Originally posted by Human_Alien
Originally posted by JimOberg
In all the most notorious shuttle UFO videos -- 48, 63, 75, 80, 121, etc -- the dots appear ONLY while in sunlight,
When you're traversing in space at 300 miles above sea level....isn't the Sun always visible?
Thanks for checking on this.
The answer is not only 'no', but 'golly gee GOSH no'.
But your candid question helps make the point again, that the less one knows about real spaceflight, or thinks they know but in error about real
spaceflight, the more attracted they are to UFO interpretations.
The antidote is to learn more about real spaceflight through reading, satellite watching, tuning in to spaceflight documentaries or DVDs, etc.
But the temptation remains great to AVOID learning these things, because it's so much more fun to believe the nonsensical misinterpretations.
It's not that some people don't WANT to know more about reality. They positively want to NOT know more about reality.
But asking this question is a good sign.
The next good sign would be to believe the answer.
Earth casts a shadow 'down sun' out into space hundreds of thousands of miles long, tapering gradually, but still dark as far out as the Moon's
orbit and well beyond.
The 2000 mile diameter Moon also casts a shadow but in the distance to Earth it converges to a point, just barely reaching Earth in a narrow circle
tens of miles across, sometimes even NOT reaching Earth [creating an annular eclipse, such as recently].
As satellites near Earth pass into and out of Earth's shadow, they become dark, their solar panels stop producing electricity, and their instruments
can observe stars without sun glare washing them out.
Satellites also cast shadows, but of course they're much narrower. The shuttle, especially, cast a shadow out about a thousand feet or so. It tapers
because the sun is not a point source, it's half a degree across so the sunlight passing around the edges of an object, tends to slowly converge.
Small nearby objects coming off a shuttle, as they slowly drift away, can emerge from that shadow and suddenly become visible. They 'appear' to
emerge from the background, and this gives a powerful illusion that they are coming up from whatever is in the background -- Earth surface or edge,
After several minutes, the satellite passes over onto above the sunlit surface, which reflects light into the shadow zone and provides substantial
illumination. The 'blind zone' is eliminated.
It is during this brief [3 to 4 minute] segment of each 90 minute orbit that the most spectacular 'space UFO videos' occurred. I argue that it is a
cause and effect of the unique lighting condition acting on normal 'space dandruff'. Small, nearby, accidentally shed 'stuff'.
For those who champion the unexplainable nature of such videos, they NEVER disclose this particular context of them. NEVER.
But if you don't realize the solar illumination distribution in the camera's field of view, and where the shadows ARE, you'll never have a clue to
understanding what is really being seen.
And so you'll think the dots are UFOs. Thousands of people, maybe millions, do. None of them know about the lighting and shadow.
People presenting these videos seem to not WANT you to know. Maybe they want you NOT to know. Maybe that's why they refuse to provide date/time of
the actual videos. Maybe that's why they justify other people covering up that information, and arguing that 'nobody NEEDS to know that
So the minds of naive viewers remain in shadow, in the dark, literally and metaphorically -- until they see the light.
Hu, is there a light going on in your mind? Thanks for asking the question, and reading the answer.
This particular scene appears to be in full sunlight, so the issue of shadows doesn't enter into interpreting it. But the date/time is still critical
in order to determine other activities or other distant satellites, such as a derelict 'Iridium' bird.
But first we have to establish that the flasher was even IN the original video.