Nate i think you are forgetting an important thing. Yes a light source can appear to get larger by diffracting but the physics you speak of would also confirm to you that by diffracting it will lose intensity proportionately. The light in the picture not only grows dramatically in size but gains intensity as well. I have seen the exact same thing with my own eyes. I believe it has a scientific explanation but it is not car lights.
This particular debunking - although they sound very confident to the point of smugness - is scientifically unsound. You will find in the statistics column the following statement '55 mph is 7,275.32 feet or 1.377941666 miles. A car traveling at 55 mph travels ... so and so .' sounds reasonably empirical and scientifically sound no? NO! Why? Cuz they are employing or conveying unmerited scientific precision in quoting a figure such as 1.377941666 miles ... Their measuring device (stopwatch) would have to be accurate to one part in a billion to justify a tenth order significant figure as has been quoted here with 1.377941666 miles. No credible scientist would make this mistake ... considered a big booboo.
All anecdotal evidence in support of (or contrary to) the paranormal hypothesis is all just that - anecdote - until we get some decent science data. To say the lights where purplish or bluish green is subjective .. we want hard data. Time to put on our thinking caps. How do astronomers characterize a star? Do they say 'hmm well that's obviously a Class W super-luminous Wolf-Rayet star! I mean can't you see it's obvious! It's got that goldeny-green tinge with a flash of orangey lavendar ! No. They use scientific instruments. With absolutely zero reliance on anecdote. There exist extremely precise means and ways of characterizing light. Readily distinguishing (with no room for doubt) sodium lights from halogen lights from neon lights from incandanscent lights --- at any distance .. if you can see the light .. you can tell what kind of bulb is generating it. This is acheived by means of spectroscopy ... dispersing light into it's components by passing it across or through a diffraction grating. We get the full rainbow of colors for white light .. but if we examine sunlight through a spectrometer we see a full rainbow but we also see dark streaks in this rainbow known as Fraunhaufer Lines. This is due to the presence of calcium and iron and magnesium on the solar surface. The Fraunhaufer lines are very distinct and give an exact measure of the type of light .. the substance emitting the light. Look up 'make your own CD spectrometer'. The results one obtains in the form of a series of streaks (reminds me of the rings of Saturn) is the 'thumbprint' of the light. This thumbprint is readily recorded onto film and can be compared to a similar thumbprint as obtained from a vehicle headlight. It's like we're comparing headlamp 'mugshots'. Get the local science teacher onto this exercise in real science. Let's crack this walnut - once and for all. I await your input.
Wayne, lol, its not your fault dude. He sounds like a smart guy who has so much in his head and no ability to organize any of it. He speaks like we know what he is talking about even when he changes his train of thought and those train tracks he is on have a hell of a lot of sharp curves in them too. He kinda reminds me of that Mel Gibson character from that movie Conspiracy Theory.
And caesium for the record, i personally could care less what it is except that it is cool for people to go see and that I contend it is in now way headlights. I do not need expensive equipment and a team of scientists to know that. You dont need that either but what you do need is to see what i have seen instead of the lights that do look like headlights and leave before seeing the real thing like so many who have posted on here have done. If you want your evidence, go get it and stop telling others to do it because YOU WANT HARD EVIDENCE! Hows that for smug, lol.
Post by specialbuddy on May 9, 2008 12:18:21 GMT -6
No experiment is needed. LOOK AT A MAP. It's obvious that the road runs parallel with old 45. 45 today goes through paulding, heads south east, south, and then south west and eventually you find the turn where the paulding light viewing area is. That's why the light always goes down to the right. If you saw something else down by the river or in the trees then I will believe you but everything else is car lights.
I love how these dottoheads do so much research before enlightening us with such wisdom. Would be nice if you would actually read the posts on this forum and hear what people have seen instead of saying "if you see something else...... um yeah we saw other things that are not car lights, lmao. That would be why we don't know what it is..... we know what fricken car lights look like and i for one have said a hundred times i have seen car lights so thanks for solving the mystery for me that didnt exist. But i have seen other things that have no explanation yet. do your homework dittohead! You dont even know why i am calling you a dittohead cuz you didnt even read three posts up, too funny.
i do not agree at all with that. go to this link....look at the map. go north of town to robins pond rd. you are facing north west at the sight of the guardrail blocking you from traveling any further down robins pond rd. you are not even looking towards hwy. 45, or old 45! there is nothing in the direction you are looking at the correct spot on robins pond road. any also, the light lasts for longer than 90 seconds.....and also, why does it only occur in 15 minute intervals (when i have been there)? your telling me cars only travel that road you are talking about in 15-20 min intervals? i think you too were at the wrong spot watching your car lights. here is the link of the spot. www.mapquest.com/maps/Watersmeet+MI/
You're a dumbass. I've been there and looked at a map and it's car lights. "Durrrrr...I live in the U.P. eh and I haz good education and talkz to janet about 3 toed ghouls. It can't be car lites cuz car litez only goes 500 foots dur" find robins pond rd....it goes northwest, you can only drive down that road approx. a mile to the viewing spot.