reply to post by StargateSG7
HOWEVER, while the sheer processing power of the human
vision system CAN EASILY DO WHAT YOU HAVE PROPOSED,
the more prosaic explanation is that first, I calculated
it aproximate speed by the Arc Distance Covered
across the sky in degrees in relation to where I was standing.
Then the second thing I did was check the colour of the
flaming object (i.e. is it yellow, red, orange, blue/green,
bluish white, pure white, etc.) Then I checked if it went
behind some high wispy clouds (it did) and above some nearby
aircraft (it did!). Those few things were all I needed and are
easy enough to estimate if you've done some basic
astronomy (i have!) and some basic trigonometry (yup!)
Now the KEY FACT HERE is that AFTER I went HOME,
I did some internet-digging to find out cloud cover height (i.e. 15,000 feet),
aircraft corridor landing ceilings into Richmond/Vancouver YVR
which was 8000 to 12000 feet East to West for most craft coming
in from the usual Eastern Canada/Calgary to Vancouver runs at
the approximate 11:00 pm time we saw the object (which went
South to North and then banked to Northwest).
The rest of the info is pure spreadsheet work
and basic laws of physics and light. AND some
guesswork based upon KNOWN fuel configurations
of high-speed aircraft (i.e. Peroxide, Methane,
Hydrogen) to see if that configuration matched
what I saw. (it Did!)
Colour temperature is a Photo/Video/Film term which
can also be used to indicate the TYPE/SOURCE of light
being emitted. 3200k Tungsten (orange), 4200k (green)
for flourescent, 6000k for daylight (blue) and then
you get HID, and gas discharge lighting types which
get you into 10,000k and 20,000k colour temps.
In the world of SCIENCE, flame colour can also be
used to indicate the SOURCE of the components being
burned be it Oxygen, Hydrogen, Perodixe, Methane,
various metals, etc. Photographic Colour temperature
is many times CONFUSED with the COLOUR SPECTRUM emitted
by the combustion of specific elements or compounds.
I am meaning colour temperature as in WHAT WAVELENGTH
(COLOUR) of LIGHT is emitted when fuel components such
Hydrogen (etc) is burned at specific distances from me?
What would my eye see if i plotted distance from me versus
wavelength (colour) at a specified fuel source burn rate per
second of a given volume per second of KNOWN flight
propulsion configurations? As a flight systems fan,
I've got a lot of data to go on!
If the object was moving at a varying velocity, what
components of the burn cycle WOULD I SEE at a given
If I guess at a common ENGINE TYPE, what light emissions
would I likely see at various levels within the atmosphere?
If an object of a KNOWN size is a given distance/altitude from me
what configuration of burn cycle would I likely see with any given
Plot the Min, Max, Median, Average and various in-betweens and see what you get!
Since these plots are NOT ABSOLUTES but rather PREDICTIONS based upon what I saw,
it is LIKELY that I would have seen an aircraft (if it actually WAS ONE!) that
LIKELY would have burned Hydrogen (if it actually DID!) and it WOULD HAVE BEEN
120 to 150 feet in length (if it WAS an aircraft of a long and
pointy configuration!) and it LIKELY flew at Mach 24 AT ABOUT 90,000 feet
within those 10 seconds that I saw it very clearly.
That is all easily plottable on a spreadsheet and me being
somewhat obsessive about the science just wanted to do those
inquiries more for fun rather that TRULY PROVING a point.
Who knows! It could have STILL been an Alien Spacecraft
crashing into our atmosphere! But on a balance of probabilities,
i'm gonna take the MOST LIKELY explanation of its flight performance
envelope IF it was truly an aircraft!
The rest of my surmises are mostly political conjecture
based upon actions that the USAF/NSA/NRO has done
many times before in terms of it's spy plane workings!
edit on 2013/7/5 by StargateSG7 because: spelling