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Located in the recently restored church of San Pietro, Montalcino, Italy, are three stunning works of art. The one located immediately behind the alter is called the Glorification of the Eucharist (See Above) and was painted just before 1600 AD by artist Ventura Salimbeni. This painting is rare and unusual in that its focal point features a seemingly mechanical device, which appears similar to a satellite or observation drone.
The device clearly has telescopic antenna, what appears to be a camera (or lens) as well as a spotlight. Some people feel the lens is a depiction of the moon and the light is a depiction of the sun. If this is true, then the moon is a double crescent and the Sun is depicted proportionally smaller than it should be. In addition, the antennas are obviously fixed to the globe with grommet-like devices and tipped with aerial spheres. The globe also boasts lines that have been claimed to represent early longitude lines on the globe of the Earth. In fact, the lines appear similar to the joints in metal plates.
illuminutti.com offers an opposing view of this historical painting.
|The sphere between
the figures of the Holy Trinity is not a UFO. The object, painted in
many Trinity representations of the period, is a symbol of the
“Celestial Sphere” – not the Earth, but the universe as a whole – and in
this particular painting, contains the illustration of the Sun and the
The Trinity is represented by Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit in the shape of a dove.
|The “wands” being
held are not sputnik antennas, as UFO believers insist, these “wands”
symbolize the control Jesus and the Father have on the universe, as is
represented here on the left, with the Earth at the center of the
Universe, being held by God’s hand.
It’s a representation of the Sphaera Mundi – the sphere of the world – in medieval literature. The sphaera mundi is a model of the cosmos that at its most elementary is very simple indeed. At the centre of it is the earth, so small as to be virtually a dot in comparison to the whole or even to the smallest star. Earth is surrounded by the sea, which in turn is surrounded by air, as also air is surrounded by fire. Surrounding the fire is a sphere that ‘bears’ the moon, and around that sphere are others, like layers of an onion, bearing the other planets: Mercury, then Venus, the sun, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Then come the sphere bearing the fixed stars and, beyond it, one or more others. All these spheres together constitute the sphere of the world.
Here is a small sample of paintings using similar symbols, including the “wands”, to depict the Trinity and the Universe:
Conclusion: The sphere between the figures of the Holy Trinity in the “Esaltation of the Eucaristy” by Salimbeni, is not a UFO. The object, painted in many Trinity representations, is a symbol of the “Celestial Sphere”, and in this particular painting contains the illustration of the Sun and the Moon.
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Is this the face of Jack the Ripper. Was Jack really Jill all along? Recent tests done on stamps on Ripper letters say that it was a woman that licked the stamps on the Ripper letter and not a man. If so then Jack the Ripper may have indeed have been a woman. If so then the above woman in the photo whose name is Mary Pearcey may have in fact been Jill The Ripper.
Many people even detectives from the London Police back in the 1800′s have speculated that it would explain a lot of things about the Ripper murders if it was a woman instead of a man who did the Ripper Murders. A mid wife as many people have speculated would have been able to walk around the London streets with blood on her and no one would have ever suspected her of being the ripper. It would have also have explained why or how Jack the Ripper was able to vanish like he did. If it was a woman then she was hiding right there in plain site.
Mary Pearcey was hung on December 23 1890 for the murder of a woman named Phoebe Hogg and the child of the woman. It is said that Pearcey was one of the most evil women that ever lived. While we may never know if it was her who was really Jack the Ripper I think there is a good possibility that it was.
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“We’ve almost doubled today the number of planets known to humanity,” said Jack Lissauer, a NASA planetary scientist, announcing the discovery during a teleconference Wednesday with reporters. The findings will be published in March in two scientific papers in the Astrophysical Journal.
There are surely more habitable-zone planets out there, scientists said in the teleconference. Small planets in very tight orbits are the ones most likely to be detected by Kepler, which looks for the dimming of starlight as a planet passes, or “transits,” the disk of the star as seen from the telescope. The star, planet and telescope have to be aligned, a matter of pure chance: Planets that are orbiting at a great distance from the parent star are less likely to be lined up propitiously.
The new studies looked at only the first two years of Kepler’s data collection. To find a planet, Kepler needs to make several observations of transits, and the more-distant planets have longer orbital periods and are less likely to be verified in just two years.
“Although we’ve gotten the big numbers this time, when we have a full four years of Kepler data, that will have more planets in the habitable zone,” Lissauer said. “We need more transits.”
The discovery that small planets are common is good news for astronomers hoping that NASA and other space agencies will build more advanced planet-hunting telescopes capable of directly imaging an Earth-like planet.
“Nature wants to make small planets,” said Sara Seager, an MIT astrophysicist and planetary scientist who was not among the authors of the new Kepler papers.
In an interview, Seager said the multi-planet systems seen so far don’t tend to look like our solar system. Here, Earth and the other planets are spaced relatively far apart, at significant distances from the sun. But Kepler keeps finding compact multi-planet systems with the planets crammed together very close to the star.
For example, Kepler has found a system in which five of the six planets are closer to the star than Mercury is to our sun. It’s unclear whether the planets formed in those tight orbits or migrated there over time.
The Kepler team has previously announced several thousand possible exoplanets outside our solar system, but most have yet to be confirmed by subsequent observation. This new batch of planets has been verified — or “validated to substantially better than the 99 percent confidence level,” as one of the new papers puts it — through a technique that calculates the number of “false positives” in multi-planet systems. The scientists concluded that the “candidate” planets in those systems are almost always bona fide planets.
The search for exoplanets is intrinsically difficult because they’re very far away — many tens of trillions of miles at least — and the light reflecting from the planet is overwhelmed by the brilliance of the parent star. Someday, a new generation of space telescopes may be able to occlude the starlight and see only the planet.
For now, planet hunters look for quirks in the starlight that might reveal a planetary companion. If the starlight wobbles, that can be the signature of the gravitational tug of a planet. If the starlight dims in a regular pattern, that can be from a planet passing in front of the star as seen from the telescope.
The latter technique is the one that Kepler employs. No instrument has been as adept at finding large batches of exoplanets as the $600 million Kepler telescope, which is about to celebrate the fifth anniversary of its launch on March 7, 2009.
The Kepler telescope suffered a malfunction in its pointing system last year, hampering its observational abilities. But scientists continue to examine the massive amount of data accumulated over its first four years of operation.
In November, scientists working with Kepler’s data announced that, extrapolating from what has been seen in one small patch of the sky, they infer that one out of five sunlike stars has a roughly Earth-size planet in a “habitable zone” orbit. That would suggest there are tens of billions of potentially habitable, roughly Earth-size worlds in this galaxy alone.
Whether there is actually life out there, in any shape or form, is unknown.
In the Book of the Jaguar Priests or The Book of Chilam Balam of Chumayel it is written that the road from the stars will descend from the sky and the 13 Gods of Heaven and 9 Gods of Hell will come to earth. The Maya believed that the end was the beginning and the beginning the end, in destruction would come creation and creation destruction. It would happen at the black hole.
At the crossroads an image would appear in the sky. The dark kingdom of Xibalba (‘place of fear’) would manifest itself upon the earth. Xibalba is inhabited by winged creatures with the body of men and the heads and wings of bats. These creatures are blood drinkers and hostile to man. Most fierce among them is Camazotz or Camalotz which means ‘death bat’ or ‘sudden bloodletter.’ Camalotz killed most of the denizens of man’s second creation by ripping off their heads.
The Cthulhu narrative is the nightmarish legacy of H. P. Lovecraft. He wrote the old ones were sleeping in the bottomless depths of the oceans until the time when the right astral alignment will awaken them and they will once again walk the earth reigning over an unspeakable kingdom of darkness. Their return is awaited by a priesthood of bat-winged humanoids who bide their time concealed by darkness in the unknown recesses of the earth’s forgotten caves.
The monster soon found its way into the holy rituals of the Quiché, a tribe of Maya who made their home in the jungles of what is now Guatemala. The Quiché identified the bat-deity with their god Zotzilaha Chamalcan, the god that controlled fire.
Popol Vuh, a Mayan sacred book, identifies Zotzilaha as not a god, but a cavern. (‘The House of Bats’) Zotzilaha was home to a type of bat called Camazotz; one of these monsters decapitated the hero Hunahpú. Camazotz has been translated as ‘death bat.’ A vastly different story appears in another chapter of Popol Vuh. Here a demon called Camalotz, or ‘Sudden Bloodletter’, clearly a single entity, is identified as one of four animal demons which slew the impious first race of men.
In Latin American, it seems that the ancient belief in the ‘death bat’ still survives into the present day. For example, legends of the winged ‘Black-man’ (h?ik’al), a kidnapper and rapist, still circulate among the Zotzil people of Chiapas, Mexico. Other bat-demons include the Soucouyant of Trinidad and the ‘Tin Tin’ of Ecuador. Yet another similar creature appears in the folklore of rural Peru and Chile…the Chonchon, which is a vampire-type winged monster.
Is it possible that a natural species inspired the existence these ‘demon bats?’
Several stories supporting the idea of a large bat-like creature have come out of Latin America in the last century. Some believe initial suspects were the common vampire bat the false vampire bat species, due to the large size and habit of attacking prey around the head or neck. A 1947 report of a creature presumed to have been a living pterosaur may in fact have been of a large bat. A witness saw five “birds” with a wingspan of about 12 feet a well as brown, featherless, and beaked.
In March, 1975, a series of animal mutilations swept the countryside near the Puerto Rican town of Moca, and during the incident a man named Juan Muñiz Feliciano claimed that he was attacked by a large, gray-feathered creature. These bird-like creatures were seen numerous times during the outbreak.
These reports didn’t gain real notoriety until the mid-1970s, when a number of sightings of large birds or bats surfaced in Rio Grande Valley, Texas. The first report came from the town of San Benito, where three people reputedly encounters with a bald-headed creature. But rumors had long circulated among the Mexican inhabitants of the town about a large bird-like creature..
On New Year’s Day, 1976, two girls near Harlingen, TX watched a large, birdlike creature with a “gorilla-like” face, a bald head, and a short beak. The next day, a number of three-toed tracks were found in the field where the creature had stood. On January 14, Armando Grimaldo said he was attacked by the creature at Raymondville, TX. He said it was black, with a monkey’s face and large eyes. Further reports surfaced from Laredo and Olmito, TX, with a another sighting reported from Eagle Pass, TX on January 21.
To this day, there are a fair amount of flying humanoid reports in Mexico, Texas and New Mexico. Ken Gerhard’s book Encounters with Flying Humanoids: Mothman, Manbirds, Gargoyles & Other Winged Beasts details many of the early sightings and lore. I have also documented more recent sightings in the ‘Phantoms & Monsters’ blog and books…Lon
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