posted on Sep, 8 2009 @ 05:18 PM
Originally posted by depthoffield
Something is bad with those videos.
Like Arbitrageur, i could actually think is only a bright dot in the sky (a star or planet?
Now that I realize the video is sped up, I agree that's a possibility, but it's something truth2u can check.
Truth2u, if you know how to make angular measurements, then see if you can figure out the angular movement during the half hour you videotaped it. The
earth rotates 360 degrees in 24 hours so that's 15 degrees an hour. The apparent rotation from your perspective could be a bit different but if it's
close to 7.5 degrees in the half hour you filmed it, then there's a good chance the movement you see is from the rotation of the earth, and it could
be a planet. In fact if you know the latitude, longitude (approx) or city of the sighting, and the direction (approx, to start with) North or South,
etc and approximate angle of elevation (was it say, 45 degrees between the horizon and straight up? Or estimate the angle), you or anyone else can
plug those numbers into an astronomy program for the PC to see if there were any planets or bright stars in that location at the time you filmed
Here is one such program, and it's free:
If you do a lot of videotaping of objects in the sky, you might want to see if the object you're taping shows up on Stellarium or a similar program,
and if it does, you'll know what it could be.
I watched this again, something is making that dot appear to oscillate up and down, giving an apparent cylinder shape, but I'm even more convinced
after watching it again that the real object does not have a cylindrical shape. You are in a better position than me to determine what was different
in your taping between when you recorded a dot and when you recorded a cylinder. If it was just the zoom, then it could be a zoom artifact in your
camera. Most serious photographers turn the digital zoom off, so if you haven't done that, you might consider it, and just use the optical zoom.