posted on Oct, 26 2009 @ 01:44 PM
reply to post by oneangrymonk
Both the Salida witnesses state the object was in the same general direction as the sun. So to assess your sighting it might help to know time of day,
date, and then an astronomy program can calculate the direction and elevation of the sun. But was the image in the same general direction as the sun
like in Salida?
Also, the image of the mirage will appear much closer than the body of water. In the case of Salida, there appear to be 2 "reflections", one off the
body of water, the river, which is more distant than the object, and another "pseudo-reflection" that's actually a refraction of that reflected
image, on a temperature inversion layer in the atmosphere. How much further the body of water would be than the object would depend on the height of
the temperature inversion, but the body of water could be twice as far, or more, or less. But it needs to be more distant in the case of Salida, so
the water would not be directly under the sighting. Also note that it's nearly impossible to estimate the size and distance of any unknown object in
the sky without reference points.
But I don't know enough details about your sighting yet to assess if it may have been a mirage or not. If the sun and the cigar shaped object were in
opposite directions, it's certainly not what happened in Salida where they were roughly in the same direction per both witnesses. Your photoshop
image bears a resemblance however, it's an interesting image.
[edit on 26-10-2009 by Arbitrageur]