Thursday, June 30, 2005
NASA's great balls of fire
A noted abductee/researcher has posited that a DVD, available on a number of web sites..."The Secret NASA Transmissions", reveals objects that are "the same ones" seen in the recent "ufo fleet" video clips. Guess we need to review this DVD and see if we agree.
To start, the fleet video objects have not been identified...but theorized as light reflections, balloons, and birds. As has been mentioned here previously, the bird theory doesn't explain all of the fleet video, nor does balloons. Light reflections account for some but not all, as well. Therefore, not even the fleet videos themselves represent "the same things". Oh, they could also be fleets of round fireballs, manned by presumably heat-resistant EBEs, which exhibit different patterns of group movement... depending on mood, perhaps. But none of them have stopped to say hi, so we cannot accept that theory either without more evidence. But we do know that birds, balloons, and light reflections CAN AND DO explain many UFO photos and clips. The evidence weighs strongly for these explanations, unless and until evidence to the contrary comes forth.
Since the fleet videos theoretically do not represent a single phenomenon, but a number of different causes, it is difficult to understand how the NASA Transmissions could be "the same thing". Balloons wouldn't last very long in space, nor would birds.
There is one thing that can cause fleets here that can also cause fleets there...light reflections.
As with "orbs", the flares of dust and other particles in flash photography, light reflections are routinely mistaken for UFOs or spiritual phenomena down here on earth. Likewise, ice particles, dust, and space debris also flare when lit by the sun, and create odd photographic effects in space. These effects are possible regardless of atmosphere or gravity.
Another effect visible on earth AND in space is lens flare. When light enters a camera, it must first pass through a lens or a series of them. Sometimes...due to fog on the lens, or debris, or a particular sun angle...light gets bent on the way in, and reflects off the interior surfaces of the camera, or lens elements, and this light reflects back to the inside of the lens, and the camera sensor or film records these reflections as flares. They are often easy to spot because they regularly appear in the very shape of the camera aperture. They can be round, octagonal, pentagonal, diamond-shaped, etc...depending on the arrangement of the iris diaphragm of the camera. Lens flare is so common in photography, that Adobe's Photoshop image editing tool includes a filter for ADDING lens flare to images. This is because it can highlight an area but can also make an image look more "photo-realistic". Obviously then, lens flare is very common.
The "tether experiment" footage purports to show a UFO passing behind the tether. If you accept that the "object" is a huge UFO, then you may be right. If you note however, that the shape of the object is in agreement with a high number of other objects...down to the orientation of the "notch", we can assume that these objects are enhanced optically...they are much smaller than they appear. But then why do they all have that strange "notch"? Why do they always appear broadside...no on-edge views or elliptical aspects? Because they are actually very small particles, floating very close to the camera and out-of-focus, flaring in the sunlight. The effect can be created with a camera with flash, a tripod and a little kicked-up dust. I have re-created orb photos myself, including the "motion-blurred" variety that always elicit ooohs and ahhhs. These effects are well-know and well-understood, so without any additional evidence there is no better explanation unless you are simply "wanting to believe". Note that a tiny "flared" particle would appear to go behind the tether, since the tether is larger and reflects more light and would drown out the "flare" on the particle, appearing to dim as it passes behind the tether, when the particle is actually being eclipsed by the tether as the particle passes in front of the tether...perhaps mere inches away from the camera lens..
Well, there is no additional evidence that these things are anything but what they most appear to be....just like the UFO fleet videos. Lots of talk but no evidence that they are NOT reflections and misidentified mundane phenomena.
Of course, there is one additional point on the fleet videos from earth. In order for them to be light reflections, the photographer would have to know that the objects are not up in the sky. This means that the fleet videos must be intentional hoaxes. As we have all discovered, Arturo Robles Gil, the prolific producer of fleet videos, is a professional photographer and has perpetrated hoaxed UFO photographs before. These facts make the evidence for fleet fraud beyond compelling. Indeed, they provide sufficient evidence to discredit the fleet videos out of hand, if history is any teacher at all.
NASA on the other hand, got the videos unintentionally...a by-product of hundreds of hours in space, photographing any and everything. Only when cherry-picking these piles of film does one come up with something unusual enough to be foisted as a "UFO". Just like the fleet videos.
In short, the Secret NASA Transmissions is an unsupportable fiction masquerading as truth. Any serious researcher who asserts its importance is simply revealing a biased, "I want to believe" acceptance....and not a scientific opinion. It is very much along the lines of the "We never went to the moon" videos.
Of course, I could be wrong. There IS one additional explanation for the NASA UFOs...notched-donut-flying aliens flitting about with the same side facing the camera all the time. Uh-huh.
As usual, intelligent thinking about the fleet videos, the NASA images, and camera anomalies that are presented as UFOs rather than artifacts inherent to the photographic process.
This is what ufology needs more of:
critical thinking, with the door not closed on some possibilities that are not mundane.
Cogent, succinct, and completely understandable: well done.
It was serendipitous that Your Roswell piece, Paul's "3rd way" piece, and this one come in such quick succession.
The winds of change are a-blowing, methinks.
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