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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

MH370: Malaysian Air Force: Radar Detected UFO Before Jet Goes Missing

by tap taru  |  in UFO-Files at  4:02 PM

The search for the ill-fated Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 continues, but to no avail, mysteries still hover over the disappearance of the jet-passenger along with the 239 people on board. More than a month since it vanished, a new theory has emerged that would surely trigger debates about the existence of unidentified flying objects.

Reason.com conducted a poll in the United States and found out that five percent of their respondents believed Flight 370 was abducted by aliens. Several bloggers also indicated a number of UFO sightings around Malaysia before the plane's disappearance.

Alexandra Bruce provided vital information on Forbidden Knowledge TV that would back up the alien abduction theory. According to her report, there were two 'distinct anomalies' spotted on the radar (Flight Radar 24) before it went missing.

"Seeing the radar playback of the moments leading up to the plane's disappearance, one may forgive Malaysia Airlines for not being more forward, in this case - because the radar playback is not only baffling, it shows two distinct anomalies, as pointed out by Intrepid citizen-reporter and YouTube popstar, DAHBOO7.

The radar playback depicts dozens of planes in flight over the region at the time. The first peculiarity is seen in the lower left of the screen. A round object appears in the vicinity of Flight 370 (and amid several others), which the radar does not automatically "read" as airplane. Suddenly, this round object take the form of a "plane" on the radar screen and accelerates at a rate of speed that must be at least five times the speed of the surrounding planes, heading eastward, over the South China Sea - and just as suddenly the object stops and appears to hover in place."

UFO blogger also documented a confirmation by Malaysian air force chief Rodzali Daud that military radar received signal from an unidentified flying objects near the location where MH370 reportedly vanished.  

"Malaysia's air force chief, Rodzali Daud, said military radar detected an UFO in an area in the northern Malacca Strait at 2:15 a.m. local time on Saturday about an hour after the plane vanished from air traffic control screens," UFO blogger reported.

Search and recovery operation has been ongoing for more than a month, but the mission hasn't gained a significant breakthrough up to now.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lyrid Meteor Shower Greets Earth Day Morning with Lit Skies

by tap taru  |  in Sky Watching at  7:34 PM
Stargazers are in for more heavenly treat because the oldest known meteor shower, the April Lyrid, is expected to peak on Tuesday, Tech Times reported.

The annual meteor shower is visible between April 16 and 25, with the best possible viewing on Monday night going into Tuesday dawn, NASA said.
"Everyone in the Northern Hemisphere can see the Lyrid meteor shower tonight," said astronomer Bill Cooke on the NASA website.

Incidentally, the Lyrid meteor shower will take place just in time for 2014's Earth Day celebrations.

NASA astronomers said the cosmic show happens every April, when the Earth travels into the stream containing bits and debris from the Comet C/1861 G2 Thatcher. The debris then falls in the Earth's atmosphere, resulting in an annual cosmic dance, according to the Washington Post.

"Look for the familiar constellation Lyra, rising in the Northeast at 10 p.m. It'll be high overhead by 4 a.m. This month's Lyrid meteor shower peaks on the night of April 22 and the morning of April 23," said James Houston Jones, NASA astronomer, according to the Washington Post. "But you'll spot some Lyrids any night between the 16th and the 25th."

The Lyrid meteor showers have been happening for over 2,600 years, astronomers said.
Experts said meteor shower newbies will be able to differentiate normal meteors and those that are part of specific showers by tracing the path of a meteor. For instance, if the meteor came from a point in the sky that belongs within the constellation Lyra, then the meteor is part of the Lyrid shower, astronomers said.
"The peak rate is expected to be 15 to 20 meteors per hour. The third quarter moon rises an hour past midnight, brightening the sky," said Jones. "But the moon will only obscure the fainter meteors. Luckily, the Lyrids are known to produce bright meteors, many with persistent trains."
Skygazers who are interested to see the shower should find a place away from city lights, Cooke said. He added that the eyes should be given from 30 to 45 minutes time to adjust to the dark skies by trying to avoid looking at the moon and other bright lights.
"Lie on your back and look up (avoid looking at the bright moon), allowing your eyes to take in as much sky as possible," Cooke said.

Tension at Mount Everest base camp over sherpa strike threat after avalanche disaster

by tap taru  |  in Natural Disasters at  4:49 PM
Kathmandu:  Tensions mounted on Tuesday at Everest base camp as frustrated mountaineers who have paid tens of thousands of dollars to climb the world's highest peak faced disappointment due to a strike threat by guides. (Guides, climbers cancel Everest expeditions after tragedy)

Thirteen sherpa guides were killed and another three are presumed dead after a devastating avalanche last Friday in the most deadly accident ever on the 8,848-metre (29,029-foot) mountain.

The guides have since asked for a pause in expeditions as a mark of respect for their fallen colleagues, and have threatened to cancel all climbing on Mount Everest from this month onwards unless the government revises their insurance limits and sets up a welfare fund.

Ed Marzec, a retired lawyer who had planned to become the oldest American to conquer Everest at the age of 67, said he had decided to abandon his mission after losing a member of his grief-stricken team.

Speaking from base camp, he said the atmosphere between some climbers and their guides was souring -- even as a memorial was set to take place for those lost in the accident, which occurred just ahead of the start of the summer climbing season.

"Things are getting pretty ugly and we have a lot of young climbers keen to summit going from tent to tent, trying to convince people to put pressure on the sherpas so they don't cancel," Marzec said.

His views were echoed in an online account by veteran mountaineer Tim Rippel, who leads expeditions with his company Peak Freaks.

"Sherpa guides are heating up, emotions are running wild," Rippel wrote on his blog. "Things are getting very complicated and there is a lot of tension here and it's growing," he wrote.

Relations between local guides and Western mountaineers hit a low last year when a brawl broke out between three European climbers and a group of sherpas.

The guides have given the government until Monday to respond to their demands, which include a request to pay $10,000 to families of the guides killed in the avalanche as well as those who were injured and are unable to resume work.

Sherpas have also asked the government to pay the medical expenses of the injured, many of whom are recovering in hospital.

The disaster has underscored the risks borne by sherpas who ascend the icy slopes, often before dawn and usually weighed down by tents, ropes and food for wealthy clients.

Sherpas earn between $3,000 to $6,000 a season, but their insurance cover is almost always inadequate when accidents happen. 

More than 300 people, most of them local guides, have died on the peak since the first ascent by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Is Apple Maps found the Loch Ness Monster?

by tap taru  |  in Nessie at  11:59 AM
Searching for the Loch Ness monster is way easier than it used to be. Back in 1934 when The Daily Mail published photos of a supposed Loch Ness Monster from Dr. Kenneth Wilson he actually had to be there in person looking out over the loch. 80 years later Daily Mail is reporting a new sighting of Nessie dug up by monster enthusiasts—but this time they just found it on Apple Maps.

It’s true—the satellite view on Apple Maps, if you set the location to Loch Ness in Inverness, Scotland, and zoom in, shows a shape that looks unmistakably monsterish—like a gigantic horseshoe crab. If you’re on a Mac you can give it a try yourself here.

The shape does not appear in Google Maps. Monster enthusiast Andy Dixon, who found the image, said: “It was purely by accident that I came across the image. I was trawling through satellite transmissions of different parts of the country and I thought I would try Loch Ness. I could see something big under the water and I saved it to my phone. My first thought was that it was the monster and I contacted Gary Campbell of the Official Loch Ness Monster Club.”

Naturally it was his first thought. What else could it be?

“Experts” sourced by Daily Mail say it’s unlikely to be a boat, as other boats are clearly visible in satellite view. “Whatever it is, it’s just below the surface and heading south so unless there have been secret submarine trials going on in the loch, the size of the object would make it likely to be Nessie,” said Campbell.

Campbell, who clearly does not subscribe to Occam’s razor, has not addressed the possibility of it being some visual warping in the satellite feed. Or an Apple engineer playing a prank, for that matter. Check out the Maps link and let us know what you think.

M 7.5 Strong earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea

by tap taru  |  in Earthquakes at  9:46 AM

A powerful earthquake has struck off the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, but a tsunami warning was in effect.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-7.5 earthquake that struck late Saturday was located 75 kilometers (47 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island. It struck at a depth of 31 kilometers (19 miles).

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, but said it was not known whether a tsunami had been generated.

Earthquakes are common in Papua New Guinea. The country lies on the "Ring of Fire" — an arc of earthquake and volcanic activity that stretches around the Pacific Rim.

Friday, April 18, 2014

M 7.5:Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

by tap taru  |  in Mexico at  11:56 PM
An earthquake with magnitude 7.5 occurred near Petatlán, Guerrero, Mexico at 14:27:29.00 UTC on Apr 18, 2014.  
MEXICO CITY – A powerful and long earthquake shook much of Mexico City early Friday, terrifying residents and sending many fleeing into the streets.

The Mexican Seismological Institute said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7, which would make it one of the stronger temblors registered in the city in several years. The epicenter was put near Tecpan, in the coastal state of Guerrero about 180 miles southwest of the capital.

Authorities were looking for damage and injuries. In some areas, telephone cell service was disrupted.

Much of Mexico City was destroyed and more than 10,000 people were killed in a magnitude 8.1 earthquake in 1985, but officials say they have put more safeguards into place since then.

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancerra, who was in the middle of a Good Friday news conference when the quake struck, said “protocols” were being immediately launched in the sprawling capital, which include dispatching helicopters to survey the most vulnerable neighborhoods.

Photographer, Aviation Experts Stunned by Mysterious Triangle Unidentified Flying Object

by tap taru  |  in UFO-Files at  7:13 PM
While snapping pictures of wildlife in Wichita, Kan., a couple months ago, amateur photographer Jeff Templin noticed something strange streaking across the sky. To this day, he’s still not entirely sure what it was.

His photos have since emerged on the Internet — and they are spurring an array of theories. All that is clear is the alleged photo shows a triangle-shaped aircraft with two exhaust nozzles.

TheAviationist.com has another theory:

Even though we can’t be 100% sure, the above image… doesn’t seem to show a B-2 Spirit, even if the shape can be distorted by reflection, distance, and several other factors.

Provided it is really a new black project, there are several theories about the role of the mysterious triangular/boomerang shaped plane: some believe it could be an RQ-180 stealth drone or, more likely, a prototype of the American next generation LRSB (long range strike bomber).

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