After the so many news about the more UFO-happy corners of the internet, you will see a lot of uneven things: booming blue light high above the horizon, mysterious specks moving around the Spacecraft, and a strange thing called space dandruff. Previous NASA employee James Oberg, calmly explaining what is all going on about these rumours.
James Oberg worked at NASA in the 90s and afterwards he pursued in the field of space journalist and historian. A few years ago, he chose a new hoppy: taking Unidentified flying object seriously. Unlike other researchers, James is less into dismissing theories offhand and interested in finding out exactly why people react so differently to space images and footage. For this, he has combed through decades of supposed UFO sightings, reading eye-witness testimony and cross-referencing it with mission logs. In this process, he came to an exciting result: human senses, emerged in and trained on slow-moving objects, specific light conditions, and an atmosphere, get thrown into a tizzy when those conditions change.
According to his theory, our human senses are so used to aiming at relatively slow-moving objects, as well as specific light and atmosphere conditions, that when things change, our brains get confused. Oberg stated that our sensory system is functioning correctly for Earth conditions. Moving beyond our neighbourhood has been visually confusing. Some of these most common sightings he has to reveal are to do with the NASA astronauts apparently seeing UFOs and being forced to keep silent, for which Mr James Oberg says that this is a result of us watching too much science and fiction and not understanding what exactly space looks like. Oberg writes over on his site that “I have had ample experience with spaceflight to realize that what is being seen in many videos is nothing beyond the norm from fully mundane phenomena occurring in unearthly settings.”
Here are a few of the common reports you might have seen on the internet, and Oberg’s explanation of what’s going on:
The 2015 weird Californian flare across the sky :
At the end of 2015, people in southern California got scared when they saw a white light shoot across the sky. But, as it was cleared up soon after the incident, the reason behind this the conclusion of a properly planned, unarmed missile test by the Navy of US. The reason why it looked so creepy to everyone else is That here on Earth; we are used to watching thin vapour trails left by planes, or billowing smoke plumes. But most of us have rarely seen anything so significant and sharp as this.
“There were thousands of people who were processing their visual stimuli correctly it was 16 km away,” Oberg told Atlas Obscura. “But it was 482 km away, up in space and sunlit, which never occurred to them before, because this is not something within the normal range of human experience.” All of this isn’t to say we should give up on sharing our UFO sightings, or assuming that everything is ‘normal’.
The secret revealed behind the Space Dandruff
Wanna know the real story? Oberg explains on his site that space dandruff, these are things that have lean-to off space vehicles during flight, paint chips, or fragments of insulation. They are dissimilar to space junk because they do not pose a real warning to spacecraft. These dandruff flecks are pretty common, the reason why they look so different to everyone is that we are not used to the way these kinds of objects look when they fall while the space station is moving through space. It is the same reason why people see so many UFO in the footage captured by the cameras of NASA.
In these pictures and videos, people usually behave uneven because these spots appear to dance in and out of view, or suddenly appear and then disappear. Which is somewhat creepy if you’re sitting at your home on Earth, but is not that weird if you are on a space shuttle travelling 17,500 mph -nothing’s going to stay in your frame of vision very long.
And if the rover is in the right position about the Sun, it can also cast its own shadow onto these objects to make them disappear and reappear that is known as twilight shadowing.