Monday, April 21, 2014

FIRE IN THE SKY: Comet Fragment - Unidentified Flaming Object Seen Over Ibiza, Spain?! [VIDEO]

April 21, 2014 - SPAIN - The appearance of some kind of body in flames went across the sky of Ibiza last Wednesday evening, created all kinds of speculation on the island. From a possible large meteor to the launch of a missile or rocket, several ideas were shuffled between astronomers and space enthusiasts since the video recording was released by IB3 yesterday.

The events began on Wednesday about seven thirty in the afternoon, when a free-lance camera man, Eduardo de Miguel, who was in the area of Country Club (municipality of Sant Josep ) noticed something unusual in the sky. He grabbed his camera and was able to capture in perfect condition almost three minutes footage of this strange object, following the path West, i.e. towards Sant Antoni. As seen in the video (visible in ) , the body appears as a white ball of flames which looks like a typical meteorite or comet.

Members of the Astronomical Association in Eivissa (EPA ) quickly said that it could be a meteorite ( the apex body seems to be right ). This newspaper sought information from the Ministry of Defense and after the video was examined by the department from the Air Force an official spokesman denied that could be a rocket, missile or military vehicle and considered that it is most certainly a piece of "space junk". In particular, it would be a piece (not necessarily small) a section of a spaceship or rocket, after being in orbit, and then it had re-entered the atmosphere on Wednesday. When this happens, objects catching fire by friction with the air, developing a trail of flames and smoke.

WATCH: Cometary fragment over Ibiza?


However, this explanation did not go well yesterday afternoon to Ibiza astronomers who have submitted all the data to a network of observatories dedicated to the study of meteorites and other bodies admitted to the atmosphere. The Cala d' Hort Telescope (TCH ) also captured the phenomenon who is a member of the AAE Ignacio de la Cueva. Apparently, the object came from the south and made a change of direction and that could only be explained if it was self-propelled. In fact, the video shows Eduardo de Miguel shooting westward, which shows changes from the initial trajectory.

Therefore, it is hoped that other Spanish observatories have detected the object in order to perform a triangulation of the position to find the size, height and location of possible fall. With the current shortage of data, it could have gone to Valencia or the Atlantic, as well as wide range of other areas because the lack of information .

All ideas remain open, which has led to well-known national radio programs devoted to the paranormal were interested in the matter yesterday. For now, this is a UFO(Unidentified Flying Object). - Ibiza Holidays.

EXTREME WEATHER: Massive Avalanche Claims 13 Lives On Mount Everest, Nepal - Three Are Still Missing!

April 21, 2014 - MOUNT EVEREST, NEPAL - At least 13 are dead and three are still missing after an avalanche cascaded down a climbing route on Mount Everest early on Friday morning.

In this Oct. 27, 2011 file photo, the last light of the day sets on Mount Everest as it rises behind
Mount Nuptse as seen from Tengboche, in the Himalaya's Khumbu region, Nepal.
Associated Press/Kevin Frayer

The death toll from the avalanche rose to 13 on Saturday after search teams recovered another body.

All of the deceased were Nepalese guides prepping ropes for climbers near Camp 2 on the mountain, according to the Associated Press.

Camp 2 is positioned at 21,000 feet, but the freezing level at the time of the avalanche was just above the base camp, Meteorologist Courtney Spamer said.

"With the freezing level below the avalanche point, it was still freezing where the avalanche occurred, so the surface warmth likely did not cause the avalanche in this case," Spamer said.

With the freezing level rising at this time of year, avalanches are more likely during this time period. However, at the time of the avalanche there was some fog in the area, but winds were calm.

"Usually what contributes to avalanches are unstable layers of snow, usually a bottom layer that has been melted some and then refrozen with a fresh snowpack coming on top of it," Western Weather Expert Ken Clark said. "Think of the bottom layer being like a teflon pan and the top layer your eggs."

With the official climbing season beginning next month, hundreds of climbers have already gathered at base camp to prepare for the 29,035-foot trek, AP stated. Those at the base camp rushed to help after the avalanche subsided.

As the search continues for the three Sherpas still missing, this event will become the deadliest single avalanche to date. The only other year with more deaths was in 1996 when 15 people died on the mountain, but those deaths were over the course of the entire climbing season, according to Everest In 1996, eight people died in one avalanche event, but the others were spread out through the season.

Every year people die attempting to climb the world's highest mountain, as of May 2013 approximately 240 people in total have died on the mountain, according to the History channel.

Earlier in the year, Nepal announced that dispatch officials and security personnel would be stationed at the base camp throughout the spring climbing season to aid in speeding up rescue operations. - AccuWeather.

DISASTER PRECURSORS: The Latest Incidents Of Strange Animal Behavior - Rare Arctic Bowhead Whale Seen In Cape Cod Bay, Only The Second In Recorded History; 40-Foot Gray Whale Washes Up On Oregon Coast; And Whale Found Dead In Port Elizabeth Harbor To Be Brought To New Jersey City For Necropsy?!

April 21, 2014 - ANIMAL BEHAVIOR - The following constitutes the latest incidents of rare sightings, beaching, and stranding of animals across the globe.

40-Foot Gray Whale Washes Up On Oregon Coast
A dead gray whale washed ashore on the Oregon Coast on Tuesday.Matt Fletcher

A dead, decomposing 40-foot gray whale washed ashore in the Oregon Coast town of Seaside on Tuesday morning, and marine experts advise staying away from the massive carcass because it's "really nasty."

Keith Chandler, a marine mammal expert from the Seaside Aquarium, said the whale has been dead for "quite some time."

"It's really smelly. We're quite a ways from it and I can smell the whale," Chandler said.

Dr. Debbie Duffield from Portland State University will collect samples on the dead whale and try to determine its cause of death.

WATCH:  40-foot whale washes ashore on Oregon Coast.


Once marine experts have finished collecting all the data they need, the city of Seaside will likely bury the whale. Chandler said it will be a challenge.

"It's a big animal. It's kind of hard to move these guys sometimes without them kind of busting up," Chandler said. "We've always had great help from the city of Seaside when it comes to this."

Chandler advises keeping your dogs on a leash while at the beach in Seaside, mainly because dealing with your dog after it rolls around in a dead whale would be a "horrible way to spend your vacation." People should keep their distance, too.

"Don't try to mess with it," Chandler said. "It's really a nasty, smelly thing. I don't think you want to smell like this whale." - The New Jersey Journal.

Rare Arctic Bowhead Whale Seen In Cape Cod Bay, Only The Second In Recorded History
A bowhead whale was spotted feeding with right whales in Cape Cod Bay last week.
Experts call the sighting rare and remarkable.

It is a remarkable sighting, according to experts from the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) in Provincetown. Last Friday marks only the second time in recorded history that a bowhead whale has been seen so far south in the waters of the Atlantic. The whale was spotted swimming and feeding with right whales on Cape Cod Bay on April 11, according to a CCS release.

The first time a bowhead was spotted in our waters was two years ago, when one was observed by CCS researchers off the Outer Beach in Orleans in August 2012.

"This is yet another remarkable sighting in what has been a remarkable several years in our studies of Cape Cod Bay, said Dr. Charles "Stormy" Mayo, Director of the Center for Coastal Studies Right Whale Research program.

"Two years ago we saw our first bowhead, an animal that should be 1000 miles from Cape Cod, then last year we saw the first calving of a right whale in Cape Cod waters, and now we have a bowhead again here, this time feeding with right whales. These observations along with extraordinary number of rare right whales in Cape Cod Bay seem to be pointing to profound changes in the coastal habitat, to which the whales are responding," Mayo continued.

An aerial survey team from CCS spotted the bowhead last Friday feeding with right whales in the bay. It's a popular time for right whales to be on Cape Cod Bay where they are feasting on abundant zooplankton. A day after the bowhead was spotted, the state released a warning to boaters asking them to slow down and be on the look out for right whales in an effort to avoid collisions with the feeding beasts.

A relative of the right whale, bowheads have thicker blubber best suited for the arctic waters they typically inhabit. They can swim for 35 minutes under water--even under ice--and use their large skulls to break through the ice to create breathing holes, according to CCS.

The aerial survey will be out over Cape Cod Bay again today, CCS said. - Cape Cod Today.

Whale Found Dead In Port Elizabeth Harbor To Be Brought To New Jersey City For Necropsy
A whale that was found dead in New York Harbor was transported to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
facility at Caven Point Marine Terminal in Jersey City where marine veterinarians performed
a necropsy to find out the cause of death, on April 16, 2014.
Reena Rose Sibayan/The Jersey Journal

A 30- to 35-foot whale found dead in the water in the area of Port Elizabeth will be brought to Caven Point Terminal in Jersey City tomorrow where a necropsy will be performed, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers said.

The Army Corps of Engineers was notified on Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that the dead whale had been spotted, Corps spokesman Chris Gardner said today. The Corps has lashed the whale to one of its barges used to collect drifting debris in the harbor in order to keep the whale from disrupting ships' navigation, Gardner said.

Gardner said the whale will either be towed or lifted by a drift collection vessel and brought to Jersey City where it will be placed on land for the necropsy. He said he did know what type of whale it is but said officials have it narrowed down to several possible species.

The spokesman said he did not know if the whale had any visible signs of injury such as from a boat propeller and said that will be determined tomorrow. Gardner said the whale was not brought ashore today due to the rainy weather because the necropsy will be performed outdoors. Moving the whale tomorrow will be contingent on the weather as well.

Necropsy is another word for autopsy and is used with reference to animals. - The New Jersey Journal.

FIRE IN THE SKY: Meteorite Lit Up The Sky Over Juarez, Mexico!

April 21, 2014 - MEXICO The phenomenon was discussed in social networks and subsequently confirmed by witnesses of the neighboring area and Juarez city.

© Juarense Astronomical Society

The Juarense Astronomical Society, through its website at Facebook, confirmed "we were able to capture on camera an intense light caused by a large meteorite that crossed the sky in Ciudad Juarez on Saturday night, April 12."

They added: "Usually, when an intense stream of light is observed through the night sky, it is a clear indication that this is a meteorite from outer space. These are objects are the size of a basketball. Upon entering our atmosphere, they burn from the tremendous force of air friction from traveling more than 60,000 miles per hour.

The stella changes color as it crosses different temperature zones, and usually, if the sky is clear and dark, the stella registers the seven colors of the rainbow. When the stella is no longer seen, there may be two causes: either the fireball has disintegrated completely, or due to cooling, the object has turned off and finally hit the ground, making the bolide in what we call a meteorite."

The explanation is also accompanied by a picture capturing the meteorite's passage.

The same version was confirmed by the National Weather Service in Santa Teresa , New Mexico. - Norte Digital. [Translated]