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Another Luminous Aerial Bubble

September 1943. On a ship in the South Atlantic enroute from South Africa to Brazil.

"During the voyage, a multicolored object about the size of a basketball appeared and the ship changed course to parallel the course of the object. The object was in view for about 20 minutes, moved slowly across the water at a height of 5 feet, and finally disappeared. It looked like a glass ball and appeared to have a membrane enclosing it. Its motion was from the NW to SE and it was seen sometime between 3:00 and 5:00 in the afternoon sometime in September 1943. The color was at times orange and yellow, sometimes green, blue, and red. The sky was overcast and the object was on the starboard side of the ship as it moved towards the NW. The ship's crew, consisting of about 20 men, saw the event and concluded that it might be a 'fireball.'"

Original observation by Charles L. Reifenhler.

(Seal, James; personal communication, June 25, 1986.)

Comment. For more accounts of Lumi-nouw Aerial Bubbles, see category GLD7 in Lightning, Auroras, Nocturnal Lights. This catalog is described here.

Luminous, multicolored, bubble-like spheres observed at Ringstead Bay August 17, 1876. Numerous, luminous, multicolored, bubble-like spheres observed at Ringstead Bay, England. Thousands of the iridescent spheres engulfed observers. This account (Catlog #GLD7-X3) is in the same class as the above observation.

From Science Frontiers #47, SEP-OCT 1986. � 1986-2000 William R. Corliss