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Re: Weirdness This Morning

From: Bob Young <YoungBob2@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 11:45:07 EDT
Fwd Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 03:38:18 -0400
Subject: Re: Weirdness This Morning

>From: Sue Kovios <bradford@globalserve.net>
>Date: Mon, 06 Jul 1998 23:40:50 -0400
>Fwd Date: Tue, 07 Jul 1998 00:55:17 -0400
>Subject: Re: Artificial Structure Discovered on Moon

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>Here is a post I sent to UpDates in March of this year.

>>From: Sue Kovios <bradford@globalserve.net>
>>To: "'updates@globalserve.net'" <updates@globalserve.net>
>>Subject: Weirdness This Morning
>>Date: Wed, 11 Mar 1998 09:36:42 -0500

>>Just in case anyone else reports something like this........
>>Around 5:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 11, 1998:

>>This morning I was woken up by the _Moon_.  It was like
>>someone turned the lights on.  I looked through the binocs
>>and it looked almost full and _very_ bright.  It was very clear.
>>It was WNW.  In about 20 minutes it had moved over by
>>Erskine (Yonge&Eglinton) and was orange and the left side
>>was shaded.  But what got me was it looked like something
>>was cutting off the right top side down to about 3 o'clock.
>>I watched through the binocs and could see something
>>almost white move from about 3 o'clock up along the
>>edge to 12 o'clock.  As the moon sank it looked like it
>>was melting and I could see this structure sticking out
>>at around 2 o'clock.  It was very prominent.  It was almost
>>like the moon was turning as it sank and it really looked
>>like it was melting.

>>Yes, I am loosing it.

>Or am I? Nick Balaskas could account for the melting effect but
>couldn't hazard a guess about the structure I saw sticking up
>from the Moon's surface.

>Where was the location of Clementine's image on the Moon?

>Anyone else want to hazard a guess as to what I saw?

The Moon was nearly setting. This sounds like an observation of
the Moon crossing what is known as the "zone of avoidance", where
the atmosphere causes a meteorological optical phenomenon which
is actually a superior mirage.  The Moon can appear to shimmer, a
black obscuration can be seen and sometimes a distorted part of
the image can appear at this layer of the atmosphere.

For a discussion of a famous example, which has probably been
mistakenly presented as evidence of a meteor striking the Moon,
and others, see 'News Notes', SKY & TELESCOPE, October, 1984, and
my letter on page 292, of the April, 1985 issue.

In the famous case, one Gervase of Canturbury reported a curious
June 25, 1178, observation of the Moon, "...after sunset when the
moon had first become visible a marvelous phenomeonon was
witnessed...Now there was a bright new moon ... suddenly the
upper horn spilt in two.  From the midpoint of this division a
flaming torch sprang up, spewing out, over a considerable
distance, fire, hot coals, and sparks ... the body of the moon
which was below writhed, as it were, in anxiety ... the moon
throbbed like a wounded snake.  Afterwards it resumed its proper
state.  This phenomenon was repeated a dozen times or more, the
flame assuming various twisting shapes at random and then
returning to normal ... after these transormations the moon ...
along its whole length, took on a blackish appearance."

Hope this might be the answer to your observation.

     Clear skies,
     Bob Young