This is a bit of a two fold post. The first part being what the actual video is suppose to be about, and the second part is just something I happened
to notice while viewing it.
For those who cant watch the video, the poster of the video has his telescope locked on the moon with a pretty good zoom. It does appear that he
captures two waves run across it. From the left to the right. It is hard to see at the beginning, but once he does some zoom work and slowing the
video speeds down a bit, you can clearly see the ripple or wave crossing the moon.
I assume this is some sort of natural occurrence, but nothing I have ever heard of before. Hence I have brought here to be viewed out of curiosity and
to get a little lesson on what this is exactly. Thought others might find it interesting also.
The second thing I just wanted to mention too, is that it appears something else seems to be flying up the left side of the moon pretty much when the
wave starts. I'm sure most will say bug, seems reasonable, but if you notice, it does seem to follow the curvature of the moon right on the edge. Is
it a bug, or could it possibly be something that actually caused the wave?
I don't really know, so here we are...
It is only a 2:45 video so not like a lot of time will be wasted of your life giving it a look.
I have no idea that's why I brought it here. I wouldn't think so though because of the way he had moved the telescope to the right side after the
first wave. Seems an aircraft wave would have already dissipated by that time. I also think it would have moved faster too, then again what do I know?
The spooky music should be a clue: this guy knows he has nothing. Celestial objects "swim" in Earth's atmosphere because of diffraction caused by the
air. Point sources, like stars, twinkle. Disks tend to deform randomly. What you see in this video is the distortion of the image due to the
atmosphere being "tracked" on to the CCD's scanning. It is a simple imaging artifact, and the YouTube user probably knows it.
That is not something physically happening on the moon. My bet it's something on the telescope lens. Or something in the air that is distorting the
light. I think it's optical. A wave moving that fast would be quite a physical force and we would see changes on the moon's surface. That wave was
just moving too fast. Take the size of the moon and you could calculate its speed. Nothing moves that fast in that shape. It has to be some kind of
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