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You believe that artifact was an insect?
Rods are almost always caught by video cameras. Their distinctive shape is thought to be due to the fast flapping of insect wings causing motion blur. This is because the flapping is much faster than the relatively long frame (fields, in fact) exposure time in video cameras of 1/50th or 1/60th of a second, used in low light situations. In that time, some insects can beat their wings several times and move a significant distance in the air. In fact, typical insect wing beat rates vary between 10 and 250 per second (though some small insects have rates up to 1000/s) while flight speeds vary between 0.5 m/s and 7 m/s. So, a horsefly, for instance would beat its wings twice in 1/50 s and fly around 8 cm. This would yield a 'rod' 8cm long with two 'branches'. The apparent length of the rod on film would, of course, depend on the insect's distance from the camera (and also in which direction it was flying).
However, I have yet to see anything other than examples what COULD be causing the phenomenon, and not what IS causing it.
I am curious about the possibility of a previously unexamined species or genus that could be evading our detection because we are trapped in a framework of bugs as the only 'possible' answer.
I'm sure we'll find out this is explainable. Perhaps it is just insects. But we don't know it is an insect any more than we know its an ecto-plasmic trans-dimensional magnetically-propelled life form thrust into our plane of existence by ethereal wind (sarcasm intended here).
At any rate, my smarminess was not meant to offend. It's been one of those days.....
And thank you very much sincerely) for discussing this with me. I am further inclined to agree with your supposition. I just don't think I'm finished with my interest in this particular phenomenon. Had I the resources I think I could perform some applied research to get more important measurements into the equation... but only time will tell if I ever get the chance.
Originally posted by SpaceMonkeys
reply to post by ickylevel
They're not just an insect. No one has ever found a dead one to study, these things are very strange and could be evidence of a being living in a different "reality" or dimension or simply in a frequency range that we cannot detect with our own senses.
This is an excellent video S+F
Originally posted by ressiv
ROD VISILBLE AT WK. FOOTBAL MATCH
(visit the link for the full news article)
During the semifinal match Germany - Spain on July 7, there was something remarkable picked up a camera to the stadium in Durban, South Africa.
In the 63rd minute of the race, during the repetition of an attempt by a Spaniard to score a goal, a worm-like object that moves rapidly through the image.
This is a 'Rod', also called Skyfish
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[edit on 9/7/2010 by Mirthful Me]