Posts Tagged ‘UFO’

This is simply too pretty not to share…

photo by FG

Pretty slick. Looks like something the Electric Universe guys or the Plasma peeps would like.

From the post at Spaceweather.com entitled Unidentified Object:

Details:

I took this picture in Novo Hamburgo city, in the south of Brazil, photographed – between 8:30 and 9 PM on october 22nd – a strange object in the sky.
Canon Rebel T-4, ISO 100, f/4.5, 30s exposure, 35mm

EXIF Data:
Camera Used: Canon Canon EOS REBEL T4i
Exposure Time: 30/1
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 100
Date Taken: 2013:10:24 09:55:10

I usually shy away from UFO stuff these days, even though I have seen several, but, I like this one. As mentioned I think it is visually impressive. And it’s on Spaceweather, which doesn’t hurt. Also appearing here in the local paper/site (in Portuguese (Google translation)). They wrote:

Strange object (maybe an UFO?) In the sky

A citizen from Novo Hamburgo, in the south of Brazil, photographed – between 8:30 and 9 PM on 22nd october – a strange object in the sky. Specialists disagree on what it would be. One of Them que said it’s not a weather balloon. Another said that’s not a paramotor. Some say it’s a drone (unmanned the vehicle). And there are Those Who que defend it’s just lens flare.

Was included in this post for our readers foreign language, an English summary of the original text published in the print edition of the ABC Sunday.

Is it a UFO? Technically, yes, it is, but semantically it depends on what you personally think of when you hear that term. Lens flare is popular in the comments section, as expected. Could very well be lens flare. I don’t think it is at this moment, though. Could of course be lots of things.

Here’s the full photo:

FG full photo

Anyway, enjoy the eye candy, folks.

Peace.

ETA: Interesting date and time discrepancy in the EXIF data. Not sure what if anything that implies. Still like it…

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I love Pete Conrad.

Published on Aug 15, 2012 by 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_spacecraft

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Conrad

http://www.lpi.usra.edu/resources/apollo/images/print/AS17/148/22682.jpg

Seriously.

A classic if ever there was one.

As for the video, it seems like the SLA panel’s still there, but there is other movement by something in apparent close proximity.

Actually, though, it isn’t exactly clear if the footage shown corresponds to the observation given or if it is being used to illustrate the point.

Either way, I like it.

And if the latter, good eye!

Peace.

What was it, the uploader asks. What was it, indeed!

I hope this is real… I don’t yet know if it’s real footage or not, but if it isn’t CGI then this sighting is well and truly within the Way Cool class. And it is a certainty that not too many happenings populate that  category, so I’m excited.

As are others. Even Jim Oberg likes this one… that’s significant, trust me.

He had this to say about it, (and more), at this ATS thread

Some steps are obviously needed for verification, but because this blip appears to pass BEHIND the solar array, it must be at a significant range and has my interest. I’d definitely call it unusual and not your typical spacecraft-shed dandruff.

Published on May 24, 2012 by 

This video was sent to us from an anonymous person who was recording the ISS live feed. The UFO rises over the horizon, makes a smooth turn, flashes light a few times, moves behind the space stations solar panels, and then disappears out of view! What was it??

In order to see this properly you should definitely watch it in full screen and at the highest resolution of 720p, as it is really quite small in the frame and you’d surely miss the very sporty rising up shenanigans entirely.

As for the timings of the events listed in the description above, you’ll see the little light rise, straight up, apparently out of the atmosphere, at 9 seconds to the  the left of center on your screen, just to the right of a small star(?) that is itself just over the horizon. At 21 seconds it has turned sharply right and then goes off to the right just above the Earth’s edge. It is also a possibility that the rising up bit is from behind the Earth.

Either way, though… it’s all good and this thing must be quite large if it is truly at the apparent distance.

Just after it settles into level flight, we see flashes of light, seemingly a tad intermittent.  But they keep going off in their own time; and when they do, the object goes faster. It is really cranking by the time it gets all the way to the right. I am thinking a lot about that speed… and the distance it covers in the short while we see it. Be real handy to know just how far it travels and how far away it really is.

The speed is simply mind boggling. WAAAH!

Need to keep an eye on this thread, for if the verification sought by Jim and We the Serious pan out as to the authenticity of this footage and it is there on said footage from the original ISS source – then this is huge.

Ah, see! The speed was just calculated at the thread by ChaoticOrder, who came up with a result of 292,392 kmh at the end, which is 181 683.966 mph! This persons work was then bashed by Oberg due to “assumptions in the methodology” but was defended by ChaoticOrder. All I can say is that it’s booking along pretty good.

Indeed.

If it is a creation it is well done; and if not, well, then I wonder if it’s ours. Seems much more likely to me than that other possibility if only due to it’s behavior. It could surely be so and if it is, as I say in the sidebar, “My regards to the Admiral, Langley.”

And by the way, dear Langley, if you are indeed listening, please consider letting us all in on it, I think it’d be welcomed.

Alright, then,

Peace.

29th May 2012 2pm – Edit To Add:

HOAX!

Dammit, I just KNEW this’d bite me and I’d regret posting it. I just knew it.

I feel sad about this. I feel like such a fool.

Please forgive my epic fail, let this be a lesson for you all.

Published on May 29, 2012 by 

Here is yet another hoax on YouTube…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5o0go2QW-g (shown above)

After hours of searching, the date of the event has been discovered. The video was recorded on November 30, 2010.

Video from the ISS on that date has been checked, and the object is not present in the original live feed. The object must have been added with computer special effects, and is fake.

The video also seems to have been flipped vertically, and mirrored horizontally to increase the difficulty of indentifying it.

Here is a video of the live feed, possibly the source video used to make the hoax. Watch around 11:48
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBe4BzImqdM

Seriously, I apologize. To all of you.

UFOTV Presents: UFO Crash at Kecksburg – The Untold Story

Uploaded by on Nov 17, 2010

Many people believe the government is not telling the truth about its involvement in the retrieval of a crashed UFO in Kecksburg, Pennsylvania in 1965. If a UFO did crash from the sky, was it man-made, an alien spacecraft from another world, or was the story only a hoax? People who live in Kecksburg still wonder what it was that caused the military, police, and local firefighters to respond so quickly to this rural community.

Follow the events of December 9th, 1965, with UFO Investigator Stan Gordon as twenty-one witnesses describe what they saw, the news medias involvement and the military’s mysterious removal of a UFO to an unknown Air Force base where all traces of this event disappeared in secrecy.

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It was nice to see this old film again.

Haven’t seen it in years nor thought about this event for a while, a good long while.

Kecksburg is pretty significant as far as these UFO things go, actually. Could even call it my generation’s Roswell.

If you’re not familiar with this happening, you will see why I say that after watching the vid.

And as such, it’s really quite strange that it hardly ever gets a mention in modern ufological circles.

Such as they are.

I mean, it’s got it all… befuddled witnesses, witnesses close enough to touch the thing, the Army, the Air Force, NASA dudes in hazmat suits carrying a flight case down to the scene… the military carting the thing off on a flatbed… and there are even some rather unpleasant occurrences that take place after the fact.

There was a restaurant, I think, that had a life size model made for display outside their shop. Wonder if it’s still there… should drive down there someday as I bet it still is.

It leaves me with renewed disappointment in our government and it’s agencies.

High strangeness all ‘round. Or not, I guess, as it is pretty much business as usual.

Sad. What are they so afraid of? Just tell us, for God’s sake. Jeez.

Anyway…

Peace.

Unidentified-crop1 - WTF is this?!

This picture was made in 1954. I cropped it in Photoshop from the frame below, which is a screen capture from the first video shown below  It has bicubic smoothing and auto levels and contrast, so you know. Lazy me. No filters on the full frame one. Click ‘em for the original size.

The clip in question is apparently an Air Force film taken in 1954 over Sierra Nevada, California. It is shockingly short. One would think, as is oft mentioned, that if you were to actually see something like this outside the window of your seat on the plane; and you have a movie camera, which you’ve started, that you might think it’d be a great idea to film as much of it as you can, for as long as you.

Right?

Wouldn’t you?

Really?

But, no, we get about 3 seconds.

Anyway, so far, for me, this is the most fascinating clip – by far. I want to know what that thing is. It’s as simple as that.

Looks a bit too ‘solid’ to be a plasma critter, but I know not what such beings can do. Maybe it’s a regular critter of some unfathomable genus. Doesn’t bring forth any thoughts of a machine of some sort. Looks ‘wrong’ for a probe…

Fascinating.

Unidentified. Yes, it certainly is.

What in the hell is that?

I found and singled it out of this monumental video compilation made back in the day by Michael Hesemann which a friend of mine participated in. Epic in length, this film has just about every film made from the 1950s up to 1998, from all over the world. You will see hours upon hours of short streaming clips and listen to them being examined on the fly by two expert commentators. It is a fabulous guided tour of things seen in the sky. There is no dogma to speak of presented here, either and that alone gives the film a refreshing (and these days, sadly rare) quality.

I saw this back then, but that was a long time ago and it surely is nice to run across it again… and to be able to download it.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Uploaded by on Feb 25, 2012

UFOs The Footage Archives – 50 Years of UFOs – Part1 (Michael Hesemann)

I didn’t know this was on YouTube, as I don’t often look for any UFO stuff there, as everything I seem to see there, for a long tine, now is just silly, so… I was pleased to learn of it at ATS. Brought back great memories of what unfortunately seems more and more like a long time ago, so I replied. Here’s most of what I said there. (A rare thing, these days, sadly.)

ats avatarI can say that this film “happened” pretty much as your mind’s eye envisions, as one of the commentators is a personal friend, Antonio Huneeus, who together with his bud, Peter Robbins, watched these movies and talked… pretty much as you see it.

Ah, man, those were the days, eh? Don’t think we’ll see it’s like ever again.

But, then again, both gentlemen are still active in the UFO field, and probably Hesemann, too, so…

As to what they are… some of my speculations anthropomorphize things a bit, although I’m a plasma critter guy at heart for many. Maybe your ‘friend,’ is one of those too… curious ‘kid,’ perhaps. Or somebody’s probe.

Ha! Who knows.

Thanks again.

I will endeavor to write more. Not meaning post count, either.

Peace.

Okay, now… this caught my eye in a slightly off-topic post in an ATS thread on alleged Apollo photo manipulation started by the uploader of the first video in this thread. I won’t go into the details of that thread, I’ll just say I didn’t find it at all compelling… for a few reasons. I’d seen some of his threads before and, some are interesting, but information is usually withheld, so, caveat emptor, eh?

This video however is quite straightforward. I will freely admit to my romantic half’s desire to find “something” having an effect with it, but, still, it is quite intriguing in my view.

I have been getting more and more careful as I age. Eww, I said the a-word. Ha! I’ve been hoodwinked before and there are quite a few threads on my blogs I wish I’d been more careful with and never posted. There have been changes, let’s put it that way… and all for the better.

So, anyway… this vid is ‘on the edge,’ as it were. Its original source is good, obviously, but it’s in very low res, on the H.264 codec and being played by Flash, so like anything you see on YouTube it’s not, shall we say, ideal for research.

But it’s pretty darn cool… one does not expect to see little things seemingly flying around in the ISS.

To the guys credit he does put up (in the description) the possibility that they are just four bits of paper or something blowing around in the A/C, but, even at this res… I too am not so sure.

Especially of the other two… that appear to be… crawling.

Those two are mainly why this is here, despite the awful resolution.

Here you go…

Uploaded by  on Jun 11, 2011

Hi there!

Perhaps my eyes are playing tricks on me but I really thought to have seen spacecritters flying and crawling around INSIDE the ISS! Do we have alien lifeforms / critters visiting the ISS?

Why don’t you take a peek and convince yourselves. As soon as the astronaut has disappeared the show starts.

The first flying critter appears 45 seconds into the video (on top of the instrument panel), the second one shows up at 1.39 (center right), the third critter we see in the upper right corner at 3.50 and the fourth one at 4.00 in the lower right corner. You should also check for some slight movements on the instrumentpanel. This looks like a couple crawling critters. (Or is it a reflection of light?)

In order to exclude or eliminate NASA’s biological experiments aboard the ISS, I checked whether NASA (recently) had been performing any experiments involving butterflies or bugs. There have not been such experiments!

So what is it we see?

As some people claim: small pieces of paper flying around, lifted and transported through the air by the airflow coming from the ventilation system.

Really? These “things” come from several directions and they do not look like pieces of paper to me.

Looking at the way they move, you could compare it with how single cell organisms swim inside a fluid. Are we seeing something we were not supposed to?

Greetz,

Sander

This next vid was posted on YT as a response to the one above and focuses on the crawly fellas. It’s zoomed in a tad which is good for the purpose.

Uploaded by  on Jun 13, 2011

Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Otherwise their playing tricks on me too.

Not just spacecritters flying around INSIDE the ISS, but also MORPHING shadows!

The show start before the astronaut disappear …

At least two morphing shadows, black critters and some unexplanable “metallic” reflexes… what do you think they are??

I’ve no idea… there is only speculation and conjecture. I would love to know. I can only enjoy the show and wonder if we will ever know. I wonder, too, if there is any other footage showing these anomalies. I bet there is. Can we, while I’m doing all this wondering, get the full res originals?

Peace.

Giant Rock and Barb. Click to visit the site.The Giant Rock Project is just getting started and would love input from anyone interested in contributing to the project.

It’s such a sacred area and we want to encourage people to submit articles, tell us about their experiences and send pictures and videos as it applies to Giant Rock. The point is, to educate and bring attention to the area, so eventually getting it submitted as a historical site.

If you have something in mind send it over to
Barbara at the Giant Rock Project, we’ll look it over and post to the site.

Once we really get going, I’d love to submit weekly video on the happenings at Giant Rock. Get a web cam up and running. It’s only taken 10 years, but they are now arresting and prosecuting people who graffiti the rock, unfortunately, you need to catch then in the act for it to work. web cam might help that out.

There is so much exciting new information, we can’t wait to share it with everyone. When it comes to Giant Rock, many of the stories you have read are not correct. With our years of research we’ve uncovered new information that supports the underground tunnel theory, Native American influence and who Frank Critzer really was. Got original photos of him digging out under the rock, have documents from his family – letters Frank wrote to his brothers and sisters – disclosing confidential information. He really was not the hermit miner many articles have led people to believe, and that spy story that has been around for years has a unique twist, can’t wait to expose that one. Also a very interesting development was learned about the relationship between Frank and George Van Tassel. All this will eventually be mentioned in my presentation, on the website or given in an interview.

I’m doing presentations and interviews on the subject and hope to have something on the website soon.
Watch the calendar to see if I’m in your area to to see the presentation in person.

Next year we’re looking to create another UFO Convention at The Integratron and Giant Rock. Stay Tuned for details.

Have a lot on our plate…but have lived and learned a lot over the past several years.
Very excited and looking forward to sharing it with the world and re-writing a little piece of history.

Drop me a not if you have any questions.

Bye for now
Barbara

Hat Tip to Adam Gorightly.

First up is a 3 and a half minute excerpt from the SciFi (SyFy) network’s coverage of the event, recently posted by Easynow at the notorious YouTube. I have seen this footage of Rod Dickinson’s through the years and I feel it is authentic… footage of what is the obvious question.  Bill George, an Academy Award-winning visual effects master at Industrial Light and Magic is consulted within and he can’t, of course answer that question – however he also feels that it is genuine and unaltered.

And finally we have an excellent video response of 4 and a quarter minutes to Easynow’s excerpt from our friend LunaCognita – wherein the film is stabilized on the discordantly discoidal nodule and enhanced, lending we the curious a very nice view of it indeed. Props, Luna!

Happy viewing to all…

eeasynow | July 08, 2010

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LunaCognita | July 08, 2010

This particular segment (or segments, rather) of footage we will be looking at in this presentation involves a UFO sighting that occurred on July 4th, 1998 just outside of the town of Somerset in southwest England, filmed by a man named Rod Dickinson.

As always, the enhancements shown here were built from the highest quality copy of the source footage that I was able to obtain. Unfortunately in this case, I was not able to acquire a complete unedited copy of the raw Somerset footage to work with, and it is my understanding that Mr. Dickinson is no longer in possession of the original raw tape. This forced me to use a segmented copy taken from a UFO documentary in which the raw footage had already been broken apart and edited into several short highlight clips. This fact has most definitely negatively influenced the quality and quantity of visual data available for enhancement.

As you will see, the raw footage of this UFO encounter clearly suffers from significant camera shake/instability issues. In fact, I have to say that this is the shakiest, most unstable UFO video footage I have ever personally analyzed. These already brutal instability issues are further magnified by the fact that the raw copy of the footage I was forced to use as the Alpha source file appears to have been subjected to some level of video compression, which, thanks to the brutal amount of shake, creates significant interpolation blurring and frame “ghosting” being introduced/amplified. This effect is blatantly apparent in every copy of this Dickinson/Somerset UFO footage I have ever seen, and the copy I used as the Alpha source file for this presentation is no exception, with a high number of raw frames showing both the actual UFO as well as a second “ghost” of the UFO visible in the same frame, offset 180 degrees opposite of the direction of shake travel.

Just to give you a better idea of how detrimental this ghosting effect was to the stabilization process here, in the segments of footage I show labeled as “Sequence#1” and “Sequence#4”, roughly 50% of the frames had to be eliminated from the stabilization process due to being ruined by blurring and/or ghosting effects. “Sequence#3” was even worse, with close to 70% of the raw frames being garbage and unusable for the same reasons. Still, even with those significant negative factors working against the stabilizing process, I still considered this footage interesting enough to warrant the effort involved in trying to improve the viewability of the scene.

Also, please keep in mind that the term “UFO” does not mean “a spaceship flown by aliens”. It means “Unidentified Flying Object” – an object that is visible in the sky that cannot be positively identified as a known object of terrestrial origin. There is simply no way for us to tell from this footage just what this object is, where it came from, how it got there, or where it went afterwards. By definition, that makes it a “UFO”.

Cheers everyone, and I hope you enjoy this presentation!
LunaCognita
lunacognita@gmail.com

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Strange. Very strange.

And disconcerting.

Disappointing, too.

Then again it is NASA. A rather bizarre organization, NASA.

You see, this post was initially inspired by my running across an interesting page at Lunar Explorer Italia last night titled  AS 15-83-11218 and the Stephenville UFO: a VERY SMART image-comparison (by Carlo Contu). As you no doubt have gathered from said title, Mr. Contu noticed that the Apollo image in question and the sportiest image of the infamous Stephenville, Texas UFO are remarkably similar. You know the one, the pretty rainbow colored squiggly line in the night sky…

So I Googled up the image number, all set to do a session in Photoshop. But it wasn’t available nice and large at  NASA History’s Apollo Image Library… in fact they don’t even list the magazine as existing at all! What’s up with that? Note that they do list magazines for which they have no pictures to show yet… so, why not 83?

All was not lost, as they are all shown on the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Apollo Image Atlas… but the images at LPI are all small, all at low resolution and none are really suitable for delving into in hopes of doing any sort of confident analysis. Some clues came out, though…

Here’s the text at the LPI page for this magazine:

Apollo Image Atlas

70mm Hasselblad Image Catalog

Apollo 15, Magazine ??

Images AS15-83-11218 to AS15-83-11234

Why does it say “Magazine ??”? Huh? What was that? Note, of course, that right below that line, in the picture range it clearly states  AS15-83-xxx to AS15-83-xxx. 83, again, is the magazine number.

Ah, I see, when you go to the individual photos it lists right below them their confusion’s source, they don’t know the Letter sub-designation of magazine 83. Well, why not? And even so does not knowing the letter therefore qualify it’s contents for near oblivion, displayed small and low-res on a sub-site for the Apollo program?

Note: For those not familiar with magazines, they are a removable part of the Hasselblad camera, a film holding ‘magazine,’  pre-loaded with film that eliminates the need to string the film through the camera as in a standard 35mm camera. They just snap on and off the back.

Note, too, that 83 was not the first magazine used by the Apollo 15 crew, so although there seems to be some sort of labeling error, I don’t imagine that there were any other issues with it. The Image Atlas starts at 82… which naturally makes me wonder about the existence of 1 through 81, but that’s not completely relevant here. The ones they do show are otherwise sequential in content.

As you can see below, the images captured are intriguing… to say the least… especially the last one, the swoopy, streaky and oh so freaky AS15-83-11234.

What do they show? I can’t say as I know. I can speculate as well as you can, but unless the impossible happens and the crew of 15 give us a play-by-play description, speculation is all we’ve got. Another thing to speculate about is why are there only 17 pictures? Why did they stop snapping? Must see if I can find anything in the transcripts, but, I rather doubt that if there was anything exciting going on it’d still be within them.

I really do like that last one… what the hell is all that? It’s absolutely fascinating. Was there an encounter with something, something we can barely comprehend, way out there in the cold, vast darkness of space?

Hmmm?

Ah, great, here’s the new vid from LunaCognita that looks into more of the footage shot during the Apollo missions. I posted a bit about the trailer for it a little while ago on this blog.

Actually, I’m holding out hope that this is only a part of a bigger picture… there’s some cool anomaly shots in it to be sure… including a truly inexplicable boomerang shaped thing… you’ll see… but my thirst for more and more weirdness is strong; and the second half presents a visual representation of the results of frame stacking, as explained more below.

Frame stacking is an old technique that can produce some seriously spectacular results unachievable by any other method… it is very commonly used by the astronomical community and professional photographers and photographic printers alike in a process called HDR, or High Dynamic Range photography. That’s printers as in people, not machines, by the way.

A very handy link was found at NASA’s History site in a section on Apollo 12’s approach and landing by Easynow over at ATS… it goes into some detail, with pics, about the DAC camera and its mountings, view angles and other good stuff… please do check it out, it’s pretty cool.

NASA’s Apollo Coverup – A Forensic Look At The 16mm DAC Film Footage

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LunaCognita
March 16, 2010

In this presentation, we will focus on taking a closer look at several interesting segments of film footage from the NASA archives. All the footage shown and analyzed here was originally shot by NASA astronauts during the Apollo missions (1968-1972) on 16mm film, using what was known as the “Data Acquisition Camera” – the “DAC”.

The Maurer “DAC” cameras were modified variable frame rate 16mm motion picture film cameras used by the various Apollo crews throughout their missions to film scenes of interest through the windows of the spacecraft, interior spacecraft activities, as well as to shoot exterior footage during lunar surface “moonwalk” operations and Low-Earth Orbit or Trans-Earth-Coast EVA ops in cis-lunar space.

I included a bit more information on the Apollo DAC camera in the brief writeup I did attached to the earlier teaser/trailer video for this presentation – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uo81LM…

FRAME-STACKING
In the last half of this presentation (starting at 4:30), I show various examples where I employ an enhancement technique known as “frame-stacking” against the raw DAC archive footage. In certain cases, frame-stacking can be employed to forensically attack the raw frames of film and produce an enhanced composite still-frame of a stable (or motion-stabilized) scene. It should be noted that “stacking” is by no means a new method of enhancing video or motion picture film footage. It is a digital enhancement technique that has been around a lot longer than most people would probably believe, and in many cases it can provide us an improved look at some of the deeper image detail that is actually buried beneath the random “noise” in the raw footage.

Frame-stacking exploits the fact that the DAC footage, like any motion picture camera or digital video footage, is comprised of many sequential still images shown in rapid succession to simulate the appearance of motion to the viewer’s eye. If the raw footage is providing us with a stable (or motion-stabilized) scene that has no or little movement in the field-of-view, it might appear that the scene is comprised of many individual photographs that all seem to capture the identical view. However, appearances can be deceiving, and the truth is that each of those individual frames making up the raw film footage have slight variances between them, with each one suffering from its own unique random noise artifacts. “Stacking” works by analyzing and comparing all the raw frames that make up a segment of footage, allowing for the detection and subtraction of random noise artifacting from each individual raw frame. Those individual cleaned frames are then stacked together in order to construct a high-resolution composite image of the captured scene.

The first two examples I show in the frame-stacking segment were included merely to demonstrate the effectiveness of this enhancement technique when employed against raw archive footage of a known object – in this case, an Apollo Lunar Module. The first example is film footage from Apollo 9 taken in low-Earth orbit with an automatic 16mm DAC camera mounted to the open hatch of the CSM aiming “up” towards the Lunar Module (which was docked to the nose of the CSM at the time). Astronaut Rusty Schweickhart (LMP) can be seen standing on the porch of the LM, where he was conducting an EVA to test and verify the performance of the Apollo A7-L spacesuit and PLSS life support pack. A magnified split-screen closeup of the LM’s Rendevzous Radar Antenna allows for a direct comparative analysis of the raw footage versus the “stacked” enhancement as an example to demonstrate the improvements in clarity that can be gained.

The second demonstration example is not actually DAC footage, but rather is television footage from the Apollo 15 mission showing the LM “Falcon” sitting on the lunar surface, taken with the tripod-mounted GCTA-TV camera. I chose this example of raw GCTA-TV footage because it clearly suffers from rather severe noise issues, providing another good demonstration of the enhancement potential that frame-stacking can offer. As you can plainly see in both the DAC and GCTA-TV examples showing the LM, the stack enhancements offer considerable improvement in image clarity, allowing us to extract detail that in some cases may appear to not even be detectable when viewing the raw footage.

This presentation here is just the first part of a multi-part series focusing on the truth (and the lies) in the Apollo DAC footage. Hope you enjoy, and stay tuned for more to come!

Cheers,
LunaCognita

Keep them coming, LC, we be diggin’ it…

The world has lost a true visionary and a real gentleman.

There are two wonderful and beautiful threads that remember and eulogize Justin… at Above Top Secret, his home on the web, ATS Member and Friend jkrog08, page 1, and at SHTF411 as well,  Jkrog08 RIP Brother, where many of his friends also post.

He would have had his 24th birthday in a couple of months. Far too young.

His contributions to UFO research were many and exceptionally well executed; I personally learned a whole lot from reading his work. He was the 7th person I marked as a friend at ATS, and I very much regret never replying to a thread or getting to know him. I am worse off for that.

Like Mac Tonnies before him, he was way too brilliant and way too young to go; perhaps he was needed for some uncertain mission of discovery in that other dimension.

My heart goes out to his family, his soulmate and his many, many friends.

What a damn shame.

From the original post:

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Following is a short list of some of his many threads, documented in his meticulous fashion. We will miss his very in-depth presentation and his presence. Let’s not let his passion and hard work go.

Rest in Peace, Our Friend.

Challenge Match: jkrog08 vs TheMythLives: “Is There Intelligent Life Somewhere In The Universe?”

Challenge Match: TheMythLives vs. jkrog08: There Is No Free Will

The ATS UFO/Alien Chronological Thread Directory

A Letter To President Obama

The 1952 Tremonton, Utah UFO Fleet

Yukon UFO “Mothership” Incident: December 11th, 1996

Abduction In Yukon: North Canol Road and The Insectoids, September 3rd, 1987

The Mantell UFO Incident

The Three Different Types of Greys

jkrog08’s Thread List

His podcasts:
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There is also a collection of Justin’s work at the Pegasus Research Consortium, where Justin was the newest member of the team.

Oh dear…

Apollo 12 – Pete Conrad – SLA panel “Leaving Area at a High Rate of Speed.”

Ha ha hahaha…

So, apparently, we’re to think that discarded pieces of our spacecraft can just take off on their own, eh?

Right.

Well… as you can clearly hear… Pete doesn’t believe it for one second… “Gee whiz” indeed! Good man, our Pete. Right on, man.

Hey, NASA… Take off, eh!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_spacecraft

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pete_Conrad

Apollo 14 , EVA 1 – “We’ve Had Visitors Again”

Edgar Mitchell and Alan Shepard on the Moon discussing the “Visitors”

This exchange always brings a smile… so matter-of-fact… so mundane… so… intriguing!

In my humble opinion, they’re being quite serious — but in a manner calculated to be taken as quite light hearted by the average listener. To hint at something that affected them deeply, (which makes me hold them ever dearer), yet still not break their military secrecy requirements. Same for the “Santa Claus” remarks and others made during the various missions.

Naturally we all want to know exactly what those words really meant; not to mention how they knew the visitors had been there in the first place; but the same loyal and patriotic quality that led to those wonderfully conceived spur of the moment quotes means that they’re not going to betray their oaths.

Although I must say that that may be starting to change in hearing commentary from Edgar Mitchell, who’s in this film, Buzz Aldrin and Story Musgrave. Maybe Neil Armstrong made a hint, but I feel very strongly that the man should be left alone, and I’ll personally clock you if you don’t. The others are willing and able. Respect our heroes.

I will never, by the way, be at all comfortable with the need for classified broadcast channels, oaths of secrecy, withholding of evidence and all the other BS on missions for an allegedly civilian agency that haunts us to this day. The government surely doesn’t think too highly of us.

Apollo 15 – TV Flyover – UFO’s  shadow on lunar surface.

Fascinating. A clip excised from one of the broadcasts this one is… and do check out that lovely hugh speed, independently moving shadow! Woot! Note that the astronaut manning the camera most definitely notices it and does his level best to track it… without mentioning it!

That is really cool.

I speculatively suppose that the command module either just happened to be flying along a regular route, as it were, or they had themselves an escort. I suspect the former as being more likely and that they were just in a right-place right-time sort of continuum…

UFO spotted outside Apollo command module window?

Now this is a good one. And a new one on me! And on a television documentary, no less… very impressive. Good find Easy!

It’s pretty bright out there, so I imagine they were still in good proximity to home, but that object is definitely not something ordinary.

You’d need to go a long way to prove it’s one of those tedious ice particles. The motion just doesn’t say ice to me. You’re welcome to try of course.

The stationary one(s) are likely reflections as far as I can tell, but might be something else as well, I suppose.

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It’s been slow of late and work is encroaching on quality Fortean time (which I suppose is a good thing =)) so I thought I’d put a few little things together for a postable post.

Many thanks to eagle-eyed Pegasus researcher Easynow for these films.

Dee Andrew of Eye to the Sky

Dee Andrew of Eye to the Sky

This Saturday, February 6, tune in to Eye to the Sky radio with hostess Dee Andrew, and moi, (LOWFI founder Skylaire Alfvegren), master of disaster, as we discuss a number of subjects, including the Fortean mindset, my recent adventures in synchronicity, and undoubtedly, unexplained things in the sky.

7:00 pm (EST) 6:00 pm (CST) 5:00 pm (MST) 4:00 pm (PST).

(Shows are archived on the site, as well.)

listen: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/ufo-paranormal-radio-network

http://www.eye2thesky.net

You kids and your technology!

Madonne! Oh, man, is this good, folks… wicked good, even. Yes, dear readers, once again LunaCognita has managed to knock my socks right off with this video. Needless to say, I can hardly wait for the full version… because there are objects filmed here that I’ve not seen before, and they are spectacular. Where in the heck does LC find this stuff?

I imagine they’ve been ordered from the NASA archives, but how does one know which ones to buy? Connections within the Pegasus Research crew certainly help in that regard, but still… Oh, and, we mustn’t forget that most of the film that was shot hasn’t been released, still, as far as I am aware… oh how we’d all love to see those.

There is so much material at NASA that is classified… one wonders, if there’s nothing of interest up there besides a bunch of cool minerals… then why is there a need for assigning classified status to images, film and research documents at all? Hmmm?

This film can give some insight into that conundrum.

Amusing it is how the trolls and troglodytes commenting at YouTube call this ice and junk falling off the command and LEM modules. Too funny. Junk? Right, we build such fragile craft… Ice? Umm, this is the Moon, dude… Jeez!

Enjoy the mystery…

Hi everyone,
This brief presentation you will see here is just a bit of a teaser/trailer, showing a short segment from a larger video project I am currently in the process of working on. While the full presentation is still awhile away from being complete, I have received more than a few emails asking me about when my next video was going to come out, so I thought that in the interim, I would release this short segment just as a teaser to show a taste of some of the interesting visuals I plan to include in upcoming presentations where I will provide my own analysis of some of the Apollo-era films. All of the footage you will see here was captured on film during the Apollo missions to the Moon, shot by NASA astronauts. Originally exposed on 16mm film, this footage was taken using what was known as the “DAC” – the “Data Acquisition Camera”.Hope you enjoy,
Cheers!
LunaCognita

THE “DAC”
The Maurer “DAC” cameras used to shoot this footage were modified variable frame rate 16mm motion picture film cameras that were used by the various Apollo crews throughout their missions to the Moon to film scenes of interest through the windows of the spacecraft, as well as to shoot exterior footage during lunar surface “moonwalk” operations and Trans-Earth-Coast EVA ops in cis-lunar space during that return-to-Earth phase of the missions.

When it was being used in “automatic” mode, the DAC camera could be set by the astronaut to expose the film within it’s magazine at one of three set frame-rates – 1, 6 or 12 frames-per-second. In the 1 fps mode, the DAC also could be (and occasionally was) used as a still picture camera to shoot single frames of film.

When placed in “semi-automatic” mode, the DAC camera also offered a 24 fps filming capability, although that mode was used somewhat sparingly during the Apollo program as it only allowed for a maximum 3.7 minutes of run time before a film magazine change was required. More typically, one of the three different “auto” modes were used in order to take advantage of the frame-rate control capability to optimize film usage. These slower frame rate settings of course means that when filming in one of those modes, the DAC was functioning more as a sequential still camera rather than a true 24fps motion picture camera (I realize all motion picture film cameras are essentially stop-motion sequential still cameras, so I am referring to the frame-rate playback issues here). The DAC camera could be used as a hand-held movie camera or it could be hard-mounted to various points inside or outside the spacecraft (or to the LRV or the MET during lunar surface ops) in order to provide a stable platform and hands-free filming capability.

LunaCognita
January 20, 2010

YouTube commenter VideoGearHead said… (I thought this was nice…)

1:38 WTF?!!
1:48 busted-up glass dome?
2:21 fractured moon?
Wowa!

5 million stars!

One more thing…and this frosts my jaw the most…I watched the missions to the moon. I remember when I was in the Boy Scouts spending two bucks to have my name put on the Voyager craft. I remember waiting in anticipation to see really cool pictures of our own solar system – Saturn etc. – and remembering them not being what I expected and having to wait YEARS to see them.

Thank YOU for your vision!

I’ve been reading USO reports as a distraction from the horrors of life… and somewhere in the midst of it I got off track… and became aware of this documentary on the ongoing Hessdalen Project, which I think is really very nicely done so I’m posting it here for you all to enjoy.

Hessdalen’s held a fascination for me right from the start, not only because of the phenomena itself, but also because it’s the only, as far as I know, anomalous event being studied full-time by actual scientists, from two countries, with the full backing of a college and the Norwegian military. They even have a Summer Camp where college kids go and help out for a week. Talk about providing a little inspiration to pursue science! What could be better?

This is how anomalies should be dealt with. I tire of all the cultish “prophets” and all the other charlatans running amok these days… and their wide-eyed credulous true believers as well… they just ruin it all and place tremendous delays on the arrival of real knowledge.

Off topic note: You may have noted in the fourth video Bjørn Gitle Hauge’s tale of the blue spiral trail that was generated by an instance of the Hessdalen phenomenon. Just sayin.’

Bjørn Gitle Hauge, M.Sc.E.E. is an Assistant Professor with Project EMBLA at Østfold College, Department of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

Project Hessdalen English site

Project Hessdalen main homepage

Project Hessdalen is a project at Østfold University College.

Project Hessdalen’s streaming webcam.

Read an abstract of the 2001 EMBLA report, EMBLA 2001 : The Optical Mission. And here’s video from EMBLA 2001…

Radio MisteriosoLOWFI founder Skylaire Alfvegren will be appearing Sunday, December 13th from 8-10pm PST on killradio.org, on the show Radio Misterioso with Space Brother.

UFOs, conspiracies, psychedelia, parapsychology, black budgets, disinformation and suppressed information. Interviews with mind mavericks, and music from people who will never get a record deal and just don’t care.

Archive and podcast at radio4all.net.

The Ilkley Moor alien

What do you make of this picture? It is alleged to be an alien being, an EBE. Is it? I don’t know. I can say that it certainly looks like an alien being, in that it doesn’t look like anything familiar to me outside of anecdotes… and has a couple of differences even from them.

It is an enhanced crop originating from, we’re told, a scan of the original picture. The photo below, which is the full frame, is a poor copy of that image that someone has felt the need to stick the ubiquitous circle on, ever assuming that we all would never find the anomaly. I can’t find the scan of the full frame original anywhere online, but UFO Casebook has a cropped version of it, fortunately, reproduced just below our circled pic… click that one to see it full size.

Ilkley Moor, the original shot.
Ilkley Moor, color scan, 1987.

An odd aspect for me is that the alleged creature seems to sport the exact same texture as the shrubbery… just something to keep in mind. Probably just the grain of the emulsion.

Below is my enhanced crop from the poor copy above. As you can see it’s not too sporty… but perhaps useful for the pattern the little fellow makes. To my eye, it seems somewhat different shapewise, but at this horrid resolution not much can be deduced from this version.

The Ilkley Moor alien

This encounter occured on December 1st, 1987 in the early morning. It happened on the decidedly spooky, according to myriad reports, Ilkley Moor, located in Yorkshire, England. The lucky person involved was a police officer at the time, a man named Philip Spencer.

He wasn’t on duty and was walking along taking photos, hoping to catch some lighting anomalies that the Moor is known for (among other things).

It was then that he spotted this being on the hillside, sharply noting that it was gesturing at him as if to say “go away” – Spencer aimed his camera and captured the now-famous shot. The thing which was now fleeing the scene, Spencer took off after it. Arriving at a spot not too far away behind an outcrop on the other side of the hill, the little dude was gone… but there before him was a rather sporty-looking saucer… which of course promptly flew away. He didn’t get a shot of it, sadly.

The investigator on the case was one Peter Hough, a respected local UFO researcher. He sent the photo for analysis to an unnamed expert in wildlife photography. A reconstruction of the original site was built, determining the alien’s height: about 4 and a half feet. Kodak Laboratories in Hemel, Hempstead then had a go. They stated that the object is a part of the photo, it’s not superimposed. Finally Dr. Bruce Maccabee, an optical physicist with the United States Navy and DARPA and prominent UFOlogist personally known to this author had a look, but the film’s lack of resolution stymied efforts to render a conclusive verdict.

After further investigation, it was revealed that Philip Spencer had been abducted by this entity and had spent a good two hours in the object with several of the little guys. You can read the transcript of the regression at the UFO Casebook site. It turns out that the photo was taken after they’d borrowed him.

I’ve always been a bit bemused with the whole abduction business… and this one’s no different to me. The purpose of them seems very vague… at best… they just make no sense to me. Be that as it may, I remain open minded, as, hey, you never know.

I’m more interested in the photograph… and this one’s always fascinated me in it’s grainy, indistinct yet eerily suggestive quality.

Make of it what you will…

Sources:

www.ufocasebook.com/ilkleymoor.html

www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread57218/pg1

www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread517476/pg1

www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread261862/pg1

Fog ThingA little while ago, there in my mailbox was the usual roundup of headlines at Phantoms and Monsters… this one though, had a flying creature report from the very gung ho guys at the Centre for Fortean Zoology!

I love flying Cryptids! One of my life goals, in fact, if you don’t know is to capture, (on film at least), both a Thunderbird and a Pterodactyl. [Please Note: The imagery in this post is suggestive or illustrative only as no images were captured during the reported sightings.] Checked it out… here’s what it said…

Flying Cryptid Reported in County Durham, UK

This was reported at CFZ:

We saw a Thing the other night. Not sure at all WHAT it was, but both myself and Gareth saw it. We were driving back from Darlington to home at about 10pm on Wednesday 7th October, and just west of Harperley roundabout on the A698 to Wolsingham, when “it” flew in front of the car.

Whatever it was, was not a bird, and was not a moth or bat. It was approx. 3 feet long, about 1ft wide at the head, tapering down to a short tail. It was white and almost see-through – like a cloud, perhaps – pear-drop shaped, and moved very fast.

It rose from a hedge (or from the ground close to the hedge), which borders the road. Then it sped across the road at about 30ft high. Not sure how fast it was going, but a few mins later we saw a tawny owl flying across the road, and the Thing was much faster than the owl.

Before anyone gets the wrong idea, I am not suggesting that the Thing and the owl were connected in any way. It was incidental and only serves as an indication of air-speed.

The site we saw it at was close to the POW camp, which has recently been put up for sale on ebay. There are no street lights nearby, and it is a remote area of the high north Pennines. Very few dwellings, not much human activity, other than the fairly quiet A689. There was very little wind, and it was quite dark as it was cloudy/overcast. No rain.

Ideas?

A critter?And in response to that post, a short while later a person sent this report in to Phantoms and Monsters

I read the article you had listed entitled “Flying Cryptid in County Durham UK”. I live in the USA, and saw something very similar to what was described in the article. My sighting occurred in a rural area of Henderson, West Virginia, approximately 20 years ago (1989). I had been visiting a friend with my daughter and was on my way home in the afternoon. The day was partly sunny with clouds in the sky, but not rainy or misty. We were traveling down an incline in the car and we saw something strange go across the road (from the left side to the right side of the road). I’m not good with distances but it was probably no more than fifty feet from us. The thing described in the article was much smaller than what my daughter and I saw. I watched it disappear and asked my daughter if she had seen anything, and she confirmed that she had seen it also.

What we observed was approximately horse or cow sized and it had a white, translucent appearance, without identifiable head, tail, or appendages. It was just a big oval shaped airy “blob” that you could see through! This thing was like watching a tiny cloud or a mass of fog move on its own. It was flying or gliding quickly across the road and just disappeared on the other side of the road. It moved straight and did not weave or bobble. We only saw it for maybe 5 seconds. I had never seen anything like it before and haven’t seen another one since. I never reported it but I always remembered my sighting and was immediately struck by the similarity of what was reported in the UK.

Thanks for your website…it is extremely interesting.

Pat Queen, Ohio

It’s exciting!

And the reason it is so, to me, is because, as a Fortean and big fan of both on and off-world cryptozoology, it is my humble opinion that these two sightings are appearances of a “new” form of life that I’ve recently rekindled my interest in and have become very hot on… the Critter, or, the Plasma Lifeform.

Trevor J Constable photo - "amoeba"Not really new, though,  to those immersed in such things – interest started a long time ago within the scientific community following renowned plasma physicist Dr. David Bohm’s discovery through repeated laboratory observations that plasmas, more often than not, act just like living things; and there’s always researcher Trevor James Constable’s infrared photography to peruse, wherein he managed to regularly capture these “critters” back in the late 50s, and coined the term we still use for them. But surely, this concept is not something the majority of people have ever thought about.

The idea is that there are perhaps as many species of plasma creatures as there are “regular” creatures, with the same diversity as all our known life… replete with the same diversity of intelligence endowment, too.

As Mr. Constable noted, due to their rather exotic makeup, most of the critters would normally be invisible to us; his photos, after all, were in the infrared spectrum. They’d possibly become visible during certain interactions with the environment… while passing through localized electrical fields in search of food, namely the electrons that gives plasma life, (Bohm’s original observation), maybe, or perhaps through other phenomena; perhaps light can catch some qualities of their amorphous bodies in certain situations.

NASA's famous tether incidentMany UFOs, perhaps up to 80% of good sightings, a great deal  of the things usually deemed to be “spirits,” aerial BVM apparitions, shadow people and indeed lots of other oddly intangible sightings may in fact be plasma critters… who are, for whatever reason, occasionally visible to us at certain places, at certain times.

Clearly the two featured sightings here were real enough, but also were clearly not animals in the sense of flesh and blood beings… nevertheless, I do feel that these two sightings represent living creatures, or rather, critters… and as living things, these fabulously different critters should not be cast by cryptozoologists into the abyss of the paranormal. What’s needed is a broadening of the playing field, to think in terms of all that’s out there; to include all living things, not just those that are like us.

That may be asking too much, I’m not sure. Critters not made of flesh and blood may be too radical a departure for biologists, who have enough on their plate already. Maybe a special branch is needed… not sure who they might be, though. I suggest a multi-disciplinary approach… after all, this is radically different from our norms. But it should be done… they are alive… they are all around us… even in space… we should know all there is to know about them.

I like this video, complied by LunaCognita, as it shows some rarely seen and most wondrous objects, quite a lot of them, actually, all captured by our intrepid explorers… It’s called Aliens in the NASA Archives – More Stunning NASA UFO Anomalies Captured On Film.

Nice, eh? Some rare clips in there… And now, speaking of rare clips…

We are led to a video called NASA STS-88 black transforming UFO, which presents a fascinating series of photographs obtained by the crew of space shuttle mission STS-88… photographs which, in my opinion, depict images of just what the title sequence spells out… a vehicle belonging to our very own black space program, run by the US Navy which has been active for decades. The fleet whose files got Gary McKinnon in trouble with the monster. The program who amongst other things are believe it or not, right now, mining, on the Moon, on Mars and on a moon of Jupiter, as presented and discussed at length by the authority on the matter, zorgon, out of ATS.

Dig it…