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  • Frits Westra
    A Long-Term Scientific Survey of the Hessdalen Phenomenon
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      A Long-Term Scientific Survey of the Hessdalen Phenomenon


      Journal of Scientific Exploration
      1 June 2004, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 217-251(35)

      Teodorani M.

      The balls of light which appear in the Hessdalen valley in Norway are
      exemplary of anomalous atmospheric luminous phenomena that occur
      frequently at some locations on Earth. The recurrence of the phenomenon
      and the existence of an instrumented observation station makes this area
      an ideal research site. The apparent correlation of luminous phenomena
      with magnetic perturbations, radio emission, and radar tracks, found by
      Norwegian researchers, led some Italian physicists and engineers of the
      EMBLA Project to reanalyze the Norwegian data. The second step was three
      explorative, instrumented, field-study expeditions. The behavior of the
      phenomenon was monitored with optical, radio, and radar techniques. The
      global picture of the phenomenon obtained so far shows that the phenomenon
      ' s radiant power varies, reaching values up to 19 kW. These changes are
      caused by sudden surface variations of the illuminated area owing to the
      appearance of clusters of light balls that behave in a thermally
      self-regulated way. Apparent characteristics consistent with a solid are
      strongly suspected from the study of distributions of radiant power. Other
      anomalous characteristics include the capability to eject smaller light
      balls, some unidentified frequency shift in the VLF range, and possible
      deposition of metallic particles. A self-consistent definitive theory of
      the phenomenon ' s nature and origin in all its aspects cannot be
      constructed yet quantitatively, but some of the observations can be
      explained by an electrochemical model for the ball-lightning phenomenon.
      The importance is stressed of using more sophisticated instrumentation in
      the future.


      Document Type: Research article ISSN: 0892-3310

      Publisher: Society for Scientific Exploration
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