New discoveries about poorly understood earth-science phenomenon is shedding light on strange things in our skies and how they can affect our machines and technology. Could it also impact the way we experience strange lights in the sky previously attributed to UFOs?
For over 60 years scientists have suspected that something unusual was happening in the atmosphere above Earth, something that might impact our machines and technology – especially our satellites.
Just recently student Cleo Loi of CAASTRO (ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics) and the University of Sydney’s School of Physics found what they were looking for. There are giant plasma tubes in the skies overhead that form arcs around the planet.
Loi (photo left) says, “… by imaging [these structures] for the first time, we’ve provided visual evidence that they are really there. The discovery of these structures is important because they cause unwanted signal distortions that could, as one example, affect our civilian and military satellite-based navigation systems. So we need to understand them.”
Loi continues, “We measured their position to be about 600 km [nearly 373 miles) above the ground, in the upper ionosphere, and they appear to be continuing upwards into the plasmasphere. This is around where the neutral atmosphere ends, and we are transitioning to the plasma of outer space.”
Loi explains the plasma tubes really well in this 3 minute video. I highly recommend it:
Now What About UFOs
Did you catch the part where they say that there is a plasmasphere? And that these tubes seem to be extending into other layers of the atmosphere? And that there is plasma just outside our planet in open space?
In an episode of one of my all time favorite shows, Fact or Faked, the team investigated one man’s claims that he photographed these strange “light phenomenon.” In his case, it turned out that his camera was taking pictures of bugs that were lit by his camera flash as they raced passed him. His camera’s settings and mechanics played a role, too, and the team was able to determine how it all happened.
However, there are other reports and incidences of people seeing and photographing these tubes of light. Or could they be plasma tubes?
It seems that science doesn’t know everything there is to know about plasma, and certainly not the plasma circulating and around (and on?) Earth. More research needs to be done.
But what this does highlight is that there seems to be a rational explanation for strange light tube phenomenon. We clearly don’t understand it yet (at least the ones that may be flying through our atmosphere), but as far as I’m concerned, they are nothing to do with UFOs or aliens. Far more likely is the probability they are the result of some Earth science that we have yet to uncover. (Photo left attributed to a UFO.)
UFO hunters, don’t despair. I’m not saying UFOs don’t exist. What I am saying is that in terms of looking for proof of these things, I believe it’s safe to rule out and ignore the light tube phenomenon.
By doing so, we free ourselves to focus on those rare and truly puzzling things we see in the sky, and sometimes on the ground, that are far more likely to be evidence of extra terrestrial beings.
St. Elmo’s Fire
Here are a couple of examples of St Elmo’s fire which is also associated with plasma.
According to Wiki St Elmo’s Fire is “is a weather phenomenon in which luminous plasma is created by a coronal discharge from a sharp or pointed object in a strong electric field in the atmosphere (such as those generated by thunderstorms or created by a volcanic eruption).”
So what do you think about all this?