we’ll have to wait for the later volumes.
There was, however, an intriguing item from January 1920, a reference to an article in the London Daily Mail, whose correspondent had asked the soon-to-be Nobel laureate his opinions about extraterrestrial life. Radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi had recently told the same paper about mysterious signals he speculated may have come from Mars. What did Einstein think?
“There is every reason to believe that Mars and other planets are inhabited,” answered the professor. “Why should the earth be the only planet supporting human life? It is not singular in any other respect. But if intelligent creatures do exist, as we may assume they do elsewhere in the universe, I should not expect them to try to communicate with the earth by wireless [radio]. Light rays, the direction of which can be controlled much more easily, would more probably be the first method attempted.”
Einstein’s dismissal of what we now know as radio SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) may sound surprising, considering that’s exactly the region of the spectrum where most searches have been conducted to date. But in 1920, Einstein lacked a key bit of information. The reason radio searches are favored for modern SETI is that long radio waves more easily penetrate the pervasive dust in interstellar space that blocks shorter-wavelength light from reaching us. In 1920, astronomers didn’t yet understand the nature of interstellar dust.
The father of relativity theory may in fact have been right. Optical SETI searches by teams at Harvard and other places are enjoying a kind of revival, even though they have the disadvantage of searching only for light beams that would have to be aimed deliberately in our direction, as opposed to radio signals that spread out like ripples in a pond.
By the way, searching for the word “Mars” in Einstein’s digital papers also turned up this perhaps uncharacteristically misanthropic line from a letter sent in February 1917: “It is a pity that we do not live on Mars and just observe man’s nasty antics by telescope.”

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Seven Bizarre Photos That Will Probably Never Be Explained

These 7 Mysterious Photos Have Never Been Explained... And Probably Never Will Be

Sometimes an image is captured that just cannot be explained.The bizarre, and often ambiguous, photographs in this article have remained unexplained for over half a century in some cases, but it's uncertain if we will ever know the truth about their origins.

But the question is, which stories leave you genuinely baffled and which snaps have a perfectly simple explanation? Check out the list below and judge them for yourself.

Hook Island Sea Monster

The Hook Island Sea Monster was photographed by the Le Serrec family in 1964, and it has been one of the most mysterious cases in cryptozoology ever since. The gigantic tadpole like creature was reported to be 80 feet long, and just when Le Serrec was beginning to think it was dead, the sea serpent opened it's toothless mouth and swam away.

According to the Le Serrec family, the creature possessed eyes on the top of it's head with pale coloring and had smooth black and brown skin. Nothing like it has ever been spotted again.

While there are theories that the Hook Island Sea Monster is in fact a giant piece of plastic, it has never been proven that this beast is definitely a hoax.

The Cooper Family Photo

The photo above is one of the most chilling of its kind on the internet, but it's origins are incredibly unclear. The back story attached to the image name the family as the Coopers from Texas, but there is little to no explanation centering around the handing body that has emerged from the ceiling.

While the swinging 'corpse' is probably the result of an accidental double exposure (taking two photos on one piece of film), that still doesn't explain how such an eerie image of a hanging man was taken in the first place...

The Hessdalen Lights

The Hessdalen lights are a bizarre phenomenon that only occur in the Hessdalen valley in Norway.

These unexplained lights have been sighted since the '40s and have been photographed hundreds of times, but to this day nobody knows why they occur.

The strange lights often appear as dazzling yellow or white lights of unknown origin hovering above ground level. The same light can often be seen for an hour or more.

It's been theorized that the Hessdalen lights might be caused by a battery effect caused by metallic rocks and a sulfurous river. But that hasn't stopped UFO investigators getting very excited by the mysterious site.

Babushka Lady

One of the witnesses who saw Kennedy's truly shocking assassination first hand is now the most mysterious thing about the whole event.

'Babushka Lady' is a woman who appeared in numerous films that depict the final moments of the beloved American president's life, but she has never been formally identified, despite extensive FBI investigations.

Police were desperate to locate the woman because in some shots of the assassination, she can be seen standing with her camera at her face after the shooting when all the other pedestrians have taken cover.

A woman named Beverly Oliver came forward in the '70s claiming to be 'Babushka Lady,' but she did not have any photos to prove she was the person in the film, and many people suspect she was simply seeking attention. Oliver herself claims that the police took the film and never gave it back.

Geophone Rock Anomaly

Photo AS17-135-20680 was taken by Apollo 17 near "Geophone Rock," but the image was officially cataloged as being blank.

However, if you alter the saturation and contrast of the image, the photo appears to be hiding some sort of pyramid structure on the moons surface.

The resulting image is so crude, that it could just be an imperfection on the overexposed film, but some people are adamant that there is a lot more on the moon that has been hidden from the general public.

Solway Firth Space Man

Back in 1964, a father took an ordinary family snap of his daughter on Burgh Marsh, but when it was developed somebody very strange appeared in the background. An astronaut.

The photographer, a British firefighter named Jim Tempelton claims that:
I took three pictures of my daughter Elizabeth in a similar pose – and was shocked when the middle picture came back from Kodak displaying what looks like a spaceman in the background

Tempelton was adamant he didn't see anybody else near his little girl while he was taking the photo all the way up to his death in 2011.

Kodak analyzed the photo and confirmed that it has not been tampered with in any way, but some experts think their could be another explanation...

Journalism professor David Clarke theorizes that the 'space man' could in fact be the overexposed shape of Tempelton's wife from behind.

The Disappearance of Elisa Lam

The mysterious death of Elisa Lam is the most modern, and most strange unexplained event on this list.

On February 19 2013, the 21-year-old Canadian student's naked body was found in one of the rooftop water tanks of Los Angeles' Cecil Hotel. Lam had been missing since January 31 and her decomposing corpse was only discovered when hotel guests complained of water that "tasted funny."

Lam's last moments alive were captured on film in the hotel's elevator, and the disturbed behavior you can see in the video above is truly chilling.

Lam had a history of bipolar disorder which might explain her behavior in the elevator (no drugs were detected in her system during an autopsy), but there is still not an adequate explanation as to how the petite young woman could have put herself in the the water tank.

These huge and hard to access water silos had incredibly heavy lids and although they weren't locked, they were alarmed. How Lam 'accidentally' drowned in these circumstances is still an absolute baffler.

Witnesses Say Yellow Spheres Caused Bizarre Vapor Trails - Russia

Three Yellow Spheres Over Russia Caused Strange Patterns in Sky

A series of vapor trails over Russia prove beyond doubt that UFOs really do exist.

They were captured on camera by Elisha Ponomaryov in Biisk, southern Russia.

The 30-year-old said: ‘It was early in the morning and there were not many people on the streets but those that were there were pointing at the sky and I realised there were these strange rings.

‘I have no idea what they were caused by, but I took a small video and uploaded it myself.’

And in the absence of any official explanation from weathermen the images caused heated speculation online.

Some of those who witnessed their creation claimed that they had seen three spherical yellow spheres flying in a chaotic pattern which had caused the rings. Most speculated that they might have been army planes and some even suggested UFOs.

Eye witness Zemfira Bocharova, 25, said: ‘I saw them at 6.25am and there were four, one of them was particularly bright and two others were flying parallel with that – and then the forth one was at a different angle and further away from the other three.’

Some online commentators have suggested it was purely a natural phenomenon, albeit a rather unusual one.

Another, who claimed to be a witness to the event, said it was caused by smoke from a meteorite falling to the ground that had exploded.

In local media the theory was advanced that it was from a recently launched satellite that went up in the area and was supposed to be providing TV in communications services in Russia and Asia.

There has been no official comment on the strange shaped clouds.

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