posted on Feb, 12 2009 @ 06:59 PM
I'm an amateur "backyard" astronomer, pilot, and amateur radio operator, and currently employed by a major airline on the east coast of U.S.A.
I know exactly what you're talking about regarding these flashes.
I've questioned professional astronomers, and some have said they know what I'm talking about, some do not.
I remember seeing them as a little kid. I was 5 when I first noticed them. At first, I thought it was my eyes playing tricks on me. Maybe my pupil
dilating and contracting extremely fast, but no... I was wrong.
I've seen this phenomena several times since childhood. I, at one point, thought it was "heat lightning." Lightning from a distant thunderstorm
that reflects off dust particles in the air, and in all honesty, this is a plausible excuse, but I later came to assume that it wasn't that
It can be described as an ALL ENCOMPASSING flash of light. The few times I've paid attention to it, it seems to have no point of origin, and blankets
the ENTIRE night sky.
The last (memorable) time I saw it, it was early to mid February. A friend and I were sitting by a lake in my hometown. The moon was visible, and it
was after midnight. Anyone that knows New England, knows that thunderstorms don't take place in February often, and in my 30+ years of living here, I
have NEVER seen a thunderstorm in the middle of the night in mid February.
On that night, my friend and I were watching for shooting stars. I saw the first flash, and he said, "what the ....?" I knew he had view it, but I
wanted confirmation that it wasn't just me. A few minutes later, it happened again. My friend knows I'm an avid "backyard" astronomer, and he
asked me, "What the hell is that?" I responded with, "That flash?" He said, "Yup!" and the the search for answers was on. I now had a witness to
what I had been seeing for years. I asked him if he saw it's point of origin. He said that it had appeared from the South-East, but had NO clear
definition. It was what he described as being "the brightest portion of the flash", but he agreed that it was all-encompassing.
Later I contacted a friend Steve "Dr. Sky" Kates, and he couldn't come up with any answers, but agreed that he's seen similar phenomena.
The only thing I can come up with, is that there may be some sort of generator in space that sends ionized particles into space. If these ionized
particles hit Earth's ionosphere, it may appear as a "split-second aurora", but blanketing the entire planet. The only problem with this guess, is
Where do these things originate?
Any suggestions, contact me at RedundantAgony@Yahoo.Com