space: August 2010 Archives

275x250.jpgAn annual meteor shower is due to light up the UK night sky tonight, as the celestial fireworks coincide with a moon-free night.

Each July or August the Perseid meteor shower sees a swarm of dusty particles from the Swift-Tuttle comet colliding with the earth's atmosphere.

Hitting at over 120,000mph the particles burn up leaving impressive shooting star trails of light dashing across the dark sky.

This year Perseid will coincide with a moon-free night meaning star-gazers will get a better than usual display which will peak at around 11.30pm.

While people in the countryside will see more than one shooting star every second, city-dwellers will only see the very brightest… but they do live near a McDonald's.

275x250.jpgSecret files revealed today show that Winston Churchill was accused of ordering a UFO cover-up - because he was worried people would panic.

The latest batch of UFO files released by the National Archives include a letter from the grandson of an RAF officer who was also one of Churchill's bodyguards.

In it he claims his grandfather overheard Churchill talking about aliens with US wartime General Dwight Eisenhower - in particular a UFO shadowing aircraft returning to Britain.

The letter goes on to claim Churchill said the incident needed to be classified because it would "create mass panic among the general population and destroy one's belief in the Church."

In odd news none of the documents have yet revealed whether Churchill really did have a hotline to the TARDIS and Doctor Who.




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