Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Moon music and triangles

Man, I love this stuff.

The YouTube Channel "SecureTeam"...which I'm pretty sure is one guy named Tyler Glockner...posted what it claims is quite a find from NASA archival footage. The footage came to "SecureTeam" via an unnamed source. It is purportedly from the Apollo 8 mission of 1968 which reached the Moon on Christmas Eve in 1968. On this film, a vaguely triangular UFO appears before the Moon and then disappears. The massive object does appear to be three-dimensional, prompting "SecureTeam" to argue that something "appeared over the Moon" however briefly.

Because a UFO is all it could be.

It reminds me of the claim a few months ago that astronauts of Apollo 10 heard music while orbiting the Moon. As Apollo 10 traversed the far side of the Moon and became cut off from contact with Earth, they experienced something unsettling. A high whistling sound came through the radio. One of the astronauts called it "outer space-type music." Were aliens attempting to contact the astronauts with the eldritch music of the stars? Or as NASA's Unexplained Files on (of all things) The Science Channel called it, "strange, otherworldy music"? Of course there ended up being a far more logical explanation:

"The Apollo 10 astronauts flew to the moon in a command module, and two of the crewmembers also took a ride in the lunar module, dropping down to less than ten miles above the moon's surface. The whistling sound, it turned out, was nothing more than interference between the VHF radios on the two different vehicles."

Rational explanation not withstanding, the allegations did give me pause to wonder if aliens might try to communicate with us through music. To wit:

After all, music is quite mathematical in nature and mathematics is, arguably, a universal language. Then again, if we actually did intercept "alien music," would we know that's what it was?

I know these claims are either pointless, easily explainable, or both, but I still love reading them. They do nothing to advance the field but they do divert from the pain of daily life. Both stories promise something fantastic, something so wonderfully far above the mundane...even if they don't deliver.

Right now I'll take what I can get.

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