Ivan Vagner, a Russian cosmonaut currently orbiting the Earth aboard the International Space Station (ISS), claims to have captured footage of potential UFOs while recording video of the aurora borealis.
“Space guests, or how I filmed the new time-lapse,” Vagner wrote in a tweet featuring the video on Wednesday morning.
The one-minute video shows the aurora borealis passing near Antarctica and Australia, Vagner says.
“However, in the video, you will see something else, not only the aurora,” he wrote.
The footage shows the curved edge of the Earth at night, with the green swirl of the aurora moving across its surface and several star pinpoints visible in the background.
“At 9-12 seconds, 5 objects appear flying alongside with the same distance,” Vagner wrote in a followup tweet. “What do you think those are? Meteors, satellites or … ?”
He added that the video was shot in a time-lapse, so the brief flash of the “objects” actually lasted for about 52 seconds in real time.
Vagner did not claim to see the phenomenon as it happened, and no one else aboard the ISS has acknowledged it. He also did not indicate exactly when the footage was captured.
Whatever the phenomenon was, it does appear as a string of lights arranged in a clear, angled line in the video.
Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, shared the video on its own Twitter account on Wednesday.
“An interesting and at the same time mysterious video made by cosmonaut of Roscosmos Ivan Wagner … from the International Space Station,” the agency tweeted, along with a thoughtful emoji.
Vagner says he flagged the video to Roscosmos management, and that it’s currently being examined by experts at the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Roscosmos spokesperson Vladimir Ustimenko has confirmed that the video is under review, according to the Russian news agency TASS.
“It is too early to make conclusions until our Roscosmos researchers and scientists at the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences tell us what they think,” Ustimenko said. “It was decided to hand over those materials to experts, who will tell us what that was in their opinion.”
Vagner, 35, is a first-time crew member aboard the ISS, where he and fellow Russian Anatoli Ivanishin are working with Chris Cassidy, the American commander of the expedition.
NASA did not mention Vagner’s video in a blog update about the mission on Wednesday. The blog says Vagner recently worked on the station’s orbital plumbing “before exploring ways to improve Earth photography techniques.”
Cassidy has not tweeted anything about Vagner’s video, and Ivanishin is not on Twitter.
Aliens and UFO sightings have long been derided as taboo topics for people in tinfoil hats. However, the subject has slowly crept into the mainstream in recent years, particularly after the New York Times revealed that the U.S. government funded research into the topic for several years and that the research was still going on.
One former contractor told the Times that he’d briefed Pentagon officials on the retrieval of “off-world vehicles not made on this earth.”
The Pentagon has since acknowledged that it has recorded encounters with “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” (UAP).
The U.S. Department of Defence officially released three videos last April that show some of the UAPs in action. The videos were originally leaked by Tom DeLonge, the former Blink-182 frontman who co-founded an alien research organization.
New UFO video released, shows incident from 2015
The phenomena remain unexplained, despite rampant speculation about visitors from other planets. U.S. officials have said they’re being more forthcoming about UAPs because they could be a threat. They also want military members to report potential encounters, rather than ignoring them because of a stigma around the topic.
The Pentagon announced on Aug. 14 that it had launched a UAP task force to “improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs.”
The task force’s goal is to “detect, analyze and catalogue UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security.”
There remains no definitive proof that aliens have visited Earth, and all unidentified foreign objects — or unidentified aerial phenomena — remain unexplained, as their names say.
A tongue-in-cheek effort to “Storm Area 51” and “free” captive aliens also failed last year, despite plenty of enthusiasm for the idea.
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A dazzling full 'harvest moon' is set to illuminate Vancouver skies next week – Vancouver Is Awesome
While the weekend forecast calls for rain, Vancouver skies are expected to clear next week, which is just in time for the glorious full Harvest moon.
Earlier this month, locals were treated to a full corn moon. Last year, September’s full moon was a full ‘harvest moon,’ which takes place in two years out of three. However, since October’s full moon falls closest to the fall equinox this year, it will carry the harvest title.
According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, “this full Moon name is attributed to Native Americans because it marked the time when corn was supposed to be harvested.”
The Harvest Moon gets was given its name because farmers needed its silvery light to harvest crops. It has since inspired a rather dreamy, beautiful song by Canadian icon Neil Young, too.
The Old Farmer’s Almanac also notes that Native peoples would give distinctive names to each reoccurring full moon to mark the change of seasons. As such, many of these names arose when Native Americans first interacted with colonialists.
The October moon will be at its fullest in Vancouver on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 2:05 p.m.
Stargazers should opt to travel as far away from city lights as possible in order to avoid light pollution that will obscure the clarity of heavenly bodies. While this works best in more remote places, anywhere that has a higher elevation will also provide more ideal viewing conditions.
Dozens of McGill students living in student neighbourhood test positive for COVID-19 – Yahoo News Canada
Dozens of students at McGill University are testing positive for COVID-19 according to their peers, but the university is not counting most of those cases in its official tally, because they happened off-campus.
Jacob Rothery, a student living in the so-called McGill ghetto in Montreal’s Milton Park neighbourhood next to the university, tested positive for COVID-19 this week. So did his three roommates.
Rothery says he knows of at least 20 other students who tested positive, and suspects more numbers are going to come from the popular and crowded student neighbourhood.
“There were a decent amount of students going to student bars,” he said. “And then on top of that, you don’t necessarily know who the people that you think you’re in your bubble with are seeing, so they could be seeing a bunch of other people, who are putting themselves in riskier situations.”
Rothery says he and his friends did not violate public health guidelines, but that didn’t stop an outbreak in his group of friends.
“People may have had it, but had no symptoms. So they had no reason to get tested. And then you have gatherings that aren’t that big, maybe fifteen people or 10, but those 10 people see other people and their bubbles are a lot bigger than they think they are,” he said.
Thom Haghighat is another McGill student who is self-isolating, after he and his roommate tested positive for COVID-19.
He figures he caught the virus from one of the students returning to the “ghetto” from Toronto or elsewhere in Montreal.
Haghighat says he also knows of at least 25 students living in the area who tested positive, with a dozen in his immediate group of friends.
Like Rothery, Haghighat says he and his friends were limiting personal gatherings and keeping a small circle of people to interact with.
Despite this, he said, he still saw cases rise among his peers in the past week. He believes false negatives are part of the problem.
“The first time we got tested, we tested negative. We still self-isolated, but I know a lot of people who would think they were in the clear to go see other people,” he said, noting that he knew others who also got false negatives.
Rothery had also received a false negative test result earlier this week, before testing positive.
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Despite these anecdotal reports, McGill University has officially recorded just six COVID-19 cases this week on campus, and says there is no evidence of community transmission on its campuses.
McGill’s main campus is downtown. The Macdonald campus, which houses agricultural and nutrition programs among others, is in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue in the West Island.
A spokesperson for the university said the number includes staff and students who were present on campus in the week preceding their positive COVID test.
Most classes at McGill have moved online, which means far fewer people are frequenting the campus.
Some students say the university should include the numbers of students who test positive off-campus, as well.
“It’s important for them to at least take responsibility for the things that are going on in their student body, whether or not they’re technically on campus, because I think that distinction is pretty useless,” said Rothery.
For its part, McGill says it is working with public health authorities on strict protocols to limit the spread.
NASA astronaut plans to cast her ballot from space station – 570 News
ATLANTA — NASA astronaut Kate Rubins told The Associated Press on Friday that she plans to cast her next vote from space – more than 200 miles above Earth.
Rubins is just outside Moscow in Star City, Russia, preparing with two cosmonauts for a mid-October launch and a six-month stay at the International Space Station.
“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” Rubins said. “If we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”
Most U.S. astronauts live in Houston. Texas law allows them to vote from space using a secure electronic ballot. Mission Control forwards the ballot to the space station and relays the completed ballot back to the county clerk.
“It’s critical to participate in our democracy,” Rubins said. “We consider it an honour to be able to vote from space.”
NASA astronauts have voted from space before. Rubins and Shane Kimbrough cast their votes from the International Space Station.
Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space, plans to work on a cardiovascular experiment and conduct research using the space station’s Cold Atom Lab.
While she’s there, she’ll celebrate the 20th anniversary of continuous human presence on the space station, and welcome the crew of the second SpaceX commercial crew mission, expected to arrive in late October.
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