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Re: Clear Skies - Astronomer Sightings Catalogue -

From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2007 19:25:14 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
Fwd Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2007 05:48:09 -0500
Subject: Re: Clear Skies - Astronomer Sightings Catalogue -


>From: Edoardo Russo <e.russo.nul>)
>To: UFO UpDates <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Mon, 22 Jan 2007 13:23:51 +0100
>Subject: Clear Skies - Astronomer Sightings Catalogue

<snip>

>Since October, 2006, I've been working on a new project.

>"Clear Skies" is meant to be a systematic collection, catalogue,
>evaluation and analysis of all available documentation about
>unidenified aerial phenomena watched by (both professional and
>amateur) astronomers all over the world since Januar 1st, 1600.

>TLP (transient lunar phenomena) or any other anomalies seen on
>the surface of Sun, Moon and other planets will not be included.


Hello Edoardo!

Many TLPs are space objects passing between the observer on
Earth and the Moon in the distant background. Other interesting
TLPs are short lived flashes of light that are attributed to
meteoroid or space debris impacts with the Moon.

The sky (the entire celestial sphere) contains over 41,000
square degrees. Although the Moon is only half a degree in
diameter and covers just 0.2 square degrees of the sky, it is
probably the most observed 0.2 square degrees in the whole sky!
Why should your "Clear Skies" project be that selective so most
of these reported "unidenified aerial phenomena" or UFOs are
ignored?

Another similar project to yours is the recent and relatively
short one by NASA. In just over 100 hours of observing (not
since the year 1600 as for your project) they have recorded 82
TLPs. Most of these TLPs are Earth orbiting satellites while
others are believed to be explosions on the Moon from impacts by
meteoroids.

Check out the URL below for further details.

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/23jan_ltps.htm?list105130

The unexpectedly high rate of explosions on the Moon caused by
meteoroids that can be seen from the Earth with small backyard
telescopes is cause for concern. This fact and a recently
published study that a single very large meteoroid or asteroid
which was once thought to form a single very large crater on the
Moon, in fact creates many thousands of secondary ones all
around the lunar orb. This has NASA worried that future manned
lunar settlements or permanent bases may not be that permanent
after all!


Nick Balaskas




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