Posts Tagged ‘Skeptoid’

Well this one has been on the radar a while (yeah shoot me bad puns etc) but I thought it might be interesting to add to the list. I have had a search around the internet and found a few interesting facts about it. So here goes…

The story is that The Black Knight is a satellite that orbits the earth, and it is around 13,000 years old too! The story seems to have originated in 1954 when newspapers ran a report of two satellites orbiting earth had been detected, at this stage there was not meant to be the technology for our planet to do this so speculation began.

A photograph in 1988 was claimed to show the ‘alien artefact’, or perhaps what might be space debris from a previous attempt at sending machinery into space. However my thoughts on the latter contradict the idea we could not send that type of technology out… the first launch we know of was Sputnik in 1957.

Nikola Tesla was said to have intercepted a signal from the thing back in 1899. A HAM radio operator was said to have decoded a series of radio signals from TBK and interpreted it has a star-chart centred on the Epsilon Bootes star system. It is also where the information about it being 13,000 years ago seems to have originated too. It’s said that the radio signals had been picked up for around 50 years as well.

Whatever it was in the 1960’s has been located in Polar Orbit and was calculated to be over 10 tons of weight, making it one very heavy object and if man/alien made one of the largest ever created. NASA have also released images and this has spurred more interest in it, no one (or thing) has claimed to own it.

What makes it harder to wade through information like this is that so many projects use the name, for instance as Skeptoid points out, 22 UK launches between 1958-1965 gives you an idea. Tesla also did get radio signals but they were not from the satellite they were from space, Pulsars… giant deep space sources of pulsing radio signals. Duncan Lunan did not get a message from the satellite about the Epsilon Bootes star system either, it was collected from LDE radio reflections that allows him to build the map.

It seems that the Black Knight satellite is really more of an amalgamation of already quite interesting facts.

Black Knight Satellite

20th August 1966, two Brazilian men died, Manod Pereira de Cruz and Miguel José Viana. On that afternoon a young man was flying his kite and reported the bodies he found to the police, the police managed to get out there the next day.

The bodies were in a strange condition both lay beside each other slightly covered by the grass. They wore formal suits, they had a lead eye mask and a waterproof coat on each. There were no signs of violence or trauma, beside them the police found an empty bottle of water and a packet with two wet towels inside. The police also found a notebook with cryptic instructions, the translation being:

16:30 be at the agreed place. 18:30 swallow capsules, after effect, protect metals, wait for mask signal.

The men were two electronic technicians and an investigation attempted to reconstruct the events.

17th August, Cruz and Viana left their city saying they needed materials for work. They got the bus to Niterói and evidence suggests the coats and water were brought there. When the water was brought at the bar the waitress said Viana seemed very nervous and he kept checking his watch. It’s the last time they were seen alive.

By the time an autopsy was conducted the internal organs were too decomposed for toxicology, three men in total around the area have been found with those lead masks. One was found four years later on a hill near the original site. All three were technicians and part of the same group ‘Scientific Spiritualists’ and it seems they may have built a machine that exploded but there was nothing about the injuries mentioned so again I cannot be sure about that score. However it seems the most likely explanation would be a drugs overdose and yet we will never likely be told the full story.

Here is a wonderful Skeptoid Episode on the matter.

Manoel Pereira da Cruz e Miguel José Viana

The Brown Mountain lights appear along the ridge of the mountain located in North Carolina, the lights move erratically and are usually seen from a distance but disappear once you start to climb it. No one according to the legends has really pin pointed what they are, but the sightings have been going on for some time, long enough for the Cherokees that inhabited the area have stories about them.

 At two places on the Blue Ridge parkway you can see the lights and there are two stories attached to the phenomenon. The first is that it was a war between two Native American tribes where at night the women would go out and look for their husbands taking large torches, with their husband’s dead they keep roaming the area looking for them and that is why the lights are seen.

 The other story is that it was winter and that a little girl had gone missing, her father went out to look for her. Both of them died and to his day he continues to search the area for her.

 With no homes or roads built on the mountain it’s not a place to go and sit to work it out, it seems like a very haunted land for this reason. In 1922 there was some research done into the lights, they decided the lights were a result of misidentified train lights, fires or even mundane stationary lights however according a marker on the Blue Ridge Parkway this may not be the case, shortly after the start of the research a flood knocked out power and train lines and yet they continued to appear.

 For those of you that may be unfamiliar with Brian Dunning’s skeptoid this is the podcast/write up he has done on the matter. http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4226