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Check 99217's Instagram Anyone been hearing these noises? Residents of Nottingham, England were awoken over the weekend to a mysterious noise which seemed to emanate directly from the sky. The sound occurred throughout the night and early morning hours on May 27 and 28 and could be heard throughout the city center and surrounding suburbs. Mystified townsfolk described the sound as a “roaring” or “whooshing” sound and took to Twitter to express their shock and awe:
It sounds like the war of the worlds in Nottingham at the moment. Unknown catastrophically loud noise every two minutes.
Nottingham local Hayley Compton told the BBC that the noise was similar to a giant flame in the sky:
For the last two mornings, I’ve heard a series of noises outside my house in Wollaton which sounds like a giant blowtorch. We went outside and it was really loud, I looked up into the sky expecting either to see flames or a very close aircraft of some sort.
Nottingham police received dozens of similar reports about the noises but have yet to identify their source. On Reddit’s Nottingham subreddit, users began speculating what the source of the sound might be. Some of the more popular theories included UFOs, (naturally), noises generated by industrial machines at nearby factories, or even a hot air balloon. However, the frequency of the noise and timing would suggest that it’s probably not the latter. 1525818694226439247_2523622912

Anyone been hearing these noises? Residents of Nottingham, England were awoken over the weekend to a mysterious noise which seemed to emanate directly from the sky. The sound occurred throughout the night and early morning hours on May 27 and 28 and could be heard throughout the city center and surrounding suburbs. Mystified townsfolk described the sound as a “roaring” or “whooshing” sound and took to Twitter to express their shock and awe: It sounds like the war of the worlds in Nottingham at the moment. Unknown catastrophically loud noise every two minutes. Nottingham local Hayley Compton told the BBC that the noise was similar to a giant flame in the sky: For the last two mornings, I’ve heard a series of noises outside my house in Wollaton which sounds like a giant blowtorch. We went outside and it was really loud, I looked up into the sky expecting either to see flames or a very close aircraft of some sort. Nottingham police received dozens of similar reports about the noises but have yet to identify their source. On Reddit’s Nottingham subreddit, users began speculating what the source of the sound might be. Some of the more popular theories included UFOs, (naturally), noises generated by industrial machines at nearby factories, or even a hot air balloon. However, the frequency of the noise and timing would suggest that it’s probably not the latter.

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Check 99217's Instagram The future of technology should be interesting.. Using the latest in robotics technology, the city of Dubai has officially put a robotic police officer into active duty to serve and protect.
What could possibly go wrong?
Presented at the Gulf Information Security and Expo Conference last week, the bot has officially begun his duties walking the beat on the mean streets of Dubai. Rolling around on wheels, the 1.7 meter tall robot can identify gestures and hand signals from 1.5 meters away. Armed with the latest in facial recognition software, AI, emotion detector, and other smart technologies, the ‘robocop’ can interact with people, deal with various emotional states, deal with crime reports, and give directions. It can also bow, shake hands, salute, and speak six languages including Arabic and English.
According to Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi, a director with the Dubai Police,
With an aim to assist and help people in the malls or on the streets, the Robocop is the latest smart addition to the force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels.
The robot also has a built in touch screen tablet in his chest. People can make payments for certain public services, report crimes, look at maps, and type in other simple search queries. 1525117159402320191_2523622912

The future of technology should be interesting.. Using the latest in robotics technology, the city of Dubai has officially put a robotic police officer into active duty to serve and protect. What could possibly go wrong? Presented at the Gulf Information Security and Expo Conference last week, the bot has officially begun his duties walking the beat on the mean streets of Dubai. Rolling around on wheels, the 1.7 meter tall robot can identify gestures and hand signals from 1.5 meters away. Armed with the latest in facial recognition software, AI, emotion detector, and other smart technologies, the ‘robocop’ can interact with people, deal with various emotional states, deal with crime reports, and give directions. It can also bow, shake hands, salute, and speak six languages including Arabic and English. According to Brigadier-General Khalid Nasser Al Razzouqi, a director with the Dubai Police, With an aim to assist and help people in the malls or on the streets, the Robocop is the latest smart addition to the force and has been designed to help us fight crime, keep the city safe and improve happiness levels. The robot also has a built in touch screen tablet in his chest. People can make payments for certain public services, report crimes, look at maps, and type in other simple search queries.

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Check 99217's Instagram Astronomers working at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in New Mexico have discovered a mysterious object in the Cygnus A galaxy. Cygnus A is about 800 million light-years from Earth and is one of the strongest sources of radio waves in the known universe. The object was first spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1994, but it was believed to be a cluster of young stars at the time. These most recent observations show that the object has very quickly become “extraordinarily bright,” baffling astronomers as to what its identity might be. Rick Perley, an NRAO astronomer who spotted the luminous anomaly, says that whatever the object is, it lit up to its current brightness relatively recently:
To our surprise, we found a prominent new feature near the galaxy’s nucleus that did not appear in any previous published images. This new feature is bright enough that we definitely would have seen it in the earlier images if nothing had changed. That means it must have turned on sometime between 1996 and now.
There are two leading theories about what the ‘extraordinarily bright’ object might be: one, that it could be a black hole outburst. An outburst is a jet of energy and matter which was lucky enough to be flung away from the gravitational center of a black hole as opposed to pulled into its inescapable grasp. 1524859389952293413_2523622912

Astronomers working at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in New Mexico have discovered a mysterious object in the Cygnus A galaxy. Cygnus A is about 800 million light-years from Earth and is one of the strongest sources of radio waves in the known universe. The object was first spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1994, but it was believed to be a cluster of young stars at the time. These most recent observations show that the object has very quickly become “extraordinarily bright,” baffling astronomers as to what its identity might be. Rick Perley, an NRAO astronomer who spotted the luminous anomaly, says that whatever the object is, it lit up to its current brightness relatively recently: To our surprise, we found a prominent new feature near the galaxy’s nucleus that did not appear in any previous published images. This new feature is bright enough that we definitely would have seen it in the earlier images if nothing had changed. That means it must have turned on sometime between 1996 and now. There are two leading theories about what the ‘extraordinarily bright’ object might be: one, that it could be a black hole outburst. An outburst is a jet of energy and matter which was lucky enough to be flung away from the gravitational center of a black hole as opposed to pulled into its inescapable grasp.

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Check 99217's Instagram Do planets have feelings? Can they hear astronomers talking about them … giving them derogatory names like “rogue” … referring to them as orphans, wandering or starless without knowing anything about their history or how they came to be in the non-solar-system state they seem to be in? A new study of a so-called orphan planet refers to it as “lonely” – could this be why it is suddenly acting like a brown dwarf or a young star? What is the medical term for “anthropomorphism about planets” and is there a treatment? Asking for a friend.
A group of astronomers from the University of Valparaiso and the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, led by Amelia Bayo of Valparaiso, have been using the the ALMA observatory in Chile to study OTS44 — a free-floating planetary-mass object discovered in 1998 and currently located 550 light-years away in the constellation Chamaeleon. OTS44 is approximately 11.5 times the mass of Jupiter and is the smallest and least massive known free-floating planet. On the plus side, it’s one of only four known to have an orbiting disc. However, according to Bayo’s study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, the disc is much different that that of Saturn or other ringed planets, hinting that OTS44 may not be a planet at all. 1522067021863588278_2523622912

Do planets have feelings? Can they hear astronomers talking about them … giving them derogatory names like “rogue” … referring to them as orphans, wandering or starless without knowing anything about their history or how they came to be in the non-solar-system state they seem to be in? A new study of a so-called orphan planet refers to it as “lonely” – could this be why it is suddenly acting like a brown dwarf or a young star? What is the medical term for “anthropomorphism about planets” and is there a treatment? Asking for a friend. A group of astronomers from the University of Valparaiso and the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy, led by Amelia Bayo of Valparaiso, have been using the the ALMA observatory in Chile to study OTS44 — a free-floating planetary-mass object discovered in 1998 and currently located 550 light-years away in the constellation Chamaeleon. OTS44 is approximately 11.5 times the mass of Jupiter and is the smallest and least massive known free-floating planet. On the plus side, it’s one of only four known to have an orbiting disc. However, according to Bayo’s study published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters, the disc is much different that that of Saturn or other ringed planets, hinting that OTS44 may not be a planet at all.

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Check 99217's Instagram Everyday is always a blessing, grateful to live in such a beautiful place 🙏🏼 1519343916187666052_2523622912

Everyday is always a blessing, grateful to live in such a beautiful place 🙏🏼

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Check 99217's Instagram This mornings Waning Gibbous, taken at 5:38am 05-18-17. 1517519563422926342_2523622912

This mornings Waning Gibbous, taken at 5:38am 05-18-17.

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Check 99217's Instagram Waning gibbous this morning, taken at 5:29am 05-16-17. 1516074457427856986_2523622912

Waning gibbous this morning, taken at 5:29am 05-16-17.

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Check 99217's Instagram The search for extraterrestrial life has lately been focused on fast radio bursts (FRBs), short but incredibly powerful spikes in radio signals coming from beyond our own galaxy. While some scientists have optimistically pointed to these as proof of advanced alien civilizations, there are plenty of naturally-occurring astrophysical phenomena which could just as easily create such spikes. However, a recently-discovered FRB seems to defy the explanations astrophysicists typically assign to such anomalous signals. In a new pre-publication study on arXiv.org, an international body of astronomers searched for the usual follow-up signals across radio, optical, X-ray, gamma-ray, and neutrino emission bands. None were found. 1514253228999795703_2523622912

The search for extraterrestrial life has lately been focused on fast radio bursts (FRBs), short but incredibly powerful spikes in radio signals coming from beyond our own galaxy. While some scientists have optimistically pointed to these as proof of advanced alien civilizations, there are plenty of naturally-occurring astrophysical phenomena which could just as easily create such spikes. However, a recently-discovered FRB seems to defy the explanations astrophysicists typically assign to such anomalous signals. In a new pre-publication study on arXiv.org, an international body of astronomers searched for the usual follow-up signals across radio, optical, X-ray, gamma-ray, and neutrino emission bands. None were found.

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Check 99217's Instagram stunning image of a rare phenomenon which some scientists say is a sure sign of the oncoming solar minimum. The solar minimum is a regularly-occurring phase of the solar cycle which marks a low point in solar activity. That means solar flares and sunspots reach their lowest point, causing all sorts of changes to weather patterns and even a decline in auroras. SpaceWeather.com has published NASA’s images of the bizarre-looking blank sun, noting that this is the thirty-first day of a Sun with no spots. The image might look like nothing like a computer-generated yellowish circle, but it is actually a white-light image of the sun. The increasing occurrence of blank sons has some astronomers suspecting that we might even currently be experiencing a solar minimum. Determining the exact dates of a solar minimum can be tricky because identifying a minimum requires a longitudinal study of average solar activity. In other words, we might not know for sure that a solar minimum has occurred until months after it ends. 1513308356402975832_2523622912

stunning image of a rare phenomenon which some scientists say is a sure sign of the oncoming solar minimum. The solar minimum is a regularly-occurring phase of the solar cycle which marks a low point in solar activity. That means solar flares and sunspots reach their lowest point, causing all sorts of changes to weather patterns and even a decline in auroras. SpaceWeather.com has published NASA’s images of the bizarre-looking blank sun, noting that this is the thirty-first day of a Sun with no spots. The image might look like nothing like a computer-generated yellowish circle, but it is actually a white-light image of the sun. The increasing occurrence of blank sons has some astronomers suspecting that we might even currently be experiencing a solar minimum. Determining the exact dates of a solar minimum can be tricky because identifying a minimum requires a longitudinal study of average solar activity. In other words, we might not know for sure that a solar minimum has occurred until months after it ends.

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Check 99217's Instagram full moon from the other night, Taken 7:57pm, 05-10-17. 1513305427310594170_2523622912

full moon from the other night, Taken 7:57pm, 05-10-17.

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Check 99217's Instagram Tonight's waxing gibbous, taken at 10:03pm 05-03-17. 1507143526893539507_2523622912

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Check 99217's Instagram In other news, If you’re tired of the way things are going in the world today and would like to sit it out for a few years, a doctor in Italy has a deal for you. Professor Sergio Canavero, Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, says he will be ready to thaw cryogenically frozen brains and transplant them in donor heads by 2020. The question is, will the rest of us be ready for it? Professor Sergio Canavero. If that name sounds familiar, it may be because he’s the same surgeon who is also planning to perform the first human head transplant by the end of this year. Where does he find the time? In that operation, he’s working with Dr Xiaoping Ren of the Harbin Medical Centre who helped perform the first successful hand transplantation in the US. Canavero had announced that he had a head donor — Russian computer scientist Valery Spiridonov who suffers spinal muscular atrophy -– but Dr. Ren wants to perform the operation in China and believes that the ethnicity of the head should match the body. Since his chances of getting a Russian body in China are slim, Mr. Spiridonov is out of luck for a head transfer. 1505030092160906083_2523622912

In other news, If you’re tired of the way things are going in the world today and would like to sit it out for a few years, a doctor in Italy has a deal for you. Professor Sergio Canavero, Director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, says he will be ready to thaw cryogenically frozen brains and transplant them in donor heads by 2020. The question is, will the rest of us be ready for it? Professor Sergio Canavero. If that name sounds familiar, it may be because he’s the same surgeon who is also planning to perform the first human head transplant by the end of this year. Where does he find the time? In that operation, he’s working with Dr Xiaoping Ren of the Harbin Medical Centre who helped perform the first successful hand transplantation in the US. Canavero had announced that he had a head donor — Russian computer scientist Valery Spiridonov who suffers spinal muscular atrophy -– but Dr. Ren wants to perform the operation in China and believes that the ethnicity of the head should match the body. Since his chances of getting a Russian body in China are slim, Mr. Spiridonov is out of luck for a head transfer.

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Check 99217's Instagram Tonight's Waxing Crescent, taken at 7:12pm 04-30-17. I have to say the waxing crescent is by far my favorite phase of the moon 👌🏼 1504889732017185240_2523622912

Tonight's Waxing Crescent, taken at 7:12pm 04-30-17. I have to say the waxing crescent is by far my favorite phase of the moon 👌🏼

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Check 99217's Instagram Lovely waxing crescent tonight, taken at 8:06pm 04-29-17. 1504191422134711786_2523622912

Lovely waxing crescent tonight, taken at 8:06pm 04-29-17.

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Check 99217's Instagram A recent survey of the ocean floor surrounding Antarctic and Arctic sea ice has revealed stunning images of strange swirling patterns and meandering lines. Some of the lines appear to be arranged in parallel patterns or concentric rings which stretch for dozens of kilometers across the sea floor. The survey was conducted by the British Antarctic Survey, a group of marine geologists and glaciologists who have been compiling an atlas of underwater glacial formations and landforms. To capture these 3D images, special research vessels equipped with echo-sounding sensors made a careful sweep of the seafloor much in the same way satellites compile the images that make up Google Earth and other 3D atlases. In a presentation given at the 2017 European Geosciences Union conference in Vienna, the researchers behind the discovery of these strange lines assure there is a reasonable scientific explanation for them. According to Kelly Hogan, a marine geophysicist with the British Antarctic Survey, the strange lines are essentially the ‘fingerprints’ left by the bottoms glaciers and other formations of ice as they slowly scraped across what is now the sea bottom. Many of these lines took tens of thousands of years to carve out while glaciers contracted or expanded due to climate shifts:
It’s a huge achievement to bring together all these images in a way that will enable us to interpret the polar seafloor landscape like never before. And it’s a beautiful representation of what the seafloor can tell us about the past, much like a tree ring. 1501731966935177521_2523622912

A recent survey of the ocean floor surrounding Antarctic and Arctic sea ice has revealed stunning images of strange swirling patterns and meandering lines. Some of the lines appear to be arranged in parallel patterns or concentric rings which stretch for dozens of kilometers across the sea floor. The survey was conducted by the British Antarctic Survey, a group of marine geologists and glaciologists who have been compiling an atlas of underwater glacial formations and landforms. To capture these 3D images, special research vessels equipped with echo-sounding sensors made a careful sweep of the seafloor much in the same way satellites compile the images that make up Google Earth and other 3D atlases. In a presentation given at the 2017 European Geosciences Union conference in Vienna, the researchers behind the discovery of these strange lines assure there is a reasonable scientific explanation for them. According to Kelly Hogan, a marine geophysicist with the British Antarctic Survey, the strange lines are essentially the ‘fingerprints’ left by the bottoms glaciers and other formations of ice as they slowly scraped across what is now the sea bottom. Many of these lines took tens of thousands of years to carve out while glaciers contracted or expanded due to climate shifts: It’s a huge achievement to bring together all these images in a way that will enable us to interpret the polar seafloor landscape like never before. And it’s a beautiful representation of what the seafloor can tell us about the past, much like a tree ring.

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Check 99217's Instagram One fascinating idea that has come to be a fixture of science fiction and fantasy is the idea of other universes and realities other than our own, new worlds existing side by side with us and even harboring other versions of ourselves. Yet is this all mere science fiction or is there something more to it? Since as long as the idea of a multiverse has been around there have been those who have sought to find some way to prove that these alternate realities exist, looking for clues and hints that they could indeed be real. Ranging from the surreal and the bizarre to the more scientifically plausible, these pieces of supposed evidence and the methods used to search for them cover a wide spectrum, and show that there is a strong desire for us to reach out into the unknown and make sense of the possible reality of alternate, parallel universes and realities. Let’s take a curious, intriguing, and often downright weird look at the quest to prove a multiverse.
One of the more bizarre and controversial pieces of supposed evidence put forward for the existence of alternate realities is a phenomenon known as the Mandela Effect, of which I have touched on here at Mysterious Universe before, which involves a mass misremembering of the same facts or details by a large number of people. The theory has its origins in 2010 with a paranormal researcher named Fiona Broome, when she found that a fact she clearly remembered seeing on the news, that Nelson Mandela had died in prison in the 1980s, was actually wrong and that he in fact was still alive at the time, indeed living until 2013, when he died from a respiratory illness at his home. This perplexed her, as she so vividly and clearly remembered his death in the 80s, and when she voiced this puzzlement online there was a deluge of others who seemed to share this memory of the same thing, claiming that they clearly recalled seeing it on the news, could envision the reports, and even that they had been taught about it at school. 1499867146459903857_2523622912

One fascinating idea that has come to be a fixture of science fiction and fantasy is the idea of other universes and realities other than our own, new worlds existing side by side with us and even harboring other versions of ourselves. Yet is this all mere science fiction or is there something more to it? Since as long as the idea of a multiverse has been around there have been those who have sought to find some way to prove that these alternate realities exist, looking for clues and hints that they could indeed be real. Ranging from the surreal and the bizarre to the more scientifically plausible, these pieces of supposed evidence and the methods used to search for them cover a wide spectrum, and show that there is a strong desire for us to reach out into the unknown and make sense of the possible reality of alternate, parallel universes and realities. Let’s take a curious, intriguing, and often downright weird look at the quest to prove a multiverse. One of the more bizarre and controversial pieces of supposed evidence put forward for the existence of alternate realities is a phenomenon known as the Mandela Effect, of which I have touched on here at Mysterious Universe before, which involves a mass misremembering of the same facts or details by a large number of people. The theory has its origins in 2010 with a paranormal researcher named Fiona Broome, when she found that a fact she clearly remembered seeing on the news, that Nelson Mandela had died in prison in the 1980s, was actually wrong and that he in fact was still alive at the time, indeed living until 2013, when he died from a respiratory illness at his home. This perplexed her, as she so vividly and clearly remembered his death in the 80s, and when she voiced this puzzlement online there was a deluge of others who seemed to share this memory of the same thing, claiming that they clearly recalled seeing it on the news, could envision the reports, and even that they had been taught about it at school.

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Check 99217's Instagram This mornings waning gibbous, taken at 6:49am 04-19-17. 1496543107087605961_2523622912

This mornings waning gibbous, taken at 6:49am 04-19-17.

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Check 99217's Instagram Tonight's waning gibbous, taken at 12:31am 04-17-17. 1494902064609074338_2523622912

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Check 99217's Instagram This mornings waning gibbous, taken at 6:49am 04-14-17. 1492940058217909060_2523622912

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Check 99217's Instagram The most famous and mysterious red dot in the history of humans and the planets that they can see so far just got a mysterious new neighbor. The Great Red Spot – discovered in the mid 1600s and confirmed by Voyager 2 to be an anticyclonic, high pressure storm twice the size of Earth – has been joined by the Great Cold Spot – a frigid area nearly as big as Big Red but not as reliable.
Tom Stallard, a planetary astronomer at the University of Leicester and lead author of a new study on the Great Cold Spot published in Geophysical Research Letters, says the spot was detected by astronomers using the Very Large Telescope in Chile and confirmed using 15 years worth of observations from another telescope. That data shows the Great Cold Spot being as stationary in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere as the Great Red Spot, but unlike Red it disappears occasionally, only to return eventually in the same location. 1492236199438767155_2523622912

The most famous and mysterious red dot in the history of humans and the planets that they can see so far just got a mysterious new neighbor. The Great Red Spot – discovered in the mid 1600s and confirmed by Voyager 2 to be an anticyclonic, high pressure storm twice the size of Earth – has been joined by the Great Cold Spot – a frigid area nearly as big as Big Red but not as reliable. Tom Stallard, a planetary astronomer at the University of Leicester and lead author of a new study on the Great Cold Spot published in Geophysical Research Letters, says the spot was detected by astronomers using the Very Large Telescope in Chile and confirmed using 15 years worth of observations from another telescope. That data shows the Great Cold Spot being as stationary in Jupiter’s upper atmosphere as the Great Red Spot, but unlike Red it disappears occasionally, only to return eventually in the same location.

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