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    Objects In The Night Sky: Maybe Air Balloons?

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    Source: The Greeneville Sun

    More residents of southern Greene County have called The Greeneville Sun concerning sightings of strange objects in the night sky earlier this week.
    Also on Thursday, an East Tennessee State University astronomy professor said, after reviewing a photo taken on Monday night, that the object was not a meteor.
    Peter Hasterlik, a Heaven's Gate Lane resident, said that he and his wife on Monday night saw a bright object, which he described as a white light, moving along the Camp Creek Bald (Viking Mountain) and Meadow Creek Mountain.
    The object suddenly "shot straight up" and disappeared as they watched, Hasterlik said.
    Also on Monday night, Pauline and Carl Petsel, of Birds Bridge Road, saw, and photographed an object that glowed orange in the same area.
    Hasterlik telephoned the Sun on Thursday after an article that outlined what the Petsels saw and one of their photos was published in the newspaper.
    Karen Smith, an Asheville Highway resident, said in a voice-mail message left for a Sun reporter on Friday that her family had seen strange objects in the night sky on both July 2 and July 3.
    SEEN FOR SIX YEARS
    An Ebenezer Road resident who also saw the Thursday article called on Friday morning to say that she had been seeing for the last six years orange and white, balloon-like, objects in the night sky along the mountains that mark Greene County's border with North Carolina.
    The caller, who asked that her name not be used, said the bright objects appear sporadically throughout the year, often near the top of Camp Creek Bald.
    She noted that she has never heard any sound associated with the objects, although her dogs sometimes refuse to leave the house when the objects are active.
    "It's not an airplane, or a balloon, or a helicopter," the woman said. "They don't move like that."
    POSSIBLY BALLOONS?
    A Wayland Drive resident called on Thursday to say she thinks glowing objects in the night sky earlier this week over southern Greene County were some type of balloons.
    Angie Hopson, who lives on Wayland Drive off the Asheville Highway said she, her husband and another couple saw on a recent night between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. a total of seven glowing orange objects that moved across the night sky toward Camp Creek.
    She said she wasn't sure which recent night the objects were seen, but noted that it was sometime since July 4.
    "They looked like hot-air balloons," she said, noting that her neighbors, Mike and Tonya Jones, used binoculars to observe the second set of glowing objects as they passed across the face of the full moon.
    Hopson said the two couples saw three glowing objects about 10:30 p.m. and four more about 11 p.m.
    Only when the second set of objects passed across the face of the full moon were the observers able to make out what they looked like.
    The first set had appeared only as objects that glowed a fiery orange color, Hopson said.
    She noted that her neighbors had searched the Internet in an effort to learn if any balloon races or scientific experiments might have been taking place but had been unable to learn anything.
    NOT A METEOR
    Also on Thursday, an ETSU astronomy professor who reviewed a photo of a glowing object that had been taken by Pauline Petsel of Birds Bridge Road on Monday night said the object was definitely not a meteor.
    Dr. Donald Luttermoser said he thought the glowing object might have been a flare dropped by a military aircraft as part of a training exercise.
    He noted that he had seen reports of similar objects near an Air Force base in Michigan when he lived there before moving to Tennessee.
    PETSELS' REPORT
    On Tuesday, Carl and Pauline Petsel, of Birds Bridge Road, reported having seen a fast-moving, fiery object in the sky about 10:30 p.m. Monday near their home.
    They said they didn't know what the object was that they and a friend, who was visiting their home, saw about 10:30 p.m. Monday.
    Carl Petsel, a retired St. Petersburg, Fla., police officer, said he first noticed the object in the night sky as he looked south toward Camp Creek Bald in an attempt to see fireworks.
    He noted that the object was moving rapidly in a southerly direction toward the mountains that form the border with North Carolina.
    Carl Petsel said he is convinced that the object was moving away from the area where fireworks were being shot into the air by a neighbor and appeared to be moving faster than space satellites he has seen in the past.
    After he told his wife and their friend, Patti Ritter, what he had seen, Carl Petsel said, his wife, who is a skilled amateur photographer, rushed outside and took several photos of the fleeting object with a digital camera.
    The Petsels later shared their photos with The Greeneville Sun.
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    Dude I hate these threads because the truth is all ways comes out. This crap scared me!

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    This is common phenomena around the Bald Mountains TN/NC. Some people say its similiar to the Brown Mountain Lights in NC.
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    Maybe heavy drinking?
    up over the hills, theres nothing to fear
    theres a pub across the way with whisky and beer
    its a lengthy journey on the way up to the top
    but it ain't so bad if you have a great big bottle o'scotch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tennessee Viking View Post
    Objects In The Night Sky: Maybe Air Balloons?






    ....The object suddenly "shot straight up" and disappeared as they watched, Hasterlik said....
    True story. One night (around midnight) at-sea in the Persian Gulf me a junior officer were conducting pre-fire inspections, as we took a minute to look up into the sky (it was pitch black - no moon - but many stars) we say what looked like a star shoot straight up into the air and was gone. This was no shooting star...

    We both clearly saw it and were completely awe-struck. Still I don't believe in aliens visiting us. However, I find it unbelieveable that we are alone in the universe, that just makes no sense to me. It would be more incredible to believe that there's no other life out there than to believe in life out there.

    Also, don't forget that the SR-71 is 1950s technology, I can only imagine what we got now.
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    Where are the pictures?

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    Here is a good web site for the Brown Mtn lights http://www.dancaton.physics.appstate.../SeeTheLights/

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    Here is another article with a picture of it.


    Photo Special to the Sun
    Pauline Petsel, of Birds Bridge Road, photographed this fiery object in the night sky on Monday from her home on Birds Bridge Road. She and her husband, Carl, say they don't know what the object was.
    Published: 11:27 AM, 07/09/2009


    Source: The Greeneville Sun

    Three Observers
    Aren't Sure What
    They Saw Monday

    BY BILL JONES
    STAFF WRITER
    A Birds Bridge Road couple saw, and photographed, a fiery, fast-moving object in the sky over southern Greene County on Monday night.
    Carl and Pauline Petsel say they don't know what the object was that they and a friend, who was visiting their home, saw about 10:30 p.m. Monday.
    Carl Petsel, who is a retired St. Petersburg, Fla., police officer, said he first noticed the object in the night sky as he looked south toward Camp Creek Bald (sometimes called Viking Mountain) in an attempt to see fireworks.
    He noted that the object was moving rapidly in a southerly direction toward the mountains that form the border with North Carolina.
    Carl Petsel said he is convinced that the object was moving away from the area where fireworks were being shot into the air by a neighbor and appeared to be moving faster than space satellites he was seen in the past.
    After he told his wife and their friend, Patti Ritter, what he had seen, Carl Petsel said, his wife, who is a skilled amateur photographer, rushed outside and took several photos of the fleeting object with a digital camera.
    On Tuesday, Greeneville Sun photographer Jim Feltman attempted to enhance the digital images of the object Mrs. Petsel photographed.
    After reviewing the enhanced photos, Carl Petsel said he thought the object might have been a meteor that was entering the atmosphere.
    But Pauline Petsel said she was unconvinced that the object was a meteor.
    "When I first saw it, it looked like it was on fire," she said, noting that the object appeared to her to have dropped vertically toward the earth before making a sudden "right turn" and speeding away toward the Asheville Highway (Tennessee Route 70 South).
    Mrs. Petsel also said she believed the object had been moving along horizontally at a level below the top of the mountains that border southern Greene County.
    However, Mr. Petsel said he believed the object could have been higher than the mountain tops.
    In a written statement, the Petsel's friend, Patti Ritter, said the object initially appeared to be roughly about three-quarters of the size of the full moon.
    She descibed the object as being orange in color and noted that it appeared to have "flames on it toward the bottom."
    In her statement, Ritter wrote that the wind was blowing in a direction opposite to the object's direction of travel when she saw it.
    "It took only a very short time to move and be out of sight," Ritter wrote.
    She noted that she was surprised that the object did not appear larger in the digital photos that Mrs. Petsel took.
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    SR-71's will scoot. I saw a light in the sky about 20 years ago. Not sure that it was a 71, but man, it tore across the sky. Only thing is, I would imagine 71's flew lights out. It was way high and way fast whatever it was.

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    TV - Wanna do an overnighter on the Blackstack and Camp Creek Bald loop?
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    SO let me get this straight . . . for six years UFOs have been coming here from another galaxy, but each time they come to the rural South Carolina mountains, never once even checking out the state's beaches, or moving on to visit other places? Some explorers.

    We had a big UFO sighting in the Harrisburg area a year of so ago. The paper even foolishly reported on it. Turned out to be some of those big Hollywood-premier style search lights being used by a local car dealer.

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    I saw an SR-71 when I was stationed on Okinawa in 1982. Friggin' awesome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by john gault View Post
    Also, don't forget that the SR-71 is 1950s technology, I can only imagine what we got now.
    I have always thought the same thing, if they could build that thing back in the 50's just imagine what they have under wraps now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabin Fever View Post
    TV - Wanna do an overnighter on the Blackstack and Camp Creek Bald loop?
    You just got back from the Bald Mtns, did you see any UFOs?
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    We may soon have our answer on UFOs and visitations... http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/...cientist-says/

    Proof of Aliens Could Come Within 25 Years, Scientist Says


    SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Proof of [COLOR=blue! important][COLOR=blue! important]extraterrestrial[/COLOR][/COLOR] intelligence could come within 25 years, an astronomer who works on the search said Sunday.

    "I actually think the chances that we'll find ET are pretty good," said Seth Shostak, senior astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute in Mountain View, Calif., here at the SETI con convention. "Young people in the audience, I think there's a really good chance you're going to see this happen."

    Shostak bases this estimation on the Drake Equation, a formula conceived by SETI [COLOR=blue! important][COLOR=blue! important]pioneer[/COLOR][/COLOR] Frank Drake to calculate the number (N) of alien civilizations with whom we might be able to communicate. That equation takes into account a variety of factors, including the rate of star formation in the galaxy, the fraction of stars that have planets, the fraction of planets that are habitable, the percent of those that actually develop life, the percent of those that develop intelligent life, the fraction of civilizations that have a technology that can broadcast their presence into space, and the length of time those signals would be broadcasted.

    Reliable figures for many of those factors are not known, but some of the leaders in the field of SETI have put together their best guesses.

    Late great astronomer Carl Sagan, another SETI pioneer, estimated that the Drake Equation amounted to N = 1 million. Scientist and science fiction writer Isaac Asimov calculated 670,000. Drake himself estimates a more conservative 10,000.

    But even if that lower value turns out to be correct, at the rate they're going, it wouldn't take scientists too long to discover an alien signal, Shostak said.

    "This range, from Sagan's million down to 10,000 – that's the range of estimates from people who have started and worked on SETI," said Shostak. "These people may know what they're talking about. If they do, then the point is we trip across somebody in the next several dozen or two dozen years."

    The SETI quest is set to take a leap forward when the Allen Telescope Array, a network of radio dishes under construction in northern California, is fully operational. By 2015, the array should be able to scan hundreds of thousands of stars for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence, Shostak said.

    But while humans might be able to discover an alien signal within that timeframe, interpreting what ET is trying to tell us could take much, much longer.

    Shostak admitted such a task would be very difficult. An alien civilization may be as technologically advanced compared to us as Homo sapiens are to our hominid relatives Neanderthals.

    "We could give our [COLOR=blue! important][COLOR=blue! important]digital [COLOR=blue! important]television[/COLOR][/COLOR][/COLOR] signals to the Neanderthals, and they'll never figure it out. And they're not stupid," he said.

    Yet simply having proof that we are not alone in the universe would likely be a world-changing achievement, Shostak added.
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    Seems to be a number of mysterious lights besides the brown mountain lights. This one is the Paulding Light, http://www.backwoodswisconsin.com/paulding_light.htm
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    I lived off Viking Mt Road for a couple of years- the trail crossed our driveway.

    I always suspected my ex was from another planet I bet they are out lookin fer her.

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    I doubt aliens would travel millions of light years just to hover around and then turn around again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luddite View Post
    I doubt aliens would travel millions of light years just to hover around and then turn around again.

    Sooo, how is it you know how far they traveled and what makes you think you know what they were up to?

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