UFO Conjecture(s)

Monday, March 03, 2008

A Stephenville sighting identified by Andrew Sweeney

I've identified what Angelia Joiner reported Mike Zimmerman saw in Stephenville. It was the constellation Corvus.

According to Angelia's report, Mike said he saw three lights: two white lights grouped closer together and higher, and the third one, a reddish orange color, closer to the horizon. Mike also said his compass indicated 115 degrees.

If you generate a sky map (e.g. via Your Sky) for Stephenville, Texas for the date and time in Mike's story, you'll see just what Mike's described. At azimuth 115 degrees, two blue-white stars (Gienah and Algorab, or Gamma and Delta Corvi) lie near each other, and below them, nearer the horizon, lies a bright yellow star (Kraz a.k.a. Beta Corvi).

These three stars constitute the "sail" of the constellation Corvus. The pulsating beams of light which Mike reported were the scintillations of the stars, which always appear much more pronounced when looking at stars nearer the horizon than when looking straight up.

I'm corresponding with Angelia Joiner about what I've found.

Andrew Sweeney

Addendum:

I've attached a copy of the horizon view from Your Sky. (Technical data: View toward horizon from 32°13'12"N 98°12'49"W, azimuth 115°, Thu 2008 Jan 31 6:05 UTC.) Your Sky allows images to be used in any manner, without restriction. The url for a backlink to Your Sky is http://www.fourmilab.ch/yoursky/

(I'm not affiliated, just a casual user.)

yourhorizon.jpg

5 Comments:

  • Thanks for posting my message on your blog. I hoped, from having read your blog previously, that you would be interested in broadening the horizon of the Stephenville discussion. I haven't been disappointed.

    Broadening the horizon is key to understanding Stephenville, and the tool par excellence that we share for broadening the horizon is the Internet. The ability to compare the details of a sighting with the positions of known objects, instantly, online, is a wonderful advantage. It makes possible a distributed effort to understand sightings that Project Blue Book would have envied.

    I'd like to thank John Walker for having given the world such a wonderful tool in Your Sky - another way to broaden the horizon.

    By Blogger AndrewSweeney, at Monday, March 03, 2008  

  • Yes, Andrew, your approach is exactly what is needed when it comes to UFOs.

    Nice work by you.

    RRR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Monday, March 03, 2008  

  • Thanks.

    I've been looking at some of the other Stephenville reports, and I suspect that some of the Erath County sightings for February are Uranus. I'll let you know when I have more details.

    By Blogger AndrewSweeney, at Monday, March 03, 2008  

  • Sweet Jesus, read the reports..."lights so bright you couldn't look at them".

    Skies are bright over Texas but not that dang bright!

    Next contestant, please...

    :)

    X

    By Blogger PIRSQD, at Tuesday, March 04, 2008  

  • I've read no reports from Erath County of "lights so bright you couldn't look at them".

    I believe Angelia Joiner said to Larry King, "Some people say they were so bright, you just almost couldn’t look at them." Given the use of an unnamed source, the lack of corroborating detail and the hedge word "almost", I'm dubious.

    I have read reports from Erath County of people looking at lights, sketching them, videotaping them, chasing after them in cars and not catching them, and remarking that the lights are as bright as stars.

    The reports also include time and direction data which match up with known astronomical objects.

    I intend to present a detailed analysis in the next few days.

    By Blogger AndrewSweeney, at Wednesday, March 05, 2008  

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