Here at Stonefield Beach -- where gently sloping rainforest trees open to an incredible Pacific Ocean vista along the central Oregon coast – there’s always an exquisite view of the sky above and “regular UFO sightings.” In fact, it’s not unusual to spot skilled astronomers from nearby Oregon State University and the University of Oregon joining UFO “watchers” at the famed Stonefield Beach where -- “native people’s would watch the racing stars at night” -- and where Sloan Digital Sky Survey studies are taking place here in the Pacific Northwest.
Sloan Digital Sky Survey is reaching out to alien life at the footsteps of the universe
“What we know of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and how it will help us find UFO origins in the universe is remarkable because it’s pure science, and not someone calling us nuts because we look for UFOs,” says Clint a senior Oregon UFO “watcher” who’s made Stonefield Beach is coastal headquarters for the past 25 years.
At the same time, critically acclaimed science writer Ann Finkbeiner’s new book -- “A Grand and Bold Thing” -- explains how the Sloan Digital Sky Survey works, and its goals, that both astronomers and laymen can understand.
In brief, the Sloan Survey will bring together – for the first time – images of many millions of galaxies, including the massive structure known to UFO hunters as “the Sloan Great Wall of galaxies.”
DARPA, the Pentagon’s research agency, wants to go deep into space
A June 18 AP story features a novelty introduction with: “The Defense Department first proposed Stars Wars. Now it wants Star Trek.”
“DARPA, the Pentagon’s research agency that helped foster the Internet, wants someone to dream up a way to send people to a star. The winner will get a half-million dollars for a plan to make interstellar travel possible in about a century,” states the AP report.
Moreover, the DARPA grant would be “seed money” to help someone start thinking about the idea and then get it off the ground in the private sector, added the AP report, while also stating “this isn’t about going to a nearby planet, such as Mars. It’s about coping with extended life in space.”
Astronomer’s look to the heavens now for UFOs and alien life like never before
If you talk to an astronomer while watching films of galaxies forming and galaxies merging and with other galaxies swirling out from other galaxies, you get a very clear answer that “life outside Earth does exist. It’s a no brainer.”
“What’s nice about Finkbeiner’s new book, ‘A Grand and Bold Thing’ is it doesn’t play around when talking about the obvious, and that is alien life,” explains Clint, a popular local speaker and longtime Oregon UFO “watcher.”
For instance, Finkbeiner’s book prologue features a reference to how one will discover UFOs from her interview with the famed American astronomer Wallace “Wal” Sargent who she quotes as saying: “And what do you want to do with new telescopes?
“That’s a boring question, and the answer is so boring I won’t answer it. It’s like you’re a Victorian explorer looking for the source of the Nile and when you run across the Pyramids, if you had any sense at all, you’d investigate them. Pardon the expression, but I point the fxxxing telescope at the sky and see what’s out there.” While astronomer’s such as Sargent -- who received his Ph.D. in 1959 at the height of the UFO fandom in his native England – doesn’t mince words about “why” so many astronomers are looking for life beyond Earth, he does say that the view today from astronomer’s is not if life exists outside Earth, but when will science present more data for the world to consider.
DARPA wants your help to find alien life
The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA), in collaboration with the NASA Ames Research Center (serving as execution agent), is soliciting abstracts for papers and/or topics/members for discussion panels, to be presented at the 100 Year Starship Study public symposium to be held September 30th through October 2nd, 2011 in Orlando, FL., stated the DARPA website.
Deadlines: Paper abstracts and/or panel descriptions must be submitted online at www.100yss.org by 2:00 pm ET on Friday, July 8, 2011.
“DARPA and NASA Ames will make final determination of acceptance of the paper, topic or panel for the symposium not later than July 29, 2011. Those selected will be notified not later than August 5, 2011. Selected papers will be due in final form no later than September 15, 2011. The symposium employs a "no paper, no podium rule," as DARPA and NASA Ames intend to record the proceedings and make the submissions, transcripts and recordings available on the web after the symposium concludes. Papers will not be required for panel presentations. The symposium committee may contact submitters if they need further clarification about your submission,” the DARPA website added.
Book on life outside Earth points to billions, and not just millions of possibilities
According to a Simon and Schuster marketing pitch for Finkbeiner’s new book, the interest in UFOs and alien life took hold in the late 20th century in what “had been a fevered pace of discovery in astronomy for many years had slowed. The Hubble Space Telescope continued to produce an astonishing array of images, but the study of the universe was still fractured into domains: measuring the universe's expansion rate, the evolution of galaxies in the early universe, the life and death of stars, the search for extrasolar planets, the quest to understand the nature of the elusive dark matter. So little was understood, still, about so many of the most fundamental questions, foremost among them: What was the overall structure of the universe? Why had stars formed into galaxies, and galaxies into massive clusters?”
Sloan Digital Sky Survey is also set to find UFO origins and aliens, say experts who think 2011 is "the year for sure that we expect major breakthroughs in alien life science."
To help make this happen, there needs to be involvement with the world's top UFO think tanks and other scientific minds.
Jim Gunn, has been called a “visionary astronomer” who recently was awarded the National Medal of Science, writes Finkbeiner in her new book.
Simon and Schuster’s book marketing department pitch Finkbeiner’ new book and the story about Gunn as “a massive survey of the sky, a kind of new map of the universe that would be so rich in detail and cover such a wide swath of space, be so grand and bold, that it would allow astronomers to see the big picture in a whole new way. So was born the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a remarkable undertaking bringing together hundreds of astronomers and launching a new era of supercharged astronomical discovery, an era of ‘e-science’ that has taken astronomy from the lonely mountaintop observatory to the touch of your fingertips.”
In turn, science writer Finkbeiner tells the inside story of the Sloan and how it is revolutionizing astronomy, and how the Sloan Survey “stitched together images of deep space taken over the course of five years, providing a remarkably detailed, three-dimensional map of a vast territory of the universe, all digitized and downloadable for easy searching on a personal computer, and available not only to professional astronomers but to the public as well.”
Finkbeiner’s new book also brings together -- for the first time – “images of many millions of galaxies—including the massive structure known as the Sloan Great Wall of galaxies, never seen before.
Also, the Sloan Survey “is allowing astronomers and armchair enthusiasts alike to watch the universe grow up, providing so many discoveries at such a fast pace that, as one astronomer said, it's like drinking out of a fire hose. They are watching galaxies forming and galaxies merging with other galaxies, seeing streams of stars swirling out from galaxies, and forming a new understanding of how the smooth soup of matter that emerged from the Big Bang evolved into the universe as we know it,” adds the Simon and Schuster overview of Finkbeiner’s book.
For more information about DARPA “Starship Study” go to http://www.100yss.org/
Image source of Sloan Survey telescope, per a 2.5 meter aperture SDSS wide angle telescope: Wikipedia