EMBLA 2001 : The Optical Mission
Massimo Teodorani, Ph.D.
Astrophysicist, CNR-IRA Scientific Consultant; Mission PI
Via Catalani 45 - 47023 Cesena (FC) - ITALY
Erling P. Strand, M.Sc.E.E.
Assistant Professor, Leader of Project Hessdalen
Østfold College, School of Computer Science
P.O.Box 1192, Valaskjold, N-1702 Sarpsborg, NORWAY
Bjørn Gitle Hauge, M.Sc.E.E.
Assistant Professor, Project EMBLA
Østfold College, Department of Engineering and Natural Sciences
P.O.Box 1192, Valaskjold, N-1705 Sarpsborg, NORWAY
ABSTRACT. In August 2001 a new joint collaboration between
italian physicists and norwegian engineers was succesfully carried
into effect with a new mission to Norway, in order to further
investigate a luminous phenomenon which is occurring recurrently
in the valley of Hessdalen. The italian research-activity of this
year was concentrated in the acquisition of optical data coming
from conventional photography, video imaging and video-spectroscopy.
Many photographs, videos and some spectra were obtained of the
phenomenon. The results coming from the subsequent analysis show
that: 1) the luminous phenomenon is a thermal plasma; 2) the light-balls
are not single objects but are constituted of many small components
which are casually vibrating around a common barycenter; 3) the
light-balls are able to eject smaller light-balls; 4) the light-balls
change shape all the time; 5) the luminosity increase of the light
balls is due to the increase of the radiating area. This mission
was able to finally visualize the real structure and nature of
the light-phenomenon and its time-behaviour. The cause, and the
physical mechanism with which radiation is emitted is currently
unknown, and will be investigated in further missions. Some physical
hypotheses are amply discussed.
Entire article, and more about Hessdalen Phenomena, may be read here.