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  • Frits Westra
    ... From: Terry W. Colvin Subject: [UASR] Hessdalen: Valley of enigmatic lights Date: Sat, 04 Sep 2004 21:48:08 -0700
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      From: "Terry W. Colvin" <fortean1@...>
      Subject: [UASR]> Hessdalen: Valley of enigmatic lights
      Date: Sat, 04 Sep 2004 21:48:08 -0700


      Forwarding permission was given by William R. Corliss.

      Science Frontiers, No. 155, Sep-Oct, 2004, p. 4
      < http://www.science-frontiers.com >


      Hessdalen: Valley of enigmatic lights

      *Science Frontiers* first mentioned the Hessdalen Phenomenon in 1995.
      Nearly a decade has passed, and many more visual and instrumental data have
      been amassed by Norwegian and Italian researchers. The bulging dossier on
      the Hessdalen aerial phenomena---predominately lights but also nonvisual
      radar targets---certainly represents the most thorough, science-based study
      of what are generally called "noctural lights." There are no saucer-shaped
      machines, no alien visitors in the reports. But we do have [are]
      of mysterious lights displaying incredible diversity.

      In general they consist of light balls of many forms and colors,
      characterized by pulsations, often erratic movements, occasional
      long duration, and intense emission of energy. Their dimensions
      range from decimeters up to 30 m. These lights are reported both
      in the sky and close to the ground.

      The recent 35-page report at hand brims with technical details derived
      from a
      wide range of instruments. We must skip over these for want of space.
      we use as suggestive summaries the subsection headings in a part of the
      entitled "Phenomenological Picture and Discussion." Each of the following
      headings is followed by observations and interpretations.

      ¤ Uniformly illuminated, solid-like light balls.

      ¤ Thermally self-regulated clusters of light balls.

      ¤ Strongly and rapidly variable light phenomena.

      ¤ Ejection of mini light balls.

      ¤ High radiant power (one cluster radiated 19 kilowatts!).

      ¤ Jerky kinematic behavior.

      ¤ Geometric and symmetric shapes.

      ¤ Flash-like lights and possible Earth-sky physical interactions.

      ¤ Low-luminosity emission (seen with night-vision equipment).

      ¤ Doppler VLF signals.

      ¤ Slightly radioactive powder and metallic particles.

      Even after two decades of casual and intense, systematic instrumental[ed]
      observations, the research teams can only conclude that they have witnessed
      elusive, unpredictable phenomena of unknown origin.

      (Theodorani, Massimo; "A Long-Term Scientific Survey of the Hessdalen
      Phenomenon," *Journal of Scientific Exploration*, 18:217, 2004)

      Comments. A few brave scientists have studied similar, geographically
      focussed noctural lights, of which there are dozens. In particular, the
      Marfa lights (Texas), the Brown Mountain lights (North Carolina), and the
      Min Min light (Australia) have received much attention. Invariably, these
      elusive luminosities are explained in terms of atmospheric distortions of
      automobile lights and astronomical objects.

      Can mainstream science now similarly brush-off the Hessdalen phenomenon
      which is supported by what seems to be a mountain of solid scientific work?

      [Science Frontiers is a bimonthly collection of digests of
      scientific anomalies in the current literature. Published by
      the Sourcebook Project, P.O. Box 107, Glen Arm, MD 21057.
      Annual subscription: $8.00.]
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