From: Lan Fleming <lfleming5.nul> Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 14:54:57 -0600 Fwd Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 17:10:48 -0500 Subject: Re: 1956 Lunar Path Light - Fleming >From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul> >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates.nul> >Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2004 02:59:06 -0400 >Subject: Re: 1956 Lunar Path Light >>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 ><snip> >>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, >Don't forget that Ted said the astronomer "waited" until the >light got near the terminator so as to give the picture maximum >contrast. I'd overlooked that comment. If this light was first observed away from the terminator, that would make the electrical discharge hypothesis less likely, at least for this particular image. By the way, the general term astronomers give to this sort of thing is "transient lunar phenomenon." The bright flashes are usually near the terminator, but there are other types of TLPs as well, such as dim reddish glows and cloud-like features. These seem to be more associated with certain locations on the moon and some astronomers think they may have something to do with volcanism even though the Moon is considered to be geologically dead.
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