Please Read this carefully before responding or looking at photos
I will try to be as clear and detailed as possible.
Again, please read the details carefully before looking at photos and responding.
Lights in the night sky
Is it a bird? Is it a plane?
No its probably a satellite - or so some may initially have thought upon first seeing this.
The problem seems that we dont look up to the sky much - and when we do, we automatically label what it is we think we see. No one actually
Well last night, I not only looked, but took a series of photos.
At my flickr account I have a series of 6, untouched photos.
I took it straight from the camera and uploaded the files.
You can see the meta data file information from the camera as verification.
I also have some additional shots I will talk about toward the end of the post.
About the photos
At first glance you will see a series of shots that look like a bunch of lights.
One larger light that is about star size, and then a bunch of small speck lights surrounding it.
At first it will seem these are separate.
The light specks have different colors. You should be able to see green, blue, etc.
The large light, at one point, flashed a series of colors matching that of the colors of the specs around it.
I tried to get a pic of it flashing colors, or rather of a color other than the white you see - but it did not do it again that I saw. Which is no
biggy for the overall picture of things.
I will ask if someone will take the 6 files and make an animated gif out of them and post it for us to see.
Without looking at the pics, one after another in sequence, the pictures at first glance would seem underwhelminging.
You could do this, like I did, by opening it an a pdf viewer and clicking through the sequence. (I did this on the mac with the large photos and it
Keep in mind that there is a roof top at the bottom of the pictures in which you can use as a reference point.
And to see the group of speck lights, moving the same speed, and distance, as the larger light - is quite amazing. Its as if its one large craft.
One large craft
Its after this last statement that it seems this thing is actually connected.
If you look at the picture that says 'underside' (or really any of the photos, close up, of the brightest light) you will see small grey like box
beside the big light.
When you pan over, further away from the light you will see that same grey box where it should be black sky.
When you look further you will begin to notice that this 'grey box' is the source for the speck lights. Some of them are on...some off.
So some of the lights were on and others turned off.
At one point the light in the middle flashed the colors of the specs...sorry no video and no pic of a different color. But again, at this point, its
irrelevant against the backdrop of everything else.
The point is that the source from these lights seem to come form the grey box form to the right of the main light...and again that form can be found
inbetween the speck lights and large light.
At this point I have described the photos.
I did not, as of yet, edit the photos to show this.
At this point I will leave it up to you guys to do it - though I may eventually do it myself.
My point was to provide the unedited photos, and I am a bit excited, so I wanted to go ahead and post this.
Again, it may appear boring at first, but more interesting as you look and analyze the photos. And as more details are brought up, (i.e. crops of the
grey box by the light and located away from the light, as well as it being the speck light source) as well as an animated gif of a huge shape of
lights moving the same speed and distance in the sky - with the roof as a reference point to size...to show this thing must be big. (and again must be
one vessel to move like that. And again the speck lights make sense in light of all the other things mentioned above.)
extra note about photos
It was not handheld - nor do I have a tripod.
- I propped it up on a 'stool' on the window seal, (see note about this below), with a small cardboard box to help the camera point up.
* it was not a reflection of light in the window. Look at the rooftop in the background and see the camera was in the same place and the lights moved.
You will tell that the lights actually reflect on the object its coming from.
All lights inside were off.
- I used the 10 second timer as to get the clearest shot possible.
No camera shake by hitting the shutter button with my hand.
* If the roof is slightly out of line, its because it was not locked in a tripod - but Im sure most will agree its pretty consistent in placement.
- Some will laugh when they see the data from the camera, but it appears I had it in portrait mode. Not on purpose, but I was getting my shots...this
is what counted.
- I did auto focus and then turned it off for each shot.
The camera is picky about not taking pictures if not totally focused in - and it doesnt focus in well on star like object in the sky. And with my eye
sight I did not want to risk manual focus.
Now for the link
Again, I wish this could be viewed in a series. (overlap where you can see the movement) Again, hoping someone can do an animated gif with people
remembering to check out the roof top in the background to get a sense of how huge this thing is.
Flickr even has the series backwards starting with the 6th photo. (So if someone makes an animated gif, careful of sequence, and thanks ahead of
Here they are: Photos
When you go to flickr look at the full image
- its to small to see anything in
thumbnail mode. (note: just checked the file on my computer, and it appears that flickr isnt displaying the full size image there...but the link I
just gave should be big enough...anyway.)
Note: the lights all slant in the same direction...the spec light and the large light as if the underside of one large ship
Any blur to the light or stretching is the movement of the ship while being photographed.
[edit on 1-9-2008 by dAlen]