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We see quite a bit of ufo activity here,it's sort of a normal thing by now,so I don't bother to write down dates,exact times etc.
Alexander von Humboldt observed the phenomenon in 1799 while looking at stars with the naked eye, but thought it was a real movement of the stars. Thus he named them "Sternschwanken" i.e. "Swinging Stars". It was not until 1857 that G. Schweitzer (Schweitzer, 1857), an early German psychologist, discovered that is was a subjective phenomenon. The US Navy started studying this in 1945 in order to explain vertigo experiences related by pilots. Today this "kinetic illusion" is categorized as a vestibular-induced illusion, see vestibular system. Many sightings of UFOs have also been attributed to the autokinetic effect's action on looking at stars or planets
This question arises from time to time. I do not know about autokinetic, but it
is a common optical illusion. I found it most pronounced when observing bright,
slow-moving satellites, like the old Pageos balloon, which is no longer in
Terence Dickinson offered this explanation in his astronomy field guide,
"Whether satellites have a steady or fluctuating brightness, most novice
observers agree that they do not appear to move across the sky in perfectly
straight lines. There seems to be a perceptible waviness to their paths, a
jerkiness in speed as they glide through the starry background. In fact, these
oscillations are in the mind, not the sky. The satellites actually move in
precise linear paths at an even velocity.
The human brain likes to link patterns into a recognizable image. This is done
instantaneously in daily life. However, looking at one moving light in a
randomly dotted black sky, the brain constantly tries to produce these patterns
but fails. What are thought to be oscillations in the satellite's path are
really the unconscious workings of the mind trying to make sense out of an
unfamiliar visual environment. The result is, in effect, an optical illusion."
….to get crappy videos with light orbs, that will be ripped apart as a fake/hoax here on ats, from people that first asked for that video?
originally posted by: verschickter
a reply to: DexterRiley
Stars are always in the background if you can see satellites, and the autokinetic effect is all about stars, I think you got that wrong.
illusory movement of a single still object, usually a stationary pinpoint of light used in psychology experiments in dark rooms. As one stares at a fixed point of light, one's eye muscles become fatigued, causing a slight eye movement. Without the usual reference points available in the everyday environment, the movement of the image on the retina is perceived as its actual movement in space
originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: verschickter
The satellite is for all intents and purposes traveling in a straight line it's the autokinetic effect caused by the human eye that can give the appearance of erratic movement.
You are confusing how the eye may "see" a stationary star to move around in an erratic fashion with the absolutely steady progression of a moving satellite that slides across the heavens with no deviation from a straight line.
What are thought to be oscillations in the satellite's path are really the unconscious workings of the mind trying to make sense out of an unfamiliar visual environment. The result is, in effect, an optical illusion."
Satellite observing and the autokinetic illusion
originally posted by: Raxoxane
"That is a bona fide ufo-there is no earthly aircraft that can do that"