Rep. Tim Burchett argues that unidentified flying objects deserve
more attention and that both Congress and the public have a right to
access information about them, reports gazette.com.
told the Washington Examiner in an interview that he was worried about
“the presence of something that we cannot control in our military
The Department of Defense’s All-domain Anomaly
Resolution Office director, Sean M. Kirkpatrick, appeared before
Congress in April. He reported to the Senate Armed Services Committee
that the DOD was monitoring over 650 possible instances of unidentified
This number is much higher than the more than
350 cases disclosed in the UAP report that the director of national
intelligence delivered to Congress in January.
Burchett says that UFOs are not a trivial matter, but rather “at the top of the priority list.”
Saturday will be the 76th anniversary of the Roswell Incident in New
Mexico, a mysterious event that still puzzles many people. In 1947, a
rancher reported a “flying disc” to the sheriff. It was found about 100
miles from Roswell Army Air Field. The next day, a press release
announced that the U.S. Army Air Forces had retrieved a “flying saucer”
from the site.
Later, the military claimed that the debris was from a weather balloon that had crashed.
The story has continued to intrigue and mystify people for over seven decades.
However, Congress has seldom discussed the topic until recently.
House Oversight Committee plans to hold a hearing on the issue and a
recent whistleblower who alleges that the government has been hiding
information from Congress. Burchett and Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL)
are leading the committee’s inquiry into UFOs, which are officially
Burchett said he is working on planning a hearing, but he cannot share any details about the dates and witnesses.
He added that the witness list will be attacked by the skeptics, as they have done with him.
Charles Grusch, a 36-year-old former combat officer in Afghanistan who
received several medals, recently revealed information that he claims
has been illegally hidden from Congress.
Grusch worked for both
the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and the National
Reconnaissance Office. He was the NGA’s co-lead for UAP analysis and
represented the task force last summer.
He said that intelligence
operations that recover whole or partial nonhuman crafts have been kept
secret from Congress and the public.
The whistleblower said that
such discoveries have been made for decades by the United States, its
allies, and defense contractors.
Burchett said he trusts Grusch’s statements.
think he’s telling the truth. I think there’s a lot that’s going to be
out there. I think the interesting thing you’re going to find out,
though, is the Pentagon and all of our research institutions, you see
them kind of warming up to it. And the reason they are is they’re
smelling dollars. And I think there’ll be an effort to discredit him,”
the Tennessee Republican said.
For Burchett, it isn’t difficult to
think the government might be holding something back. “They’ve been
holding stuff back since Roswell in ’47,” he said. “And maybe prior to
“There’s enough witnesses, enough qualified pilots,
astronauts, literally heroes of ours, that have come forward about
things and so I think it’s pretty evident that government is covering
up,” the congressman said. “And the reason we don’t have any of that
information now is a lot of it is so compartmentalized that the people
that could connect the dots are long gone.”
Asked what reason the government might have for covering these discoveries up, Burchett suggested, “Greed and power.”
There’s one last place Planet Nine could be hiding
A study recently submitted to The Astronomical Journal
continues to search for the elusive Planet Nine (also called Planet X),
which is a hypothetical planet that potentially orbits in the outer
reaches of the solar system and well beyond the orbit of the dwarf
The goal of this study, which is available on the pre-print server arXiv,
was to narrow down the possible locations of Planet Nine and holds the
potential to help researchers better understand the makeup of our solar
system, along with its formation and evolutionary processes. So, what
was the motivation behind this study regarding narrowing down the
location of a potential Planet 9?
Dr. Mike Brown, who is a Richard and Barbara Rosenberg Professor of
Astronomy at Caltech and lead author of the study, tells Universe Today,
“We are continuing to try to systematically cover all of the regions of
the sky where we predict Planet Nine to be. Using data from Pan-STARRS
allowed us to cover the largest region to date.”
Pan-STARRS, which stands for Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid
Response System, is a collaborative astronomical observation system
located at Haleakala Observatory and operated by the University of
Hawai’i Institute of Astronomy. For the study, the researchers used data
from Data Release 2 (DR2) with the goal of narrowing down the possible
location of Planet Nine based on findings from past studies.
In the end, the team narrowed down possible locations of Planet Nine
by eliminating approximately 78% of possible locations that were
calculated from previous studies. Additionally, the researchers also
provided new estimates for the approximate semimajor axis (measured in
astronomical units, AU) and Earth-mass size of Planet Nine at 500 and
6.6, respectively. So, what are the most significant results from this
study, and what follow-up studies are currently being conducted or
“While I would love to say that the most significant result
was finding Planet Nine, we didn’t,” Dr. Brown tells Universe Today. “So
instead, it means that we have significantly narrowed the search area.
We’ve now surveyed approximately 80% of the regions where we think
Planet Nine might be.”
In terms of follow-up studies, Dr.
Brown tells Universe Today, “I think that the LSST is the most likely
survey to find Planet Nine. When it comes online in a year or two it
will quickly cover much of the search space and, if Planet Nine is
there, find it.”
LSST stands for Legacy Survey of Space and Time, and is an
astronomical survey currently scheduled as a 10-year program to study
the southern sky and take place at the Vera C. Rubin Observatory in
Chile, which is presently under construction.
Objectives for LSST include studying identifying near-Earth asteroids
(NEAs) and small planetary bodies within our solar system, but also
include deep space studies, as well. These include investigating the
properties of dark matter and dark energy and the evolution of the Milky
Way galaxy. But what is the importance of finding Planet Nine?
Dr. Brown tells Universe Today, “This would be the 5th
largest planet of our solar system and the only one with a mass between
Earth and Uranus. Such planets are common around other stars, and we
would suddenly have a chance to study one in our own solar system.”
Scientists began hypothesizing the existence of Planet Nine shortly
after the discovery of Neptune in 1846, including an 1880 memoir
authored by D. Kirkwood and later a 1946 paper authored by American
astronomer, Clyde Tombaugh, who was responsible for discovering Pluto in
More recent studies include studies from 2016 and 2017 presenting
evidence for the existence of Planet Nine, the former of which was
co-authored by Dr. Brown.
This most recent study marks the
most complete investigation of narrowing down the location of Planet
Nine, which Dr. Brown has long-believed exists, telling Universe Today,
“There are too many separate signs that Planet Nine is there. The solar
system is very difficult to understand without Planet Nine.”
He continues by telling Universe Today that “…Planet Nine explains
many things about orbits of objects in the outer solar system that would
be otherwise unexplainable and would each need some sort of separate
“The cluster of the directions of the orbits is the best know, but
there is also the large perihelion distances of many objects, existence
of highly inclined and even retrograde objects, and the high abundance
of very eccentric orbits which cross inside the orbit of Neptune. None
of these should happen in the solar system, but all are easily
explainable as an effect of Planet Nine.”
Michael E. Brown et al, A Pan-STARRS1 Search for Planet Nine, arXiv (2024). DOI: 10.48550/arxiv.2401.17977
‘October Surprise’: Russia To Launch Nukes in Space
The ‘national security threat’ announced on Wednesday is
about Russia planning to launch nuclear weapons in space, causing some
to speculate whether it’s really an election year ploy.
The panic began when House Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Turner
(R-Ohio) asked President Biden to declassify information about a
“serious national security threat”.
Modernity.news reports: The weapon would reportedly be designed to be used to take out satellites.
Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) responded by telling reporters he wanted “to assure the American people, there is no need for public alarm.”
The big, scary threat is serious business and involves a space-based nuke controlled by evil dictator Putin, but it’s also “not an immediate crisis,” according to what three members of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee have told Politico.
Okay, then. Just for election season, is it?
Zero Hedge reports: “So, the question is – was this:
a) a distraction from Biden’s broken brain, or
2) a last desperate attempt to get more funding for anything-but-the-US-border, or
iii) a path to pitching Putin as the uber-bad-guy again after his interview with Tucker Carlson.”
Just by coincidence, Mike Turner recently returned from Ukraine having lobbied for billions more in weapons and aid for Zelensky’s government.
Some questioned the timing, suggesting it might all be a deep state plot to keep American voters afraid when they hit the ballot box.
Speculation will now rage as to whether this is “the event,” real or imagined, that billionaires and elitists the world over have been building underground survival bunkers in preparation for.
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