I like trick photography but like as much as that the ability to spot it and understand that I'm being fooled. There can be quite a few optical
effects caused by (my) eyes, some that still puzzle me. A bit like those stars that sometimes swirl around like little ufos in your eyes sometimes.
They are undeniably going on inside your eyes/brain. But the flashes present a bit of a mystery!
Not someone who's experienced internal flashes, apart from one or two in the lounge, but I'm pretty sure it's just the light-bulb doing something odd
(as my mum saw it too) I have dismissed and not noticed any since then really.
But the outside flashes, sometimes on the horizon, sometimes above your head almost in the atmosphere rather than the clouds - do intrigue me. I have
not been able to nail an optical problem or stimulus for them. Meaning, usually I can attribute a strange effect to the fact I'm a) holding my gaze
for too long, b) looking side to side/moving my iris often or fast or c) simply not adjusting the focus of my eyes accordingly. Those simple actions
can lead to 'moving stars' which clearly are not moving, and other anomalies.
But flashes in the sky remain a mystery. I like lightning and storms so naturally you become familiar with the sights and sounds, the origin of the
strikes - even with cloud to cloud lightning hidden within them, you get a general picture of where they are originating. But the 'sky flash' is
always hard to tell. And for the ones I see, you usually need to be immersed in pretty good darkness, you can't just stare out of your window and spot
them. Perhaps they are just meteorites falling beyond the horizon?
In recent years I've led myself to believe a couple of things about them, firstly they seem to occur more in the summer months. People may assume that
means storms but as others here have suggested this can occur on a cloud free, starry night. Going with the meteorite theory it could just mean I'm
more likely to be outside at night in the summer and so notice this pretty usual thing happen more often. Even with this I'm sure people will catch
glimpses of flashes if meteorites get so bright briefly, and even see them from behind glass.
That seems like a logical reason, but one 'strange' instance comes to mind from your thread. I remember in particular the night Micheal Jackson died.
We were out in a meadow and the sky flashes were all over the place that night. I didn't mention it to my friends, but either lots of people were
celebrating his death and having fireworks well in the distance, or perhaps this mechanism some people are suggesting here about them being linked to
ghosts/energy could actually have some substance.
My point is - I totally agree about outside flashes, I have little experience of inside ones - but even my own optics I can't always trust, and I
don't know if this phenomena is worth investigating because it may be in my head/eyes. The MJ night of many flashes does have high strangeness IMO but
that could be co-incidence. I'd like to think it could mean interconnectedness of energy somehow - the fact we were all connected over those minutes
of the news coming in. It was pretty global. This thread has given me a reason to think about flashes though and keep an eye out, and the fact I can
attribute what you're saying to a life event, means all the more. S&F! Good call.
EDIT. MJ death, June 25 2009. Bootids meteor shower, peaks June 27 2009. "Normally the shower is very weak, but occasional outbursts produce a hundred
or more meteors per hour." Note, I saw flashes in the south and the info at
suggests a radiance (epicenter) in the north. But perhaps exterior flashes can be linked to meteor showers. Anyone else
remember specific dates you've seen them outside?
edit on 23-5-2012 by markymint because: more investigation