From: Jim Deardorff <deardorj.nul> Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 21:03:16 -0800 Archived: Fri, 17 Dec 2010 01:18:24 -0500 Subject: Re: NBA Star's UFO Not Sky Divers >From: Jim Deardorff<deardorj.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 23:55:22 -0800 (PST) >Subject: NBA Star's UFO Not Sky Divers >>News Links - 14-12-10 >>NBA Star's UFO Sighting... Explained >>TMZ.com >>http://tinyurl.com/2vlamu7 >>Video: Santa Monica Fireball Witness >>Examiner.com >>http://tinyurl.com/2e38rbq >That TMZ.com video certainly fails miserably to explain the Dec. >1st sighting and video of the two Santa Monica witnesses within >the Examiner.com link, at: >http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWToxNbYJNA&hd=1 >That's due at least to the following reasons. >1. Though the Red Bull Air Force sky divers do at times dive >with a smoke emitter attached to the ankle, the smoke trail >starts out very narrow -- ankle wide -- while gradually >widening and continually attenuating 20-40 ft to the rear, as is >to be expected from any smoke plume. In contrast, the UFOs' >sunlit trails start out at full width without widening, and >remains bright, compact and opaque for a downstream length of 3 >or 4 plume widths, then fade rather abruptly in just 2 or 3 >plume widths. It is even more unreasonable to liken the UFO's >white plume, illuminated by the light of the sun below the >horizon, to the light of a flare. >As pointed out by the Santa Monica video taker, who is turning >into a competent ufologist, the (so-called) science guy, Bill >Nye, evidently wasn't aware of the other videos and witnesses >which prove it was a real event, not a hoax. >2. As noted also by the Santa Monica video-taker, there was no >aircraft around at the time out of which anything, such as sky >divers, could have been dropped. >3. How high must the two objects have been, if above the coast >at Santa Monica, for their trails to have been sunlit? Sunset at >Santa Monica was at 4:45 pm. The video was taken at 5:09 pm. >According to the NOAA solar position calculator, the sun was >then 5.1 degrees below the horizon at Santa Monica. So according >to my arithmetic, this means the objects and their trails were >at a height of at least 31.8 miles to be in the sun. Hence they >were not sky divers over Santa Monica. If the objects were >farther west, they would not need to have been so high, but then >they would not have been sky divers over Santa Monica. (But >please check my arithmetic, using 3954 miles as the Earth's >radius; and the city's latitude of 34.0 degrees, longitude 118.6 >degrees.) Correction. Upon checking with a website such as: http://www.astro.uu.nl/~strous/AA/en/antwoorden/zonpositie.html#2 under Section 2 "seeing the sun at night", the correct answer for the UFOs' minimum height is 15.7 miles (plus or minus a couple in allowing for uncertainty in longitude and time). This is still way too high for sky diving. Conclusions: (a) Red Bull Air Force skydivers are still ruled out, and (b) my arithmetic can't be trusted. Jim Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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