Originally posted by Rubicant13
Originally posted by bluestreak53
Originally posted by Rubicant13
reply to post by JimOberg
Interesting, Mr. Oberg. Was there an inquiry into this mystery satellite sighting in 1953 as reported on many websites or not?
I'm not sure if you are actually reading the material presented on the thread or not. There was not "a satellite" in 1953, but an observation of
TWO satellites (not one, but two) - and from what I can tell, nothing to link this to the so-called "black knight" satellite. They said they were
"natural" orbiting "moons", I guess they were asteroids that had simply decided to enter earth orbit.
Unfortunately, no one has yet been able to produce the original article from Aviation Week published in August 1954 which revealed this discovery.So
we are left with minimal information.
Yes, I did read that material. If this is the case, why do so many cling to the original story that this satellite indeed existed? There are even
strange photos of the mystery satellite that have been popped up over the years. These images are a case of mistaken identity as to what satellite it
As you can tell from this thread and related, earlier ones, the idea of a ghost satellite from the dawn of the Space Age is an exciting one, and
people like to sexy up their retellings with additional 'details' year by year -- such as these 'photographs', which are all bogus.
The myth also is aided by a lot of popular misconceptions about orbital flight, especially the biggest: that things just drift around aimlessly in
space, free of earth's gravity, and can move from one orbit to another or drift away into deep space, willy nilly, like flotsam and jetsam at sea. A
better understanding of the stringent constraints of orbital motion would be very helpful -- and pretty cool to actually understand.
All sorts of teams around the world are scanning the skies for unknowns, out of scientific interest, national defense interest, curiosity, even
looking for signs of non-human activity. From time to time they spot objects of interest -- 1991 VG comes to mind -- and the information is quickly
disseminated to other observers and the public.
Probably the neatest recent example was last year when an asteroid search project detected a small object slowly moving from the region of Earth's
moon out towards the down sun Sun-Earth Lagrange Point 2 [SEL2], a million miles outward from Earth. The unidentified object was very small -- only
meters in size -- and clearly was being steered.
So they went and found out what it was and told the world about it. The americans and the russians had nothing to do with it.
Too bad those kinds of authentic discoveries don't seem to get the attention of folks hereabouts who are genuinely -- and rightfully -- fascinated by
mysteries of outer space.
The OP's story is fictional, woven of enhanced and exaggerated threads from several different stories. The Epsilon Bootes message is a confabulated
version of an interpretation by Duncan Lunan of a chart of reported Long Delayed Echoes logged by short wave listeners many years ago [long BEFORE the
earliest 'Black Knight' stories].
Some writer, counting on the gullibility and ignorance of his target audience, just made up the story of a signal.
It might be a proper outlet for your curiosity to track down who the original liar was, so as to save future generations from being repeatedly
victimized, as you were.
Please give it a try. It's a worthwile quest.