Thursday, June 27, 2013

Caught on Tape!

I mean film!
Okay, not really.
Or something.
On Father's Day I went out with the la famille and only now I'm giving them the good once over.
The pictures I mean.
Adorama Pix is having a 30% off sale so I'm gonna order a couple of metal prints and I'm trying to decide which images to do.
I mean to print.
If you are interested in those metal prints I showed you, now is the time to try them out for sort of cheap.
Anyways, I'm going over the images, like really scrutinizing, and I find an anomaly.
Like an alien invasion:

Here's a 100%+ crop of one of the images.
If you squint yer eyeballs and look right in the middle, you can see a green line.
At first I panicked, hot pixels!
No, not a streak like that.
Doesn't appear in the other pictures.
Here it is again, another 100%+ crop:

See it?
Going from right top corner to left?
You can even see the half moon to the top right of center.
The first image was taken about twenty feet to the left of this image.
I don't think that can explain the change in the apparent trajectory of the line or whatever it is.
The images were taken approximately two minutes apart.
Missile launch?
Spy satellite?
Space Station?
Alien invasion?
My best guess is that they are from a meteor(s), ion or plasma trails given the greenish color.
I was trying to visualize the two images and my position on the shore and I think it was two events.
Then again, that super wide lens does some tricky things.
I'll let you know if I see any strange folks walking around.
Oh, I forgot.
That's my niece's head in the picture.
Not some alien.
Although it kinda looks like one.
Alien I mean.


John Romeo Alpha said...

WM Keck Observatory Laser Guide Star Adaptive Optics usage?

limom said...

I don't think so.
The whatever seems to hit the horizon due east, while the Big Island is SSE from where I was.
Actually, it's possible if it was some kind of reflection or mirage, though I don't think that sort of thing happens in relatively clear skies.
A thing called tropospheric ducting occurs on Maui and the Big Island at elevations, though I seem to remember it was a seasonal thing and occurs with VHF radio waves.
I suppose it would be possible with light.

limom said...

I don't know why I didn't do this earlier, but it seems June 15-16 was the Lyrids meteor shower.
Seems I got a picture of a big one.
Meteor I mean.
Streaking across the sky.
During the day.
I'd like to check for sure if Lyra was up during the day, but all my astronomy books are packed away.
Hey! that rhymes!