By Paul Seaburn
ANYONE who has spent time studying UFOs and pondered the possible existence of and possible visitation by extraterrestrials has undoubtedly hear of the Fermi Paradox proposed by the renowned physicist Enrico Fermi, who one day looked up at the billions of stars that these ETs could have come from – or even just sent us greetings from – and asked (paraphrased), “So, where are the aliens?” If Enrico were alive today, he’d probably make a visit to China, where a new radio telescope was put into operation last year and has already detected enough fast radio bursts from those billions of stars that astronomers estimate Earth is hit by 120,000 a day or more. If these are sent by intelligent civilizations … Enrico? “So, where are the aliens?”
“We report three new FRBs discovered by the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), namely FRB 181017.J0036+11, FRB 181118, and FRB 181130, through the Commensal Radio Astronomy FAST Survey (CRAFTS).”
The latest edition of the Astrophysical Journal Letters reports that Dr. Niu Chenhui, co-author from the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, discovered three new FRBs (Fast Radio Bursts) using the data from FAST – the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope ) in southwest China’s Guizhou Province that just became operational last year. With its size, new technology and the collapse of Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, astronomers looking for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence are going to FAST and coming away excited … and possibly frustrated. Excited because these signals were sent billions of years ago and are now being detected with a frequency that suggests they could hear 120,000 a day. Frustrated, because …
“More discoveries from FAST will thus help reveal the yet unknown origin of FRBs.”
Dr. Niu Chenhui’s paradox is similar to Fermi’s — if we’re seeing so many FRBs that could be created by intelligent life forms for billions of years … where are they?
The FAST telescope
“The phenomenon is a mystery to astronomy. We have clues about their origin but in reality we do not know well what it is. The information that the experts handle is that they are radio emissions. These radio waves constantly arrive from the deep Universe. They are like explosions that occur in the electromagnetic spectrum : a strong glow from a radio source is emitted for a few seconds very intensely.” (Google translation)
Aire Digital (Argentina) interviewed Dante Paz, a doctor in Astronomy and researcher at Conicet (The National Scientific and Technical Research Council) who was not part of the study, explains that FRBs are suspected of being created by intelligent civilizations because they are emitted in a very specific direction, as if being sent from an antenna. The intensity needed to travel billions of light years suggests equipment far greater that we can imagine, so most astronomer attribute them to natural phenomena with strong magnetic fields, like black holes, neutron stars or magnetars. However, those are also theoretical causes. Which brings us back to ETs. Which brings us back to Fermi.
“Where are they?”
Discoveries of FRBs are coming “FAST” and furious. Will we – and Enrico – see an answer soon? You may not be a brilliant physicist, but you can still be like Fermi – he hated paradoxes too.
UFO Seen by Many in Siberia Over the Infamous ‘Road of Bones’
By Paul Seaburn
IF a UFO falls in Siberia, can any Russian officials agree on what it was? If the recent bright ball of flaming UFO recorded passing over the village of Ust-Nera is any indication, the answer is a resounding “Nyet!” Some say rocket, some say meteor, some say falling batteries (really!), but no one seems to be saying “Da, I agree with you.” Could it have something to do with the fact that the road leading into Ust-Nera is called the “Road of Bones”?
“A video from the remote, frozen northern Russian village of Ust-Nera has gone viral online after locals spotted a seemingly burning unidentified flying object, with a clearly visible trail in the pitch-black Siberian night sky. Ust-Nera, which has a population of around 5,000, is one of the world’s coldest permanently inhabited settlements, with current temperatures dropping to around -32C at night. Founded in the 1930s, it is located on what is known as the ‘Road of Bones’.”
Rt.com reported that the flaming object passed over Ust-Nera at 8 pm on March 12 and posted a video from a witness (watch it here). The initial theory as to the cause of the UFO came from Viktor Grokhovsky, “an expert on meteorites at the Russian Academy of Sciences,” who blamed the UFO on 2.5 tons of dead batteries reportedly dumped by the crew of the International Space Station on March 11. Grokhovsky doesn’t say if they were Russian or American batteries, but Georgy Goncharov from the Pulkovo Astronomical Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences disagreed, saying he thought it was a meteorite.
“Judging by the US Air Force data published on the website space-track.org, this object could well have been the Fregat upper stage, which in 2009 put the Meteor-M satellite into orbit.”
Ironically named Meteor satellite
While the U.S. space program seems to have no official comment on the UFO, Sputnik News (via Urdupoint.com) reports that Russian space expert Igor Lysov checked it out with the US Air Force website space-track.org and thinks the object was part of a Russian rocket used in 2009 to launch a Meteor-M weather satellite — a series of spacecraft that date back to the Soviet Union days, as do the “Fregat” upper stage rockets. The Russian site Yakutia.mk.ru reported that Roscosmos, the Russian space program, approved that message.
Rocket launching Meteor series satellite
So, why did one scientist blame ISS batteries (which, by the way, won’t burn out in the atmosphere for at least two years) and another blame a meteor? Could it have something to do with the Road of Bones? R504 Kolyma Highway is so cold, drivers won’t turn their ignitions off for fear of not being able to start them up again and freezing to death. However, the “Kolyma” in its name refers to a different kind of bones – the bones of those who died in Gulag camps along the Kolyma riverbed. Former Kolyma prisoner Varlam Shalamov wrote of working outside in temperatures as low as -50°C (-58°F) to mine iron ores, radioactive uranium and gold. Gold in Siberia?
“One of the most difficult labor was gold mining – workers had to wash up gold in water, even in the coldest days. They were not fed enough, they didn’t have proper clothes for such frost and their gloves (if they ever had ones) didn’t dry out. They constantly got frostbites and suffered from a range of illnesses, from dystrophy to tuberculosis, which they couldn’t get treatment for.”
As Russia Beyond explains, Russian officials cared more for the materials than the men, so they built more than 3,000 km (1864 miles) of roads, including a more than 2,000 km (1,242 miles) stretch from the city of Magadan to Yakutsk – the ‘Kolyma tract’ that earned its nickname — ‘Road of Bones’ – by taking 20 frigid years to build in order to take minerals out of a Gulag that killed more than more than 125 thousand people while it was in operation.
Is the ‘Just a rocket part from 2009 … nothing to see here … move along’ statement by Russian officials an attempt to hide the shame of the Road of Bones? Perhaps we should thank the UFO for lighting up Ust-Nera. Sadly, there are far too many things in this world we should “never forget.”
The UFO Phenomenon
Man sees ‘UFO emerge from portal’ over UK
What did Gibbons see over Lancashire last month ? Image Credit: sxc.hu
A pensioner from East Lancashire maintains that he saw something very unusual in the sky two weeks ago.
The UK has been home to a great many UFO sightings over the decades and this latest one, which has been described as ‘like something out of a sci-fi movie’, is one of the most intriguing to date.
According to the report, 72-year-old Ian Gibbons from Colne, Lancashire had been looking out of his patio window at around 6:30pm on February 22nd when he spotted something strange in the sky.
“On a good night Mars and Venus can usually be seen from where I live,” he said.
“We’ve got great views out over the countryside, and on this particular night the sky was clear and Venus had just appeared. I’m not into stargazing in a big way, I just like to look out of the window and admire the sky, so I went to the patio and had a look out and all of a sudden this UFO came out of a portal – it was red and orange and circular.”
“I grabbed my binoculars and got a good view of it while it hovered for a few seconds, but in the wink of an eye it shot up into the sky and then sped off towards Skipton.”
As things stand, it remains unclear exactly what the object could have been.
“It definitely wasn’t a plane or someone shining a light – I had a fantastic view of it, it was like something out of a sci-fi movie,” he said.
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Man sees ‘UFO emerge from portal’ over UK
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