Tuesday, May 31, 2011
A midnight eclipse is possible if you live in a region at the time of year when the sun does not set, it sounds like a contradiction but an eclipse could occur at any hour. The picture at left shows a midnight eclipse taken from northern Sweden on July 31, 2000. A Space Daily article by NASA writer Tony Phillips reports the greatest eclipse occurs on June 1st at 21:16 Universal Time, "...an eclipse of magnitude 0.601 will be visible from the Arctic coast of western Siberia as the midnight sun skirts the northern horizon." Tomorrow's eclipse will be twice as deep as the one pictured, but many believe will enhance any picture potential with the promise of "...a crescent, surrounded by the red and orange hues of a sunset sky." Phillip's original article at the NASA website is available here. I can't wait to see the pix!
Monday, May 30, 2011
Memorial weekend italiano extraterrestre stravaganza concludes with the Friendship Case. Il Caso Amicizia comes to light with publication of a book "Mass Contacts" by Stefano Breccia and covered in a 2009 Michael Salla article. The exotic story spans from the mid-fifties to the late seventies and a highly regarded UFO encounter. The story includes telepathy, teleportation, underground and underwater bases, yet remains credible with "... the testimony of Bruno Sammaciccia, a highly qualified Italian scholar with degrees in psychology and psychiatry, and author of 160 books. Sammaciccia’s testimony contains his claims of direct physical contact with extraterrestrials over several decades." Sammaciccia and two friends first encounter two human-looking aliens in April 1956 after an old map took them to a castle near Rocca Pia, Italy. The aliens, although human in appearance, differed markedly in size from Earth inhabitants, one three feet and the other nine feet in height. The encounter marked a beginning in a long relationship between the aliens, who are collectively known as W56 and the close knit circle of Italians, who know and aid them.
Sunday, May 29, 2011
A memorial weekend italiano extraterrestre stravaganza provided for your pleasure! Let's go Space Truckin'. First, the amazing Judica Cordiglia brothers who tracked radio transmissions of early space missions. In the late fifties, Achille and Giovanni set up an amateur tracking station just outside Turin, Italy in a former convalescent home at a place they called Torre Bert. Soviet secrecy inspired the two to seek out their communications. Turin, in Northern Italy, made Soviets the program of choice, since launches in the Caucasus flew over them. The brothers soon realized the need for additional help to make their station work. Maria Theresa, a sister, learned Russian to become their interpreter. Giovanni's fiancee, Laura Furbatto, became organizer of a worldwide network of amateur tracking stations: the Zeus Network.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
from usa today: Hackers launched a "significant and tenacious" cyberattack on Lockheed Martin, a major defense contractor holding highly sensitive information, but its secrets remained safe, the company said Saturday. Lockheed Martin, the Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon confirmed that the contractor's information systems had come under attack. Lt. Col. April Cunningham, speaking for the Defense Department, said the impact on the Pentagon "is minimal and we don't expect any adverse effect." Still, the concerted attempt to breach the contractor's systems underscored the risk to the nation's critical defense data. Chris Ortman, Homeland Security spokesman, said his agency and the Pentagon were working with the company to determine the breadth of the attack and "provide recommendations to mitigate further risk." Lockheed Martin said in a statement that it detected the May 21 attack "almost immediately" and took countermeasures. As a result, "our systems remain secure; no customer, program or employee personal data has been compromised." The company's security team is still working to restore employee access to the targeted network. Neither Lockheed Martin nor the federal agencies revealed specifics of the attack.