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Common mistake to say it's fast. We can only say it covers the frame in a short time, but a nearby object like an insect can do that without going very fast.
originally posted by: Greven
It is interesting because it is so very fast and oddly appears to intersect the contrail of the plane.
This really has me baffled because the "most reasonable" explanations can almost be ruled out. If it were an insect just passing in front of the lens, at infinity focus and 12x zoom, it would have just been a very large gray blob with no definition at all. With my camera, an object will not even be close to being focused until it is over 50 to 100 feet away, with those settings. Shutterspeed of the camera was at least 1/600th of a second, but probably much faster, at 1/1000th of a second or more. (the only setting I don't remember)
originally posted by: tothetenthpower
a reply to: Arbitrageur
Anybody know if this YT channel ( or others hosting the video) is known to posting hoaxes? And is there any evidence supporting that?
originally posted by: Arbitrageur
That's a very imprecise statement, and not entirely accurate.
In fact what actually happens at increasing distances from the lens is that the object becomes more and more defined. He can't just pick an arbitrary distance and say it would have been blurry at that distance, because what if that wasn't the true distance to the object? There are a whole range of potential distances between the camera and the object to consider, and that comment indicates he is not applying such a disciplined thought process of considering various distances, their effects on image clarity, and relative speeds an object would need to traverse the frame in that time.
The speed of the male horsefly is attributed to Jerry Butler, an entomologist at the University of Florida, who once got a male Hybomitra to chase a plastic pellet fired from an air rifle; "Which it caught in midair and dropped," Butler says. From the speed of the pellet, he calculated the fly was going at least 90 miles per hour (145 km/h) at the beginning of female pursuit.
originally posted by: kreinhard
This video was posted on a non-conspiracy/ufo forum I visit occasionally. From the Yahoo page:
An airline passenger recently captured footage of strange UFO orbs over Atlanta, Georgia, USA. What do you think they are?
Passenger Films UFO orbs from airplane
(Not sure how to embed a Yahoo video, sorry for the link.)