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Still, here's a video showing ball lightning footage with standard silly soundtrack. The clips are intriguing and have all been on UFO and ghost documentaries which kinda supports my point that we impose our beliefs on something we don't understand.
Ball lightning exists as a meteorological phenomenon.
The irony is that narrative and anecdotal evidence of BL sighting reports is taken seriously whereas equivalent evidence is rejected for structured object sighting reports.
Until the 1960s, most scientists argued that ball lightning was not a real phenomenon but an urban myth, despite numerous reports throughout the world.
The presumption of its existence is based on reported public sightings, and has therefore produced somewhat inconsistent findings.
I can't tell if we're agreeing or disagreeing here?
BL sightings have been reported to occur next to waterspouts in conditions that generate electrical storms. They've been reported travelling along power lines during electrical storms too. They are typically described as spherical balls of light energy (sometimes crackling/sparking) and their sizes vary. Due to this connection with electrical energy in localised atmospheres, BL will suffice for me as an explanation in those cases.
The video I linked was to show people that floating spheres of light have been recorded and described as BL. I thought the OP would appreciate seeing them for comparison. I made a point that what we call 'BL' has also been called UFOs, ghosts and whatever else - unknowns explaining unknowns.
Not everything with two wings has to be a bird, right?
originally posted by: erno86
Of course...my superluminal [faster than the speed of light] estimate is based on the fact that the foofighter arrived at our star system, with the only possibility that the starship must be capable of superluminal speeds, or it [foofighter] would have never made it here from another star system.
originally posted by: Answer
After reading a lot of great information here from Zaphod and Astr0, I've moved over into the "legit UFO's are mostly advanced black projects" category of belief. I was previously in the agnostic crowd and basically accepted that I have no idea what they are.
I have a question based on the following personal sighting:
My girlfriend and I were driving on a very rural stretch of 4-lane highway shortly after dark. The specific area has mostly soybean fields and catfish farm ponds. We made this drive often when I was in college. There was about 40 yards of grass between the highway and the tree-line. The skies were clear and the temp was around 75 degrees F.
A green ball of light appeared about 20 feet above the treetops. When I say appeared, I mean it wasn't there and then it was there. It floated straight down toward the trees and as it got closer to the trees, it arched into a horizontal flight path and floated past the tree tops out of sight. Size, I would guess 2-3 feet diameter. The ball was not reflecting light, it was glowing with its own light source and the light was consistent over the whole shape. It wasn't emitting a glow around it, that I could tell. The edges were crisp like it was a solid round shape, not just a blob of light. It looked like this glow in the dark bouncy ball:
We were both quiet at the time and a few seconds after we passed it, my GF asked "did you see that?" I said "yep". "What was it?" I replied "I think we just saw a UFO." We both saw exactly the same thing.
The flight characteristics suggest that it was under intelligent control. Its movement seemed very deliberate. I've seen plenty of photos of ball lightening, and it was not that.
My question is, if UFO sightings can mostly be chalked up to secret military aircraft... what the hell are the balls of light?
originally posted by: Patrycjusz
a reply to: Answer
It's just a mass consciousness ball made out of energy. Like the ones that form the crop circles. At least it does look that way: