Google+ Good news, doomsday preppers: the high strangeness and military mysteries surrounding the “former” Soviet Union continue to develop. Several Russian social media users and news outlets caught dozens of photos of a mysterious, terrifying glow cloud which was visible all across Siberia on the evening of October 26th. While some eyewitnesses thought the orb had a supernatural origin, it turns out the explanation is a lot more terrifying. In Soviet Russia, glow could sees you. Credit: Alexey Yakovlev In all of the photos and eyewitness reports, the cloud appears to be a large luminous ball in the sky , sometimes blue, sometimes green. The cloud dissipated after several minutes into a wispy arc in the sky, but left terror in the minds of those who saw it. Siberian photographer Sergey Anisimov was out photographing auroras when he caught several dazzling images of the strange glowing orb: At first I was taken aback for a few minutes, not understanding what was happening. The glowing ball rose from behind the trees and moved in my direction. My first thought was about the most powerful searchlight, but the speed of changing everything around changed the idea of what was happening. Witnesses reported a feeling of dread upon seeing the glow cloud, and believed the orb could be a harbinger of the end times, a gap in the spacetime continuum, a UFO, or some sort of supernatural apparition. Sure looks like doomsday to me. It turns out, at least according to the Russian defense ministry, that the glow cloud was some sort of discharge from a test of Russia’s new “Satan 2” missile. Because if you’re going to develop a new nuclear missile capable of blowing up the world, you might was well name it after the Dark Lord of the Underworld. Just exactly how a missile left such a strange apparition in the sky is unknown. As nuclear tensions continue to rise around the world, Russia and many other of the world’s nuclear superpowers continue to develop and test new weapons which raise the bar in terms of terror and destructiveness. Russian state news claims the Satan 2 missile, which carries multiple warheads, is capable of obliterating an area the size of France . Or Texas, depending on what kind of mood Russia’s in. As the new nuclear space race ramps up, expect more sights like this one. Credit: Alexey Yakovlev Because, you know, it’s not enough to be able to destroy the entire world and bring humanity to a crashing halt. No, you’ve got to be able to do it several times over and ensure nothing other than irradiated supermutant cockroaches will walk the Earth for millions of years. That’s how you know we’re making progress. That’s how you know you’re in charge. See me now, daddy? Now I have the nuclear codes! Still think I’ll never amount to anything? Brett Tingley is a writer and musician living in the ancient Appalachian mountains. You can follow Brett on
Friday, October 27 2017
Google+ It sounds like a great name for a band or a bizarre Halloween game, but if someone at the party invites you to play Dance With The Corpses, the hot dance craze from Madagascar, excuse yourself and go back to bobbing for apples, where the worst thing you can catch is a cold or a minor STD. As the news from Madagascar warns, dancing with the corpses can lead to the the plague, which can lead to becoming a corpse yourself, which can lead to dancing with live people, which can lead to … you get the idea. In Madagascar, dancing with corpses is actually an annual religious ritual known as “famadihana” (Didn’t she win Season 3 of American Idol?). Practiced by the Malagasy people, it means “turning of the bones” and involves taking remains from family crypts, rewrapping the bodies in fresh burial cloths and then honoring the dead by dancing with the corpses around the tomb to traditional music played by live musicians. It’s actually a recent practice for the Malagasy that resembles practices honoring the dead in other cultures and is based on the belief that a person doesn’t enter the afterlife until their body has decomposed completely. Famadihana is well-organized and well-attended (New Straits Times) However, this year’s famadihana may also be adding to the corpse total. According to the New Straits Times , a dramatic increase in what is already the worst outbreak of the plague (in this case, the pneumonic plague – a severe lung infection caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis that some experts believe is harder to control that the bubonic plague) ever in Madagascar is being blamed on famadihana ceremonies which are held from July to October. “If a person dies of pneumonic plague and is then interred in a tomb that is subsequently opened for a famadihana, the bacteria can still be transmitted and contaminate whoever handles the body.” Madagascar’s Health Ministry chief of staff Willy Randriamarotia says the country has seen more than 1,100 cases of the plague since August, resulting in at least 124 deaths. In an attempt to combat its spread by famadihana, plague victims are required to be buried in unmarked unopenable crypts. Needless to say, that hasn’t deterred grieving families. Helene Raveloharisoa was a participant again this year: “I don’t want to imagine the dead like forgotten objects. They gave us life. I will always practice the turning of the bones of my ancestors – plague or no plague. The plague is a lie.” Proving that conspiracy theories are universal, Josephine Ralisiarisoa blames the government: “The government in power is short of money for the next presidential poll (in 2018), so they invent things to get cash from lenders. I have participated in at least 15 famadihana ceremonies in my life. And I’ve never caught the plague.” She may have reason to be suspicious. While the United Nations has budgeted $9.5 million in plague aid, a local official claims only 26 percent of it has been received. Is this a conspiracy based on the classic conflict between government and religion? Is it sacred, ironic or just plain foolish to risk death to honor the dead? While pondering those questions, enjoy a selection from one of my favorite bands, Dead Can Dance. Tags Conspiracy disease famadihana Madagascar plague religion Paul Seaburn Paul Seaburn is one of the most prolific writers at Mysterious Universe. He’s written for TV shows such as "The Tonight Show", "Politically Incorrect" and an award-winning children’s program. He's been published in “The New York Times" and "Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humor. Paul likes to add a bit of humor to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn't always have to be serious. You can follow Paul on and Join Plus+ for $9 a month to access bonus podcasts & premium content!
SETIQuest Info, the SETI Institute's website for its Allen Telescope Array has the following Observer Note for October 30-- "Calibrating to observe A/2017 U1, the mysterious object that has entered the solar system." The Allen Telescope Array is a radio telescope array in northern California, intended to search for signs of Extraterrestrial Intelligence. Please find a link to the website, below: http://www.setiquest.info
It extends to at least 0.8 light years possibly further. I don't really know, but I suppose it is possible. However if these comets were not in orbit around a star then they would drift of. In the more than 4 billion years since the sun was formed it's sibling stars have drifted far away from each other. Any other object formed from that cloud would do the same.
And they still haven't, Sorry, but you don't know this one thing at all. Do you really believe that simply by looking at a picture YOU can determine that an object is displaying Kepler's Laws when the worlds best astronomers with access to some of the most powerful computers on Earth can see no such thing? There is no "up and down" There is no "PING/BOUNCE". There is merely a hyperbolic trajectory. It only appears to be coming "down" because maps traditionally put the north at the top. It would be just as valid to put south at the top and have the comet/asteroid appearing to come up. It is th... [More]
Thanks for your clarifications, Waspie Dwarf. A rock from outside the solar system, that is exciting stuff. What mysteries it must hold.
Effect of gravity, not the effect of some literal collisions which alter orbits of bodies.
SETIQuest info reports that A/2017 U1, the hyperbolic object that has entered our solar system, will be observed again tonight at the Allen Telescope Array, in the radio range of 1 to 2 GigaHertz. Since asteroids are not known sources of radio waves, it appears that they may be considering the possibility that the object is something else altogether.
The graphic is showing the object being 'pulled' around the Sun by the Sun's gravity, not an impact and bounce.
Friday, October 27 2017
Sounds like we found Mercury's BIG brother. Titanium dioxide is also used in paints for opacity and brightness. It's in many other types of coatings and is used in paper for opacity as in paints.
Friday, October 27 2017
News reportrs should report this as a stupid stunt, no wonder people keep doing stupider stuff everyday for 1m of fame
Government of Andhra Pradesh: Agriculture Department – Budget Estimate 2017-18 – Budget Release Order for Rs. 1,48,50,000/- (Rupees One crore Forty eight lakhs Fifty thousands only) – Administrative SanctionMonday, February 19 2018