posted on Aug, 21 2004 @ 12:46 AM
About it being the Asteroid 2004.. someodd, that was 0.0306 AU from here, that's still 4,590,000 kilometers.. Our atmosphere ends at roughly 100km,
so that's a LONG way out still.
To Kriz - the Aerostat things are only 1-200 feet long, and they are always tethered, and float at approximately 15,000 feet. I think this object was
said to be at least 30,000 feet, and there was no visible tether.
To Henry, or whoever it was that said "Skeptics just dont want a shift in paradimes" - Well, you're wrong. That's all that can be said there. I'm
a skeptic in a lot of ways, and it doesn't amount to me being unable to grasp change, or to me hating change, it amounts to me having a healthy
amount of sense before I jump into something that could just be a trick. If it weren't for folks like me the world would be a lot crazier of a place,
and very few people would have escaped telemarketing scams.
Things We Know:
1) Object did not move very far throughout day.
2) Object was very high and very large.
3) Object's shape is uncertain.
4) There seems to be no direct proof from anyone on what the object actually is.
The Big Possibilities:
Weather Balloon - Weather Balloons deflate after approximately two hours, no local weather services launched this, Weather Balloons move freely and
far with the winds, Weather balloons travel very high and are not very large, Weather Balloons are generally teardrop shaped.
Conclusion: Very unlikely.
Near Earth Object: In order to move only minutely over several hours on end, with little change in size or brightness, object would have to be very
far away, and very very large. If the object was that far away and that large, it would be visible from other locations, not chiefly localised around
Conclusion: Very unlikely.
Extra Terrestrial Craft: No real expected properties, as an extra terrestrial craft could likely replicate those of another object, but, would
definitely not have to. It would not have to move very far, it would not have to change in any real way. It would not have to have a certain shape or
bear any particular insignia (though it is right to note, there does appear to be a distinct V shape - whenever I look at this I feel like it is a
model of a Grey's head, or it is a hoaxer who loved the movie and TV series V.) - So overall, there isn't much hope of saying it can't be this, but
the best hope of saying it is this is coming to the conclusion that it cannot be otherwise explained.
Conclusion: Probably not likely, but definitely not excluded.
Other: Well, again we run into an unexcludable territory. Could it have been a special high altitude experimental craft? Could it have been much lower
than originally believed, and have ended up being just a long-lived balloon? We can't particularly know.
Conclusion: As likely as an Extraterrestrial object.
The Long And Short Of It: This was unexplainable. The devastating lack of good photographic evidence is almost enough to make one cry. Hopefully this
will be the first in a series of such sightings, hopefully someone with a damn telescopic camera can get in to take a good picture. If there are no
other conclusions, an extra terrestrial object almost seems likely. The problem with that, though, is that there are other conclusions.
Keep Watching The Skis! Er, Skies!
[edit on 21-8-2004 by Viendin]