RE: Svalbard mystery object

From: Juha Ojanperä via Seesat-l <>
Date: Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:22:27 +0200
Sorry I forgot the link from my mail, but here it is now:


Richard Alan Keen via Seesat-l kirjoitti 26.3.2015 20:54:
> Paul,
> I agree with your conclusion of natural origin.  I went to your web
> link, looked at the photos, and immediately thought "light pillars
> from ice crystals".
> Here in Colorado they're fairly common when the temperature is below
> -15C (so you're not going to see them in Houston), and are due to low
> level ice crystals, not high clouuds.  You can get light pillars from
> the sun or moon in high cirrus clouds, but what you're seeing is
> reflections from ground lights.  I'm a meteorological observer, and
> this phenomenon has several names - light pillars, diamond dust, ice
> fog, and the prosaic "official" name that goes on weather reports,
> "Ice Crystals".
> Years ago (1960 or so) there was a neat picture of these on the cover
> of Sky & Telescope with an article explaining that they were not
> aurora, which is the first time I ever heard of this.
> Congrats on the eclipse - looks like you beat the odds up there!
> Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:30:59 +0000 (UTC)
> From: PAUL MALEY <>
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> Subject: Svalbard mystery object
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> I spent last week in Svalbard at the northernmost inhabited settlement
> on the planet. ?This was my second trip there. ?The total eclipse of
> the Sun occurred March 20 and that night betweensunset and midnight I
> was able to see no less than 24 Iridium flares.??However, I need the
> assistance of experts on this list server to try to figure out the
> origin of a mystery object or objects that I photographed after
> midnight on March 21 from the area?near my hotel in Longyearbyen. ?I
> have built a web page with the account and 17 photos that will help
> perhaps. ?In all of my years of sky watching I have not seen
> an?apparition quite like this which appeared to resemble a rocket
> engine firing of some sort except that it occurs over ?a 45 minute
> interval. In fact, I had the impression that it was?visible well
> before I began photographing it with central brighenings occurring and
> reoccuring. ?If anyone has any technical explanation (especially
> anyone living at high latitudes where optical p!
> phenomenon are common), please forward it to me.

> Paul D. Maley

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> Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:15:34 +0000 (UTC)
> From: PAUL MALEY <>
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> Subject: Re: Svalbard mystery object
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> I am increasingly convinced of a natural origin rather than
> space-related. Thanks to all for your helpful comments. ?After seeing
> 24 Iridium flares in a row, I assumed my eyes were playing tricks on
> me.Paul?Paul D. Maley
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