posted on Feb, 21 2011 @ 02:46 PM
Many years ago Harvard astronomer Donald Menzel claimed that many classic UFOs were in fact mirages. James McDonald, superlative atmospheric
physicist, refuted most of Menzel's claims and even the notorious Edward Condon thought that Menzel was mad.
But some classic UFOs may in fact have been mirages or reflections. For example the famous 1990 (not 1994) Montreal 'aerial phenomenon' was almost
certainly a reflection of hotel swimming pool lights - see link in my last post in the thread:
And, again on ATS, Arbitrageur has presented convincing evidence that Tim Edwards' classic 1995 film of a cigar-shaped UFO near Salida, Colorado:
was in fact of a superior atmospheric reflection of a solar reflection on the river to the southwest of Salida. A temperature inversion above Salida
may have created a thin, invisible cloud layer that reflected the solar reflection on the river, creating the shimmering UFO image:
Arbi also suggested that some night-time Salida UFOs might have been similar reflections of lunar reflections on the river.
If UFO researchers want to be taken seriously by scientists, they need to publicise these mirage explanations for certain cases, just as Jim McDonald
would have done. As far as I know, neither Richard Haines nor Bruce Maccabee have acknowledged that there are good prosaic explanations in these two