Shadows in the sky

The Anomalist points towards this article where it is suggested that the black lines that often accompany so-called Chemtrails are NOT shadows like suggested and that this explanation can be dismissed. This is a great demonstration of Confirmation Bias because the explanation for these dark lines being caused by shadows of the contrails caused by air traffic is logically sound – demonstrably so. The sad fact is that people will see a conspiracy where they want to see one and quite often any suggestion that their logic isn’t sound is met with the idea that your logic isn’t sound and that you just don’t get it. It is particularly saddening when the promotion of these conspiracies makes some people rich from selling anti-chemtrail protection diets, supplements and jewellery.

In fact, my first introduction to the Chemtrail conspiracies was at a conference when someone tried to sell me a book about how certain berries will block out the Chemtrail radiation. The biased evidence they presented for their case sort of made sense until I sat down and really thought about it and noticed that what they were presenting as evidence was selective and cherry picked information that didn’t really make sense.

If you watch the video below of the launch of Space Shuttle STS-117 you’ll notice a dark line appears in the sky to the right the launch path at around the 1 minute and 11 seconds mark as the Shuttle reaches a certain position in the sky at which is casts the shadow.

It’s difficult to work out how the sun will cast a shadow of a flying craft when you consider the volume and dimensions of what you’re observing and how you, the observer on the floor is looking at an object in the sky at an difficult to judge distance casting a shadow from a light source that is even further away that is also at an angle in the sky that is often near impossible to judge.

I have often stood and watched aircraft pass overhead while trying to judge where the shadow will fall once it gets to a certain position, only to get it wrong on most occasions. I also liken such a shadow being cast by contrails as viewed from beneath (on the ground) to viewing the shadows of clouds cast upon the ground when seen from up above. They don’t sit directly under the clouds position in the sky because of a) the position of the sun and b) the position of the observer. When you think about it, what we see from a plane window is exactly what we see from beneath when you swap the clouds below for a contrail above. The same factors come into play and suddenly the mystery starts to dissolve.

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7 Comments on Shadows in the sky

  1. David Cohen // 20 August, 2012 at 2:34 pm // Reply

    I think you’re correct in assuming that the dark lines are shadows. If some chemical agent were deliberately being dispersed then it would most likely be within close proximity to the volume of the contrails themselves.

    I certainly believe this to be (yet another) conspiracy theory. This is not to say that aerosol test haven’t been carried out.

    In about 1968 I visited the Ferranti factory in Manchester to look at a piece of equipment that our university Chemical Engineering Department was considering purchasing as it was capable of counting and sizing small droplets recorded photographically. This equipment used flying-spot technology similar to that which converted frames of cine film to television pictures. Such a piece of kit would relieve the monotony of a PhD student doing the work manually.

    During my visit to Ferranti I learnt that the equipment had been designed and built for work carried out by Porton Down which was subject to the Official Secrets Act. As Porton was essentially a germ warfare establishment I drew my own conclusions.

    Several years later my thoughts that this secret work had something to do with estimating the effects of agents sprayed into the air as part of a chemical or germ warfare attack were confirmed.

    I had thought that, perhaps, actual harmless germs had been used. However, the truth is that Zinc cadmium sulphide (ZnCdS) had been sprayed. This is confirmed by a MoD document that quantifies the effects due to those tests and of similar ones in other countries.

    The report can be downloaded here: http://www.mod.uk/NR/rdonlyres/70A71F1A-831B-4618-918E-D263384DA684/0/ZincCadmiumSulphideDispersionTrials.pdf

  2. Well, I used my Tarot and Medicine cards to see what they said, I drew Seven of Cups {reversed} and Coyote.

    This means temptation, illusion, diversionary tactics and deception. What we see is not what is really there!!

    A lot of what we see there is shadow BUT we are being deceived, the shadow explanation does not explain the presence of black lines in front of the aircraft!!!

    The dark lines in front of the aircraft are either a trail/route it is following or a beam it is shooting out.

    The aircraft has navigation so it doesn’t need a trail to follow – like a piece of string in a maze. So the dark line IN FRONT of the aircraft must be emanating from the aircraft.

    It is possibly some particle ionisation technology – I was part of a group that manufactured a small scale version for use on plants to reduce the amount of chemicals needed in agriculture. Although as the device operates in the kilovolts range, I can’t see how it can traverse a distance so far from the aircraft. The ionization of the atmosphere allows a finer dispersal of the chemicals.

    There is a lot of nonsense mentioned about chemtrail’s and many chemtrail advocate websites are government funded to make to divert attention from what is really happening – they try to make people look foolish; for example, by saying that thousands of aircraft every day are seeding the world, when in fact it is only probably about a dozen or so.

    I used to be very skeptical about chemtrails but after research I started wondering why built up places – especially under air routes – are home to more crime and of a more savage nature, than before the trails were discovered.

    People say that it is physically impossible to direct chemicals using the atmosphere; yet rain hits every part of the world sometime and air is in the atmosphere everywhere where humans live.

    We know that some of Turner’s paintings feature unusual colour skies because when he painted them there was a volcanic eruption on the other side of the world that contaminated the atmosphere and gave different colour skies and sunsets for years.

    If the sky can distribute volcanic ash from the other side of the world, it can transport chemicals to us.

    We each have our own truth to find but my research has been vindicated by the cards – cards that also say that the world is NOT ending this year and that Chelsea will be Premiership Champions in 2013 !!!!!

    Love and light

    Barros

  3. David Cohen // 20 August, 2012 at 9:36 pm // Reply

    Barros, I suspect you of being a troll. However, I will take issue with some of the points you make.

    You said… “A lot of what we see there is shadow BUT we are being deceived, the shadow explanation does not explain the presence of black lines in front of the aircraft!!!”

    You obviously haven’t read the explanations in the Contrails Science website that Hayley links to in her post above which explains that phenomenon.

    Rather than accepting simple scientific explanations (solid geometry and ray tracing) you make unfounded statements like: “The dark lines in front of the aircraft are either a trail/route it is following or a beam it is shooting out.”

    May I ask what sort of beam is likely to be “shooting out” of the front of an aircraft? A beam that is apparently so secret that we don’t know what it is … yet people can see it in the sky! What is the ‘beam’ supposed to do?

    You go on to say “….they try to make people look foolish; for example, by saying that thousands of aircraft every day are seeding the world, when in fact it is only probably about a dozen or so.” IN FACT? In fact what sort of ‘seeding’ and for what ends?

    Perhaps we can identify the people who are doing the ‘seeding’ because they would be the ones wearing gas masks 24-7!

    As you say, we each have our own truth to find but my research suggests that you have not been vindicated by the cards, Tarot, Medicine or cigarette.

    Barros, I award you a red card!

    • Have to admit I thought twice about approving the comment from Barros.

    • If you had read the linked article you mention you would read that it does not explain the phenomena I mention, ie the ‘lines’ in FRONT of the a/c.

      It is because simple science cannot explain the lines in FRONT that I proposed the explanation that I did.

      The technology may be ‘secret’ but that does not mean the ‘beam’ has to be invisible does it? Were not the US stealth programs secret yet visible? Was it not their visibility that eventually led to their disclosure?

      The ‘beam’ I have gone part way to explain – did you actually read what was written? Can you comprehend English? Reread the relevant passage, I am not going to type it out again.

      WRT to my comments about ‘seeding’, do you understand the meaning of the word ‘probably’? Can a probability be a fact? Yes it can. It is a ‘fact’ that the probability of surviving uninjured, in a walk blindfold across a busy motorway, is nearer to zero than surviving unscathed. Can you understand that?

      What is the seeding for? Am I in on the game? How do I know the true outcome or intent of any ‘seeding’? I have my suspicions but of course you cynics wouldn’t accept anything without a paper-trail direct to source – and a book by an arch-skeptic.

      You seem to have a simplistic world-view if you think that any ‘seeding’ would require people wearing gas-masks at all – leave alone 24/7. Besides, is the seeding directed at humans at all? Open your mind fellah, don’t let the nay-saying dogma of the church of skepticism rule your life.

      Cigarette card? Is that some jibe as to my age? Wrong!! And ageism is wrong at any level.

      As for my ‘predictions’. I stand by them, and will add that Cameron will not be PM in the next Parliament.

      I also pulled a spread for you, look out for fair-weather friends and small domesticated animals.

      Love and light

      Barros

  4. David Cohen // 30 August, 2012 at 1:12 am // Reply

    Barros, if you had bothered to examine the photos cited in the article (referenced above) at the original flickr source, you would have found: http://www.flickr.com/photos/madrarua/2491221203/ for which the following explanation is given: “In this shot you can clearly see the contrail of a jet liner and the shadow of it, cast by the sun behind it. The sun seemed to be exactly in line with the contrail and the shadow seems to point ahead of it, across the mountains and into the bay.”

    You state – “It is because simple science cannot explain the lines in FRONT that I proposed the explanation that I did.” Barros, is the above explanation not simple enough for you? As I said in my first reply, it’s to do with solid geometry.

    You obviously think a shadow should always be ‘behind’ an object. Stand on a tall mountain, above the clouds, with your back to the sun and you will cast a shadow on the clouds.

    My comment about gas masks was meant to be humorous: in line with your scientific statement – “We each have our own truth to find but my research has been vindicated by the cards”.

    Yes, I always take the simplest view in the search for explanations. You have suggested a ‘beam’ that is visible. If this is some secret activity then wouldn’t it would be better for this to be carried out at night?

    Barros you stated – “The ‘beam’ I have gone part way to explain – did you actually read what was written?”

    Yes, I did read what you wrote and in reference to electro-ionisation you actually stated – “I can’t see how it can traverse a distance so far from the aircraft.” So you suggested something and then dismissed it!

    You also said: “I used to be very skeptical about chemtrails but after research I started wondering why built up places – especially under air routes – are home to more crime and of a more savage nature, than before the trails were discovered.”

    This is not a very sound observation. Aircraft corridors also pass over villages where there is probably no crime at all.

    The increase in crime you note possibly also correlates to many varied things: the invention of nylon tights, the keeping of koi carp in garden ponds or the proliferation of processed cheese. However, as with contrails, so far, no direct causal effect can be shown to exist. You said you have done research – so can we see the figures, please?

    You seem to want to believe that ‘seeding’ could be happening on a daily basis but “….probably about a dozen or so.” I presume that you would think these to be military rather than civil aircraft. There are many websites that show civil flights, such as http://uk.flightaware.com – so this would be easy to check.

    With reference to ‘seeding’ you say – “I have my suspicions but of course you cynics wouldn’t accept anything without a paper-trail direct to source – and a book by an arch-skeptic.” As a skepics I’m open-minded … what are your suspicions?

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