|June 4th 2006|
Due to the cloudy skies of late I haven't been able observe the night skies.
This gave me time to dig through some of my journals. I found an interesting entry from 2006 under the heading of TLP!
TLP stands for Transient Lunar Phenomenon, a term coined by the late, and much missed, Patrick Moore.
For an introduction to TLP visit: Wikipedia - Transient Lunar Phenomenon
|Red Flash (TLP) June 4th 2006 - 22h25m UT|
If ever you see something strange whilst observing the lunar landscape, maybe a glow near a crater or a sudden flash of light, perhaps what appears to be mist on the crater floor, or a multitude of other unexplained sightings, this maybe a TLP.
Many amateur astronomers totally dismiss the idea of TLPs, but who knows.
All I can say is that on the night of June the 4th 2006 I was observing near the craters Janssen and Lockyer, and happened to witness a bright red flash from the crater Pitiscus.
I have no idea what the flash was, it could have been lunar based, or maybe lunacy based and all made up in my head.. :0)
I like to think it was one of H.G. Wells' "Selenites" flashing a laser pen at me....!
To find more about those Selenites click this link: The First Men In The Moon,
Clear Skies... soon PLEASE!!