posted on Jun, 12 2009 @ 01:23 AM
Greetings to all the fellow desert rats!!!!
Although it seems that every bright light or round thing that gets spotted by numerous people, eventually gets explained as a "weather/research"
balloon, this one is going to be hard to explain as such. Sorry Channel 3, this light was simply far too bright....I cannot tell you how sick I am of
that explanation, too trite, too used & worn out.
But, just to be on the safe side, I checked out what kinds of weather and research balloons they are using these days. Here's what I found out-
There is a research balloon company out of Palestine Texas called "Columia Scientific Balloon Facility". They launch out of New Mexico along with
NASA. Their balloons can measure up to a football field in diameter and are made out of the same material as sandwich bags, although much thinner.
These balloons can ascend up to 26 mi., can carry payloads that weigh as much as 3 cars and can stay up for about 2 weeks. These balloons can drop the
payloads after contact from a radio signal and these drop down on parachutes. Then the balloon eventually rips and floats down. I couldn't find any
info on these particular balloons being self-illuminated.
There is a major company that does make illuminated balloons for movies, events and such and these balloons are quite bright, mimicking sunlight, but
only over an immediate area and these balloons are not for launching into space or air. The largest of these models is only around 18ft in diameter.
One of the biggest companies that makes these is "Airstar". They use tungsten halogen lamps or HID (high density discharge) to light these
All that being said, there is NO way that the light north of the Phoenix area spotted today matches either of those things IMHO.
This light was waaaay too bright and was visible for far, far too long a distance. The Airstar balloons are a maximum of 16,000 watts. This is like
160 100-watt bulbs. I seriously doubt that if I held up 160 100-watt light bulbs that you would see what we all saw across the city. And by the way,
the Phoenix metropolitan area is huge....
All that being said...who knows what sort of mischief our government is up to with "research" balloons....perhaps all the military craft were
buzzing the area in order to keep people away, in case someone got too close and could figure out what was up there....? Just a guess.
BTW, is just me, or has anyone else been seeing an "elevated" number of military craft here in Phoenix? I have even been seeing them on schedule,
same time every day (as well as random times). Usually early morning, flying from east to west, probably out to LAFB (Luke Air Force Base) & usually
in small formations. I live right in central Phx., around Central & Glendale, and they fly right over my complex.
Anyhoo, just thought I'd throw that in so we'd all have a little more info on this supposed "research balloon"...if anyone out there knows of any
other types...I know we're all anxious to know what it was that we all saw out there!