A Sacramento man scanning the night sky caught a sudden burst of light through his telescope. He recorded that strange sight with his smart phone.
The video was shot with an iPhone through the eyepiece of a telescope, so CBS13 had to enlarge it to get a better look. It was shot on Dec. 20 around 5 p.m. in Sacramento by viewer Elijah Prychodzko.
“I saw something that I’d never seen before. I saw another object orbiting this — whatever it was up there, and I’ve never seen anything like that before,” said Prychodzko.
“As soon as I put the camera to the telescope it just blew up and I didn’t know what to say,” he told CBS13.
So Cody sent the video off to Dr. Stephen P Maran, who wrote the book Astronomy for Dummies.
Dr. Maran responded by saying he didn’t recognize the “explosion” as a known astronomical phenomenon. “My personal opinion is that it is not an astronomical event,” he wrote.
Here is the video
Ok… this has me scratching my head and not because the explosion is a mystery, because it isn’t. It’s easily solved. The mystery is why the answer didn’t immediately come out, why the observer didn’t figure it out, why Dr. Maran was quoted in the way he was and why the Vatican is mentioned as being consulted in the article.
This is an exploding weather balloon. No doubt about it. It was my first thought. The “orbiting” part is the attached piece that moves back and forth to look like it’s orbiting. See this video which I found just by searching “exploding weather balloon” on youtube.
You know, showing people a mystery and then SOLVING it would actually be news. I wonder if Cody Stark at the news station is getting crap about this like the Denver station did regarding the UFO bugs.