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Re: UFO Puzzle Has City In A Tizzy

From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 14:43:24 -0000
Archived: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 13:14:51 -0400
Subject: Re: UFO Puzzle Has City In A Tizzy

>From: Chaz Stuart <daydisk2.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Tue, 30 Oct 2007 03:08:11 GMT
>Subject: UFO Puzzle Has City In A Tizzy

>Source: Times of India, Calcutta, India


>UFO Puzzle Has City In A Tizzy

>KOLKATA -- In the first such incident recorded in Kolkata, an
>unidentified flying object was spotted in the city's skies
>early Monday morning.

>The fireball, that moved very rapidly and even seemed to change
>its shape and size, was photographed by a resident of Kalikapur
>in east Kolkata. Scientists couldn't identify the object though
>some believe it could be a meteor blazing a trail through the
>morning sky.

"moved very rapidly" "a meteor blazing a trail"

>The object, as shown on a TV channel, seemed to alter its shape
>from a round object to a triangle and then turned into a
>straight line. It emitted a bright light that formed a circle -
>almost a halo - and also radiated a range of colours.

'As shown on TV.' Maybe the described "very rapid motion", like
the colour scintillation, halo and shape changes, also comes
from the video. Because the rest of the report seems to describe
a long-duration light, not like anything that would be confused
with a meteor:

>The strange object was spotted between 3.30 am and 6.30 am by a
>senior executive of a private company, who filmed it on his
>handycam and showed it to the MP Birla Planetarium director D P

Three hours.

>Many others spotted the strange object streaking across the
>eastern sky and hundreds gathered along EM Bypass to catch a
>glimpse of the "UFO". Many claimed to have seen the UFO,
>triggering a frenzy.

Objects that are "streaking" across the sky like metoers don't
tend to allow time for "hundreds to gather... to catch a
glimpse". Objects that stay for three hours do.

>The Birla Planetarium director said the flying object, seen "at
>30 degrees on the eastern horizon" was "interesting and

Venus was rising due East before dawn, brilliant at magnitude -
3.6, At 0330 it would have been about 10degs up, by 0630 about

>"The viewer first thought it was a plane but gradually its
>brightness increased and it went up and vanished around 6.30
>am," Duari said. "No natural phenomenon is likely to last for
>such a long duration and it is not a meteor either. It is an
>extremely interesting and strange object," he added.

It "went up". So did Venus. It vanished around 0630. By that
time the sun was well above the horizon (it rose at about 0608)
and it was bright daylight. Again the "long duration" is
emphasised - no meteoric "streaking".

>Scientists were also puzzled by the phenomenon. They claimed it
>was too early to hazard a guess on what the object could be.

Making allowance for journalistic confusion, I think we can
hazard a guess that it might have been Venus, which all
skywatchers will know is a spectacular pre-dawn sight at the

>"A cosmic body cannot change its appearance the way this one
>seemed to do. But an expert needs to observe it for a longer
>period of time to be able to comment on it. It is very strange
>and intriguing. Sadly, TV pictures are not enough to make a
>conclusion," said Kamalesh Kar, astro-particle physicist at the
>Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics.

Pending correction from some Lister who may actually have seen
this video, I'd point out that cosmic bodies in defocused and
highly-zoomed videos can change their appearance in all sorts of
ways. Additionally, there may be diffraction and masking effects
due to changing cloud cover.

Thanks Chas.

Martin Shough

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