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Re: Strange Cloud Near Moon - Shough

From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2007 16:32:51 +0100
Fwd Date: Tue, 05 Jun 2007 12:39:31 -0400
Subject: Re: Strange Cloud Near Moon - Shough


>From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2007 08:38:56 -0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
>Subject: Re: Strange Cloud Near Moon

>>From: Geoff Richardson <geoff.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Mon, 4 Jun 2007 17:25:56 +0100
>>Subject: Strange Cloud Near Moon

>>Recently The WHY? Files received two photos which were taken by
>>an astronomer in Canada.

>>A number of astronomers have examined the photos but cannot come
>>up with an explanation for the strange cloud-like object which
>>appears near the Moon.

>I can.

>The strange red "cloud" in the sky in the vicinity of the Moon
>is an optical reflection of the setting Sun which would have a
>similar reddish tint too! From the phase of the Moon (a very
>thin crescent where the rest of the lunar orb is illuminated by
>Earthshine), these pictures were taken about one day after New
>Moon and the Sun would have been only about 15 degrees or so
>below the Moon - ideal conditions for camera lens flares!

To cause a lens flare the sun would have to be above the horizon
to send light directly into the camera optics. As you rightly
say, the sun was about 18 degrees below the moon. The photos
were supposedly taken at 19:44-19:50, when the moon was setting
and the sun was long gone, setting about 1800 local, so it's not
a lens flare unless the time is inaccurate by about 135 minutes.
Of course it could be, in principle.

The coordinates are garbled, and maybe the time is too. The
photos don't appear to show an horizon so the moon could be well
up. But at the same time a featureless horizon might be
indistinct and washed out in the glare, and the effect doesn't
really look much like a solar lens flare to me anyway. I'd still
prefer a reflection in window glass, but am content really to
shrug, probably as all those astronomers did who are said to
have been "unable to explain" it.


Martin Shough



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