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Re: Were Arnold UFOs Fireballs?

From: David Rudiak <DRudiak@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 8 Apr 1999 23:09:44 EDT
Fwd Date: Fri, 09 Apr 1999 22:39:50 -0400
Subject: Re: Were Arnold UFOs Fireballs?

>From: Donald Ledger <dledger@ns.sympatico.ca>
>Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 20:40:47 -0300
>Fwd Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 21:04:04 -0400
>Subject: Re: Were Arnold UFOs Fireballs?

>With an approximate time of 2.5 to 4 seconds from top of
>atmosphere to ground level for a meteor's travel, how can
>anyone in that field even consider meteors?

Meteors grazing the Earth's atmosphere instead of coming
straight down can last for longer and also appear to travel
approximately parallel to the Earth's surface.  That would be
the best possible meteor hypothesis.

This would require that the "meteors" be traveling at a bare
minimum orbital velocity or higher, or at least 10 times or
greater speed than what Arnold calculated.  To have the same
angular velocity as reported by Arnold, this would also mean
they would have to be at least 10 times further away, or at
least 250 miles distant.

Unfortunately Arnold reported seeing them fly _in front_ of Mt.
Rainier, only 25 miles away, the only time he could see their
thin profile against the white backdrop of the snow.  Oops!

And that's just one of a multitude of incongruities between the
a meteor explanation and Arnold's sighting, which have amply
been pointed out by yourself and others.

>How does something like this get in a SETI journal?

Simple -- Krauss' Law.  Begin with the assumption that no matter
what, it can't be artificial and non-human.  Therefore, any
explanation, no matter _how implausible_, is to be preferred
instead.  No kidding, that's what the man said.  Among
scientific skeptics he unfortunately has a lot of company.

David Rudiak

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