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Re: 1956 Lunar Path Light - Balaskas

From: Nick Balaskas <Nikolaos.nul>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 14:24:02 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
Fwd Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 15:37:34 -0500
Subject: Re: 1956 Lunar Path Light - Balaskas

>From: Lan Fleming <lfleming5.nul>
>To: UFO Updates <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 16:14:56 -0600
>Subject: Re: 1956 Lunar Path Light

>>From: Ray Stanford <dinotracker.nul>
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2004 09:27:37 -0500
>>Subject: Re: 1956 Lunar Path Light - Stanford



>>Captain Franz,

>>Although I am not commenting on whether the photo under
>>discussion is authentic (i.e., not fake by the astronomer), I
>>think a more objective interpretation of the many white spots on
>>the right is that they are probably either the result of light-
>>blocking debris on the negative making white spots on the photo
>>print emulsion, and/or just damage to, or else light-colored
>>debris upon, the face of the photo, per se, or conceivably even
>>a combination of the two.  After all, the photo is said to have
>>been made in 1956, so it, and/or its negative, is 47 or 48 years
>>old. Photos and negatives can get awfully damaged in that amount
>>of time.


>You're right on target here. I've seen other photographs taken
>by Earth-based telescopes that show similar lights, one of them
>in an old issue of Sky and Telescope. They tend to appear near
>the moon's day/night terminator as this one does.

>One theory is that the light flashes are electrical discharges
>that have something to do with differences in electric potential
>between the day-side and the night-side of the terminator. Some
>people might shout "UFO" too quickly. Others, obviously, shout
>"hoax" too quickly.

Hi Lan!

Yes, there are literally thousands of such bright lights
reported moving in front of or near the surface of the Moon
prior to the start of the space age in the late 1950s. A few
have even been captured on film and video. An astronomer friend
of mine with the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory even saw one
such bright and unexplained light himself during the years of
the Apollo flights to the Moon which was confirmed by an
astronomer colleague of his in Kansas.

Amateur astronomer and ufologist Chris Rutkowski even wrote
about these lights, also known as Transient Lunar Phenomena or
TLPs, which had been observed by many on the Moon in an article
published in the 'Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of
Canada'. Although there could very well be different
explanations for each one (eg. meteors striking the Moon, an
asteroid passing between Earth and Moon, a volcanic eruption,
etc.), collectively TLPs have remained a mystery to this day.

To me, this particular picture of a TLP taken in 1956 could very
well turn out to be a double exposure. The Moon is always a
popular object to photograph by people through small telescopes
and so are the bright planets. Since both the Moon and the
planet would have been centered in the pictures taken with a
telescope, this picture could be a double exposure. Also, the
relative size of this bright object (slightly overexposed and of
a different phase than that of the Moon?) is about the right
size for a planet too if taken under the same magnification.

Of course, if the testimony of the college professor is accurate
and that the bright object was moving while he observed it, then
it could not possibly be a double exposure or even a planet. I
would then guess that this bright object was a particularly
large near Earth asteroid or a UFO - like the many which were
observed and reported in pre-Sputnik times by scientists and the
military. There is even an account of a successful attempt in
contacting the occupants of two E.T. spacecraft which were
initially thought to be two large meteoroids captured by the
Earth that remained in orbit for only a short while, but that is
another story.

One additional comment, if the UFO in the Apollo 16 images that
were written about recently in the 'Journal for Scientific
Exploration' and which ufologist Grant Cameron is currently
studying turn out to be of a real massive object as is
suspected, this UFO would be about as big as the bright object
in this 1956 picture of the Moon.

Nick Balaskas

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