Originally posted by bluestreak53
Again Jim, if you actually read through the witness reports you would realize that your proposed explanation does NOT fit the witness observations.
You're not the first enthusiast to insist on this interpretation. recent example was Ignatius Graffeo, UFOSEEK.org, regarding a September 7, 1999
booster reentry fireball seen from Tampa, Florida.
Tampa Home Video Shows Details of Large Triangle Craft
Original URL: members.aol.com...
Found at web.archive.org...
October 8, 1999 // Ignatius Graffeo, UFOSEEK.org
Other news links:
Graffeo: “Booster debris or space junk reentering and burning up in the atmosphere do not have multi-colored signal lights flashing, hover, then go
straight up, nor are triangular-shaped, level-flying objects… . The Tampa video appears to be an object that is under intelligent control, not a
burning hunk of space junk.” He later added, “Witnesses … said at one point during the sighting the UFO hovered motionless and then ascended
rapidly out of view.”
The video just shows parallel-moving lights, which Graffeo insists were all on one large structure: “The characteristic triangular shape is evident
even in the conversion copies …You must not simply look at a ‘flat picture’ but perceive the subtle highlights and linear perspective of the
object in the video as it moves with the brighter areas. Watch the 2 lights on the left side of the object very carefully. The craft displays
distinctive lights, especially at the corners, which reflect off its metallic-looking frame revealing its symmetrical, triangular shape. The upper
surface area appears to be a structural matrix of some kind. If you view the video, you will clearly see 2 lights blinking-- alternating red, white,
green and amber on the left wing section, and a larger white light pulsate on the front of the object. The craft seems to be moving from left to
Graffeo dismisses the reentry explanation as preposterous: “I'm amazed how such a sighting could be mistaken for a rocket booster re-entering the
atmosphere! The craft was observed to be moving very slowly. It tilts and reorients itself. This is not what a falling rocket booster does! The news
report is rife with disinformation and confusion. It is truly frightening how this type of craft can flaunt itself in our skies and be explained away
and dismissed so easily. This video speaks for itself.”
I later wrote about this and similar cases for Space.Com, here:
Space Vehicles Arrive -- But Whose?
Space.com // 05 November 1999
Then there is this 1990 French 'UFO Flap" caused by a booster reentry....
Letter to MUFON UFO Journal (Dennis Stacy) // August 17, 1992
I criticized an article that claimed that "a structured object was perceived by witnesses," writing: "This is a classic fireball phenomenon, where
bright lights (individual fragments) are mentally integrated by witnesses into illuminated sections of a single craft. The estimates of "enormous
size" are worthless since only angular size is directly perceivable. This is basic eyewitness interview technique and standards."
Also relevant is the 'UFO fleet' seen by several airliner pilots over Turkey on November 1, 2002, at approx 5 AM local time. Reported at
. Detailed description of horizontally moving formation of multicolored lights, that were fragments of the reentry fireball of
a Soyuz booster rocket.
Lastly, there's Hartmann's report of the 1968 Zond-IV booster reentry in which some witesses reported -- and drew -- rows of square windows down the
side of a cigar-shaped body...
A newer link for the 1999 Tampa video is www.ufoseek.org...
edit on 25-4-2012 by JimOberg because: new link