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Originally posted by voyger2
I really really don’t understand why some people always think that they are smarter with his logical explanations of illusions ... bug's ... reflexions... satellites ... geeeeee's
I can understand and comprehend a movement of an artificial flying objet man made... and most of the people here can... they are smart also... and I don’t think their testimonials are illusions or fake, because it resembles a lot to what I have saw in the last years... and it wasn't only one time!!! And lot's and lot's of times .. in the same circumstance’s I didn't saw anything.... so ilusion my ***
A more subtle effect is known technically as the autokinetic effect. In this, natural movements of the eye make a stationary object appear to move irregularly, sometimes zooming up and down or swinging from side to side in a movement sometimes described as like a “falling leaf”. Autokinetic motion can be uncanny when watching artificial satellites, which often appear to zig zag or even make deviations around stars in their path.
This question arises from time to time. I do not know about autokinetic, but it
is a common optical illusion. I found it most pronounced when observing bright,
slow-moving satellites, like the old Pageos balloon, which is no longer in
Terence Dickinson offered this explanation in his astronomy field guide,
"Whether satellites have a steady or fluctuating brightness, most novice
observers agree that they do not appear to move across the sky in perfectly
straight lines. There seems to be a perceptible waviness to their paths, a
jerkiness in speed as they glide through the starry background. In fact, these
oscillations are in the mind, not the sky. The satellites actually move in
precise linear paths at an even velocity.
The human brain likes to link patterns into a recognizable image. This is done
instantaneously in daily life. However, looking at one moving light in a
randomly dotted black sky, the brain constantly tries to produce these patterns
but fails. What are thought to be oscillations in the satellite's path are
really the unconscious workings of the mind trying to make sense out of an
unfamiliar visual environment. The result is, in effect, an optical illusion."
Originally posted by Vandettas
Isn't it impossible to see a star move?
Originally posted by Syroco
These are in fact SATELLITES in orbit, and perhaps even the ISS. This is a fact. Especially if it was moving in a linear path to the curvature of the Earth. (Would appear to be moving straight across the night sky, in a somewhat arching path.) Satellites appear the same way a distant star does.
Here is the ISS's path in the night sky if you were to see it:
Here is why it is a 99.9% chance that you saw a satellite and not a UFO:
^ This image shows roughly how many satellites are in orbit for just 1 side of the globe.edit on 29-12-2011 by Syroco because: picsedit on 29-12-2011 by Syroco because: pics
Originally posted by iSeeKEnlightenment8o5
I've seen this too! But it is an optical illusion of some sort. I don't remember the term! I learned it on here though. Just look at any star and stare at it for a while and you will see it move in the manner in which you saw it move. Is it pareidolia? DAMN I DON'T REMEMBER! There is a word for it.