Monday, February 13, 2017

Night of the Backslash Sky Orbs

Photo date: February 11, 2017. Photographer: Mark Mahin.

I took the top left photo on an earlier day, and the three other photos on this night. All four orbs have a diagonal stripe resembling a backslash. I have photographed 11 other orbs with a diagonal slash in the other direction (as you can see by following a link given below).

backslash orbs
There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on this night.  This pattern recurrence is one of only 14 that I have documented. Below is my updated table listing recurring patterns in mysterious orbs I have photographed  (most of the examples referred to below can be conveniently seen in this post).
Description Occurrences Comments URL
Inverted Y 7 Rather like the lower case lambda character, part of the Greek alphabet
Umbilical cord ( AKA "cul-de-sac") 10 Resembles an umbilical cord with a curved loop. Is it a symbol of motherhood?
Curved stripe at top or bottom 8 May be on top or bottom of orb
Diagonal stripe 13 Goes from one side of orb to another, diagonally. Looks like a slash (not a backslash)
Short diagonal stripe 5 Goes from top right corner toward center
Hose and circle 9 Looks like a ball that has fallen out of a tube
Slanted C 11 Looks like a C shape, tilted over quite a bit to the right
Inverted V 3 Looks rather like the caret character (an inverted V)
Hook-like stripe 4 Has a kind of candy-cane shape
Curvy 9 which fell down 2 Looks like a curvy nine which “fell down”
4 stripes 2 Straight lines intersecting in a particular shape
Broken squiggly T 3 One wiggly horizontal stripe at the top above a vertical stripe at the bottom
Hockey stick 2 A stripe with a shape resembling a hockey stick
Backslash 4 Goes from one side of orb to another, diagonally. Looks like a backslash (not a slash) This post

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