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UFO Sighting: Orange lights over Reynold’s Mountain in Asheville

Last night my buddy Mark and I were hanging out on my back deck when almost simultaneously we saw an orange lite rise up from behind a cluster of trees and start flying slowly through the air. It was soon followed by a second and third light.

The third light vanished quickly, but the other two flew at more or less the same speed in the same direction, though it seemed as if they varied their courses slightly. After about 20-30 seconds, they each faded away and were gone.

We sat there marveling over what we saw. I was quick enough to whip out my phone and shoot video, though all you can see on it is a couple of flickering orange lights on a black background.

About 3 minutes later, we watched another light come from the same place and do the same thing! This time I ran in to grab Rachael and she made it out in time to watch it with us. This light went off in the same direction and vanished about the same place over Reynold’s Mountain.

We heard no noises at all coming from the direction of the lights. They remained solid until they disappeared: no flashing lights, nothing similar to an aircraft.

Mark got on the Internet later and discovered someone else had see the same thing back in February:

Exact same description, exact same location. A little more Google revealed that others witnessed the same types of lights in other places around the world over the last week hours or so. The following articles describe very similar behavior of orange lights. The included videos and photos show exactly what we saw last night.

June 6 in Apple Valley, California

May 29 in Michigan

May 30 in Guelph Canada–spray-of-red-lights-over-guelph-puzzles-onlookers

May 30 in Lincoln, NE

May 27 in Plymouth, Mass

May 22 in Blenhein, New Zealand

Ottowa on May 5

April 8 in Sacramento


If you have seen anything like this, I’d love to know!


You Are Small.

Feel like a big shot walking around town in your big boots with your big hair?  Take a look at the image below (click to see it full size) and learn just how small you really are.  This is mind-numbing, really.


Dots What I’m Talking About

Having always been a big fan of cool scientific and mathematical things that make you go, “Whoa”, I have been enjoying Getting a feel for big numbers.

Start by taking a look at what 10,000 dots looks like.

Next, take a gander at what it looks like when you have one dot for every second of the day.

Feeling overwhelmed? Wait until you see what one million dots looks like. That puts in perspective exactly how big one million really is.

So what about a billion? Billions and Billions puts this impressive number in perspective:

“To visit every web page on the internet would require a page a second for thirty two years with no time to eat or sleep(1).”

“A billion dollar bills laid end to end would circle the globe at the equator four times.”

“A trillion dollar bills laid end to end would stretch from the Earth to the Sun.”


The Death Star

“It would take 10^21 United States-worth of generators–as in a billion trillion Americas–to generate the same amount of energy that the Death Star superlaser released in one second.”

That’s insane. Some guy decided to figure out how much energy it would take to blow up a planet in a similar fashion to how the Death Star blew up Alderan in Star Wars Episode IV. As it turns out, it would be much easier to liquify an entire planet than to disinegrate it. Read the whole article

Powers of 10

I remember seeing this movie first in a middle school science class. I saw it again in my Math for Liberal Arts course when attending Warren Wilson College. I’m glad to see it has surfaced on the internet, and is free to view.

The film is a 10 minute journey that boggles the mind. I’d love for someone to make an updated version that reflects discoveries made since the original was made. Still, this is totally worth your next 10 minutes of life.