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from the January 2006 Star Beacon
edited by Ann Ulrich Miller
Strange rumblings at the center of our
Oct. 18, 2005 — (ACN)
On March of this year, physics professor and astronomer Scott
Hyman of Sweet Briar College made a startling announcement. Dr.
Hyman and his colleagues wrote in the science journal Nature that
they had detected something very extraordinary at the center of
our Milky Way Galaxy. While analyzing low-frequency radio wave
images taken by the Very Large Array telescope at Socorro, N.M.,
in 2002, Dr. Hyman and his fellow researchers detected an
intermittent signal that seemed intelligently directed. The signal
consisted of five highly energetic radio emissions of equal
brightness that lasted 10 minutes each and appeared every 77
minutes over a seven-hour period from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1. The
discovery has left Professor Scott Hyman and the entire astronomy
community “scratching their heads.”
In another report
from Reuters (London, England), an unexplained radio signal from
deep space was reported in New Scientist magazine. The signal,
coming from a point between the Pisces and Aries constellations,
was picked up three times by a telescope in Puerto Rico.
New Scientist said the signal could be generated by a previously
unknown astronomical phenomenon or even be a by-product from the
telescope itself. But the mystery beam has astronomers’ attention
across the world. “If they can see it four, five or six times, it
really begins to get exciting,” Jocelyn Bell Burnell of the
University of Bath in western England told the magazine.
It was broadcast on
the main frequency at which the universe’s most common element,
hydrogen, absorbs and emits energy, and which astronomers say is
the most likely means by which aliens would advertise their
extraterrestrial signals were picked up through the SETI+home
project, which uses programs running as screensavers on millions
of personal computers worldwide to sift through the huge amount of
data picked up by the telescope.
2004 Reuters. All rights reserved
Apollo 11 UFO Encounter
Here is an
interesting piece of e-mail written by Dave Stone, that was on the UFO UpDates —
Toronto, at ufoupdates@ virtuallystrange.net (a UFO and related phenomena e-mail
list operated by Errol Bruce-Knapp).
“Back in September, on the Science Channel, a program called “First on the Moon:
The Untold Story,” was aired. About 14:30 min./sec. into the program, there was
a 3.5-minute segment that described a UFO encounter that Apollo 11 experienced
during its flight to the moon.
“To the best of my
knowledge, this is the first time that Buzz Aldrin, an Apollo 11 astronaut, had
ever publicly recounted any UFO experience associated with the Apollo 11 moon
mission. Also of interest, I wonder how the UFO footage that was supposedly
taken from a later Apollo mission was obtained?
“Below is my
transcription of the 3.5-minute UFO segment:
Narrator: But three days and 200,000 miles into the flight, Mission Control did
miss the significance of a cryptic message from Apollo 11.
Apollo 11: Do you
have any idea where the S-IVB is with respect to us?
Narrator: The Crew
required information on the current position of the S-IVB, the final stage of
the rocket which had been jettisoned away two days earlier. This short message
hid an extraordinary turn of events: Apollo 11 wasn’t alone in space.
Buzz Aldrin: There
was something out there that, uh, was close enough to be observed and what could
alongside of Apollo 11 was a mysterious object like this one (a ringed object at
close range is shown), filmed on a later mission. If it wasn’t part of their own
rocket, it could only be one thing, a UFO.
(Collins) decided he thought he could see it in the telescope and he was able to
do that, and when it was in one position, that had a series of ellipses, but
when you made it real sharp, it was sort of L-shaped. That didn’t tell us very
Dr. David Baker
(Apollo 11 Senior Scientist): NASA knew very little about, um, the object
reported by the Apollo 11 crew. It was obviously an unidentified flying object,
but such objects were not uncommon and the history of even earth orbit space
flights going back over the previous years indicated that several crews saw
Despite having a clear view of the UFO, the crew were wary of reporting it to
Aldrin: Now, obviously, the three of us were not going to blurt out, “Hey,
Houston, we got something moving alongside of us and we don’t know what it is,
you know, can you tell us what it is?” We weren’t about to do that, ’cause we
know that those transmissions would be heard by all sorts of people, and who
knows what somebody would have demanded that we turn back because of Aliens, or
whatever the reason is, so we didn’t do that, but we did decide we’d just
cautiously ask Houston where, how far away, was the S-IVB?
Narrator: Unaware of the drama unfolding in space, Mission Control radioed the
position back to Apollo 11.
Mission Control: Apollo 11, Houston. The S-IVB is about 6,000 nautical miles
from you now, over.
Aldrin: And a few moments later, why they came back and said something like it
was 6,000 miles away because of the maneuver, so we really didn’t think we were
looking at something that far away, so we decided that after a while of watching
it, it was time to go to sleep and not to talk about it any more until we came
back and (went through) debriefing.
Narrator: To this day, whatever it was that the crew saw has never been
positively identified or officially acknowledged.
Dr. David Baker: There were a lot of people within the program who went off
later and became convinced that UFOs existed and that led to some concern on
NASA’s part where they got the agreement of the crew never to publicly talk
about these things, for fear of ridicule.
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