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Re: Balloons? I Think Not

From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul>
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2010 20:33:51 -0400
Archived: Thu, 21 Oct 2010 06:42:01 -0400
Subject: Re: Balloons? I Think Not

>From: Bruce maccabee<brumac.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2010 11:34:29 -0400 (EDT)
>Subject: Re: Balloons? I Think Not

>>From: Greg Boone<Evolbaby.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2010 00:07:33 EDT
>>Subject: Balloons? I Think Not

>>There are pathetic explanations and there are beyond pathetic
>>explanations for UFO sightings but to regress to balloons again
>>after watching this video:


>>just takes the cake.

>My guesses:

>Daylight in NYC - balloons

>Night in El Paso - falling pyrotechnics (like fireworks) with
>parachutes (to arrest the fall before they burn out)

Bruce, since you don't go into detail, I assume your guesses are
not based on an analysis beyond the obvious.

I would like to show readers of the list that all is not as
simple as it seems. I've placed images of an orb triple from an
NYC video on my web site for discussion.







Pic0 is an original image extracted from the video. Pic1 zooms
in on the orb triple. Pic2 is a transformation obtained by
equalizing Pic1 before it was enlarged.

Notice in Pic1, the brightest areas tend to be in the center of
each orb with a relative shadow around the entire periphery of
the orb. If the sun were behind the camera, the bright centers
could be a reflection. Otherwise, the orbs would need to be

Further, in the equalized Pic2, an asymmetry in the brightness
of individual orbs can be seen. That is, the brightest areas are
not circular. This suggests that these orbs are not exactly
spherical. Another possibility is that this asymmetry is an
artifact of the image compression algorithm. The objects' bright
spots may not have fallen on the center of an element of the
grid used to encode the image.

But notice also in Pic2, that there is a lighter area in the
upper right quadrant where the fourth of a quintuple of orbs
might have been positioned in a square arrangement. This light
spot is not visible in the original photo, and so is not a
reflection from a fourth balloon. However, this hint of a fourth
orb could be the beginning of a plasma ball as I suggested in an
earlier contribution.

Perhaps a more thorough analysis along this line could address
more completely the utility of the balloon hypothesis. From what
I've seen thus far, there is reason to question it.


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