• 'Sorry I could not be of any help' -Why the British military shut down public UFO desk

    By Ted Bonnitt on June 22nd, 2013

    The British Ministry of Defense (MOD) yesterday released the tenth and final collection of declassified documents relating to UFO phenomena over the UK skies. This last release covers correspondence and reports during a two year period before the MOD shut down their UFO desk in 2009, ending a nearly 60 year effort of public transparency on the subject. 

    The information sheds light on why the MOD shut down the bureau during their second busiest year of reported sightings, when over 600 UFO and related sightings were reported by citizens, three times as many as just the year before.

    A memo ...

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  • Twin UFOs photographed in UK

    By Ted Bonnitt on June 17th, 2013

    A photograph taken of two alleged UFOs over the skies of England on June 14, 2013, offers unusual clarity.

    Steve Lambert , 42, of Basingstoke, was on a phone call outside of the Running Horse Pub in Bracknell, Berkshire, at 8 PM when he saw the two objects over Harmans Water.

    "They were heading south-west at speed towards Basingstoke, quicker than any normal aircraft. They were there for less than five seconds," Lambert told getreading.co.uk.

    If the objects were only visible for 5 seconds, the question could be asked of how Lambert had time to take a picture of ...

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  • Fast, odd moving light videotaped over Belfast

    By Ted Bonnitt on June 15th, 2013

    An erratically flying object was video recorded near Belfast, UK on May 23, 2013.

    The Ralston family spotted the odd light and began to take video of it from their Holywood home at about 9 PM. As dusk turned to night, the light became more evident.

    The family speculated that it may have been a Chinese lantern, but as seen in the video, the light is moving too quickly for an inflatable device or lantern.

    UK air traffic controllers in the area have been unable to identify the UFO, and no other reports of unusual objects at the time have ...

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  • China launches their longest manned flight yet

    By Ted Bonnitt on June 11th, 2013

    China launched it's longest manned space flight to date today, sending three astronauts on a 15 day mission to the Tiangong 1 "Heavenly Palace" orbiting space laboratory.

    The Shenzhou-10 rocket successfully launched the astronauts from the Jiuquan space center in the Gobi Desert at 9:38 GMT.

    The crew, consisting of two men and a woman will conduct science and health experiments aboard the prototypical space station. A larger Chinese space station is planned to go online in 2020.

    China President Xi Jinping was on hand to watch the launch, fresh from his California summit with President Obama, signifying ...

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  • Picture of UFO taken over Dutch medieval castle

    By Ted Bonnitt on June 11th, 2013

    An image of an apparent UFO taken over a medieval castle in the Netherlands is making news worldwide.

    Local resident and amateur photographer Corinne Federer, 43, was visiting the Muiderslot Castle, near Amsterdam on May 25, 2013, when she snapped the picture with a high quality camera and wide angle lens. She shot the image in HDR mode, taking multiple images at once. Her shutter speed was 1/250 of a second, so the object had to be moving very fast to have blurred in the photo.

    Though Federer dismissed that the object was an insect flying close to the ...

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  • More UFOs reported in US during May

    By Ted Bonnitt on June 9th, 2013

    Sphere shape UFOs were the most reported type of unknown craft over the United States in the month of May, with 187 sighting accounts submitted to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).  

    Sightings of spheres have steadily increased over the past three months, which could be attributed to that fact that more people are spending time outside as the weather warms for spring.

    In general UFO type sightings, California was the leading UFO reporting state, with 67 accounts in May. And that statistic likely reflects the high population density in California, where more eyes are looking up.

    The majority of UFO ...

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  • Three UFO sightings reported in Maine on same night

    By Ted Bonnitt on June 5th, 2013

    Three separate UFO sightings were reported over the skies of Maine on the night of June 4, 2013, with two occurring at the same time about 20 miles apart and the third about two hours later and 60 miles away from the initial two sightings.

    One witness took a video of the object.

    All three reports submitted to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) generally described a single, bright object, with each report offering varying details. It is possible that the sightings are related to the same object, even though the UFO may have appeared slightly different to each group of ...

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  • Another alleged UFO photographed entering Mexican volcano

    By Ted Bonnitt on June 4th, 2013

    An active volcano just south of Mexico City has gained much attention in past months, due to controversial images taken of what appears to be speedy UFOs flying directly into the mountain top crater.

    The latest images to suggest the phenomenon were taken on May 31, 2013. The video has gone viral, with many news agencies picking up the story.

    The video is actually a time lapse sequence, meaning that it is a sped up collection of still images. In reality, the object flying near the Popocatepetl volcano was moving much slower than is represented in the footage.  

    When you ...

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  • Mystery solved of Moon's uneven gravity

    By NASA, Pasadena, CA on June 1st, 2013

    NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission has uncovered the origin of massive invisible regions that make the moon's gravity uneven, a phenomenon that affects the operations of lunar-orbiting spacecraft.

    Because of GRAIL's findings, spacecraft on missions to other celestial bodies can navigate with greater precision in the future.

    GRAIL's twin spacecraft studied the internal structure and composition of the moon in unprecedented detail for nine months. They pinpointed the locations of large, dense regions called mass concentrations, or mascons, which are characterized by strong gravitational pull. Mascons lurk beneath the lunar surface and cannot ...

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  • Rodents, lizards or rocks on Mars?

    By Ted Bonnitt on June 1st, 2013

    There has been a buzz this week on the internet about the alleged photos taken of rodents and lizards on Mars by NASA's Curiosity Rover.

    They're rocks.

    Rocks come in all shapes and sizes. There are millions of rocks littering the surface of Mars. Thousands of landscape images have been beamed to Earth from the Curiosity, now patrolling the surface of the red planet for science discoveries.

    People with a lot of extra time on their hands have been studying the fascinating, alien landscape images, looking for something out of this world.

    A "lizard" image claim came out ...

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  • Group of witnesses observe UFO for minutes near Dallas/Ft. Worth airport

    By Ted Bonnitt on June 1st, 2013

    A group of witnesses in Texas observed a UFO displaying flashing lights on the evening of May 22, 2013.

    One of the witnesses took a photograph of the object and submitted it to area television station WFAA, which published the picture and witness description.

    The reporting witness, identified on their post as "tcastellon" was driving to Fort Worth on the airport freeway at 11:30PM when they stopped at a 7-11 convenience store near Euless, TX. 

    As they exited the store, the witness "noticed about 5 or 6 people standing in the parking lot aiming their iPhone cameras to the ...

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