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The Chelyabinsk Meteor: Separating Fact From Fiction

Almost as soon as footage of this extraordinary event hit the internet, so too did the conspiracy theories…
“This has all the earmarks of a false flag event.” “It wasn’t a meteor at all, it was a secret weapons test.” “I think it was a top secret satellite crashing back to earth.” “The meteor was 10 times lower than what we’ve been told, that town should have been vaporized!”
Everyone please take a deep breath and calm down. This was an unprecedented event to be sure, but nothing more or less than a meteor strike, albeit a rather large one.

Just the Facts, Please

NASA, NORAD and the Russian Federal Space Agency have all verified the facts and figures of this meteor: it was approximately 56 feet in diameter and weighed around 10,000 tons–likely a nickle-iron meteorite with an extremely high density. This meteor and it’s effects–by the numbers–makes perfect scientific sense. The physical effects of a 500 kiloton blast at 90,000 feet would look and feel exactly as it did. It seemed lower than it was in the video because it was so intensely burning. The size of the pocket of superheated, ionized gas around the shock boundary was many times larger than the object itself. The human eye simply wouldn’t be able to detect an object 56′ in diameter (stationary or moving) at 90,000 feet, but something burning up at potentially Mach 57 (44,000 mph) is quite another story. Even if the actual entry speed turned out to be half that speed, it’s still devastatingly fast.

Why Didn’t a Blast 30x Larger Than Hiroshima Vaporize Everything?

Take a look at footage from “Operation Grapple X” where the UK detonated a series of hydrogen bombs over Christmas Island in the late 1950′s. Grapple X mk2 was 1.8 megatons detonated at only 8,000 feet (asl) over land and within 20 miles of 1,200 troops standing out in the open. They were hit with a shock wave that knocked a few people off their feet accompanied by an earth shattering bang (as you can see and hear in the footage). There was naturally some damage to structures on the island directly beneath the blast, but nothing was leveled or vaporized, and we’re talking about a blast 3 times larger and 8x lower in altitude than this meteor was. Keep in mind that this meteor was also traveling at an extraordinary speed, so the shock wave is actually conical as it’s impacting the ground. Even the initial largest blast wave would still be affected by the forward momentum of the object. The Tunguska shock wave was later found to have impacted the ground in the shape of a butterfly due to it’s angle of trajectory.

An animation of the meteor’s trajectory and breakup has been produced, courtesy of Analytical Graphics, and it recently came to light that Meteosat-9 also managed to capture the atmospheric explosion from space. A joint venture of the European Space Agency and the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites Meteosat-9 was launched in 2005 to keep watch on Earth’s weather from space. The satellite also took video of the fireball.

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Stefan Greens over at put together a fantastic reconstruction of the path of the meteor using Google Earth, YouTube and high-school math. He even used light shadows from the streetlamp poles in Revolution Square to back-trace the trajectory. I highly recommend checking out the article.

Could it Have Been a Satellite?

There is absolutely no way this was a satellite or man-made object because of two very important factors:
1) Mass. The largest satellite in orbit (aside from the Hubble) is the NRO’s L-32 spysat which tips the scales at 5,200 kg or 5.5 tons (estimated). Even the International Space Station (440 tons) doesn’t come anywhere close to matching the sheer density of this meteor. Besides, if something we put in orbit was going to catastrophically deorbit above Russia, I’m pretty certain everyone would be warned ahead of time. Mistakes like that start world wars. Interestingly, there seems to be some discrepancy over the actual weight of this bolide. Russian scientists say the meteor weighed about 10 tons before it entered the Earth’s atmosphere, and broke apart 30–50 km (20–30 miles) above ground level. NASA estimated the diameter of the bolide at about 17 meters and its mass at about 10,000 tons. Since NASA likely had input from other sources–namely NORAD–I’ll stick with their estimation for the time being, but it’s still open to debate as far as I’m concerned. Looking at the relative visual sizes of these objects it wouldn’t seem like you could cram the entire density of a warship into an object exponentially smaller, but it’s entirely possible when you’re talking about an iron-nickel meteor. Have you ever picked up a baseball-sized meteor and held it in your hand? I have, and it was deceivingly, freakishly heavy.

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2) Velocity. A satellite re-entering the atmosphere would do so from orbital velocity which is about one-quarter of the speed at which this meteor was traveling, nor would there be a massive explosion and concussive shock wave like this. That blast was from the sheer density of the object. It may have only been 56 feet in diameter, but it weighed more than a Ticonderoga class missile cruiser! When you put size and density into perspective it’s easy to see how a 10,000 ton rock hurtling through the atmosphere at 44,000 mph could result in a 500 kiloton blast.

Finally, there were actual pieces of the rock that impacted earth along with evidence of those impact points, one of which was in a nearby frozen lake. Russian authorities have already begun the hunt to find any remaining fragments of the meteor, which are extremely valuable not only to scientific study, but from a monetary standpoint as well.
For the sake of contrast, here’s footage of a Russian military communications satellite Meridian-5 deorbiting over the city of Novosibirsk after a failed launch attempt (note the speed):

But it Looked So Much Lower to the Ground in the Videos!

The visual evidence we have to go on is based upon Russian dashcams and security camera footage, which are mediocre at best, but can still provide us with some valuable data. For instance, the speed can be fairly accurately measured based upon it’s transit speed across the sky and height relative to the ground. In the video footage it certainly seems to be much closer to the ground than 90,000 feet, but it’s quite deceiving because of the sheer intensity of the burn. We also know it’s relative altitude based upon the time it took for the sound of the shockwave to reach the ground, which was just over a minute. Sound (at sea level) travels at approximately 1,115 feet per second. Based upon, let’s say 80 seconds, well that works out to 89,200 feet. In the grand scheme of things, that’s not very high at all.

To put things into perspective, the Tunguska event–which was most likely a comet fragment–exploded only 6 miles (31,000 feet) above ground level with the force of nearly 30 megatons and as we know that blast knocked down an estimated 80 million trees over an area covering 2,150 square kilometres (830 square miles). It is estimated that the shock wave from the blast would have measured 5.0 on the Richter scale. To see an excellent visual representation of what this event may have looked like, check out Don Davis’ 100th anniversary commemorative illustration here. An explosion of this magnitude is capable of destroying a large metropolitan area. If the Chelyabinsk meteor had exploded at that height we would have certainly seen much more widespread damage and likely more fragments actually impacting the ground.

If it Looks, Sounds and Acts Like a Meteor–It’s Probably a Meteor

I think this was just what it was–a meteor strike over a populated area. Nothing more, nothing less. There are an estimated 5-10 meteors of this size which strike Earth every couple months but the vast majority of them are over oceans or polar regions where they go unnoticed by the population. I find it quite extraordinary to have actually witnessed something like this in our lifetime.
There will always be extraordinary conspiracy theories surrounding extraordinary natural events, but they also require extraordinary evidence to back them up. This wasn’t a wayward UFO, it wasn’t a military experiment gone awry, nor was it one of the Decepticons coming from the dark side of the moon. Chelyabinsk will go down in the history books as one of the most well documented cases of a meteor strike on record and we should all be thrilled to have seen such an astronomical treat as it unfolded in real time.
Agent K


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Sprites: Mysterious inhabitants of the Earth’s ionosphere

Sprite, “The mysterious inhabitant of the earth’s ionosphere,” as cryptozoologists respectfully call it, is a ball of fire, a flash, a spot of light that sometimes, successful observers succeed in capturing when observing the sky.

The spot makes strange chaotic movements, dances, draws strange geometric shapes in the sky, and then disappears as instantly as it appears.

Ufologists consider sprites, of course, alien ships, and cryptozoologists, an amazing creature whose body consists of some energy that can exist in both three and four dimensions. Sprites are also called “tigers,” “elves,” and “blue jets.”

They belong to the spirits of the elements, who care about human affairs. Therefore, from the point of view of the most mystically minded cryptozoologists, the appearance of a sprite is a signal that something extraordinary can happen to the observer in the near future – both bad and good. Here and in ancient sources it is said:

“There is a tree named Tsalifa, on which bird eggs grow instead of fruits.
Birds that only fly in the sky and cannot touch the earth hatch out of it, they cut the air of the earth and people’s air with their wings, because it is too rough for them, and when such a bird flies, the air becomes thin, and only when such a bird flies and the air becomes thin, the person can hear the voice of God, otherwise the person does not hear the voice of God, since the air at his ears is too dense” (Midrash Talpiot – section of the Oral Torah).

Some cryptozoologists believe that sprites are an alternative form of existence of matter, the primary amoeba of the nascent world of “pure energies”, which in the future, will subsequently become the dominant form of life in the Universe.

Official science believes that cryptozoologists see all kinds of nonsense and for their sprites they take the signal lights of aircraft, the rays of searchlights, the glare of car headlights on the clouds and ball lightning.

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A strange story about an ominous Japanese TV commercial

Urban legends of a terrible TV commercial of 1985 with a girl and a demon child in Japan are becoming more and more popular every year. This advertisement really causes strange sensations, but is it really so scary?

If you lived in Japan in 1985 and watched TV, sooner or later you would see one of the strangest commercials created for Kleenex cleaning wipes.
There are two characters in the commercials: a pretty girl in a long white dress and a 2-3-year-old child in the make-up of the red-skinned one-horned cannibal demon from Japanese mythology.

Both of them are sitting on the hay, the little “eater” looks angry, while the girl gently throws up napkins or tries to stroke the “eater”. They don’t pronounce a single word in 30 seconds of each video and all this happens under the melancholy slow song “It’s a Fine Day” by Edward Burton and Jane.

As soon as these commercials began to appear on TV, many people began to feel that the commercials scared them and that they had an incomprehensible effect on the psyche. The reaction of the audience was so negative that the videos were soon removed from the show. But the story did not end there, soon various scary stories and stories associated with this advertisement began to disperse throughout the country, which in our days have turned into urban legends.

First of all, it was stated that the song “It’s a Fine Day” in the original performance in German was not at all romantic, but contained the refrain “Die, die, everyone will be cursed and killed.” It was even said that repeated listening to this song imposes on people a peculiar “mental attitude” to death. Then, unverified but persistent rumors began to appear that many people who took part in the filming of these videos began to die a strange and sudden death. Including it was reported that the boy who played the cannibal demon suddenly lost consciousness and soon died from the failure of the internal organs.

It was said that the director, cameramen and both producers of this advertisement also died. And many other crew members suffered from accidents or various unpleasant things happened to them. The actress who played the girl in a white dress allegedly went crazy and was sent to a psychiatric clinic shortly after filming in commercials.

According to other versions, she committed suicide after giving birth to a terribly mutilated child. Ordinary viewers who saw this ad several times, allegedly, either went crazy, tried to commit suicide or simply disappeared without a trace.

In 2006, the official television version of these commercials was completely destroyed, but soon amateur videos of this advertisement appeared on YouTube. And soon, many people began to say that from watching this advertisement they had cramps, headaches, or even loss of consciousness. Several deaths have even been reported.

Some users noticed another oddity: if you watch this ad at night, then the small details of the video change by themselves. Sometimes a cannibal boy becomes colored blue, and the color of the girl’s dress also changes, or interference bars begin to run across the video screen. Some viewers wrote that these commercials do not just feel like something ominous, they allegedly encoded some information aimed at destroying the human psyche or taking it under control.

All this is quite frightening, like a plot from a horror movie, but most likely all this is completely (or partially) fiction. The fact is that at least one striking “fact” has not been completely confirmed – the girl in white is the actress Keiko Matsuzaka, who is still alive and healthy and has never been in a mental hospital. At the same time, it was neither possible to confirm nor deny the death of the demon boy or accidents with the film crew. No information was available on them.

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The Woman who fell in love with an alien from Venus and gave birth to a hybrid child

While climbing a hill near Johannesburg, a woman saw a low-hanging silver disk there, and then she had a telepathic connection with one of the aliens. He was very similar to a man, they began to love, which led to the birth of a child. The story of Elizabeth Klarer is one of the most bizarre and unusual in ufology. So much so that many suspected Elizabeth of fiction for the sake of self-interest or simply of an excessively rich imagination.

At the same time, the woman herself assured that everything she told was true. Even if there appears a love for an alien, the birth of a child from him and a journey through the colorful star worlds. Some directly accused Elizabeth of being crazy, eccentric, or suffering from some kind of mental problem. At the same time, Elizabeth Klarer was quite smart, competent and educated. She was born in 1910 in South Africa, her parents were of noble birth and a girl from a young age was fond of music and sciences.

Elizabeth was especially interested in meteorology, and when the Second World War began, she worked in the intelligence of the South African Air Force and decrypted secret German radio programs. After the war, she also did not do anything “eccentric or unabashed”. But in 1950, a book about UFOs accidentally fell into her hands and she immediately remembered something that had long ago gone somewhere in the very depths of her memory. She remembered that when she was 7 years old, she and her sister saw in the sky a flying silver disk that glowed and soared very low right above their farm.

And this was not a solitary event, but only the first of a whole series when little Elizabeth watched flying disks. These memories and the read book about UFOs turned Elizabeth into a big fan of ufology, however, the strangest events in her life began in 1954. Elizabeth found out that over a hill in a rural area near Johannesburg people often saw UFOs and she decided to go there and explore everything. When Elizabeth arrived there and spoke with the local Zulus, they told her that there was a “lightning bird” on the hill and that their legends had been telling about her for many years.

When Elizabeth herself climbed this hill, she immediately ran into a low-hanging disk-shaped object. He made a humming noise, and in the windows of the ship Elizabeth saw humanoid creatures. She wanted to come closer, but she was suddenly pushed away by a wave of hot air, but at the same time she immediately got a telepathic connection with the creature from the UFO, which said that his name was Akon.

Elizabeth talked with him for a while and every minute realized that she wanted to learn more about these creatures. When the contact ended and the UFO flew away, Elizabeth came to the hill several more times over the next two years in the hope of talking to Akon again. In 1956, she was given a second chance. When Elizabeth came to the hill again, she saw a flying disk coming down, sits on top of the hill, and then Akon stepped out and invited Elizabeth inside. Next to him was his friend, whom Akon introduced as a botanist and astrophysicist, and then they both began to lead Elizabeth around the ship and talk about him.

They said that their disk is a reconnaissance ship and that in the orbit of the planet is a mother ship, which is much larger than this. They flew there and Elizabeth saw a huge cigar-shaped object, the length of which was 8 miles (!), So she was told. Inside this ship everything resembled a huge beautiful city, there were houses, parks with trees, clearings with flowers and even artificial lakes. And of course there were a lot of humanoids. Elizabeth described them as very similar to people, but taller, more beautiful, more polite, gentle, completely not aggressive and not cruel.

Akon and others told Elizabeth that they were actually from Venus and that they lived on her before she turned into a cold piece of stone. When Venus died, they flew to a planet called Meton and now live there. They described that when Venus was a normal planet. there were many plants and it was very similar to Earth. They said that Venus died due to the fact that its orbit has changed and it has come too close to the Sun. And that when they realized that the irreparable would happen, they began to fly away from Venus in search of other worlds, and they used the Earth and the Moon for temporary stops.

Elizabeth found out that Venusians still have their bases on Earth, the Moon, and also on Mars and they regularly visit them because they feel responsible for the fate of earthlings and want to make them more developed. After this detailed excursion, Elizabeth was returned to Earth, on the same hill, but even then she realized that Akon very much attracted her as a man. Akon also had feelings for Elizabeth. In the following months, they met several times and Akon gave her a special ring, with which Elizabeth could telepathically communicate with him at any time.

There were intimate contacts between them, after which Elizabeth once realized that she was pregnant. It was 1958, and when Elizabeth told Akon about the baby, he suggested that she fly to their planet Meton so that Elizabeth could give birth there. So they did.

Planet Meton was very developed and was one of the seven planets inhabited by the Venusians. Elizabeth then described in detail what civilization looks like on this planet and her words painted a perfect society as in utopia. There were no wars, crime, poverty, everyone had equal rights and everyone had equal access to food.

There was no monetary system, and all the houses and enterprises were powered by renewable and unlimited energy. People wore luxurious silk clothes and lived mostly in vast park areas. There were no high-rise buildings in their cities, no factories, and the air was very clean. Children were trained with the help of telepathy and therefore they had neither textbooks nor schools. In an interview with ufologist Stuart Bush, Elizabeth told for example this:

“Meton is similar in size to the Earth, but it’s a bit larger and it’s covered almost entirely by the oceans. The land there is part of the island, not the mainland. The climate is very good and they keep it under control. They have almost everything you can want, that’s true utopia. Not only are they technically more advanced for thousands of years than we are, but they are spiritually very developed. They have no politicians, no laws, no money. Medicine there is a science that is not even considered mandatory for health, they are all healthy anyway. Their way of thinking is different from ours, they are very loving, gentle and creative people.

Everyone does the work that he loves the most. There is no need for law, no crime and no police. Everyone’s behavior is controlled only by a code of ethics. They constantly create beauty around them, there is complete harmony with it. Their houses are beautiful and made of transparent walls. They do not have books, but they make up for this by frequent travels throughout the galaxy, and always take their children, even the smallest, with them to learn from their own experience.

They have technologies to look into the past at any moment in history. For example, they can see our planet during the time of the dinosaurs. They paint beautiful paintings and write wonderful harmonic music. They have no problems in learning languages, because communication through telepathy does not require this.”

In general, Elizabeth was in a wonderful place and of course she really wanted to stay there forever. However, it turned out that this was impossible, she was explained that Meton’s vibrations were completely different than on Earth, and if Elizabeth stays there too long, her heart will weaken. ”Elizabeth was forced to say goodbye to Akon with tears in her eyes and leaving her son Isling to return to Earth.

Akon drawing by Elizabeth

In the following years, Akon and Isling visited Elizabeth many times on Earth, and then Akon and his son went on a long journey through the galaxy. In the mid-1970s, Elizabeth told the whole story to ufologists and became very popular in their community. She was interested in journalists, she attended various conferences about UFOs. Unfortunately, elsewhere, Elizabeth was mostly ridiculed for “fantasy writing”.

In 1980, Elizabeth Klarer released a book about herself, “Beyond the Light Barrier”, but after it began to insult her even more and even pursue her. Threats were sent to her. intimidated, so soon Elizabeth decided to “go underground.” She stopped communicating with ufologists and journalists. In the 1990s, she worked on her second book, The File of Gravity, but did not have time to finish it, having passed away in 1994. The story of Elizabeth Klarer still causes a skeptical smile for many and is read like a fairy tale, but Elizabeth herself, in the words of her entourage, was in her mind until she was old, did not at all resemble an insane dreamer and always said that her words were true.

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