reply to post by Rezlooper
Sure, here you go: World population growth in different areas of the world:
A lot more people in a lot more places.
Here's a graph of cell phone users:
And as you know, cell phones with picture taking abilities and video abilities has been around for a long time, and has gotten better and better each
Amount of users for the internet:
And as people know, the internet has become a magical way to getting information posted quickly, news reported quickly, etc, etc.
I can still remember when to report a possible new comet, I had to use a telephone number......and then wait weeks and weeks for a response.
As per ATS policy, I'm not really suppose to post any personal information in posts about myself as far as who I really am, though I could send it
However, I can tell you that I was born in Newport, RI back in 1966, moved to Florida, then New Mexico, the California. I got there when I was 7. My
father was in the US Navy himself, and being a military brat, we moved around quite a bit.
We left San Diego when I was 9 and moved to Seoul, S. Korea where I lived from 1976 until 1979 while my father was stationed at the JUSMAG unit there
(stands for Joint US Military Assistance Group). This is also where I started my interest in Astronomy.
Left there when I was 12 and moved to Bangkok, Thailand where my father was stationed at the JUSMAG there. I went to the International School of
Bangkok, which was quite different from being in a DOD school. Met a lot of interesting people during my 2 years there. Saw the Bridge over the river
Kwai, saw a lot of elephants, saw a LOT of monks with shaved heads and bright orange sharongs. Learned how to speak some phrases of Thai, then in 1981
we left and moved to:
Naples, Italy! Loved this place more than anywhere else. Attened Forrest Sherman High School in my 10th grade year, but the high school was closed
down and we had to move to the Horse Shoe school next to NSA (Naval Support Activity). My father was stationed at AFSouth at this time, working for
I graduated there in 1984. I was in band, and was the Band president. Anyone who cares to look up that year book just might figure out who I am
Swore into the Navy and left Italy in January 1985. I served on the USS Preble DDG-46, USS Coontz DDG-40 (decommed her in Philly), USS MacDonough
DDG-39 (Decommed her in Charleston), served a Fleet Mine Warfare as a instructor for the AN/SWG-1A for the Harpoon cruise missile system.
Got out of the navy and decided to stick around here in SC since my father had retired here himself. That was back in 1994.
Wasn't "convenient". It was an adventure, and I was very lucky as a kid.
You want to see some fireballs? GO OUTSIDE. Sit outside...not for a few minutes. For HOURS. The longer you spend outside, the larger your chances of
seeing something streaking across the sky. The more often you do it, again the larger your chances become.
I have spent literally hours and hours either freezing my butt off, or being eaten alive by bugs. All to capture images on my camera of the sky, look
through my telescope, or to simply keep track of things in the sky.
Does this mean that I'm saying that there is no increase in Fireball activity? No. That is not what I'm saying.
What I'm saying is what has been put out several times in other threads, and even this one: there could be an increase in activity. There could be an
increase in reporting. There could be an increase in people's ability to capture and report.
Or it could be all three.
But, exactly HOW do you keep a secret in the sky? HOW do you "keep people in the dark" about astronomy?
With LITERALLY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of people who are both amateur and professional astronomers.....HOW so you "keep people in the dark" about what
is going on?
You don't, and they haven't.
Instead, you're simply rejecting the different reasonable answers in favor of a more dark, more conspiracy theory idea......because for some reason,
you feel a need for it.
How about you do some research? You've done a lot on Methane. Now do it for Astronomy. Learn about what is going on out there. Join the millions of
discussion groups online. ASK amateur and professional astronomers (even though you have several right here on ATS), go ask them. See what they have
You'll find that they'll give you the same 3 answers I gave you: denser area of material, more people to see them, and better abilities to report
I'm betting it still won't sit with you. That it will STILL have to be some dark conspiracy.