Local news blows – Mystified by exploding weather balloon

A video of a strange “explosion” stumps man who records it, local news and author. Don’t people know how to Google anymore?

Man Captures Video Of Strange Explosion In The Sky « CBS Sacramento.

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.

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  5 comments for “Local news blows – Mystified by exploding weather balloon

  1. Massachusetts
    January 1, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    The lack of research is appalling. I’m sure their own station meteorologist could have told them it was a weather balloon. The witness seems well meaning but not well informed. Just assuming the explosion was located in outer space shows he wasn’t well versed in night viewing: he didn’t seem to understand he could be viewing something in the atmosphere that was much closer. Apparently he was the one who contacted the Vatican? That seemed strange at first but it’s consistent with a non-science oriented perspective. I think the journalist definitely needed to dig deeper, but he apparently was aiming for a a weird and entertaining angle. I suspect news people feel it’s ok to relax whatever standards they may have if the can laugh and chortle at the end of the piece, thus telegraphing to some viewers that it’s just entertainment so not to be taken seriously. Unfortunately there are people out there who won’t get the message.

  2. Kristen
    January 1, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    I’m so glad you posted this, and the other video, because although I have been using my telescope for years, I have never seen anything like this, or even heard of anyone seeing anything like this. The second video in particular was really detailed, especially how you can see the fabric of the balloon flapping as it falls. It’s a shame the news team couldn’t have presented what it actually was, because it’s fascinating, and I’m sure many of their viewers would agree it’s more fun to learn something new than to walk away not having learned anything.

  3. Randy
    January 1, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    I’m sure to an amateur like myself, this would be a fairly shocking thing to see, but I’m amazed that their “expert” didn’t know what it was. Even the Vatican person must have known, but they’re in the mystery racket, so I don’t know why anyone would expect a real answer from them.

  4. Fox
    January 2, 2013 at 8:06 AM

    To be fair to the expert, all he said was that it wasn’t an astronomical event. Which was 100% accurate. If he’d never spent time debunking UFO stories and only briefly viewed the video before responding it makes sense he wouldn’t recognize an exploding weather balloon.

    • January 2, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Right. That’s why I was confused as to why he was quoted like this. It sounded like a concocted quote to make things sound more mysterious.

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