• Texas witness watches disc shape UFO fly close over home

    By Ted Bonnitt on February 27th, 2013

    A witness who stepped outside their home in Anahuac, Texas, for an early morning smoke reported feeling "transfixed" by the sight of a disc shaped UFO.

    The unnamed witness told the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) that they first thought it was a passing airplane when they spotted the craft at 5:00 AM on February 26, 2013. 

    They realized that the object was flying too slow for a conventional aircraft.

    The craft lacked conventional aviation lights. The witness described the lights on the object as "three, two blue ones on either end and a red one in the middle of ...

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  • Silent triangle UFOs reported twice in North Carolina

    By Roger Marsh, MUFON on February 27th, 2013

    Two sightings of triangle UFOs were reported about an hour apart in North Carolina on February 24, 2013.

    Roger Marsh of the Mutual UFO Network filed this report for MUFON- Editor

    Two North Carolina UFO reports about an hour apart from each other on February 24, 2013, seem to describe the same objects, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

    At 6:50 p.m. on February 24, 2013, in Rockingham, NC, the first witness was driving along Richmond Road when two objects were seen in Case 45877.

    "I could see some light just over ...

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  • Space station supply freighter set to launch

    By NASA, Cape Canaveral, FL on February 27th, 2013

    SpaceX's second resupply mission to the International Space Station is scheduled for 10:10 a.m. EST on Friday.

    Carried by a Falcon 9 rocket, the Dragon spacecraft will ferry 1,268 pounds of supplies for the space station crew and for experiments being conducted aboard the orbiting laboratory. 

    The Falcon 9 and Dragon were manufactured at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, Calif., and arrived at the Florida launch site by truck. The rocket, topped with the spacecraft, stands 157-feet tall. 

    The two-stage rocket uses nine engines to power the first stage, generating 855,000 pounds of thrust at sea ...

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  • Spin rate of a black hole measured for first time

    By NASA, Pasadena, CA on February 27th, 2013

    Two X-ray space observatories, NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and the European Space Agency's XMM-Newton, have teamed up to measure definitively, for the first time, the spin rate of a black hole with a mass 2 million times that of our sun.

    The supermassive black hole lies at the dust- and gas-filled heart of a galaxy called NGC 1365, and it is spinning almost as fast as Einstein's theory of gravity will allow. The findings, which appear in a new study in the journal Nature, resolve a long-standing debate about similar measurements in other black holes ...

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  • Human mission to Mars announced for 2018

    By Ted Bonnitt on February 27th, 2013

    If all goes to plan, a man and woman will take a historic space journey to Mars in 2018 and return to earth a full year and a half later.

    Dubbed the "Human Mission to Mars," the flight will be entirely funded by private investment.  NASA will partner with the mission, with the space agency's efforts reimbursed by the non-profit private enterprise.

    The risky mission would confine two astronauts to a spacecraft the size of a small recreational vehicle for 501 days, with no possibility to abort once underway.  Life support is a major concern, considering the challenge of ...

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  • Kentucky family worried about repeated UFO sightings over home

    By Ted Bonnitt on February 26th, 2013

    A family in Falmouth, Kentucky, is concerned for their safety as UFO sightings near their home are reportedly becoming closer and more frequent.

    The unnamed family told the Mutual UFO Network that the strange lights have approached their home in the early morning hours on three occasions, on February 16, 20 and most recently on the night of the February 24, 2013.

    The first two sightings were of a same looking, single object traveling slowly from the east to west. Two objects were observed on the third night. The witness reports that the objects first appear as a bright star ...

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  • Witness to 2007 O'Hare airport UFO speaks out

    By Ted Bonnitt on February 25th, 2013

    The UFO sighting over Chicago's busy O'Hare Airport on November 7, 2006, gained international attention, and despite that many pilots, ground workers and air traffic controllers reportedly saw the object in broad daylight, it is curious that no photographs can be found of the alleged object nearly six years later.

    The National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena (NARCAP) issued a comprehensive report on the sighting.

    A witness to the sighting recently spoke out, detailing how he was punished for not remaining quiet about what he and others saw that day over the air field.

    Sam Peterson was ...

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  • Was the Russian meteor hit by a UFO?

    By Ted Bonnitt on February 23rd, 2013

    The meteor that slammed into Russian air space last week continues to cause a stir across that country.

    Just over half of people polled by a website hosted by the Ridus news agency believe the meteor signals the start of an alien invasion.

    RussiaSlam, which monitors social media in Russia, reports that theories run the gamut from biblical apocalypse to end-of-the-world fears derived by misinterpreted Mayan prophesies.

    Others believe that the meteor was intercepted by a secret Russian or U.S. air defense system, an unlikely scenario considering that the fastest missiles fly barely a tenth of the speed of ...

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  • NASA Rover Confirms First Drilled Mars Rock Sample

    By NASA, Pasadena, CA on February 20th, 2013

    NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another planet. No rover has ever drilled into a rock beyond Earth and collected a sample from its interior.

    Transfer of the powdered-rock sample into an open scoop was visible for the first time in images received Wednesday at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

    "Seeing the powder from the drill in the scoop allows us to verify for the first time the drill collected a sample as it bore into ...

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  • Private manned mission to Mars in 2018 to be announced

    By Ted Bonnitt on February 20th, 2013

    America's first space tourist, Dennis Tito, will announce a 501 day, round trip manned Mars mission to be launched in January 2018.

    Tito, who paid 20 million dollars to visit the International Space Station as a tourist in 2001, founded the non-profit "Inspiration Mars Foundation" to organize the mission.

    The proposal will be formally announced at Washington, D.C.'s National Press Club on February 27, 2013.

    Several space science experts will speak at the event about how the mission will keep the crew alive and safe, a major and yet unsolved challenge facing Mars travelers.

    The life support ...

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  • Video of mystery object intercepting Russian meteoroid

    By Ted Bonnitt on February 20th, 2013

    A curious video taken of the meteoroid strike in Russia last week is going viral.

    The Russian video was posted to YouTube and shows what appears to be a large, cylinder shape object racing from behind and colliding with the meteoroid as it enters the atmosphere.  

    At what may be a point of impact, meteor fragments explode forward from the slowing fireball. A similar cylinder shape object is then seen continuing to fly away from the front of the fireball at a much higher rate of speed.

    If the object is not a visual artifact produced by the camera lens ...

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  • The Overview Effect

    By Ted Bonnitt on February 20th, 2013

    Author Frank White's groundbreaking book, THE OVERVIEW EFFECT explores the effect of space travel on the human condition, and how seeing earth from space for the first time fundamentally shifted our self awareness.

    Overview is a short film based on White's book, and applies the effect to raise awareness of life's future on earth in the face of man's unprecedented environmental footprint.

    Several astronauts returned home struck by human impact on earth as seen from space, and how at times it disturbingly appeared as a growing cancer on the planet's surface. Over a span of ...

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  • Rectangle UFO reported over Pine Bush, NY

    By Ted Bonnitt on February 20th, 2013

    UFO sightings continue over the Pine Bush, New York, area.

    Area resident Carlos Torres reported seeing a large, silent craft move slowly overhead on the evening of January 4, 2013.

    Torres said that he was first alerted by his barking dogs at about 9 PM. When he stepped outside of his home to investigate, he spotted the UFO.

    He called his wife outside to confirm what he was seeing.

    Torres attempted to take photographs of the object but was unsuccessful.  He drew an illustration of what he and his wife observed, and would like to know if anyone else saw ...

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  • Simliar object photographed over multiple states in October, 2012

    By Ted Bonnitt on February 20th, 2013

    Amateur astronomer Allen Epling made headlines last October when he photographed a UFO that hovered overhead for two hours near his home in Kentucky.  Sightings of the object were reported over the region, and Epling photographed it through his telescope.

    The account was later more or less dismissed as a common "solar balloon." 

    A similar looking object was spotted two days later by another group of witnesses in Gardiner, New York.  As Bill Richards stepped out of his office in Gardiner, he noticed a bright flash in the clear, afternoon sky and saw a cylinder-shaped translucent object that did not ...

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  • Two witnesses take video of UFO over Fresno, California area

    By Ted Bonnitt on February 19th, 2013

    A husband and wife recorded video of a close, triangle formation of flashing lights over the Fresno, California, area on the evening of February 15, 2013.

    They were driving on Highway 41 to Madera at about 10 PM when the husband spotted the lights.  His wife estimated the object to be about a mile from them.

    The reporting witness said they observed the object flying in the direction of Madera until they became distant and disappeared towards the end of the video clip.

    Witness description:

    A triangle UFO caught heading towards Madera California on hwy 41

    The lights that appear ...

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  • Meteroid slams into atmosphere, hundreds injured

    By Ted Bonnitt on February 15th, 2013

    A meteoroid entered earth's atmosphere over the Urals region of Russia this morning, injuring over 700 people, according to various news agencies. 

    The injury toll is rising as more people seek assistance.  Dozens have been hospitalized, according to Russian health officials, with most injuries minor.

    The forces of the meteor's impact with the atmosphere created an explosion that shattered building windows and panicked local residents.

    Close to 300 buildings were damaged, including hospitals and schools, according to Vladimir Stepanov, of the National Center for Emergency Situations at the Russian Interior Ministry.

    Russian officials believe that one meteoroid entered ...

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  • First hole drilled into Mars

    By NASA, Pasadena, CA on February 11th, 2013

    NASA's Curiosity rover has, for the first time, used a drill carried at the end of its robotic arm to bore into a flat, veiny rock on Mars and collect a sample from its interior. This is the first time any robot has drilled into a rock to collect a sample on Mars.

    The fresh hole, about 0.63 inch (1.6 centimeters) wide and 2.5 inches (6.4 centimeters) deep in a patch of fine-grained sedimentary bedrock, can be seen in images and other data Curiosity beamed to Earth Saturday. The rock is believed to hold evidence ...

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  • Landsat 8 reaches orbit

    By Ted Bonnitt on February 11th, 2013

    NASA successfully launched a new earth monitoring satellite today from California.

    Landsat 8 will extend more than 40 years of global land observations critical to energy and water management, forest monitoring, human and environmental health, urban planning, disaster recovery and agriculture. 

    It replaces the Landsat 5 that has been an orbiting work horse for over 28 years.

    The Landsat Data Continuity Mission spacecraft is safely in orbit and sending telemetry back to Earth after a 1:02 p.m. EST liftoff aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 401 rocket. The on-time liftoff followed a smooth countdown at Vandenberg Air ...

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  • UFO over India refinery puts military on high alert

    By Ted Bonnitt on February 9th, 2013

    Reports by several witnesses of a UFO seen near the world's largest oil refinery in India has that nation's armed forces on high alert.

    A "red bowl" shaped object was seen circling around the Jamnagar refinery in Gujarat, India, at around 8 PM on January 24, 2013.  Authorities became interested when the object reportedly appeared again three days later, in the morning.

    Images of the UFO have been sent for analysis to a forensic science laboratory in Gandhinagar. 

    A 250-member commando unit of the Central Industrial Security Force is now protecting the facility.

    Official concern may not be ...

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  • UFO Congress this week in Arizona

    By Ted Bonnitt on February 8th, 2013

    What is being billed by its organizers as the largest annual UFO conference in the world, will be celebrating its 22nd year this week in Fountain Hills, Arizona. 

    The International UFO Conference will feature more than 20 speakers and wide variety of exhibitors from around the globe, and covers a large variety of topics related to the UFO phenomenon including sightings, technology, government cover-ups, exopolitics, black projects, crop circles, alien visitation and space.

    Panel presentations on Ancient Aliens, Investigating UFOs, and Ufology in the 21st Century will feature authors, researchers and TV personalities and provide the audience a chance to ...

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