Originally posted by Dogdish
Wow! Thanks for the info. I thought everybody heard [electrophonic meteor sounds].
I guess I'm even weirder than I thought.
Well, physicist theorize
like crazy about the cause of this phenomenon — but, as I said, they can't reproduce
the phenomenon in the
lab, and they can't explain why 2 people in a group can hear such impossible noises, but the rest of the group can't
hear the noise.
The physicists explanations are amusing, but so far unprovable... For instance, the prevailing theory
is that ionized meteors give off VLF
(very low frequency) radio waves, which instantly vibrate
something on the ground nearby the observer.
That is to say, as a meteor streaks by overhead, its VLF radio emissions will cause maybe a nearby sheet of tin
to vibrate audibly
They even suggest that a person's hair
can be caused to vibrate audibly
from VLF radio emissions. Problem is, scientists can't
the effect in a lab, nor build a VLF receiver that can pick up meteor noises.
During Earth's annual passage through the Leonids, amateur astronomers sometimes gather in groups to view and record and applaud the accompanying
meteor shower. In 2001, as mentioned in the NASA article I posted earlier, some of these amateur astronomers were definitely hearing
meteors as they zipped past overhead; however, other astronomers in the same group were not
hearing the meteors.
So much for vibrating sheets of tin and vibrating hair.
explanation is that some people have a more highly-developed sensitivity to a very narrow band of radio emissions — that their
are picking up electromagnetic and/or radio energy and converting it into "hearing" information.
Verily, a sixth sense
— Doc Velocity
[edit on 12/25/2009 by Doc Velocity]