Summary: Science Frontiers first mentioned the Hessdalen Phenomenon in 1995. (SF#98) Nearly a decade has passed, and many more visual and instrumental data have been amassed by Norwegian and Italian researchers.
Science Frontiers first mentioned the Hessdalen Phenomenon in
1995. (SF#98) 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] hundreds of mysterious lights displaying
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. Instead, we use as suggestive summaries
the subsection headings in a part of the report 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
- 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,
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?
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