Monday, March 20, 2017

Baffling Backslash Balls

The photo below shows two mysterious orbs that I photographed in the sky on March 16, 2017 and March 17, 2017. Both have a diagonal stripe that resembles a backslash.

backslash orbs

There was no fog, mist, rain or precipitation on either of these nights.
This is the sixth time I have photographed a mysterious orb with this type of backslash stripe. Conversely, I have 18 times photographed mysterious orbs with a diagonal stripe in the opposite direction (orbs with a stripe that makes a slash rather than a backslash).

Below is my revised table of repeating patterns in mysterious orbs (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 9 May be on top or bottom of orb
Diagonal stripe 18 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 12 Looks like a C shape, tilted over quite a bit to the right
Inverted V 4 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 6 Goes from one side of orb to another, diagonally. Looks like a backslash (not a slash)

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Belt-like 10 A stripe goes from the left side of the orb to the right side, horizontally.

The visual below summarizes these patterns and the number of times I have observed them.

orb pattern

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