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Re: Were Arnold UFOs Fireballs?

From: dledger@ns.sympatico.ca (Donald . Ledger)
Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 20:52:43 -0300
Fwd Date: Fri, 09 Apr 1999 15:29:40 -0400
Subject: Re: Were Arnold UFOs Fireballs?

>Subject: Re: Were Arnold UFOs Fireballs?
>From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
>Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 11:27:13 -0400
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

>>From: Brian Straight <brians@mdbs.com>
>>To: <updates@globalserve.net>
>>Subject: Were Arnold UFOs Fireballs?
>>Date: Wed, 7 Apr 1999 09:46:58 -0500

>>Forwarded from the SETI maillist FYI


>>Were Kenneth Arnold's UFOs Actually Meteor-Fireballs?
>>Recent research by San Francisco Examiner science writer Keay
>>Davidson -- sparked by a conversation with SUN's editor --
>>suggests that the stream of 'Unidentified Flying Objects' reported
>>50 years ago by private pilot Kenneth Arnold -- which triggered
>>the UFO era -- may have been glowing meteor-fireball fragments.
>>Davidson learned from a recent book on meteors (Rocks from Space)
>>authored by O. Richard Norton, that the number of meteorite falls
>>reaches a Peak around 3 p.m. Arnold's sighting occurred around 3
>>p.m. In the northern hemisphere, the greatest number of meteorite
>>entries reported over 160 years (1900 to 1960) occur during the
>>mouth of June. Arnold's historic sighting occurred on the 24th of
>>June, 1947.

>This is the logical error of correlation = causation, and if
>there is a frequent error in skeptical explanations, it is this

>Let's look at the appearance of meteors, and their durations:

>1) Meteor - luminous streak; Arnold UFOs - thin dark line when
>horizontal, specular reflection when rolled.

>2) Meteor - less than one to a few seconds except for unusual
>and highly visible bolides; Arnold UFOs - timed at 1 min 42


>It is a mystery why they don't just settle back and think a
>little before trumpeting such silliness, since a mere few
>minutes of thought demolishes such hypotheses in most cases. I
>suppose they are just not really interested in science.

Your last paragraph reflects what I was wondering about earlier.

It probably took an hour or so to hammer that nonsense together.

How do you suspend your powers of reasoning long enough to type
out 700 words on the subject?


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