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Imminent Warnings of Near Future Cataclysms with Pastor Levy

Pastor Levy joins http://www.tribulation-now.org/ to update on some powerful dreams and warnings of imminent calamities about to occur in the United States of Babylon the Great.

“Keep your nose to the ground and your eyes to the sky!”

Kudos to DAHBOO77

 

ARTICLE from the National Geographic, dated September 20th, 2013:

NASA Declares End to Deep Impact Comet Mission

Communication cutoff leads to loss of comet hunter, say space officials.

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NASA scientists ended the Deep Impact comet hunter mission on September 20.

Dan Vergano

National Geographic

Published September 20, 2013

NASA officials declared the Deep Impact mission lost on Friday, after a computer glitch doomed the comet-smashing spacecraft.

Launched in 2005, the spacecraft memorably smashed a copper-jacketed probe into the comet Tempel 1 at 22,800 miles an hour (36,700 kilometers an hour) on July 4 of that year. It then flew through the debris cloud to capture the resultant fireworks, the first close inspection of a comet’s interior. (See “‘Deep Impact’ Comet Revealed by NASA Flyby.”)

The $267 million spacecraft later flew by the comet Hartley 2 in 2010, and this year it captured images of comet ISON, which is headed toward a close encounter with the sun in November.

But now the Deep Impact spacecraft appears to be lost.

“The mission revolutionized the way we think about comets and raised all sorts of questions we still have to answer,” said chief mission scientist Mike A’Hearn of the University of Maryland.

Mission controllers last radioed the spacecraft on August 8, after which communications were lost, according to a statement from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. After a month of attempts to restore communications through the NASA Deep Space Network, the controllers have declared the mission “lost,” concluding that a computer glitch likely doomed the spacecraft.

“Basically, it was a Y2K problem, where some software didn’t roll over the calendar date correctly,” said A’Hearn. The spacecraft’s fault-protection software (ironically enough) would have misread any date after August 11, 2013, he said, triggering an endless series of computer reboots aboard Deep Impact.

Despite repeated attempts to send corrective commands, the spacecraft likely lost its bearings and failed to point its solar cell wings toward the sun,  A’Hearn said, causing a catastrophic loss of power.

Comets Now Better Understood

Deep Impact had been enjoying a surprisingly long second act after its 2005 rendezvous with Tempel 1 and the two years of data analysis that followed the smash-up. “I considered everything afterwards as gravy,” A’Hearn said.

Before Deep Impact, comet scientists had a relatively simple picture of comets as crusty, dirty snowballs from beyond Pluto. After the 2005 encounter, A’Hearn said, scientists understood that space weather reshaped comet surfaces, that comet tails contain dry ice and water, and that comets originated close to the sun at the dawn of the solar system.

The findings played into scientific discussions of how water delivered by comet impacts may have filled the oceans of the early Earth more than four billion years ago.

“I’m a little biased, but I think the taxpayers saw very good value from this mission,” A’Hearn says.

SOURCE LINK: http://news.nationalgeographic.co.uk/news/2013/09/130920-deep-impact-ends-comet-mission-nasa-jpl/

“Keep your nose to the ground and your eyes to the sky.” INDEED!!!!

As always, what is it that Never A Straight Answer are not revealing to us?!  Ison smashing into the sun causing massive solar flares wrecking untold electrical catastrophe here on Earth?! Guess we’ll have to wait and see!!

JP

Thanks to DAHBOO77

 

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6nXeL7Axhg

 

“Keep your nose to the ground and your eyes to the sky.”

JP

By Jesus Diaz | Gizmodo.com

According to NASA, Jack Scudder—a researcher at the University of Iowa—has found “hidden portals on Earth’s magnetic field [that] open and close dozens of times each day.” Some of them are open for long periods of time.

Scudder says that these portals “create an uninterrupted path leading from our own planet to the sun’s atmosphere 93 million miles away.”

Called X-points or electron diffusion regions, they are located “a few tens of thousands of kilometers from Earth. The portals are created through a process of magnetic reconnection in which lines of magnetic force from both celestial bodies mingle and criss-cross through space. The criss-crossing creates these x-points.

The portals are “invisible, unstable and elusive,” opening and closing without any warning. When they open, however, they are capable of transporting energetic particles at high speed from the Sun’s atmosphere’s to Earth’s, causing geomagnetic storms.

There’s a way to locate them and Scudder has found it. He uses data by NASA’s THEMIS spacecraft and the ESA’s Cluster probes, following crucial clues found in the data from NASA’s Polar spacecraft, which studied Earth’s magnetosphere in the late 1990s:

Using Polar data, we have found five simple combinations of magnetic field and energetic particle measurements that tell us when we’ve come across an X-point or an electron diffusion region. A single spacecraft, properly instrumented, can make these measurements.

Above: This is how the magnetic portals look on the data gathered by NASA’s Polar spacecraft.

NASA is getting ready such a spacecraft in their Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission. A whole squadron of them: four ships that will be deployed around Earth and “surround the portals to observe how they work.” The spacecraft will launch in 2014. [NASA]

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5923149/scientist-finds-hidden-portals-in-earths-magnetic-field

JP

Search around on the Internet long enough and you’ll start to find out that there’s something wrong with the moon lately. It appears as if the moon is misshapen and has even shifted relative to its old position. It may be that the moon has already undergone a polar shift in 2011 as did the planet Mars. What is causing these shifts to occur?

It may very well be that Planet X or Nibiru is inbound or even present in the solar system causing the other interplanetary bodies to shift. The evidence seems to suggest that the earth’s poles have already begun shifting as well.

Take a look at the above video for some of the latest evidence that the moon’s poles have shifted. Should we be concerned about what will happen between July and December 2012? Maybe so!

Source: http://ultimatesurvival.net/?p=188

“Keep your nose to the ground and your eyes to the sky.”

JP

The mining accident that happened in Copiapo, Chile in 2010 brought the entire region worldwide attention as the 33 miners miraculously survived what has been called “a cave-in” at the San Jose copper-gold min in the Atacama Desert.  The men somehow survived for a record 69 days.  When they emerged safe and mostly sound, rumors began to spread from their friends, families, coworkers, eyewitnesses to the rescue, and people there on vacation or otherwise passing through.

First, United States government involvement.  A U.S. drilling company was brought in to take the lead in drilling efforts, although this role has been somewhat minimized after the rescue.  Upon rescue, most of the 33 miners were immediately quarantined and debriefed by black-suited U.S. agents of an unknown agency.  Only 3 men were exempt from this initial debriefing because of extreme dental problems and required immediate dental surgery under general anesthesia.     

The official account states that the other miners were in general good health except for scratch, gouge, puncture and slash wounds resulting from the cave-in and attempts to dig out.  U.S. defense contractors, heavily armed, discreetly guarded a mini-compound occupied by U.S. interests inside the tent city that sprang up around the mining site.    

Stranger is the fact that immediately after “Los 33” (the name given to the miners translating as “The 33”), a team of NASA scientists entered the tunnel system, escorted by armed defense contractors and what appeared to be a Special Forces team, eyewitnesses reported.  A perimeter was then secured around the entrance as a fence was erected, preventing further visual observation.

“What is NASA doing in Chile?” you might ask.  Here is the official answer:  NASA is conducting soil tests of the most arid desert in the world, the Atacama Desert, which also happens to harbor an extensive array of large cavern systems perfect for simulated Mars research.  NASA has stated that the arid conditions and cave formations in the Atacama Desert are good matches for the terrain on Mars and has dispatched a team of scientists there to explore the regions caverns.  It has also been reported that this team of scientists has security provided by defense contractors and Special Operations operatives.  It is quite possible that this team of NASA scientists is the very team sighted entering the San Jose mine after Los 33 was rescued.  But why?

While NASA has publicly admitted to exploring the caves of the Atacama Desert to conduct “Martian research,” there subterranean forays might have a classified mission attached to them as well.  A defense contractor for security who wishes to remain anonymous to retain his or her position has stated that NASA is looking for alien life on our own planet.  The life may or may not be indigenous to Earth, but certainly lives here, deep in major cavern systems, said the contractor.  “For years NASA has had reports of ‘reptoids’ or ‘reptilian humanoids.’ Something happened and they decided to begin investigating. Why in the Atacama, I don’t know.”  He or she continued, “But we found things.  Remains of weird, shredded animals.  Molted skin or something.  And there was a brief firefight after one of our contractors went missing.  The strange thing about his disappearance was all the blood, and then reading that he had been killed in Afghanistan four months later.”  NASA officially ended their Atacama exploration in 2010, perhaps with the events leading up to the Chilean mining disaster in mind.  The friends of Los 33 tell a chilling tale that is far different from the official account provided by mainstream media outlets.

Accoring to people close to Los 33, friends, family and some who simply overheard the stories circulating around, the incident was no simple “cave-in.”  This accounting has been pieced together from various conversations, emails and written letters…

Apparently, while searching for the source of a vein of gold, one of the mining detachments blasted through a wall of rock and discovered an enormous natural cavern on the other side whose walls shined with over a dozen thick veins of gold and other precious metals.  The detachment members were quite happy and some of the men broke protocol by charging into the room to pick-ax gold nuggets.  Word spread quickly, “like bad air,” someone said.  Soon, dozens of miners were all over the cavern entrance, picking at the gold, making lots of noise and ignoring their jobs.  As the detachment leader tried to wrangle the men back into the mine, a small group of men explored farther into the cavern.

Soon, things quieted down a bit, as miners focused on picking at the gold veins.  “Everyone was very happy,” a miner’s relative stated, “until they heard screams coming from across the cavern.  Most of the miners were spooked and ran back into the mines except for the detachment leader who ordered men from his team to come with him to help the screaming men.”  By the time they got to the location of the screaming, it was too late.  They found four or five men (it was hard to tell who was who and if all the parts were still there) in pools of splattered blood.  “It was a gory mess,” said someone.  One of the detachment crew had gotten blood all over himself, having slipped on a puddle of it.  He lost his wits, trying to wipe the blood and gore from his face with an fresh handerchief (later confiscated by NASA for DNA testing).  As they tried to calm him down, the detachment heard hissing and crackling, like nails or claws making way across wet stone.  The team called for help on their walky-talkies and immediately left the cave (“ran for their lives,” in one email account).

Having made their way through the blast hole, they realized that two of them were missing.  More screams echoed from the cavern, these more bloodcurdling than the first set.  The detachment leader made a decision as he saw “bloddy, walking lizards” coming for the blast hole.  He ordered the hole blasted shut immediately and set three crews to work.  In a frantic rush, they rigged explosives as the “reptoids” advanced, still chewing on the remains of the doomed miners who had ventured too far.

One or two repotoids made it through the initial blast hole as crews rolled wire down the tunnel, so as not to be caught in the blast.  Reptoids now in the mining tunnels began to kill anyone foolish enough to challenge them with hand-held, powered mining equipment.  Finally, the explosives were ready and the detachment leader ordered the blast.

The explosion resulted in a cave-in of sorts, sealing the original blast hole under tons of rock.  However, an untold number of the reptilian fiends was loose in their tunnels.  Most, they hoped, had been killed in the blast, but no one was certain how many, if any, were roaming.  More screaming told them that at least one was still lurking.  At this point, the miners believed there were about 44 survivors in the area.  After fighting with the reptoid in the dark for a few hours of hide-and-seek (and having many more deaths), the remaining 33 took shelter in protected area built for cave-ins.  The area also prevented the reptoid from entering.  Here they remained in horror and shock for the next 17 days as more cave-ins happend around them, unsure whether they were caused by the reptoid(s) trying to dig in, out or from blast damage.

Many of Los 33 have developed herpetophobia (fear of lizards, reptiles) since their ordeal. 

With the above account in mind, one might wonder about the true nature of NASA’s ventures into the caverns of the Atacama Desert.  Why bring heavily armed defense contractors and special operations forces on a scientific jaunt into the “underdark?”  Perhaps it is because NASA and our government know something about “what’s down there” than they are letting us in on.  For decades, there have been reports of special operations teams (including British SAS) “exploring” caves around the world, specifically in Central and South America.  Now NASA is involved.  Could there be “alien” life, or at least unknown life, beneath our feet?  For now, it seems that NASA is in some kind of confrontation with subterranean reptilian entities (SREs).

Article Source Link: http://beforeitsnews.com/story/561/214/NASA_VS._REPTOIDS_IN_CHILEAN_MINES.html

“Keep your nose to the ground and your eyes to the sky.”

JP

Ten years before an alien craft crashed onto rancher Mack Brazel’s property near Roswell, New Mexico, a flying saucer lost control and crashed onto the countryside of Nazi Germany. This incredible story—covered-up by both the U.S. and U.S.S.R. for more than 70 years—is allegedly the actual basis for the Nazi’s intense research into wingless, disc aircraft; Hitler’s and Himmler’s near obsession with exotic technology and flying saucers; and the incredible experiments by S.S. physicists that culminated with flying saucers and the ‘Bell’—a bizarre multi-dimensional motor that neutralized gravity and ripped a gash into the very fabric of the time-space continuum creating incredible and horrific effects.


Similiar saucer alleged to have crashed in USSR, 1950s

The Third Reich’s saucer

In 1937, as Nazi Germany was rising from the ashes of the old German Republic and becoming the world’s first real superpower, an incredible thing happened: aliens crashed their distressed craft into the German countryside. [Secret Treaty: The United States Government and Extra-terrestrial Entities]

The German army was there to pick up the pieces. No record exists, however, indicating whether any bodies were also retrieved.

When word of the crashed disc made ir’s way back to the German High Command and the report landed on the Führer’s desk, he immediately ordered elements of the Luftwaffe and Germany’s top aeronautical experts to sift through the remains. Ostensibly, the damaged saucer was moved into a warehouse facility under 24-hour guard near the Rhine. Some parts were also flown to a facility near the Austrian border.

Allegedly, members of the teams that worked on the advanced alien technology were from the Luftwaffe, the Speer Ministry of Arms headed by Albert Speer, and the formal research council, the “Reichsforschungrat,” composed of university professors and industrial engineers.

Horton brothers of flying wing fame were consulted

The teams were assembled to reverse engineer what was salvaged and among the experts called upon were the Horton brothers—who later designed and tested revolutionary flying wing aircraft and the world’s first stealth jet fighter-bomber. Some of their resulting technology may have been gleaned from intense study of the alien craft, although that cannot be proven.

Genius Viktor Schauberger invented the imploder vortex motor

Later, the expertise of Viktor Schauberger was tapped. He was the inventor of the revolutionary imploder motor that created an imploding vortex.

Nazi experiment with anti-gravity device, the Glocke

That motor may have been the basis for later S.S. experiments in Poland with the notorious Glocke (Bell) device that reportedly created inter-dimensional rifts in space-time. [The S.S. Brotherhood of the Bell: The Nazis’ Incredible Secret Technology]

Renato Vesco’s books on the Nazi flying saucer research programs

Italian researcher Renato Vesco, in his classic and well-researched book, Intercept – But Don’t Shoot: The True Story of the Flying Saucers asserts that the Nazis were working on many advanced propulsion systems and rudimentary anti-gravity devices to power their disc-shaped, or lenticular, aircraft.

German schematic of an advanced disc version

Alien craft spurred German’s engineering efforts

Although vastly influenced by the capture of an actual disc, research into circular aircraft had been going on as far back as the experiments in Italy before 1920 with crude jets attached to aerodynamic discs. [Hitler’s Flying Saucers]

The ET craft served to advance propulsion, electronics and provided clues to workable designs, but the scientists were at a loss regarding the metallurgy as the craft was composed of materials unknown to them and impossible to duplicate in the lab.

Some of Germany’s most advanced theoretical engineers and physicists were personally tasked by Hitler to get the technology working and make it available for the war effort. In that regards, geniuses like Ballenzo, Habermohl, Miethe and Schriever were recruited.

Artist’s interpretation of first Nazi disc built by Schriever

Documents captured by the Allies after the war ended indicate that Schriever was the first to have some success with the disc technology. His own research, augmented by what had by then been deduced from the retrieved saucer, enabled him to build a working craft powered by specially designed jet engines. The craft, however, was unstable. The first two versions ended in disasterous crashes killing the test pilots. [Man-Made UFOs, 1944-1994: Fifty Years of Suppression]

Tides of war turn, Nazis expand saucer projects

As the years advanced and the Allies began counter-attacking Germany, some Nazi officials began pressuring Schauberger to adapt a verson of his Repulsine imploder to serve as the motive force for a different type of disc craft using the vortex propulsion motor.

Viktor Schauberger’s incredible implosion motor

 

German saucer designed around the imploder motor

Although the Nazi engineers and scientists built their first experimental saucers from light steel or heavy aluminum, the steel still proved too heavy and the aluminum too soft and not tough enough to withstand the stress subjected to it when molded into a lens-shaped craft.

Frustrated scientists finally gave up trying to unravel the mystery of the alien metal and succeeded in creating their own version with an alloy of aluminum and magnesium in 1944. The new alloy was exactly what they needed to design bigger and better craft. The metal was light, yet more durable than simple aluminum.

Primitive experimental propeller-driven disc airplane never saw production

Hitler pressed the engineers onwards with greater frenzy. Germany was now suffering nightly bombing raids and factories across the country had been moved to gigantic underground facilities. Aircraft production lines were being hampered and destroyed and the rocket facility run by Werner von Braun at Peenemünde was not back up to full capacity after being bombed in 1943.

Slave laborers, mostly Slavic, were pressed into service to produce V-2 rockets, advanced aircraft, synthetic fuel, high explosives…and incredible remote-controlled flying saucers.

Nazi Kugelblitz attack Allied bombers over Germany

The astounding Nazi Kugelblitz

According to documents and the testimony of surviving Polish slave laborers, the Germans actually created an assemblyline to manufacture a flying disc weapon called the Kugelblitz (ball lightening).

The Allied pilots called them Foo-fighters.

The Kugelblitz was the first real flying saucer ever manufactured by any nation on Earth. Several of the tests were secretly attended by Hitler and his S.S. chief, Heinrich Himmler.

Rare daylight photo of Nazi Kugelblitz trailing bomber

According to captured documents, the radio-controlled craft were made in the underground factories at Thuringia and the craft varied in size from 10 to 15-feet across. Reportedly they were amazingly manueverable and were able to achieve speeds of more than 1,250 miles per hour. They emitted a strong electo-static field designed to disrupt the electrical circuits of conventional aircraft causing enemy planes to falter, dive, and crash.

Other saucers

Prototypes of other saucers were designed and engineering mock-ups were made. Some made it as far as wind tunnel tests. A few disc craft other than Schriever’s early attempts were constructed and flown.

About 18 months before the Germans surrendered, Hitler pinned his hopes—and those of Germany—on the incredible potential of a mind-boggling array of superweapons. The greatest of the weapons were his new class of Vengeance weapons.

Germany’s planned hypersonic cruise missile V-3

The old V-weapons were the rocket plane V-1 and intracontinental missile V-2. Hitler’s dream envisioned the world’s first cruise missile: a V-3 sub-orbital, intercontinental hypersonic rocket capable of hitting New York and Washington.

Nazi Vril disc craft during test flight over undetermined German airfield

And then there were the flying saucers…

German officers at airfield with Vril saucer prototype in distance

S.S. Reichsführer Himmler recommended S. S. Grupenführer Hans Kammler to head the saucer projects and save the Fatherland. Hitler agreed.

Saucer chief: S.S. Grupenführer Hans Kammler circa 1944

Later Kammler is said to have overseen the Glocke project as well.

Undoubtedly, Germany’s superweapons—specifically those they were perfecting in the closing months of the war—would have defeated the Allies and helped Germany conquer and rule Western and Eastern Europe, suppress the U.S.S.R., and keep America neutered—even with the new atomic weapon the U.S. had developed.

But the Germans ran out of time.

Some argue that no matter what the Nazis had, they could not have staved off American atomic attacks. Yet evidence exists that in the final weeks of the war the Germans successfully detonated their own low-yield atomic bomb and that coupled with stealth aircraft, the imploder vortex motor, advanced television bombs, the hypersonic V-3 “Amerika Bomb,” and flying saucer fighters—ostensibly augmented with harvested alien technology—would have sealed the fate of the Nazi’s enemies…

…and perhaps Adolf Hitler would have attained his twisted dream of a Thousand Year Reich.

Article Source Link: http://www.pakalertpress.com/2012/02/28/hitlers-roswell-alien-saucer-crash-in-1937-nazi-germany/

“Keep your nose to the ground and your eyes to the sky.”

JP

In a sky filled with bright stars, this image appears to show a massive black hole in its centre.

But, rather than being a genuine black hle, the eerily dark ‘hole’ in this photograph is a cloud of matter –  known to astronomers as a dark molecular cloud – which blocks all light from passing through it. In infrared images, though, it becomes transparent (below).

The interiors of molecular clouds are some of the coldest and most isolated places in the universe.

Eerie: Rather than being a massive vacuum in the universe, the eerily dark 'hole' is known to astronomers as a dark molecular cloudEerie: Rather than being a massive vacuum in the universe, the eerily dark ‘hole’ is known to astronomers as a dark molecular cloud

The bizarre sight is formed due to a high concentration of dust and molecular gas absorbing practically all the visible light emitted from background stars.

Pictured is Barnard 68, which is one of the most notable molecular clouds and is towards the constellation Ophiuchus.

Astronomers say because no stars are visible, this indicates that Barnard 68 is relatively nearby.

But this is still about 500 light-years away and half a light-year across. It is not known exactly how molecular clouds like Barnard 68 form.

In infrared light, the cloud is actually transparent - showing that there's no 'hole', but instead a cloud of cold matter that blocks light from the stars behind itIn infrared light, the cloud is actually transparent – showing that there’s no ‘hole’, but instead a cloud of cold matter that blocks light from the stars behind it

But scientists do know that these clouds are themselves likely places for new stars to form.

In fact, Barnard 68 itself has been found likely to collapse and form a new star system.

In infrared light, it is also possible to look right through the cloud.

2011 WAS THE NINTH WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD – NASA REVEALS

2011 was the ninth warmest year on record, NASA has announced.

The space agency recently released a video which shows global temperature changes since 1880.

And in a sign of how the planet is warming up, nine of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 2000.

The average temperature for the world last year was 0.92 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the mid-20th century baseline period of 1951 to 1980.

According to The Huffington Post, James E. Hansen, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, said, ‘We know the planet is absorbing more energy than it is emitting.

‘So we are continuing to see a trend toward higher temperatures. Even with the cooling effects of a strong La Niña influence and low solar activity for the past several years, 2011 was one of the 10 warmest years on record.’

JP
  • One solar system with sun older than ours has five planets
  • Find doubles the number of confirmed Kepler planets
  • Discovery leads Nasa scientists to say galaxy is ‘positively loaded with planets of all sizes’
  • One sun older than ours has five planets
  • Technique used could speed up space telescope’s hunt for planets

NASA’s Kepler space telescope has discovered 11 new planetary systems hosting 26 confirmed planets.

It’s the latest find from a two-year space scan, and brings the total to 60 confirmed planets. The new haul triples the number of multi-planet solar systems found by Kepler.

Doug Hudgins, a Kepler scientist at Nasa says, ‘In just two years staring at a patch of sky not much bigger than your fist, Kepler has discovered more than 60 planets. Our galaxy is positively loaded with planets of all sizes and orbits.’

Diagrams of the multi-planet systems detected by Kepler: The planets range in size from 1.5 times the size of Earth to ones bigger than the gas giant JupiterDiagrams of the multi-planet systems detected by the Kepler space telescope: The planets range in size from 1.5 times the size of Earth to ones bigger than the gas giant Jupiter

The planets orbit close to their host stars and range in size from 1.5 times the radius of Earth to larger than Jupiter. Fifteen are between Earth and Neptune in size.

Further observations will be required to determine which are rocky like Earth and which have thick gaseous atmospheres like Neptune.

All the new planets are closer to their host star than Venus is to our Sun.

Kepler-33, a star that is older and more massive than our Sun, had the most planets. The system hosts five planets, ranging in size from 1.5 to 5 times that of Earth.

‘Prior to the Kepler mission, we knew of perhaps 500 exoplanets across the whole sky,’ said Doug Hudgins, Kepler program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

Kepler identifies planet candidates by repeatedly measuring the change in brightness of stars to detect when a planet passes in front of the star. That passage casts a small shadow toward Earth and the Kepler spacecraft.

The planets were detected by monitoring changes in brightness as they orbit in front of their stars. Scientists will now try to establish whether they are rocky, like earth, or gaseous, like NeptuneThe planets were detected by monitoring changes in brightness as they orbit in front of their stars. Scientists will now try to establish whether they are rocky, like earth, or gaseous, like Neptune

Each of the new confirmed planetary systems contains two to five closely spaced transiting planets. In tightly packed planetary systems, the gravitational pull of the planets on each other causes some planets to accelerate and some to decelerate along their orbits.
Kepler detects this effect by measuring the changes, or so-called Transit Timing Variations (TTVs).

Planetary systems with TTVs can be verified without requiring extensive ground-based observations, accelerating confirmation of planet candidates. The TTV detection technique also increases Kepler’s ability to confirm planetary systems around fainter and more distant stars.

Five of the systems (Kepler-25, Kepler-27, Kepler-30, Kepler-31 and Kepler-33) contain a pair of planets where the inner planet orbits the star twice during each orbit of the outer planet.

Four of the systems (Kepler-23, Kepler-24, Kepler-28 and Kepler-32) contain a pairing where the outer planet circles the star twice for every three times the inner planet orbits its star.
The properties of a star provide clues for planet detection. The decrease in the star’s brightness and duration of a planet transit, combined with the properties of its host star, present a recognizable signature. When astronomers detect planet candidates that exhibit similar signatures around the same star, the likelihood of any of these planet candidates being a false positive is very low.

‘The approach used to verify the Kepler-33 planets shows the overall reliability is quite high,’ said Jack Lissauer, planetary scientist at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., and lead author of the paper on Kepler-33.

These discoveries are published in four different papers in the Astrophysical Journal and the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2092554/Nasa-finds-60-planets-11-new-solar-systems–fist-sized-patch-sky.html#ixzz1kg2WFwjV

(Author’s Note – It seems to me that the public is being ‘front-loaded’ with all this data regarding ‘New Planets’ etc al, to initiate us into believing that there is no way possibly that we could be ‘alone’ in our galaxy (which I agree with) but it is predominantly gearing the world up to complete and utter ‘Disclosure’; as the ‘Sky gods’ are returning pretty soon.
“Keep your nose to the ground and your eyes to the sky.”
JP

Alien planets are incredibly common in our Milky Way galaxy, outnumbering stars by a large margin, a new study suggests.

On average, each of the 100 billion or so stars in our galaxy hosts at least 1.6 planets, according to the study, bringing the number of likely alien worlds to more than 160 billion. And large numbers of these exoplanets are likely to be small and rocky — roughly Earth-like — since low-mass planets appear to be much more abundant than large ones.

“This statistical study tells us that planets around stars are the rule, rather than the exception,” said study lead author Arnaud Cassan of the Paris Institute of Astrophysics. “From now on, we should see our galaxy populated not only with billions of bright stars, but imagine them surrounded by as many hidden extrasolar worlds.”

Using a cosmic gravity lens

To date, astronomers have discovered more than 700 planets beyond our own solar system, with 2,300 additional “candidates” found by NASA’s Kepler space telescope awaiting confirmation.

The vast majority of these exoplanet detections have been made using two different techniques: transit photometry and radial velocity. [Gallery: The Strangest Alien Planets]

Kepler employs the transit method, which watches for the tiny, telltale dips in a star’s brightness caused when a planet crosses the star’s face, blocking some of its light. Radial velocity looks for minuscule wobbles in a star’s movement caused by the gravitational tugs of orbiting planets.

While these two methods have been highly productive, they’re biased toward finding planets that orbit relatively close to their parent stars. In the new study, Cassan and his colleagues employed a different technique, known as gravitational microlensing, that feels this bias less strongly.

In gravitational microlensing, scientists watch what happens when a massive object passes in front of a star from our perspective on Earth. The nearby object’s gravitational field bends and magnifies the light from the distant star, acting like a lens.

This produces a light curve — a brightening and fading of the faraway star’s light over time — whose characteristics tell astronomers a lot about the foreground object.

In many cases, this nearby body is a star. If it has any planets, even ones in relatively far-flung orbits, these can generate secondary light curves, alerting researchers to their presence.

La Silla Observatory

The Milky Way above the dome of the Danish 1.54-metre telescope at the European Southern Observatory’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. This telescope was a major contributor to the PLANET project to search for exoplanets using microlensing.
CREDIT: ESO/Z. Bardon (www.bardon.cz)/ProjectSoft (www.projectsoft.cz)

Studying millions of stars

In the new study, the researchers looked at data gathered by a variety of Earth-based telescopes, which scanned millions of stars from 2002 to 2007 for microlensing events.

The team closely analyzed about 40 of these events and discovered that three betrayed the presence of an alien planet around a star. One of these planets is a bit more massive than Jupiter, one is comparable to Neptune and the third is a so-called “super-Earth” with a mass about five times that of our home planet. [Gallery: Smallest Alien Planets Ever Seen]

Considering how perfectly aligned multiple bodies must be to yield an explanet detection via microlensing, that’s a pretty impressive haul, researchers said.

The astronomers used all of this data, as well as information about seven additional planets detected by other microlensing efforts, to put a number on their planet-detection efficiency — and, by extension, the number of alien worlds that may populate the Milky Way.

The team determined that about one-sixth of our galaxy’s stars harbor Jupiter-mass planets, half have Neptune-like worlds, and nearly two-thirds host super-Earths. And that’s just in the stretch of orbital space from 0.5 to 10 astronomical units from each star, the limit of the study’s sensitivity. (One astronomical unit, or AU, is the distance from Earth to the sun, about 93 million miles.)

“Moreover, we confirm that low-mass planets, such as super-Earths (up to 10 Earths) and Neptune-like planets are much more abundant than giant planets such as Saturn and Jupiter (with estimates that there are 6 to 7 times more low-mass than giant planets),” Cassan told SPACE.com in an email.

Further, according to the researchers’ calculations, every star in the Milky Way harbors an average of 1.6 planets in the 0.5-10 AU range, which in our solar system corresponds roughly to the swath of space between Venus and Saturn.

Since astronomers estimate that our galaxy contains about 100 billion stars, that works out to at least 160 billion alien planets. A fair number of these alien worlds are likely to have two sunsets like the planet Tatooine in the “Star Wars” films; a separate study, also announced today, related the discovery of two exoplanets that orbit a pair of suns.

Cassan and his team report their results in the Jan. 12 issue of the journal Nature.

Planets bound and unbound

The true number of alien worlds may be quite a bit larger than 160 billion. Some planets hug their host stars more closely than 0.5 AU, after all, and others are more far-flung than 10 AU. And a great many likely have no host star at all.

Last year, a different team used microlensing observations to discover a huge population of Jupiter-like planets that zoom through space unbound to a parent star. These free-flying “rogues” likely outnumber “normal” alien worlds with obvious parent stars by at least 50 percent, according to the 2011 study.

“The two results obtained by microlensing show that planets are everywhere, and not only around stars,” Cassan said.

For those of us clinging to the notion that Earth is special, these and a raft of other recent exoplanet discoveries may be tough to stomach.

“We used to think that the Earth might be unique in our galaxy,” study co-author Daniel Kubas, also of the Paris Institute of Astrophysics, said in a statement. “But now it seems that there are literally billions of planets with masses similar to Earth orbiting stars in the Milky Way.”

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