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The Famous Rockefeller UFO Briefing Document

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The Famous Rockefeller UFO Briefing Document
Throughout the 1990s, billionaire philanthropist Laurance S. Rockefeller (1910-2004) sponsored and funded a number of UFO-related projects. This has come to be known as the Rockefeller UFO initiative since in some cases they went beyond funding and included an actual lobbying effort to the Clinton White House, undertaken by Rockefeller himself and his lawyer Henry Diamond, in the early and mid-90s. This writer became actively involved in one of these Rockefeller projects, which resulted in a book-length report titled, Unidentified Flying Objects Briefing Document – The Best Available Evidence, finished in December 1995.
The project was coordinated by Marie Galbraith, wife of investment banker Evan Galbraith, who served as U.S. ambassador to France during the Reagan administration. The author of the original draft was aviation journalist and long-time ufologist Don Berliner, whose involvement in the field goes back to NICAP (National Investigatio…
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UPDATE on China's Artificial Moon, Orbits and Lighting Level Diagrams Released
Man-made moon to shed light on Chengdu in 2020
China's space industry is preparing to launch the world's first artificial moon to help with urban illumination at night, a leading scientist said.
China plans to put an artificial moon in orbit above Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan by 2020. If the launch proves successful, three more such objects will be launched in 2022, Wu Chunfeng, head of Tian Fu New Area Science Society in Chengdu, told China Daily in an exclusive interview on Thursday.
The artificial moon will have a reflective coating that can reflect sunlight back to Earth, similar to how the moon shines, he said.

China plans to put an artificial moon in orbit above Chengdu, capital of Sichuan province, from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan by 2020. If the launch proves successful, three more such objects will be launche…

Truck-size asteroid makes fourth-closest pass by Earth on record

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Truck-size asteroid makes fourth-closest pass by Earth on record
A space rock cruises over us, coming even closer than most communications satellites.
An asteroid roughly the size of a pickup truck came within 10,000 miles of our heads Friday morning and then continued on its way without incident. Only three observed asteroids have come closer to our planet, according to NASA records that date all the way back to 1900Asteroid 2018 UA was only 9,544 miles (15,360 kilometers) above the surface of the planet at its closest approach, which is much closer than the distance to the moon and even twice as close as most large man-made satellites in orbit. Earth's gravity managed to warp the space rock's orbit around the sun in the process. Of the four closest asteroid flybys on record, 2018 UA is the second-largest at approximately 5 meters (16 feet). Of course, those records don't account for asteroids that actually impact our atmosphere and become meteors, like the bolide that e…

The Arctic Sky Has Turned Red!

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The Arctic Sky Has Turned Red!
And suddenly the night sky became red… blood red! Awesome picture by Ruslan Merzyakov in Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago in the Arctic Ocean.

Ruslan Merzyakov explains ’Night till Monday was totally mind-blowing. Never have I ever seen such red Aurora, but magical Svalbard made it happen.
The aurora is a natural light display that occurs in the polar regions. It is caused by charged particles from space catapulted down magnetic field lines into our upper atmosphere, where they collide with oxygen and nitrogen atoms to produce light. This process is driven by energy from the sun, which comes as a stream of charged particles called the solar wind that interacts with Earth’s magnetic field.
The aurora is most often seen as a green color, perhaps rippling or twisting. To achieve a brilliant red or the fabled violets or crimsons, the aurora generally requires more energy and is much rarer.

The light from the aurora stretches up hundreds of kilometers in the a…

Very bright meteor illuminates night sky over Hokkaido, Japan

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Very bright meteor illuminates the night sky over Hokkaido, Japan A very bright meteor was seen and recorded over Hokkaido, Japan at 11:56 UTC (20:56 local time) on October 19, 2018. The event lasted several seconds before the object disintegrated. Fumitake Watanabe, an engineer at an observatory in the city of Nayoro, said the fireball appears to have been caused by an object such as a fragment of an asteroid burning up in the Earth's atmosphere. "Judging from the light, the object appears to have burned up before reaching the Earth's surface," Watanabe said. Very bright fireball over Hokkaido, Japan on October 19, 2018. All images courtesy NHK

China Plans to Launch an 'Artificial Moon' to Light Up the Night Skies

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China Plans to Launch an 'Artificial Moon' to Light Up the Night Skies
Moonlit skies over the Chinese city of Chengdu may soon get a boost from a second moon. City officials recently announced plans to build an artificial moon, launching it to hang over Sichuan province's capital city by 2020, Chinese news site People's Daily Online (PDO) reported. The illuminated orb is intended to complement the light of Earth's existing moon, and will be eight times brighter than the natural satellite, Wu Chunfeng, chairman of Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute Co. Ltd. (CASC) — the primary contractor for the Chinese space program — told PDO. [Photos: Mysterious Objects Spotted on the Moon] In fact, light from the artificial moon is expected to save the city money by doing away with the need for streetlights, Chunfeng added. The new moon will be capable of illuminating an area of up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) in diameter, accordi…

Metal object that fell from sky in Hanford identified

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Metal object that fell from sky in Hanford identified
Folks in Hanford have some answers for what fell out of the sky last Saturday. Kings County sheriff's deputies were called out to the area of 8th and Houston avenues on Oct. 13. The owner of a walnut orchard found a metal object in his orchard. Detectives eventually reached out to Vandenberg Air Force Base and learned the object was likely to be a fuel tank from a communications satellite owned by Iridium. According to Iridium, the tank was identified coming from Iridium satellite No. 70. That satellite was launched into space sometime in late 1997 or early 1998. It is the first piece recovered from an Iridium satellite re-entering Earth's atmosphere and will be closely examined.
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Two Bright Meteors over South America, Sonic Boom Reported A bright fireball streaked through the night sky over Argentina on October 15, 2018, illuminating both sky and ground. Another meteor was recorded over South America on October 16. This time over Ceara in Brazil. Residents of Argentina’s southern cities of Misiones and Corrientes reported a strange phenomenon at 00:38 UTC on October 15 (21:38 LT, October 14). “A strong explosion shook houses in all the neighborhoods, central colonies and Concepcion de la Sierra,” the police station in Concepcion de la Sierra and Apostles said in a statement. “There was a light in the sky that turned night into a day.” The event was captured by a drone recording the Plaza Libertad at the time. The video shows the urban center suddenly illuminated. Although it might look like the light was a result of lightning, there were no storms recorded over the region at the time and the cloud cover was scarce. The second fireball was registered in CearĂ¡ in…

The Physicist and Philosopher - 10.15.18 The Expanding Earth

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The Physicist and Philosopher - The Expanding Earth 10/15/18

From Harvey to Michael: How America's year of major hurricanes unfolded

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From Harvey to Michael: How America's year of major hurricanes unfoldedThe past year has been marked by storms of record ferocity, apocalyptic damage and thousands of deaths
Just two years after Hurricane Matthew forced her to flee her home temporarily, Adrienne Kennedy has again had to pack her bags and leave. Hurricane Florence, which drenched the Carolinas last month, punched holes in Kennedy’s roof, causing it to collapse. “You do get kind of hopeless,” said Kennedy, who is renting a place 30 miles away. It may take a year to return safely home to Lumberton, North Carolina. “I was born and raised there. I don’t see myself living anywhere else. You have to be proactive. But it’s all up in the air,” she said. Kennedy, who has turned into a local organizer for climate resilience and disaster recovery, is far from the only person to suffer repeated hurricanes. Remnants of Hurricane Michael, which roared over Florida’s panhandle and other states last week, hit those still recoverin…