reply to post by Jaellma
I'll have to say that there are such a large degree of 'nuisance' reports; reports of known phenomena mistaken for something more extraordinary than
they are, coupled with deliberate hoaxing, as well as the human penchant for seemingly subconsciously embroidering the details of anything they relate
as eye witnesses, it's a difficult and frustrating subject to plumb.
This isn't to say that every sighting or report is nothing of consequence.
There are, however, only so many accounts of ball lightning, missile tests, Chinese Sky Lanterns, people acting disproportionately excited over Venus,
Jupiter, a Bolide, or some atmospheric meteorological phenomenon, and other reports, especially where the cause is obvious but the witness continues
to insist on adding details, before one begins to suspect the very same thing as described in the OP.
It's a fascinating subject; a concept certainly embedded into the global collective unconscious such that it seems most people will more readily
accept an explanation of "UFO" than they will of what most often is known phenomena.
Another problem in examining the subject we so often come into contact with is the problem of the prevalence of proper nutters.
The subject attracts a whole menagerie of imaginative fantasies detailing Galactic Councils, Federations, and other fairy tales.
Since we don't really know what the small percentage of unknowns are, however, all we can do is keep looking, and perhaps even attempt new tests for
measuring the phenomena.
As new concepts in science develop where discoveries are made allowing us to see, and detect more, where more sophisticated engineering advancements
are made that allow us to travel further and faster, perhaps, if only as byproducts of new discoveries and advancements on the terrestrial scale, we
may come closer to understanding these unknowns.
For now, we're stuck with an ocean of muddy water opaqued with mistaken reports of known phenomenon reported erroneously, deliberate hoaxes, and
proper nutter feedback that examination of this subject is akin to searching for a single needle in a whole field full of needle-stacks.
Hopefully, one day, we'll have concrete answers.
In some instances, unknowns may be found to be new unexplained natural phenomenon.
In some instances we may very well finally get verification on ETH.
For now, however, it's wait, and watch, and wait.
edit on 28-9-2012 by Druscilla because: (no reason given)