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Re: UFO Over Vancouver Oct 13 2010

From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 15:52:02 +0100
Archived: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 13:20:15 -0400
Subject: Re: UFO Over Vancouver Oct 13 2010

>From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2010 14:32:55 -0400 (EDT)
>Subject: Re: UFO Over Vancouver Oct 13 2010

>>From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 18:18:45 -0400
>>Subject: UFO Over Vancouver Oct 13 2010

>>Here is a very interesting video of a flickering UFO over North
>>Vancouver, BC.


>Spends most of the time defocused. Camera probably set on
>automatic focus which barely works when looking at a bright
>light in a dark surround.

>The very faint large disc images are way out of focus.
>Occasionally it does succeed in focus... when the image is the
>smallest, e.g. about 43 sec.

>Halo around bright center images are nearly focused. Changes in
>image size are a result of the camera "hunting" for focus.

>Rapid fluttering or flashing likely a result of atmospheric
>effect on light from a small or "point" source after passing
>miles through the atmosphere (scintillation or twinkling).

>Don't know direction or time. The slow drift to the right is
>characteristic of a star or planet which would have a vertical
>component of motion due to the earth's rotation.

>Could it be a distant airplane with headlights on (tens of
>away) and heading not quite directly toward the witness
>(airplane heading just to the left of straight toward the

I agree this is a defocused video of a small scintillating light
source. But I think it's a star.

The lateral drift with insignificant vertical motion _is_
characteristic of a non-setting star near the southern horizon.

Judging from the way the camera is placed - on a window sill or
similar - it seems clear that it is pointed near the horizon.
The maximum angular motion of any star during 1 hour (total
video) is only 15 deg at the celestial equator, and near the S
horizon it would be much less.

Moreover the video extract as I recall is only about 12 minutes,
so the motion is likely no more a few degrees, too small for
significant altitude change to be discernable. The camera is
said to be at maximum zoom so the angular FOV is small and it
doesn't take long for the star to drift across it.

The witness herself says on the video "When I look just with my
naked eye it looks like...a star".

I believe it was taken from Vancouver in the early morning? The
brightest star Sirius would have been low on the S horizon and
is the champion of twinklers in this sort of situation.

Martin Shough

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