originally posted by: OpenMindedRealist
a reply to: Fl078
I do not want this phenomenon to be anything specifc; I simply won't accept an explanation I find implausible. To be frank, I get the
impression you are rushing to conclude that there is 'nothing to see here.'
I have studied all of the images you presented. If you look closely, you will see some differences between the fishing fleets and the spots in the
area of the sighting.
Look at the large cities in your images. Though smaller than the fishing fleets in area, they appear as singular blobs of very bright light. This is
because lights in cities are many and very close together. When I look at the fishing fleets, I can clearly see tiny points of light with a dim glow
The lights in the region of the sighting cover a smaller area than some of the fishing fleets, but they are more intense (brighter). They actually
look more like the cities in your images rather than the fishing fleets.
I don't know what is behind this sighting, natural or not. Between my own observations of the images and Vanheijst's testimony (that of a an expert
and first hand witness), I conclude that fishing fleets are an unlikely explanation.
the sighting was made almost 3 months, so I'm not rushing to conclude that there is nothing to see.
I'm interested in this case because pictures are amazing, so I was very curious about the explanation.
I have no interest in any particular conclusion, I'm agnostic and I have no will to believe anything, neither extraordinary explanation, neither
I have tried to help identying those lights by doing "research" with a couple friends, and I appreciate a lot the work of other people, like the
very informative investigation I have linked on previous page (found thanks to Tim Printy).
I've only posted here to have views of members.
You are free to believe what you want, but the sighting is obviously a fleet of boats, the pilot agrees.
In my last email with JPC, we've offered a new hypothesis to explain the color red/orange: a fleet of boats seen through an ash-cloud.
There was activity in Kamchatka at the time of the sighting:
News from 23/08:
"Zhupanovsky , Kamchatka :
53.59 N, 159.15 E;
Elevation 9702 ft (2958 m)
Aviation Color Code is ORANGE
Moderate explosive eruption of the volcano continues. Ash explosions up to 26,250 ft (8 km) a.s.l. could occur at any time.
Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft.
Moderate explosive eruption of the volcano continues. According to visual observation by E. Safonova, weak ash explosions occurred and ash plumes
extended to the south-southeast of the volcano on August 20;
according to the data by E. Nenasheva, only gas-steam activity of the volcano was observing on August 17.
Satellite data showed ash plumes rose up to 3 km a.s.l. and extended about 110 km to the south-southeast of the volcano on August 19-20;
a thermal anomaly over the volcano was noted on August 16-17."
The ash cloud from the Zhupanovsky (650 km away) was going South-South Est, which seems to match with the direction of the sighting (South).
Please feel free to make some research and check.
JPC is not convinced about the ash cloud hypothesis, but when I've asked a volcano expert about it, he told me (I've given his identity to JPC) :
his personal view is "the sighting is due to light through an ash cloud, or some atmospherical pollution of some kind."